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2004 Road Crew Notes

January 12th, 2004

We're back in the saddle again. Played Seattle tonight and now we're getting on a plane to L.A. to do Leno tomorrow night. Check it out.

-- The DMB Crew

January 16th, 2004

As we approach the end of the tour, we're all wishing it could keep going.We wittnesed another great show tonight. The Maker is a song that has been covered by many artists including DMB and EmmyLou Harris. It was an honor to have Daniel Lanois, the man who wrote the tune, join Dave, EmmyLou and the band in performing it this evening. It was a truly special occasion. One more to go in Oakland tomorrow. See you there.

-- The DMB Crew

January 17th, 2004

It's an emotional end to an incredible tour. Dave and Friends had a blast tonight, playing a three and a half hour show. During the encore, they pulled out Can't You Hear Me Knocking by Rolling Stones, which they quickly rehearsed in the dressing room right before they hit the stage. We're all headed our separate ways. See y'all in the summer.

-- The DMB Crew

June 17th, 2004

We're live from St. Louis. Everyone's excited about breaking out some new material this year. Hope to see y'all soon.

-- The DMB Crew

June 17th, 2004

What a great first show it was tonight in St. Louis. DMB spent much of  the spring writing new tunes and they pulled out 4 of them tonight, proving that there's exciting stuff to come. They also took some older
tunes in a different direction. Warehouse spun off into an energetic  latin groove, reminiscent of the old days. Towards the end of Grace Is Gone they broke out into an upbeat country jam which featured Boyd's
classic fiddling. On our way to Illinois for a show tomorrow.

-- The DMB Crew

June 19th, 2004

Fantastic show in Tinley Park tonight! Energy levels on stage and in the audience were high. The band are having a great time together as usual, and it's showing in their performance. Along with the 4 new songs we heard last night, DMB played a tune that they wrote during soundcheck this afternoon. Dave improvised lyrics and band members exchanged solos. When asked what we should name the song on the web site, Dave replied "Hmm? Call it......'Hmm?!'." We're headed to Indy for shows on Sunday and Monday. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

June  20th, 2004

Third show of the tour and the band's as strong as ever. Weather couldn't have been better for the first of two shows in Indy. Everyone's really looking forward to returning tomorrow. Hope to see ya.

-- The DMB Crew

June 21st, 2004

It just keeps getting better. DMB blew the roof off this place tonight. We're in store for a great summer. See y'all soon.

-- The DMB Crew

June 23rd, 2004

The tour's moving right along and we're settling in well. We couldn't ask for weather as good as we've had for the past week. Looking forward to our gig back here in Columbus tomorrow night. See y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

June 24th, 2004

If you've been to any of the past few shows, you probably noticed that the band have been playing some of the older songs a bit differently. This has been completely unplanned and unrehearsed. They've obviously been having fun turning the songs on their ends. Tonight's Jimi Thing and Recently stand out. Load-out is going on right now. We're working our way into a day off tomorrow. See y'all in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

June 29th, 2004

The audience tonight at Blossom Music Center was on fire! DMB played a very fun and energetic show. They all came off stage with big smiles on their faces. We're packing up now and getting our passports out for the border crossing early tomorrow morning. Catch y'all in Toronto tomorrow night!

-- The DMB Crew

June 30th, 2004

Toronto treated us well tonight for our only Canadian show this year. The band have been having fun with Rapunzel this year, often playing it as the closer to the show. Roi and Butch have been kicking it up a notch during the ending jam. We're headed back over the border for the second time today. See y'all at SPAC this weekend.

-- The DMB Crew

July 2nd, 2004

A good time was had by all for our first of two shows at SPAC. Tonight we heard a few songs that the band had not played yet this year. They opened with Pig, then later in the set, we got to hear a powerful Cry Freedom. Of course, Best of What's Around was a hit during the encore. We always enjoy coming back to this beautiful town. Looking forward to seeing y'all at the show tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 3rd, 2004

We're packing up after our second SPAC show and getting ready for a couple days off in Boston. Everyone is looking forward to the big fireworks display in the city tomorrow night. Have a happy and safe fourth of July. We'll see y'all on Tuesday in Mansfield.

-- The DMB Crew

July 6th, 2004

DMB played a solid set tonight in Mansfield opening up with One Sweet World. We were forced to cancel soundcheck this afternoon after the flight on which LeRoi and Carter were traveling was diverted due to a malfunction. They got on another plane and made it to the venue in plenty of time for the show. Speaking of the show, it rocked! They just keep getting better. We'll see you back here tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 7th, 2004

We're packing up after our second Mansfield show and getting ready for the big John Kerry benefit tomorrow night at Radio City Music Hall. If you're one of the lucky one's that has tickets, we'll see you there. Otherwise we'll catch y'all in Hershey on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 10th, 2004

DMB played an energetic show tonight in Hershey, PA to a vibrant audience of 27,000+. We had a fun time in New York this week at Radio City playing for the John Kerry benefit. There were lots of celebrities around for this one, many of whom could be found hanging out in the DMB dressing room at some point throughout the evening. Dave was given the honor of introducing the candidates and their wives. It was a great moment to witness. We are headed close to home for a show in Bristow, VA tomorrow night. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 11th, 2004

It's good to be close to home for a night. Lots of friends and family in the house. We're very pleased to have Galactic opening these shows and hope you get a chance to see them. They still have a couple more shows to go with us. We're driving to Darien Lake for a show on Tuesday. See you there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 13th, 2004

After an afternoon of riding the roller coasters next door at Six Flags, DMB put on a powerful show. They had a lot of fun with Too Much tonight, adding an unusual extended jam at the end. They also threw in a couple parts during Recently that were reminiscent of the way they played the song ten years ago. All in all, a great show! We're packing the trucks, climbing on the busses and driving overnight to Columbia, MD for an early load-in tomorrow morning. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 16th, 2004

We had fun in Hartford tonight! There was a great vibe in the room all night. The show sounded really good and the lights and video were spectacular. Everything gelled just right. We enjoyed hearing the band play Satellite for the first time this year. Everyone is looking forward to getting back here tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 17th, 2004

Another great show in Hartford tonight. You might have noticed, on the real-time set list, names for the new songs. Today the band decided to start listing the new songs by their working titles, although they may change with time. The set flowed well and the excitement of the crowd was noticeably appreciated by the band. We are heading into a couple days off before our shows in Camden on Tuesday and Wednesday. We'll see y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 20th, 2004

DMB played a good show tonight for our first of two here in Camden. We are really enjoying hearing the new songs as they evolve throughout the tour. The band seem to add parts with each show. DMB played Watchtower for the second time this tour and they took it to a different planet. Roi broke out "The Note" during his solo, reminiscent of the band's days at Miller's. Long time fans know what we mean. We're hanging out at the gig tonight after the show, having a little mid-tour get together and looking forward to playing back here tomorrow night. Later....

-- The DMB Crew

July 21st, 2004

Tons of energy in the room tonight for our second show in Camden. The band pulled out Seek Up for the first time this year, much to the excitement of the audience. We're heading down to Virginia Beach for a show on Friday. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

July 23th, 2004

Virginia is for Lovers! It's nice to be close to home again, in the company of family and friends. The evening was as humid as they come, but that didn't slow the band down a bit. They rocked tonight! We witnessed an unexpected moment during Everyday. As Boyd kicked into his solo, the rest of the band exited, leaving the entire stage to that big fiddling man in the spotlight. After a little while, the band snuck back on, gradually building the melody back into the tune. We'll catch y'all in Charlotte tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

July 24th,2004

Great gig in Charlotte tonight. A small frog has taken residence in Dave's throat, but he didn't let it get the best of him. The temperature has been rising as we move further south, and the shows are getting hotter to match. We're packing up quickly and heading to Raleigh for a show on Monday. See you then.

-- The DMB Crew

July 27th, 2004

Great show in Atlanta tonight. The rain held off until right after the band finished the set. It is now pouring out there and the people headed out of the venue are probably getting drenched. The band opened the show with Two Much, which has taken on a distinctly different feel this year. They're so "into it" that they came back and closed the encore with the Too Much outro. We're headed further south for a few shows in Florida. See y'all in Tampa on Thursday.

-- The DMB Crew

July 29th, 2004

Wild weather here in Tampa today. Besides the heat, ominous clouds loomed and opened up with rain a few times in the afternoon, but the skies cleared as DMB hit the stage. We're honored to have Daniel Lanois and his band opening the shows in Florida. As some of you may know, Daniel is considered to be a legend in his own time, having many credits as a producer under his belt including U2's Joshua Tree and Peter Gabriel's SO. In addition, he is an accomplished songwriter, having penned a couple popular tunes that DMB have covered including For The Beauty Of Wynona and The Maker. He closed his set this evening with The Maker and invited Dave to sit in. It was a wonderful moment to witness. If you're coming to the West Palm shows, we suggest that you show up in time to catch his set. See y'all there this weekend. Later...

-- The DMB Crew

July 31st, 2004

It is one sweet world under this beautiful blue moon. We had a lot of fun tonight for our first of two shows here in West Palm. The South Florida rains hit us hard all day, but it didn't hinder the band one bit. They put on a solid set. Everyone's psyched to get back here and do it again tomorrow night. Hasta MaÒana, y'all.

-- The DMB Crew

August 1st, 2004

Another good show in West Palm Beach tonight. We're sorry to be parting ways with Daniel Lanois who, with his band, has been opening the past few shows. He is an amazing talent. We're headed for Nashville tonight. See you there on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 4th, 2004

We love Nashville! DMB played a lively show this evening. They're continuing to have fun with Too Much, morphing portions of the song in ways we haven't heard before. Dave sang some lyrics from Bowie's Golden Years over the Too Much chords, and it fit perfectly. We're busy loading the road cases and packing the trucks after the show, getting ready for our overnight drive to Cincinnati. See you at Riverbend tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

August 5th, 2004

It was a beautiful evening for a DMB show in Cincinnati. The band took the audience by surprise, pulling out 3 songs that haven't been played yet this year. I'll Back You Up, featuring Dave and Carter on vocals, is always a pleasure to hear. We're headed to Wisconsin for a couple of weekend shows. See y'all at Alpine on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 7th, 2004

We all had a great time at Alpine Valley tonight. The place was overflowing with energy. In memory of the passing of Rick James, the band jammed to James' Super Freak as the segue between So Much To Say and Too Much. It was a truely great DMB moment. Can't wait to get back here tomorrow night!

-- The DMB Crew

August 8th, 2004

Another spectacular night at Alpine Valley. The band had a lot of fun on stage and really played their hearts out. We're all excited to be getting home to our families for a week long break from tour. See y'all in Kansas on the 16th.

-- The DMB Crew

August 16th, 2004

(Road Crew dated notes August 8th, was actually the 16th)

We're back at it. The break was short but sweet. We had a great show tonight to kick off the new leg of the tour. See y'all in San Antonio on Wednesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 18th, 2004

Storms threatened the show tonight. Lightning hit close-by and caused a power failure just as the opening act was about to hit the stage. We were only down for a few minutes, then the rains passed and the skies cleared. DMB was full of energy and played a great set. We're looking forward to a few days in Houston. See y'all at The Woodlands this weekend.

-- The DMB Crew

August 20th, 2004

It's HOT in Houston. The show went well. See you back here tomorrow night.

-- The DMB Crew

August 21st, 2004

We had a good afternoon working with the people from Houston's Habitat for Humanity. Members of the band and crew gave their afternoon to help build a home in a local neighborhood. We've uploaded some construction photos. After another energetic (and moist) show in Houston, our journey westward continues. See you in Albuquerque on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 23rd, 2004

Fun show in Albuquerque tonight. Our good friend, Tim Reynolds, came and hung out with us for the evening. He sat in with the band for the last four songs of the set. We got to hear some of his old but familiar licks during Crash and Too Much. It brought back some good memories. We're driving overnight to Phoenix for a show tomorrow night. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

August 24th, 2004

We expected another hot night, but this evening in Phoenix ended up a pleasant one. The band, however, cooked! DMB incontestably had a great time on stage, cheering each other on regularly throughout the set. LeRoi's stellar solo during What Would You Say, the opening song, set the pace for the rest of the show. The trucks are now getting loaded with equipment before our drive to San Diego. Look-out California, here we come!

-- The DMB Crew

August 26th, 2004

Another really fun show in Chula Vista tonight and it was a gorgeous evening to boot. We're back in the beautiful state of California, working our way North. Everyone is looking forward to the L.A. shows this weekend. It's been a while since we played with Ben Harper and his crew. We're excited about the reunion. See y'all at the Home Depot Center on Saturday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 28th, 2004

DMB took Los Angeles by storm tonight. It was a lot of fun to be back in a stadium in front of so many people. Jem played a strong set to open the evening's festivities. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals followed, putting on an amazing show. Their new material is incredibly soulful. We're back here tomorrow night for a show that promises to be as exciting. See y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

August 29th, 2004

Once again, DMB showed L.A. what they're all about with another slammin' show. The band, full of vigor, played their hearts out. We have only six shows left on the tour. The summer has really flown by. We'll catch y'all in Marysville on Tuesday.

-- The DMB Crew

August 31st, 2004

It was a mild, starlit evening in Marysville, CA. Perfect for a DMB show. The band played a soulful set to a fired up audience. LeRoi's soprano work shined on Lover Lay Down. We're making our way up to Washington for our yearly stint at the Gorge. Everyone is psyched to get there. We'll see y'all on Friday.

-- The DMB Crew

September 12th, 2004

It's a beautiful day in San Francisco. Doors are open and the crowd is flooding in. DMB is going to hit the stage in a couple hours. Wish you were here...

-- The DMB Crew

September 30th, 2004

pre-show:

We're at the Bryce Jordan Center at Penn State, setting up for the upcoming 6 show tour. Traveling with us for the next week are Ben Harper and Innocent Criminals, Jurassic 5 and My Morning Jacket. The first show is here tomorrow night. Hope to see y'all.

-- The DMB Crew

October 1st, 2004

post-show:

This is going to be a fun tour. Tonight we played the first show with this eclectic lineup of bands and it was a blast. We hope you get to catch one of the few upcoming shows.

-- The DMB Crew

October 2nd, 2004

The tour is going well. We got a cool stage that has a large turntable built into it that we're carrying with us. It really helps us in keeping the time between bands to a minimum. There's a lot of great music packed into one evening. Y'all should definitely catch a show if you can. See you tomorrow in Auburn Hills.

-- The DMB Crew

October 3rd, 2004

It was an amazing evening at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Neil Young came and sat in with the band on a few songs. His arrival raised adrenaline levels as they busted into a different arrangement of Watchtower. Two of Neil's songs followed to close the set. Cortez the Killer, a DMB favorite, was interwoven with psychedelic electric guitar solos and vocals. They broke out Rockin' in the Free World featuring Peggy Young (Neil's Wife) on backing vocals to wrap up the set. We're all really looking forward to next show in Madison on Tuesday. Hope to see y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

October 5th, 2004

DMB played a very cool show in Madison tonight. Carter and Butch brought the house down with their jam during Seek Up. Leon Mobley of the Innocent Criminals sat in with the band on Hello Again, then Ben Harper joined in with his slide guitar on Watchtower. Ben and Leon shined and took the show into a new dimension. We can probably expect more of this in the days to come. We're driving overnight to Ames, Iowa for a show tomorrow. See y'all there.

-- The DMB Crew

October 6th, 2004

We're loading out after our show in Ames. The band welcomed Neil Young to the stage again tonight to sit in on a few tunes. Neil took the place by storm, his classic guitar tones and potent vocal stylings ringing throughout the house. We all admire his skill and are honored by his presence. Now we're heading to Florida for a show on Friday. See y'all then.

-- The DMB Crew

October 8th, 2004


It's officially the last day of the tour. Most of the crew heads home tomorrow and said their bittersweet goodbyes tonight. The rest of us are heading to Washington D.C. with the band to play the final show with many of the bands that participated in the Vote For Change tour. We hope you get to catch the broadcast. Check the DMB home page (www.dmband.com) for more information. We'll see y'all on Monday.

-- The DMB Crew

2005 Road Crew Notes

2003 Road Crew Notes