August 19th, 2005
By GENE STOUT, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER POP MUSIC CRITIC
Your neighborhood rock superstar isn't going anywhere, except `heaven's amphitheater
Dave Matthews' Seattle fans can relax. The rock superstar isn't leaving town.
"I don't have any plans to leave, and we haven't put our house on the market," Matthews said cheerfully this week.
"My wife is done with school, but we're attached to the city. So as far as I know, unless there are some changes that my wife has not informed me of, we have no plans to leave."
Matthews, a native of South Africa who grew up in Virginia, moved to Seattle a few years ago when his wife, Ashley, came here to attend medical school. Despite speculation that Matthews would move away after she got her degree, Matthews said the couple have formed a bond with the city and have many friends here. And the couple's twin daughters, Stella Busina and Grace Anne, were born here in 2001.
"When I'm not working, we spend most of the year (in Seattle)," the singer-guitarist said in a phone interview this week.
"But we do visit (Charlottesville) Virginia. We have a lot of roots that we put down there. But it seems like our family started here in Seattle, so this is my home now. That's how I feel about it."
Matthews has become a big fan of the city, which fits his temperament and political views.
"Absolutely, that's one of the big reasons I like it here," he said. "It doesn't have a vicious quality to its political beliefs. But it's still strong-willed.
"I just feel that for so many reasons, this is a really unique American city."