Derek Trucks Band/Santana Tour


Derek Trucks Band
The Derek Trucks Band will open 17 dates for Santana beginning in Boston on April 4th and traveling to the Midwest, Canada and ending on April 30th in Hollywood, FL. In addition to these shows, the DTB will play the Savannah Music Festival on April 2nd. On April 3rd at the same festival, Derek Trucks will take part in a special performance titled "The World of Slide Guitar" featuring Jerry Douglas, Debashish Bhattacharya and Bob Brozman. The band will also return to Jazzfest to play the Fairgrounds on May 4th.

Tour Dates with Santana
4/4: Boston, MA - Agganis Arena
4/5: Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino Arena
4/6: Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
4/8: New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
4/10: Albany, NY - Pepsi Arena
4/14: Quebec, Canada - Colisee Pepsi Arena
4/15: Montreal, Canada - Bell Centre
4/18: Auburn Hills, MI - The Palace of Auburn Hills
4/19: Rosemont, IL - Allstate Arena
4/21: St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
4/22: Omaha, NE - Quest Center
4/23: St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
4/25: Atlanta, GA - Chastain Amphitheatre
4/26: Atlanta, GA - Chastain Amphitheatre
4/27: Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
4/29: Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
4/30: Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live

[Published on: 1/19/08]

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canoftunapudding Sat 1/19/2008 10:11AM
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This is going to be insane.

Icculus049 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/19/2008 10:17AM
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St. Paul MN Fuckin A!

myfriendjack Sat 1/19/2008 10:39AM
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Derek Trucks is unreal, Santana should open for him

ScIFreak Sat 1/19/2008 10:55AM
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^^^ HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, yea right!! Derek IS amazing, but he has a long road ahead of him. Santana already proved he is worthy...

ao1 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/19/2008 11:08AM
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Too be honost.....I think derek trucks has proven himself...many consider him to be one of the best guitarists touring today. His slide work is unmatched today and his feel for the fretboard is unreal. This also isn't taking anything away from santana, who is a monster himself. But, I think derek trucks "proved" himself when he toured with eric clapton across the globe. After each show many people were left wondering why their ticket said eric clapton on it, instead of derek trucks.

tonebeach Sat 1/19/2008 11:50AM
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no NC shows, come on!

cam0083 starstarstar Sat 1/19/2008 12:33PM
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I saw Sanatana a few years ago and the first set sucked. No way around it. But when they came back on stage for the second set they played all of there old songs from the seventies and it was awesome. It was the most lopsided show ever. Anyway, with Derek trucks on board this might be worth checking out.

Chaloupka Sat 1/19/2008 03:22PM
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I agree with myfriendjack!

aquariumdrunk Sat 1/19/2008 03:59PM
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I sure do hope Santana drags along his best buddy from Nickelback!

Dcknyc Sat 1/19/2008 05:37PM
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nothing against santana, he is a legend and has made some high quality music, both back in the day and recently, however, derek stands head and shoulders above him as a guitar player. in fact, there's almost no one on the scene, and only a handful in the history of the instrument, who can even come close to the soul-wrenching sounds derek can pull out of his guitar.

i'm just bummed there won't be any real dTb shows in NYC for a little bit.

Bobalew Sat 1/19/2008 06:52PM
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Derek Trucks and his band are amazing. Would love to get an Austin show soon, or anywhere in Texas for that matter!

tuna1 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/19/2008 08:46PM
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I agree with ao1!

rdawson124 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/19/2008 11:43PM
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Please go buy Santana live @ the fillmore '68. Jingoooooo!!!!!!!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/20/2008 06:13AM
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Cam0083 I saw Santana summer 03 and I enjoyed the newer tunes just as much as the ones I was familiar with.

Hey Tonebeach NC got more than our fill last year and will *probably* get ours in the form of Theatre/evening with(think Visulite, & if you've ever been then you know why these are special) shows cause the dTb like us that much.

Hey Dcknyc NYC just got like 4 shows, by my count, within close traveling distance on the fall tour.

With all that said the only theatre/evening with show soon is Savannah which I will try to hit up as it may be the only one for awhile. While I won't be hitting the Santana I am happy for the band as this is a good opportunity. I am disappointed that we probably wont see any "pure" dTb shows 'til the fall though. With this tour, then ABB most of May in NYC, then assuming a short ABB tour sometime during summer, and Soul Stew Revival having avails for booking during summer tour/fall tour that leaves an end of the year fall tour for us hardcore dTb fans.

I do hope I'm wrong about that.

Bowmansbump Sun 1/20/2008 09:21AM
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First off, Rdawson good call with the '68 Fillmore show. Santana is smoking hot during the enitre album as is organist Greg Rollie. Secondly, I'm wondering if Santana's current tours are filled with the commercial bullshit he has released in recent years or if it is more of a retrospective look at his older hits. I would love to see this show if it didn't have Michelle Branch and Sean Paul guest starring with their garbageness.

Hans starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/20/2008 10:55AM
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Let's hope Wanee is the 11th and 12th I guess. Thats the only downside I see here are that these are all April dates :( :( :(

philhitz Sun 1/20/2008 11:08AM
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i hope this is just the initial leg

Brad&Steve Sun 1/20/2008 04:09PM
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Yeah, Why no Wanee announcement yet?

carphishhead Mon 1/21/2008 12:30AM
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Tonebeach, true that!!! wtf!! I almost drove to Red Rocks to see Santana 2 years ago, but still havent made it to his show yet.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Mon 1/21/2008 03:55AM
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Jellybones and Brad&Steve

Wanee Festival in Live Oak, FL *is* on April 11th & 12th.

Astronaut Jones starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/21/2008 05:43AM
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Astronaut Jones

a friend of mine called the music park to inquire about Wannee and they said the guy who handles it has passed away and that's why it's moving a little slower this year. but it's definitely happening. oh and as for proving himself, playing in and around the Allman Brothers Band since elementary school so i think qualifies Derek as proven.

nuke_ticketbastard starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/21/2008 07:27AM
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woohoo SANTANA!!!

i have seen both of these acts before and i am way more excited for a chance to see santana again , yeah trucks IS a great guitarist , but santana should def own this tour.... either way it promises to be a great show beginning to end. and merriweather !

durazno Mon 1/21/2008 09:43AM
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this is amazing.. and of course DTB is gonna open for santana. SANTANA is a leyend , trucks is a legend to be (with no doubt).


phhil starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/21/2008 09:58AM
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I'd like to think if Santana invited Derek to open, he is going to have an impressive band backing him up. I hope I can make it to Merriweather, if not I'll be lookin for the recording. AAHHH April showers and May flowers cant wait.

sunnbear starstarstar Mon 1/21/2008 02:38PM
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I do hope this is the first leg of a much larger tour, as I'm in Cali and I missed DTB last summer! I will always remember Carlos jamming with Jerry at Calaveras back in the late '80's. That was some cool shit! I did hear that the last Santana tour was weak, but come's Santana, man!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Tue 1/22/2008 04:38AM
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sunnbear you if you're talking about out west then you didn't miss the dTb. what you missed was the Soul Stew Revival.

Alot different & bigger band with three more people(Susan, Duane, & Ron Holloway) than the dTb.

And a WAY different songlist.

sunnbear Tue 1/22/2008 08:40AM
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^My bad! I've only seen DT with ABB and that was very cool! I do hope he comes out west this summer.

mattysnake Tue 1/22/2008 06:58PM
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no santa trucks dates in Colorado????

breadloaf starstarstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 08:22AM
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I think Derek is a beautiful player, wonderfully talented- has a certain quality that I have not heard since Jerry. I do think that it is dangerous to compare musicians as "best", "better," etc., because a great player of a certain type can be caught out of his or her element (insert Big Lebowski lines here). I illustrate my point by something I observed a few years back- Derek and John Scofield played a gig in Chicago. Derek played first, with Susan, and they were fantastic. Then Sco' did his set, and Derek joined him for a few tunes. When they got into some jazz territory, it got a bit uncomfortable when Derek reached for his slide, which seemed not at all appropriate for the song, and he was clearly struggling. My friend commented that Sco' had "Schooled the kid," but I am certain that there was no intent of malice or competition. Like I said, this was a few years ago, and Derek continues to progress. I just thought I would share it because I found it fascinating. The "best" is simply who you like the most.

Junglistic-Hippie starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/23/2008 12:04PM
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I'll be at Columbia, MD show, probably bring my parents since they love santana

TheACDCBag starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/24/2008 08:11AM
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its going to be some sweet sweet music when santan jumps on stage with dtb and then derek rips apart a santana song during his set. NYC and Albany should satisfy my craving.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/25/2008 05:24AM
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You folks in AL will get a show too.

I just noticed that they left off 5/2/08 @ Pelham, Alabama Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on the above ^.

sjpeagles1 Sat 1/26/2008 05:26AM
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I appreciated your thoughts and the fine way you wrote them (compared to many messg boards and sloppiness), however, I couldnt be in more disagreement with them. The truth about Derek is the EXACT opposite to what your point was in regards to the jazz element of Dereks playing. I say this as less of a contentious point and more of a hopeful one which maybe if you take my advice and listen to a few things I assume (due to your commentary) that you have not heard-you will enjoy enlightenment and be rewarded with even more pleasure from just how wonderful of a guitar player Derek is as well as the possible/ultimate indrect path that his development is taking and has taken which is an exciting proposition considering his low age. Derek in fact is an amazing jazz guitarist at all times, and specifically if he desired to tune his guitar to standard tuning and play with a pleculum/or just play without the slide being the feature tonal addition to his sound. He kind of does this at DTB shows occasionally. I mean its hard to not hear and see the overt jazziness that bubbles beneath his playing in that band no matter what song, and then bubbles over for several original jazz tunes/several longstanding covers he likes. At his BLUESIEST, whenever derek plays without the slide he is almost more of a jazz player than blues, and at the most, he is only a "blue-jazz" guitarist rather than a pure blues guy. And with the slide, he is quite capable of playing jazzy stuff with specifically jazzy phrasing. Albeit, its harder, less varied, and only occupies about 30percent (guessing from personal experience) of his phrasing style with the slide. Even with the ABB there are several key tunes where he gets unusually jazzy which has often been noticed by people and commented on how they are surprised Greg lets it get like that because Greg is out of his element, but it sticks and sounds great. I guess I can only say, I dont know what was going on that nite with sco, there are so many reasons-as u yourself sort of implied and mentioned-for guitarists sounding good or bad or different in diff elements, that I cannot comment on why. All I know is that Sco cannot school Derek, although it is not a contest. to unfortuentely inadvertantly validate those guitar fans who insist on making it a contest, I must comment that Derek is easily the far far more technically apt player in terms of physical tenchinique and the ultimate guitar player contest loving fans' favorite trait: speed. When taking the slide off, derek plays so fast and phrases in such complicated ways. Listen I should mention that I am just a Derek fan, he is not my all time fav guitarist. He is young and somtimes doesnt mix it up as much as he is capable and will someday. I believe he will change bands eventually and ultimately play without slide a lot. I have been lucky to see some DTB shows where according the mood that nite, Derek picked a lot of jazzy tunes and played a ton without slide. That is where I realized much of tihs. But dont misunderstand me, I amspecifically saying that he can and does play very jazzy with his slide on occasion. It just does evoke a mental image because of our memory association with blues/delta/country and bluegrass when you hear a slide. If you think too much and listen only to the tone it does seem out of place SOMETIMES (not all) and morebluesy. One counter example is when Derek plays with slide some of Coltranes more technically complicated modal adventures from his later albums. Where he stacks odd intervals and manipulates intervalic relationships, utilizes extensive chromatics, and experiments with time and rhythm at that time more than anyone else. Dereks interpretations of these songs are incredible and original and unheard of before. Dereks first album is what you should buy to hear this almost the whole disc. He plays a number of songs including MR PC by coltrane, and a tribute to Bill Frissell...obviously more jazz. Does stuff he never did again at least not with ABB or DTB, it was a diff band, and it was way before he was real popuar. It always came across to me like he felt the need (also loved the music but..) to establish his "chops" so to speak. By playing this riduculous stuff and generally agreed upon that its real technically difficult type pieces. And he kills it. The album is self-titled. also, anytime (except with ABB and colonl Bruce's bands) Derek has played with Jimmy Herring they shred at least a little jazz if not a bunch. Jimmy has influenced dereks phrasing when he takes slide off a lot. You can hear the similiarity right away if you know both guys. So again, maybe he played with slide cuz sco wanted him to simply to add a dimension that sco doesnt ever have inhis music or bands?? I have noticed many people utilizing a DTB appearance and guest spot in this way when I expected to see differently. Derek just doesnt say no when people ask for his "normal" amazing slidework. But I get the impressoin he likes and has fun with the other stuff almost more.

breadloaf Sun 1/27/2008 07:50AM
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Thanks for the substantive post. I was a bit hesitant to post my comment, because I certainly did not mean to demean Derek's playing, which, for the record, I think is superlative. He has something beyond the chops which interests me. I study jazz with a brilliant player, so I undertsand the well considered specifics you delve into, like the Coltrane stuff- and I do have Derak's first album and think highly of it. You mention Frisell, who happens to be my personal favorite. One thing that I would say regarding both Frisell and Scofield is that they do not feel the need to show their cards- they often underplay if you will, leaving a lot of space, and choose to speak in very simple phrases. For me, coming from many years of the noodle-heavy guitarisms of the Dead, Phish, etc., I find the spare quality of these guys very refreshing. Your comments on the slide are interesting and accurate; I assume you are a player simply by the nomenclature. I have to think that perhaps my own enjoyment of slide music is limited to the blues realm- my own hangup, not Derek's! Anyway, thanks.

FormerlyI Mon 1/28/2008 07:42AM
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Maryland - Merriweather Post... it's nice that they dip out of New England just to make that stop! Pumped for this show...