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Words by: Shain Shapiro :: Images by Mark Davidson

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds :: 03.10.07 :: The Paradiso :: Amsterdam, NL

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds :: 10.28.06
This special show had sold out in mere minutes. I found my way in, bumping against the foreigner heavy crowd, waiting patiently to see the single chair on stage filled by the man and his guitar. Originally billed as "An Acoustic Evening with Dave Matthews," the man of the hour waltzed on stage with good buddy Tim Reynolds.

Opening up with "Bartender," a dark, haunting ballad recounting his days slinging suds, Matthews proceeded to move through a plethora of somewhat newer material (three - five years old) including "So Damn Lucky," "Save Me" and "Old Dirt Hill." As a collection of songs, these tunes are more brooding and melancholic than anything in his past, revealing a songwriter more experienced in freeing his demons while intuitively showing them a good time along the way.

Dave Matthews :: 10.28.06
Both Matthews and Reynolds were fierce and intense. When a jagged guitar strum was needed to abet Reynolds' piercing electronic wizardry, Matthews happily obliged. Reynolds, for his part, cleverly snuck off into silence when Matthews muted the circus, putting an intimate focus on his impressive vocals.

Dave Matthews was an iconic part of my musical upbringing, an artist I idolized at one point and later shunned because I was annoyed by stadium shows. Years later, I'm still an avid fan of the music, especially the folksy, whimsical stuff, which reminds me of the days when I used to sneak under tables and dream. For the most part, this performance felt like I was seeing something brand new rather than the musician I grew up listening to. I saw multiple shows with this duo in 1996 and 1998 but this was different. I sensed a youthful scowl, a rebirth even, in Matthews as he reworked older songs like "Dancing Nancies" and "Two Step." And the material as a whole sounded fresh, neatly packaged and raw, as if Matthews and Reynolds were playing each tune for the first time.

Instead of the Dave Matthews I'd grown accustomed to, I saw something unheralded, unique and free. "The Maker" and "#41" reminded me of what once was, but "Smooth Rider" and the only completely solo tune of the night, "Some Devil," flirted with brightness down the road. This newfangled Dave Matthews was largely darker, more pensive and mature but clearly dedicated to letting loose if the moment comes, as on "Jimi Thing" and the always gorgeous "Lie In Our Graves."

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds :: 10.28.06
During the encore Matthews unveiled the quiescent "Sister." Written in between bouts of drinking at a bacchanalian gathering – one Matthews admitted he shouldn't have participated in - "Sister" is the most grappling song he has ever penned; a simple, elegiac ode to his fallen sibling that speaks volumes for anyone looking to scream their lungs out for a dearly departed. In just under three minutes, "Sister" eulogized and honored someone who just might be his most powerful influence, a tribute that was nothing short of brilliant.

Slowly meandering out of the venue, I was perplexed and somewhat uncomfortable with what I'd just seen. The acoustic evening was a smashing success, a lovely set of stories that resonated with every nerve in my body. Yet, what I saw was different, almost alien in places, to what was once deeply familiar to me.

Bartender, Stay or Leave, Save Me, So Damn Lucky, Old Dirt Hill, Lie In Our Graves Smooth Rider, Crush, Grey Street, The Maker, Little Thing, Jimi Thing, Tim Solo Unknown Gravedigger, Grace Is Gone, Oh, #41, Crash Into Me, Dancing Nancies
Some Devil, Still Water (Tease) > Don't Drink the Water, Sister, Two Step

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dantron7 star Thu 3/29/2007 07:05PM
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kaiserbun starstar Thu 3/29/2007 07:11PM
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Tall starstarstarstar Thu 3/29/2007 09:53PM
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Whatever your thoughts including Matthews here, I thought it was another great piece of work from Shain. Nice one mate.

NickSoda starstarstar Thu 3/29/2007 10:12PM
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capo5 Thu 3/29/2007 10:45PM
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FYI, most of those "new" songs were released several years ago. I'm not really a fan, but do some research before the write up.

Here Comes The Flood starstar Fri 3/30/2007 12:21AM
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Here Comes The Flood

"bumping against the foreigner heavy crowd"

Man, didn't you notice you were in Amsterdam? You are the foreigner there, not the locals.

DMBrazil star Fri 3/30/2007 12:47AM
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No offense, but this story sucked a lot! As mentioned before, some of these "news songs" have been out for years now, the only true new song/cover was Daniel Lanois' "Stillwater" which isn't even mentioned in the article.

But the worst mistake of the story was "Eyes of the Maker"- Daniel Lanois' "The Maker" anyone?

Regardless of weather you like Dave or not, this is just awful journalism. And he proves it himself by not even copying the song title correct of the setlist he provided! But then goes on to try to interpret the song meaning... start with the title first.

TrevorO41 starstarstar Fri 3/30/2007 04:51AM
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Nice review, but FYI, "Sister" was written for Dave's living sister Jane, not Anne (his fallen sister).

Also, I'm a huge fan of DMB (and jambands, which apparently doesn't seem possible to some people on here), so I'm glad to see this article on jambase.

z man starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/30/2007 05:23AM
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Awesome. Could you imagine, being in amsterdam and seeing an awesome hometown duo like that. I'm not huge on going to see matthews too much these days here, but that show had to of been priceless. great article Shain I fell you man

Nik1 Fri 3/30/2007 06:37AM
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You guys are nothing but a bunch of haters. DMB is a great band, and they don't jam? are you kidding me? i saw them both nites when they came to camden and their last show was 3 hours with more jammin and great music you could ever ask for. suck on that haters.

jaws_victim starstar Fri 3/30/2007 06:42AM
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There's always got to be Dave haters...

Dave Matthews and his band always jam out during shows. Even when Dave does an acoustic set he'll always improv and add shit. The reason why Dave is on jambase is because he's a talented musician and an amazing song writer. If you want to get technical, why's Nas on the homepage today? He doesn't "jam out"...he's a good rapper and songwriter. It's the most annoying thing for people who say they're big music fans to bash Dave since you're doing the exact opposite of what you're saying. You like music but not his? Why, cause alot of people like him and go to his shows? Cause he's been played on the radio? To me that's just trying to be trendy.

Good article other than the errors pointed out. Would have been an amazing show to experience.

SuperDee Fri 3/30/2007 08:04AM
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last year it was all about the post-JITD show at the paradiso too... the black crowes! what an amazing venue and i'm sure to see dave in an atmosphere like that was something special.

ghilliesblunt star Fri 3/30/2007 09:13AM
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The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstar Fri 3/30/2007 09:19AM
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I'm not a huge Dave Matthews fan myself, but good read, sounds like a great concert, and to everyone who doesn't like Dave, quit bitching.

mhammond1 Fri 3/30/2007 09:45AM
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DMB is the band everyone loves to hate, just like Bonnaroo is the festival everyone loves to hate. It gets old.

In response to ghilliesblunt, I used to think the same thing, some credit can be given to Carter and Boyd (who's more entertaining then anything else), but this band is as big as they are because of one thing: the great song writing of Dave Matthews.

DMBrazil star Fri 3/30/2007 10:17AM
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ghilliesblunt just thought youd like to know that in fact they never meant it to be the dave matthews band.

on one of their frist gigs they're first gigs they were talking to the venue who said they needed a name for the group so leroi moore the sax player, wrote on a napkin "Dave Matthews" and passed it to Dave cause he (along with the group) thought it would be funny if people thought it was a solo act and 5 musicians showed up for that one show. when they got their the venue listed them as the dave matthews band and the rest is history.
fyi about a year into the group they thought about changing the name like they were going to. the name: Dumela.

z man starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/30/2007 12:20PM
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I 'd really like to get a bootlegg of this show. If anyone one happens to hear how or wants to trade hit me up please.Or i'm not sure if dave offers something through his web site?

TrevorO41 Fri 3/30/2007 12:55PM
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zawada - there are two active torrents right now on dreamingtree

z man Fri 3/30/2007 03:13PM
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Thanks hopefully I don't need any type of gizmos or additions to do what has to happen. I'll check it out

jerryg1942 Fri 3/30/2007 03:20PM
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dmb haters are just simply ignorant to great musicianship....they put on a killer live show

soulink starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/30/2007 05:29PM
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I'd say 95% of Dave Matthews haters are the hardcore fans of the post-Everyday Dave Matthews and just aren't willing to admit it.
I used to love his music ... now I can stand it (at best), but there is no reason to hate.
Dave Matthews is classic, and he certainly deserves to be on JamBase. It’s amazing that there can be such elitism from apparently devoted members of this website and of the jam scene at large.

BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/30/2007 06:38PM
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Although "stand up" was, in my opinion, a terrible album; They are very talented, and yes, they do jam.

Marcsmall Fri 3/30/2007 08:01PM
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Waterinthesky starstarstar Sat 3/31/2007 04:41PM
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I can agree with soulink, most haters are the hardcore fans of the past. Seems like DMB is for many people the "gateway" band into a whole new level of jambands; at least for me and all of my friends going up. Personally, the large stadium venues don't really do it for me anymore...Not to say that those guys don't put on a good show, because I've seen many. Dave has written some great songs with incredible lyrical content, but in my opinion, the rest of his band is more musically talented than the man himself. No hating here though, much respect for DMB.

phillip2 Sat 3/31/2007 08:44PM
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Dave shows have never once let me down.
and , the article is what is. it painted a picture.
sit back relax, take a taste of what's mellow

phillip2 Sat 3/31/2007 08:46PM
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his new(er) song Break Free is pretty smooth, don't know if anyone has heard it much, i caught it live last summer after a bartender/big eyed fish/break free and it blue my mind..............

z man starstarstarstarstar Sun 4/1/2007 10:50AM
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Yeah matthews band is a little much and alittle to much hype for what is really going on. Matthews and Reynolds is where its at, more intimate and I like a nice guitar. A man and his guitar, unless you can throw down like phish used too.

gorgefan29 star Sun 4/1/2007 03:48PM
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If it wasnt for Dave Matthews Band, I would not have gotten into John Butler Trio, Tea Leaf Green, Govt. Mule, Bela Fleck, Robert Randolph FB, ALO, Umphreys Mcgee, Xavier Rudd, and a ton of more bands that have opened for these guys over the years. I am a huge fan of music in general, good music is good music and it cant be denied. Its funny to think that Dave Matthews has probably played with most of the bands that are on this site. Shit its been almost 15 years.

lovelivedos Sun 4/1/2007 04:22PM
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there needs to be more tim and dave shows in the states. the best show i've seen of dave was 'roo '03 with tim and trey. there should be more of this pairing offering intimate shows

mgoedman Sun 4/1/2007 06:15PM
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I think the reason you may not agree with the comment "they put on a killer show" is because there is a difference in definition. You define a killer show as one dominated by the tension-release, peaking style of, say, Phish or even WSP.

DMB is a vastly different experience. They don't revel as much in the peaking aspect of jamming, but certainly do, nonetheless, jam. There are different styles of shows: DMB puts on a killer one. It is not a Phish, or a Panic, or a TLG, or a UM show...but it is a killer show IMO.

dfreshvt Mon 4/2/2007 08:58AM
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I feel that much of the DMB hating is due to the DMB scene. I used to see them all the time at tweeter and the Meadows back in high school and we had a blast. But I saw them l;ast summer at SPAC for the first time in years and it was more like a giant frat party than anything else. Shirtless meat heads were trying to fight me for casually trying to find a little herb(and I obviously wasnt asking them). Nor were the sets terribly different for those I saw back in the day, maybe some different tunes, but the sound has hardly evolved.Plus there are some great musicians in the band(especially carter beauford) but I feel Boyd is way overrated. he may be entertaining but hes is not that technically skilled... my opinion

Maestro starstarstar Mon 4/2/2007 11:40AM
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dfreshvt is on the money. My first DMB show was in late 96. After about 10 shows in the next two years I realized how much the Dave crowd (tweens screaming a cell phones to friends who aren't there, and dumb biotches screaming for the first chord) SUCKS. He is a talented musician, and can certainly tear it up.

BUT HIS BAND is absolutely sick, and definitely DESERVE ALOT more credit then they get. TR is the shit as well, and I love when those two take the stage by storm.

FUCK DAVE for dumping his SHIT in the Chicago River though, that makes me HATE him (not his band) alot more....

soulink Mon 4/2/2007 02:17PM
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"I can agree with soulink, most haters are the hardcore fans of the past."

Ya,I meant "pre-Everyday Dave Matthews" ... typo at the key part of the sentence.

knibbs starstarstarstar Tue 4/3/2007 06:14PM
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Everyone over 25 on this site has raged @ a DMB show. I'm guilty as shit of that. Remember all the tank tops? It was always the start of summer music season when Dave rolled thru Chi (and when he wasn't dumping shit on people's heads). I've seen the Dave & Tim thing, and it was solid. This was a very descriptive piece, and though I would not pay to see anything Dave related I could definately see where Shain is coming from nice work.

z man starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/4/2007 05:10AM
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Very well said knibbs

cocheese Wed 4/4/2007 06:14AM
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first thing Dave had nothing to do with the dumping of feces on the Chi-town folks. his bus driver was the guilty one. do you really think Dave is shit control?? Anyways, everyone on here bashing DMB is doing so because of the image that the DMB fans carry with them now. Probably most have at least one if not more DMB cd's in their rotation. Carter is a sick drummer and i'd take him over just about any other drummer out there today. Steffan is a super bass player, as is Leroi on the sax and what ever else. Boyd, well Boyd is Boyd. As for Dave, well he has gone a bit crazy with his vocals the past few years and they need to get back to more instrumental jazzed up numbers like the old days, but still Dave is an amazing vocalist and songwriter. that you can't deny. and Butch Taylor on the keys, he's no amateur. Oh and Tim is a freak, ever heard Stream??????

peaceanlove starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/4/2007 09:04PM
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I really enjoyed reading this article. I've been seeing dmb at the meadows for the past 4 years with a group of my friends from back home, and while I'm only 19, I'd like to think that i have a wide taste in music that would match up with many people on this website. When we get together to see them, we feed off the onstage chemistry between the members and each other. I will agree that the crowd can be lame at times, but you just close your eyes and do your thing. Dmb has become a name that people are ashamed to say because of the frat faces, cell phone yelling, cell phone "holding to take pictures" and just flat out immature people that rule the audiences. I too, hesitate if I say they are one of my favorite bands. They are way more than just ants marching, the space between, and satellite... I think what's so unusual about them is the wide range of fans they have. People of all ages gather for their shows and like many people have said on here, when they first started out, I can guarantee that many of the members on this site really enjoyed the album remember two things.

bella446 starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/10/2007 02:03PM
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I've been listening to dmb since I was in the seventh grade, and now seven years later, I still love and respect their music, even if I don't listen to it as often as I used to. People that hate on dmb and claim to be lovers of music confuse the hell out of me. How can you hate dave but love music? Music is all their about. I have had some of the best times of my life at dave shows, central park in 03 was craaaazy, the shows in manchester, mass and dave and friends at bonnaroo in 04 to name a few. I agree that some of the people going to those shows, usually very young and very drunk are incredibly annoying (I had to listen to a girl screaming "JTR!!, MONKEY MAN!!" in my ear for two hours to which I finally turned around and replied- "honey if they play JTR right now, I will drop down dead from shock"). I just stopped trying to make the dmb shows something their not. They aren't perfect for whatever reason, but the fact remains that this band is a gateway drug into many other types of music that we all appreciate and their influence on our generation and generations before us and generations to come is really amazing. I, for one, am proud to be a dave matthews band junkie. Oh, and P.S. I'd sell my soul to the devil for tickets to a dave and tim show in amsterdam. lucky!

peaceanlove Wed 4/11/2007 11:15AM
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well said bella

deano419 starstar Thu 4/12/2007 01:17PM
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dave and tim are one of the best duos in my book. you got dave that work a crowd over and have the whole place tappin their feet and tim who is flawless on the slide. how does that disappoint this guy? in amsterdam! smoke a joint, got over some audio and listen to jimi thing again.