August 7th, 2006
Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Dave Matthews Band will be releasing its first greatest hits compilation "in the near future," according to an email sent to the band's newsletter subscribers. "In order to fulfill an obligation to their label," DMB will compile both studio and live tracks for the set, a release date for which has not been announced.
Via an online poll, fans are being asked for their input on tracks for the as-yet-untitled album, including favorite live performances of a given song.
The hits package is an apparent requirement as part of the new contract DMB signed with RCA in 2004. The group is also at work on a new studio album, which will be the follow-up to 2005's "Stand Up."
DMB's ongoing tour will run through Sept. 23 in Charlottesville, Va. The band will also open an Oct. 20 show in El Paso, Texas, for the Rolling Stones. DMB previously opened some shows for the band in 1998; Matthews' guest appearance on "Memory Motel" went on to appear on the Stones' live album "No Security."