Dave Matthews Band | 06.27 | PA

Words by: Jake Schindel | Images by: Rod Snyder

Dave Matthews Band :: 06.27.08 :: Hershey Park Stadium :: Hershey, PA

Dave Matthews :: 06.27 :: Hershey Park
The problem with Hershey Park is that it's just not a great venue. The seating is almost never desirable and the sound is bad. The worst thing about Hershey for this writer is that in all my years of going the concert has never been on a weekend. I'm not sure if this was the overall scheme of things or just coincidence. However, the world was set right as the Dave Matthews Band played on a Friday night, the gateway to the weekend.

The Black Crowes came out first and played a mediocre set of mostly new tracks. There was the obligatory "Remedy" but the rest of their set was for the most part uneventful. This only added to the already mounting tension of whether or not this show would be like all the other Hershey gigs in my past. My impression was the Crowes were not as "Hershey Park Happy" as the crowd was.

Dave Matthews opened with "Old Dirt Hill." Since its release it hasn't really changed a whole lot but the mellow nature of the song and the lyrics can only be described as "aw that's nice." "Everyday" was helped by Tim Reynolds' guitar as the crowd sang along. What would become apparent later was that the star of the show, according to face time on the big screens, was Reynolds' guitar, especially on "Rhyme and Reason." At times it was even a Flying V, which looked somewhat foreign at a Dave Matthews concert.

"You Might Die Trying" has really been cranked up this tour, again thanks to Reynolds. The band seemed to want to test their rocks on this one. One of the newer songs, "Eh Hee," proved to be as good live as the Peter Gabriel-esque video suggests it might. "Grey Street" has been on the upswing, too. At 16 minutes, "Bartender" was a definite temptress, filled with the bag pipe-like sounds of the long intro and the raring anger towards wars fought by young men overseas.

Matthews got into his faux country mood with "Corn Bread." This song has had little variation so far this season but this night they got into it. One of the highlights of the tour so far has been "Out Of My Hands." Mathews has been playing the piano on this track and it has stayed soulful. The band has been playing more older classics rather than the newer less-appreciated songs, including "Dancing Nancies," "Typical Situation," "Crash" and "Jimi Thing" (with a little "For What It's Worth" jam). Just about every show has had the staple "What Would You Say" > "Anyone Seen The Bridge" > "Too Much." While this has been played many times, Hershey seemed happy to hear it and sing along.

The encore consisted of a cover of Pink Floyd's "Money," a wicked "Two Step" and then finishing with an abrupt "Ants Marching." Due to curfews, most shows on this tour have ended around 11 p.m., so it was a nice surprise to receive a great rendition of "Money" and a "Two Step" that rivaled any in history in length and girth.

With the already famous second night at Saratoga under their collective belt, this poor soul expected them to come off half-cocked because of that stellar performance just a few nights earlier. Be still this blasphemous tongue, because they rocked hard.

Dave Matthews Band :: 06.27.08 :: Hershey Park Stadium :: Hershey, PA
Old Dirt Hill, Everyday, You Might Die Trying, Eh Hee, Grey Street, Bartender, Corn Bread, Out of My Hands*, Dancing Nancies, Typical Situation, Where Are You Going+, Crash Into Me, Jimi Thing, So Damn Lucky, Rhyme and Reason, So Much To Say, Anyone Seen the Bridge?, Too Much
Encore: Money+, Two Step, Ants Marching
* No Horns, Dave on piano
+ Without Rashawn

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Comments

moejoerisin Thu 7/3/2008 10:45AM
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moejoerisin

good to see dmb doing some covers again (besides watchtower).. also good to see that kick-ass grateful dead shirt on boyd! sick threads on the man with the sick dreads!

wagsinnorthernva starstarstar Thu 7/3/2008 11:10AM
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wagsinnorthernva

Nice review glad to see them playing well considering all that is going on right now. I always wondered why they didn't play longer shows or play there own sort of Festival thing in VA.

Goofy08073 Thu 7/3/2008 12:04PM
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this show was awesome!!!! 3+ hours!!!!

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/3/2008 12:14PM
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Well, this thread ought to be fun to watch - certain to bring out the haters in the house. I'm not one. I love DMB and think Dave is one of the best songwriters of recent times. But, I do understand about shows in huge mega-plexes and how uninspiring they can be. So I haven't seen DMB myself in about ten years. Lastly, great pics, fair words. I think JB and you the readers should expect more from our reporters than a simple set list. You get into the show for free folks, do some work for your cost. Just my own 2 cents.

KCReb Thu 7/3/2008 12:25PM
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KCReb

Unfortunately, I agree that this review seems really uninspired. And I'm a huge Dave fan. Great pics though. Now someone else needs to step up to the plate and give us a DMB review of a show with Coffin rippin it up.

Positive thoughts to LeRoi!

nancies starstarstar Thu 7/3/2008 12:42PM
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terrible review but great picks... oh yeah, it was So Much to Say>ASTB>Too Much not.. What Would you Say that>ASTB>Too much

green024 starstarstar Thu 7/3/2008 01:21PM
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Mad props for Boyd wearing a Grateful Dead T. GD are truely a great band, and DMB is so lucky that they actually got to share a stage together. I hope DMB gets their heads out of their ass. Best wishes to Moore on recovering. Coffin is a bad ass replacement!

nuke_ticketbastard star Thu 7/3/2008 01:26PM
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Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/3/2008 05:57PM
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Rickymullet

These guys ALWAYS bring on the heat! I wish they would tour with WSP and scortch us all with the shining heat. These guys aren't cheezy at all. They are sooooo cool and Dave really brings on the heat!wah rah wawa ..oh ya

arlo786 Thu 7/3/2008 06:21PM
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kizzy1, no wonder you thought they "blew dead camels," you left during the 3rd song! The first three songs weren't the best choices but are in no ways horrible songs, but you missed out on the entire show.. That's like going to any jam band show really and leaving 15 minutes into the first set and complaining about it.. You didn't want to see a good show, you went into it with that mindset.

Also, I agree with whoever said it was a less than stellar review, nothing more than adding some words between the setlist.

willydog Fri 7/4/2008 09:21AM
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willydog

DMB brings the sleepy time. His band is full of great musicians and for once the sum is not greater than the parts. Carter carries it. I am sorry to hear about their horn player and I hope he gets well....Oh and the crowd,...frat houses across america, you have a new home DMB is on tour!!!!

Bryan24 Fri 7/4/2008 09:30AM
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Bryan24

all i have to say is a dmb and wsp tour would be a dissapointment to wsp fans. please never do that widespread.

twist2piper star Fri 7/4/2008 06:29PM
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Terrible writing, and looks like a mediocre show. Why does jambase publish reviews by writers who don't seem to have graduated from writing for their high school newspapers?

toeknee420 Sat 7/5/2008 03:54AM
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toeknee420

The only thing Dave ever did for me was give me a chance to sleep a couple of hours all those years he headlined Friday at Bonnaroo.

Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Sat 7/5/2008 10:16PM
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Rickymullet

DMB to me is simply another Chickflick of jambands or of music in general.

jammasterjustin starstarstar Sat 7/5/2008 10:56PM
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that review was crap, hardly said anything about the songs. and its "so much to say> anyone seen the bridge> too much", not what would you say. tim reynolds is sick and has made this tour one of the best in years.

oh, and great to see that shirt on boyd

thelizardkingliveson Sun 7/6/2008 09:27AM
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thelizardkingliveson

Also DMB didn't come to hershey last year, which was the first in a decade plus, so I feel that dave had to make up for last year, which he did. The venue, as i can speak from experience is much to be desired and if your a minor you might as well write yourself the citation for drinking and save the police the trouble

Mountain_Icculus starstarstarstarstar Mon 7/7/2008 06:53AM
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Mountain_Icculus

just got back from rothbury...coffin was beyond insane.

ClaysTribe star Mon 7/7/2008 09:59AM
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gotti3 Mon 7/7/2008 11:05AM
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gotti3

Having lived most of my life in the Hershey are I have to agree that this venue sucks. The security is tight the crowd is usually like a frat party and the sound is horrible. After touring with Phish for many years I even skipped there outings at hershey. To finish anyone who puts DMB and WSP in the same sentence together is just way out of touch with longtime fans like myself want to see.

Muffinman1 Mon 7/7/2008 02:41PM
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Muffinman1

Shitty review, great show, i was there and dave ripped it up.

mcnafh02 Tue 7/8/2008 09:44AM
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Pretty sure Rickymullet's post was an attempt at sarcasm. Or at least I hope so.

I couldn't sit through more than three songs at his Rothbury set. My entire crew agreed that it just wasn't good. I felt like I was watching musicians recording a studio album; everything seemed so rehearsed and contrived.

tamser4035 Tue 7/8/2008 11:51AM
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I saw WSP open for Dave in Las Vegas in 2000. They were both bad ass. My fisrt time hanging out with molly. She's nice....

sixstringbrad starstarstarstarstar Tue 7/8/2008 05:43PM
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sixstringbrad

Nice shirt Boyd! Can't wait to see these guys!