2003 Road Crew Notes

March 19th, 2003

Hello everybody. Dave and Tim are hitting the road for a couple weeks carrying a slimmed down crew. We will be posting the set lists here on the morning following each show. Hope you get to catch a show.

-- The DMB Crew

June 14th, 2003

Hey folks! We're packing our bags and getting ready to hit the road for the summer tour. We'll see y'all in Columbus on Tuesday for the first show.

-- The DMB Crew

June 17th, 2003

We're off and running on our summer tour. DMB slammed out a great opening set that didn't disappoint. Highlights included some tunes that we haven't heard live in a while such as Last Stop and Typical Situation. As the tour rolls on, we are sure to hear other rarities. Check y'all back here in Columbus tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

June 20th, 2003

"It was chilly like an April evening for our show at Darien Lake. DMB are stirring up the set-list pot for certain this year. We're in for a great summer of music. Band and Crew got to enjoy some roller coaster rides before the show at the amusement park next door which helped get the adrenaline flowin'. When in Buffalo, we highly recommend that you visit one of our favorite cafes called Spot Coffee.
It's a great place to hang, munch and groove to some tunes. We'll catch y'all tomorrow at Blossom Music Center.

-- The DMB Crew

June 22nd, 2003

DMB shined tonight during their performance at Blossom Music Center.  Highlights included Saellite,Last Stop and Stay. The band are clearly energized and ready to give the audience a tour to remember. Hope to see y'all at some shows this summer. We're off to Cincinnati for shows on Monday and Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 24th, 2003

We had a blast at Riverbend tonight. DMB put on a strong set filled  with old and new favorites and without repeating any songs from the night  before. Dave, Carter and Stefan graced us during the encore with a  flowing rendition of I'll Back You Up. We're loading the trucks and heading  down the road to Pittsburgh for shows on Thursday and Friday. See you there.

-- The DMB Crew

June 26th, 2003

We had a good gig tonight at the Post-Gazette pavilion. DMB continues to pull out songs that haven't been heard in a while. This evening's selections included Digging A Ditch, Bartender and a surprise So Much segue into Rapunzel. After a very warm and humid day today, we are all looking forward to the cooler weather that's headed our way and to another show here tomorrow night. See y'all then."

-- The DMB Crew

June 27th, 2003

Pittsburgh always treats us well! We had a fun couple of shows here and now we're packing it up and moving on. See y'all in Noblesville on Sunday."

-- The DMB Crew

June 29th, 2003

We had a BLAST in Noblesville tonight! Band rocked, crowd rocked....'nuff said. See y'all back here tomorrow."

-- The DMB Crew

June 30th, 2003

DMB are blazing their way through this tour. The shows keep getting better and better. We're having as much fun up there today as we've ever had.The DMB catering crew are proud to present their new addition to the On The Road pages called Recipies from the Road. http://dmband.com/road/frames.html
They'll be giving y'all a "taste" of some of the recipes they cook up for the band and crew while we're on tour. Enjoy!

-- The DMB Crew

July 3rd, 2003

DMB rocked the Tweeter Center tonight. The band continue to surprise us on a regular basis with unexpected improvisations and jams. We're all looking forward to a day off tomorrow. See you atAlpine this weekend. Happy 4th y'all.

-- The DMB Crew

July 5th, 2003

We do love coming to this place and Dave definitely did not hold back in letting the audience know a few times during the show. We played Alpine Valley tonight for the first of two in this beautiful southern Wisconsin venue. If only you could see what the band sees from the stage! This venue holds over 40,000 fans, the majority of them being on the lawn. Its amazing how endless it seems looking out over the crowd and it is absolutely breathtaking! Thank you ALL for an incredible night. See you tomorrow!!!

-- The DMB Crew

July 7th, 2003

Some of the locals are saying that the deluge we experienced this afternoon was the worst they had ever seen here. The storm threatened to put a kink in the show tonight but by the time DMB hit the stage, the clouds had parted way. The band put on another incredibly energetic set. The beautiful sites in Wisconsin always makes this one of our favorite stops! The road cases are now rolling onto the trucks. We're working our way into a couple days off before our show in Minneapolis on Wednesday. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 9th, 2003

"After a couple restful days off, DMB rocked the Target Center tonight. We're starting to work our way south with a show tomorrow in St. Louis. Check out the Gallery pages for newly added photos from the current tour. See y'all soon. "

-- The DMB Crew

July 10th, 2003

DMB have been playing some really great shows this year. Tonight's was no exception. Stefan commented during the set that this one felt particularly "old school". Starting with Best of What's Around and continuing for another five songs, one might have thought that it was a Wednesday night at the Flood Zone. We're moving on to Kansas for a show on Saturday. See you (and your little Toto too) there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 12th, 2003

Solid gig tonight in Bonner Springs. It's a quick load-out here tonight, we're packing up and heading down to Little Rock. Catch y'all there tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 13th, 2003

Big rock show in Little Rock tonight. It was DMB's first show Arkansas and they played it well. We're heading down the road and hoping that the hurricanes keep their distance. See y'all at the gig in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 15th, 2003

With 100+ degree temperatures outside, we're psyched to have played the gig indoors tonight. The last time we played Oklahoma City was in 1995 and it was definitely good to be back. It looks as though we'll be hitting a bit of rain in the Houston area tomorrow, but it looks like the show will come off without a hitch. See y'all at the Woodlands tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 16th, 2003

Good gig at the Woodlands this evening. Carter was on fire and the whole band seemed to have a lot of fun up there. Luckily enough, we missed the Hurricane by a day but she left us with a very muddy lawn. We're looking forward to the day off tomorrow in Dallas before the show on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 19th, 2003

We've had a good run through Texas. Now we're climbing on to the busses for the long ride to Denver, see y'all there on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 21st, 2003

"Another slammin' show in Denver tonight. The band opened up with So Much To Say and surprisingly segued into What Would You Say. The set list stayed strong throughout the evening and kept the audience captivated until the end. Unfortunately, towards the end of the main set, an unknown individual decided to throw a hunting knife towards the band that ended up sticking into the stage between Dave and Boyd. There is cause for concern because the motivation behind the incident is also unknown. The band came back on for the encore and Dave made the audience aware of the situation and the band's feelings about the knife-throwing individual. We would appreciate the help of anyone that has any information. Please call Denver P.D. at (720) 913-2000. We're back on the busses for a long ride to West Valley, UT. See y'all there tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 22nd, 2003

We played a brand new venue tonight outside Salt Lake City. We sincerely apologize if you were one of those who had to wait a long time to get past security. Although the heat and dryness weighed heavy, the band played well and did not disappoint. Making our way to Phoenix for a show on Thursday. See ya then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 24th, 2003

We had a fun night in Phoenix playing to a sold-out crowd. It was our last night with Gov't Mule opening the shows so the band asked Warren Haynes to sit in. As always, his playing was inspiring as he joined in on Jimi Thing and Cortez the Killer. We're looking forward to joining up with The Roots for the next few dates in California. See y'all in L.A. on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 26th, 2003

DMB kicked butt in L.A. tonight at the new Home Depot Center.  It was the first concert in this stadium which has only been open for a few weeks now.  Amongst yet another great set list, we got to hear Recently, in it's entirety, for the first time this tour. We're all anxiously awaiting the show back here tomorrow night. See ya then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 27th, 2003

Thanks to all who are concerned for LeRoi's condition. He began to suffer from a stomach virus that struck early today and against the advice of physicians, attempted to play the show tonight.
The illness got the better of him just a few songs into the set and forced him to sit out for the remainder.
He's fine, resting comfortably and will be ready for battle on Tuesday in Chula Vista.
The rest of the band played on and pulled off another great set but notably missed the presence of their friend on stage. As always, L.A. rocked! See y'all on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 29th, 2003

After enjoying a relaxing day off at the beach, DMB came out and played a dynamic set tonight in Chula Vista. Although he was still feeling a bit under the weather, LeRoi was back and had a great night. We were all psyched to hear Spoon live for the first time in years. We've got a really long drive to Marysville tonight for the gig tomorrow. Hope to see you there.

-- The DMB Crew

August 1st, 2003

We dig this town! San Francisco always treats us well. One of the first things Dave said tonight after he left the stage was how much he loves this audience. We all felt it. Can't wait for tomorrow. Hope to see y'all here.

-- The DMB Crew

August 2nd, 2003

We all really enjoyed having The Roots opening the shows over the past week. Their newest member, guitarist Kirk Douglas, joined DMB on Watchtower tonight and ripped it up. Just 4 shows left before our break. See y'all in Portland on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 5th, 2003

We all got up early this morning to present our passports to the border patrol then went back to bed for a couple hours before load-in. The show went well in Vancouver and now it's time to pack up and head back down into the States. See y'all at the Gorge on Thursday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 8th, 2003

Everyone could tell that the band was having fun on stage tonight. They put on a mixed set that included several incredible moments of improvised rearrangements of songs. We heard a cool new twist on the intro to One Sweet World where Butch, playing the electric piano, accompanied LeRoi's sweet alto solo. Again, tonight's Two Step is surely worth checking out. We're gearing up for a two week break, but not before returning here to the Gorge for the show on Friday. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

August 8th, 2003

We're headed home for a short break. In the meantime, check out the photos that we've been adding to the Gallery and Crew pages. See y'all in New Jersey on the 24th!

-- The DMB Crew

August 24th, 2003

We're back from our break and ready to play some more shows. Although we experienced some technical problems with Dave's mic at the start of the show, the band put on a great set. See ya back at the Meadowlands tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

August 25th, 2003

Stellar show tonight. Dickey Betts and friends sat in on a slammin' version of Jimi Thing which lasted almost 20 minutes. We've got an exciting few weeks ahead of us. Hope you get to catch an upcoming show. See y'all at S.P.A.C. on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 27th, 2003

What a great night! We all had fun in Saratoga Springs tonight for our first of two shows at S.P.A.C. DMB stirred things up throughout the evening with several impromptu jams which seemed to please everyone present. This is a cool place to see a show. We'll catch y'all back here tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

September 2nd, 2003

After a wonderful day off in MontrÈal, DMB played a solid gig tonight at the Bell Center. This was the last indoor show for the summer tour. The intensity of the audience was felt on stage from start to finish.
We're looking forward to hitting Toronto tomorrow. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

September 3rd, 2003

Thanks Canada for a couple of great days! We're headed back over the
border for shows this weekend in Philadelphia. See ya there.

-- The DMB Crew

September 5th, 2003

A TON of energy in the room tonight! We had a blast at our first of two shows in Camden. DMB played a strong set featuring each band member equally throughout. We're chillin' at the Tweeter Center tonight after the show, enjoying our annual crew bash. Since we're here for a couple days we get to lay back and take it easy after the show (which rocked tonight!). We'll be back tomorrow to do it again. See ya.

-- The DMB Crew

September 6th, 2003

The band put on another solid show in Camden tonight. Dave is headed to Columbus to perform at Farm Aid tomorrow evening. You can see the live webcast at www.farmaid.org starting at 4:00 pm EDT. We'll see y'all in Mansfield on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 8th, 2003

Great first night in Mansfield! Everyone in the house was rockin'. The band picked a fine set list that ebbed and flowed seamlessly throughout. They ended with Nancies-->Typical-->Two Step, an ol'school three-in-a-row. No one, including the band, seemed to want the set to end, but we have tomorrow to look forward to. Hope you can make it.

-- The DMB Crew

September 9th, 2003

It got downright cold outside for the show tonight, but the band sizzled. Dave took his scat sing to a whole new level during Jimi Thing. If you can get your hands on a taper's copy, it's well worth the listen. Headed to Hershey for a show on Thursday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 11th, 2003

"I know this day in history will live on,
to quote another, in infamy,
for it's anniversary.
So, I just want to pay my respects to all those people
who lost their lives on this date two years ago,
and we pay all our respects to them and to all of you who lost somebody special,
and to all of us who lost our innocence on that day.
We will never forget it, no.
But let us also not forget all the millions of people
that have died all over the world for the same terrible reasons.
I hope that one day we will find a peaceful world to live on."

-- Dave Matthews

September 13th, 2003

Tonight was as close to a home town gig as we'll be getting this year. Lots of family and friends in the house tonight and DMB did not disappoint. See y'all at the Beach tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

September 14th, 2003

Sweet home Virginia! We love coming back here. With just a few shows left in the tour, we're gearing up for the big Central Park show. See y'all in Charlotte on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 16th, 2003

Great show in Charlotte tonight! Warehouse rocked! See ya tomorrow in Raleigh.

-- The DMB Crew

September 17th, 2003

The storm is rapidly headed our way so we're hurrying out of here and heading for higher ground. See y'all in Nashville on Friday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 20th, 2003

We're all asking ourselves how this day got here so fast. The summer tour came to a close tonight in Atlanta. Both band and crew feel that it's been one of the best tours yet. Now we're gearing up for the big show in Central Park on Wednesday. If you're not coming to the show, we hope you get to catch the webcast. See y'all in NYC in a few days.

-- The DMB Crew

September 24th, 2003

It was an absolutely amazing evening. DMB was on fire in Central Park tonight playing to an audience of 90,000+. What a sight that was from the stage, one we will not soon forget. The band played a total of 20 tunes over a three hour set. Warren Haynes came out and sat in on Cortez The Killer and Jimi Thing. During Jimi, the band slid into the chorus of Buffalo Springfield's - Everybody Look What's Going Down. Wait until you hear the tape! Better yet, look for a DVD of the show sometime in the future. Thanks for another great season! We're all headed home for a little while, but we'll see y'all before too long.

-- The DMB Crew

December 14th, 2003

Dave and Friends put on another solid show tonight. In addition to many songs from Some Devil, they're covering such tunes as The Beatles' Hey Bulldog and Billy Preston's Will It Go Round In Circles. The audience kept the energy flowing throughout the almost 3 hour show, calling the band out for a second encore. This is quickly turning into a really fun tour. We'll see you in Philly on Monday.

P.S. Due some technical difficulties, we regret not having brought to you the real-time set list, but should have it fired back up by Monday's show. Check it out.

-- The DMB Crew

December 16th, 2003

We're having a blast out here. The band are playing with tons of energy and so far, each show has been stronger than the last. Towards the end of soundcheck each day, the band members have been busting into various jams to get the feel of the room. Today's jam turned into their own version of Stevie Wonder's Superstition. With bassist Tony Hall on lead vocals, they worked out the arrangement in one take and dug it so much that they stuck it in tonight's set list. In the end, it turned out to be one of the evening's highlights. So this brings to a close the first of 6 days of shows in a row (including Letterman on Thursday). The tour will be over before we know it. Hope to see y'all over the next few weeks.

-- The DMB Crew

December 17th, 2003

We're loading the trucks now after our show in Boston. There were many special moments on stage tonight. EmmyLou Harris joined Dave and Friends on Bob Dylan's Oh, Sister which she hasn't sung since backing Dylan on his 1975 recording of the tune. She shared great stories of those sessions with the band prior to the show tonight. Buddy Miller, guitarist in EmmyLou's band, sat in on a rockin' version of Hey Bulldog. To open the encore, Dave and Trey sat on stools with their acoustic guitars and played a couple of each other's songs. We're all looking forward the MSG gig tomorrow night. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

December 18th, 2003

What a show! Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the band pulls one off like they did tonight. We got to hear Dave and Friends play Sweet Up And Down, which they had never rehearsed before soundcheck today. Then for the encore, after a few Dave and Trey acoustic tunes, the band pulled out Led Zeppelin's Fool In The Rain. We all had a blast tonight and it looked like the crowd really dug the show as well. Gotta run because we've got an early load-in tomorrow at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Check out DM&F on Letterman tomorrow night

-- The DMB Crew

December 20th, 2003

Dave and friends performed a solid show tonight in Hartford. To close the main set, they jammed Sly and The Family Stone's Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). During the encore Dave and Trey concluded their intimate acoustic mini-set with a spir of the moment version of Marley's Three Little Birds. They left the crowd chanting the lyrics as the rest of the band came back to close the show with Fool In The Rain. The show ended about an hour ago and we're now sitting in the dressing room watching Letterman, waiting to see the band perform. We taped two episodes yesterday, one of which aired last night. The other, on right now, happens to be David Letterman's 4000th network show. It was an honor to have been a part of it. See y'all in Rochester tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

December 21st, 2003

We just finished our 6th day in a row of gigging. The band managed to keep the energy up throughout the show. In the middle of the set they played a roaring version of Jimi Hendrix's Fire which seemed to please all. Just one more show before we break for the holidays but tomorrow we shop! See you in Rosemont on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

December 23rd, 2003

We all had a really fun time tonight at our show in Rosemont, IL. The band ended up playing for almost three and a half hours. It seemed as though nobody wanted it to end. We're headed home for the holidays. See y'all in Seattle on January 12th.

-- The DMB Crew

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