2001 Road Crew Notes
February 24th, 2001
Hello everybody. We're in New York doing some TV shows and getting ready to release the new record on Tuesday. Rehearsals for SNL went well, hope you get to check it out tonight.
February 26th, 2001
We're sitting in the hotel room waiting to see ourselves on Letterman. We had a great time at the Ed Sullivan Theatre today. It's always fun doing that show. Getting ready for the release of the new record and for our gig on MTV/TRL tomorrow. See y'all then.
April 16th, 2001
We've been spending the last few weeks preparing for the upcoming tour. Everyone is really looking forward to getting back on the road. The new songs are sounding great at rehearsals and some of the older ones are sounding better than ever. See y'all Saturday in C'Ville.
April 21st, 2001
The big show day is upon us. We're opening this year's tour in DMB's home town of Charlottesville, Virginia. There are sure to be lots of familiar faces in the crowd. Should be a great show.
April 28th, 2001
We're here in Raleigh getting ready for the show tonight. Check the Set List page for updates during the show.
April 29th, 2001
Just got done with our second show in Raleigh. The band played a great show mixing some old standards with a bunch of new material. Boyd had an exceptional night steppin' out front on a few tunes as well as leading a rarely heard Angel From Montgomery. On our way to Charlotte for a show on Tuesday. See y'all there.
May 2nd, 2001
Tonight we played our first indoor gig since December here at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville SC. We're packing up and headed for Memphis where DMB will be performing at the Beale Street Festival. See y'all there.
May 8th, 2001
We've had a few really great days. The festival shows this weekend were amazing with Lenny Kravitz and Paul Simon surprising even the band when they sat in. A few of us crew guys had the honor of working the Superjam show on Sunday in New Orleans which featured Carter and a few other incredible musicians. Stefan's bass solo during Watchtower tonight in Knoxville ranked up there with the best of them. See y'all in Alabama tomorrow night.
May 9th, 2001
Despite the rain tonight in Pelham, Alabama DMB played a really strong show. They pulled out a few of the new tunes from last year including Digging a Ditch which we haven't heard yet this tour. The rain let off before the end of the show. Dave came out for the encore and played a new favorite, Waste, by Phish, before the rest of the band joined him again to finish off the set with Everyday and Watchtower. See y'all in Houston on Friday.
May 11th, 2001
Just got done with the first of two shows in Houston. We witnessed a great mix of old and new songs. DMB played Dancing Nancies for the first time this year. Looking forward to another show here tomorrow.
May 12th, 2001
We're in Houston loading out after our second show at the Woodlands. A big storm brewed up just before DMB hit the stage and let loose a few songs into the set. Though the folks on the lawn got drenched, the lightning show looked spectacular from the stage. We've got a long drive to Albuquerque ahead of us. See y'all there on Monday.
It was a wild day in Albuquerque today. While we were setting up for the gig it looked like we were going to get hit by a real heavy storm. The clouds stayed dark well into the evening but the rain stayed away. DMB put on awesome show. Eric Krasno from Soulive sat in on Jimi Thing and tore it up. We're packing up and heading for Phoenix. See y'all there tomorrow.
May 15th, 2001
We had a good show in Phoenix tonight. Eric, Sam and Neil from Soulive sat in on a few tunes including #41. It was great having them on the road with us. If you ever have the chance to check them out live we recommend that you take it. We're headed for San Francisco to kick off the Stadium leg of the tour. See ya there on Friday.
May 22nd, 2001
We played Dodger Stadium in LA for the first time ever and what a great show it was. It was a beautiful night. We continue to enjoy the opening sets by Macy Gray and Angelique Kidjo. John Popper came and sat in with DMB on What Would You Say. We're all looking forward to the Vegas shows where Widespread Panic will also be appearing. See y'all there on Saturday.
May 26th, 2001
We had a really great show at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas tonight. The crowd was through the roof, even continuing singing the lyrics to 36/Everyday throughout the encore break. It gave us all chills. DMB pulled out Fool To Think for the first time live as part of a set filled with both old and new songs. Luckily the temperature eased off a bit making for a perfect evening. We'll be back here tomorrow. Hope you get to check it out.
May 27th, 2001
The wind was howling for our second of two shows in Vegas tonight. DMB put on a good set, pulling out Minarets for the first time in a while. We've got about a week off before we play the MTV Movie Awards in L.A. this coming Saturday after which we fly to Detroit for a show on Sunday. See y'all then.
June 4th, 2001
After a small break we're back at it on the road. We played Comerica Park in Detroit and will be back here tomorrow for another show. See ya then.
June 5th, 2001
Had another good show in Detroit tonight. Carter, Butch and the Ladies took us on a cool impromptu jam at the end of Angel and it's always nice to hear Minarets. We've got a long drive tonight to Atlanta for a show on Wednesday. See y'all there.
June 7th, 2001
We had fun in Atlanta tonight! The heat and rain let off by show time. The band have been playing off the end Angel with a terrific jam including Brenda leading the ladies in some slick improv vocals. With just a few singles in the set, DMB played a pretty diverse set of old and new tunes. All in all a good show. We're headed to Washington D.C. for a show on Saturday at RFK Stadium. See y'all there.
June 10th, 2001
We had a wild show in D.C. tonight. The energy was flowing and the zealous crowd pushed forward during the show until Dave asked everyone to "keep it cool". It was cause for a concern among the band and crew as we would never want to see anyone get hurt (especially at a gig). Thanks to the crowd for turning the shovin' into lovin' and keeping the energy high. See y'all at Giants Stadium on Monday.
June 11th, 2001
DMB played a great show tonight at Giants Stadium (the 1st of 3), but nothing compares to what we experienced during the last song of the night. As the band started into Two Step the sky opened up with a huge Thunderstorm which soon turned into hail. All the little fishy's in the place got soaked. With the rain, the energy level stepped up a few notches. The crowd was cheering until well after the house lights came up. All we're hearing back stage right now is "Damn, that was one heck of an ending!"
June 12th, 2001
Another strong set tonight by DMB. They opened with Don't Drink the Water and So Right then immediately took it back some years with Rhyme and Reason and Satellite. For the encore Dave came out for the encore and did two solo songs, #40 and Waste before the rest of the band joined in on Tripping Billies. We're all hanging out here at the stadium tonight for what's turning out to be a traditional post show get together. We'll be back here again tomorrow. See ya then.
June 13th, 2001
DMB played a set filled with both old and new tunes tonight including Seek Up and Crush which hasn't been heard yet this year. During the show Dave noted that a horse had taken up residence in his throat and that any resemblance of his voice to that of Joe Cocker's was purely coincidental. We're heading into a day off before loading in at Foxboro Stadium for shows on Saturday and Sunday.
June 17th, 2001
It was a hot and steamy day in Foxboro today. AngÈlique Kidjo sat in with the band on Satellite singing verses to the song that she wrote in her native language. At the beginning of the encore, Dave played a song that was written by Willie Nelson called Aint It Funny How Time Slips Away. Dave performed this song a few nights ago in New York at a show honoring Willie. If you're coming to the show tomorrow, bring your poncho. They're forecasting a wet one.
June 18th, 2001
It rained hard all day today here in Foxboro, so much so that we were concerned over how we were going to pull off the show. The storm started to mellow right before DMB hit the stage and cleared up completely by the third song of the set. The band played a really strong set to an energetic audience. We're off to Buffalo now for a show on Wednesday. See y'all then.
June 21st, 2001
We had a good show tonight at Ralph Wilson Stadium. DMB pulled out The Stone for the first time in a while and AngÈlique sang beautifully on Satellite again. Three more shows before we all go home for a short break. See y'all in Camden on Friday.
June 22nd, 2001
We had a good time tonight in Camden for the first of three shows. It's nice to be back in a smaller venue after a month of stadiums. We'll be back here tomorrow, see ya then.
June 23rd, 2001
Bad storms all around but we faired pretty well here in Camden. It was cool to hear DMB play a prelude to Grace is Gone which was a part of the original version of the song. Dave has been suffering from a minor injury to his ribs that he sustained while exercising a few days ago. We're relaxing in the dressing room now watching SNL and getting ready to head back to the hotel. We'll be back here tomorrow for the last show before our little break. Hope y'all can make it.
June 24th, 2001
These last few nights in Camden were a heck of a lot of fun. DMB played some really diverse sets. Tonight we heard great versions of some old tunes including Lover Lay Down, Minarets and Seek Up, as well as some new songs which are quickly evolving into classics. We're all headed home now for a bit of a break. We'll see ya in Chicago on July the 6th.
Peas in the Valley, y'all.
July 6th, 2001
We dig this town! Soldier Field in Chicago is a cool place to do a show. The crowd was energetic and DMB played a rockin' set. We're honored to be sharing the stage with Buddy Guy for a couple days in his home town. It's supposed to be a steamy day here tomorrow, lets hope the rain stays away for the show.
July 16th, 2001
Just got done with our last stadium show for the year. We say somber goodbyes to the stadium crew that helped us out so much these last few months and that will be leaving us after the load out tonight. Although the temperature was HOT, we had a great show at Texas Stadium this evening. We're all looking forward to returning to more intimate venues for the remainder of this tour. See y'all in San Antonio on Tuesday.
July 17th, 2001
Well, it's a fact of life that we've all come to terms with. When you gig outdoors in Texas, the crickets are first in line for the show. The sun goes down and the brightest thing for miles around is our stage, just guess where all them little critters go to hang out. We're certain they all enjoyed the show. Driving to Florida tonight for a show on Friday. See ya then.
July 20th, 2001
We had a good gig in Fort Lauderdale tonight. Just have to drive an hour tonight for the show tomorrow in West Palm Beach. See ya then.
July 23rd, 2001
Good thing the gig was indoors today because we would have gotten washed out otherwise. Junior Brown graced us with his presence on stage during Two Step. Off to Nashville now for a show on Wednesday.
July 26th, 2001
Tonight's show must come close to being one of the longest DMB has ever done. Bela, Futureman and Jeff Coffin of the Flecktones joined in on a bunch of tunes including Sleep to Dream Her, Grace is Gone and The Space Between. DMB played about 20 songs all in all. We're in the midst of a few weeks of long drives. On our way to Virginia Beach for a close-to-hometown gig on Friday. See y'all there
July 29th, 2001
It was a beautiful evening for a show here in Saratoga Springs, NY. If you're ever in the area, this is a cool town to check out. We're here for another day so we'll see y'all at S.P.A.C. tomorrow night.
July 30th, 2001
We had another nice night at S.P.A.C. Thanks to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band for opening the show. They're a great band, we highly recommend that you check them out if you get the chance. Movin' on to Hershey, PA for a show on Wednesday. See ya then.
August 7th, 2001
Had a fun evening in Hershey. Jamal Milner from Corey Harris' band came and sat in on Jimi Thing and #41. We're all gearing up for our cross into Canada, but not before we hit Hartford for a couple shows. See y'all there on Friday.
August 3rd, 2001
The guys in Soulive are quickly becoming good friends. Definitely go check them out if you get the chance, they put on a great show. Eric Krasno from Soulive joined DMB on stage for Angel and blew us all away with his guitar virtuosity. It was a late show for us tonight. DMB didn't hit the stage 'til about 9:15 and then played for almost three hours. We're back here again tomorrow night for another show then we're off to Canada for a week or so. See y'all tomorrow. Same PHAT time same PHAT channel.
August 4th, 2001
Another nice evening in Hartford. Eric Krasno from Soulive joined DMB on stage again, this time on Jimi Thing. We've got all our paperwork together for the border crossing tonight so we'll see y'all up in Ottawa in a couple days.
August 7th, 2001
We're here in Kanata (that's the name of the town), Canada. It's been unseasonably warm in these parts lately. Afro Celt Sound System opened the show, it was cool to see them live. Movin' on to Montreal for a show tomorrow night. See ya there.
August 10th, 2001
We had fun playing the TV show in Montreal last night and the gig in Toronto tonight. We're all looking forward to a couple weeks off at home. Dave, Carter and their wives are in our thoughts as we anticipate the arrival of new members to the DMB family. Catch y'all at the Gorge on the 24th.
August 23rd, 2001
On our way to the Gorge. See ya there on Friday.
August 25th, 2001
We've had two incredible shows so far at the Gorge. This place is magical. See y'all back here tomorrow night for #3.
August 26th, 2001
That old toad came back to visit Dave's throat again tonight, but the show went on without a hitch. Movin' on to Salt Lake City for the final show of the tour. See ya there on Tuesday.
August 28th, 2001
The tour has finally come to an end. We're all packing up and heading our separate ways for a little while to hang with our families (some of us have a couple of 2-week-olds waiting at home and others are expecting the pitter-patter of little feet within the next few weeks). Dave is gonna be out at Farm Aid at the end of September and Fonz is going into the studio to work on some of his own stuff. We'll be out doing shows again in November when we head off to Mexico City and possibly some gigs overseas, Check back here over the next couple weeks as we update the road gallery with more photos from the tour.
Check y'all later...
September 21st, 2001