One of the Dave Matthews Band‘s signature sounds will be missing, as violinist Boyd Tinsley has announced he will be taking a break from the group and touring. Tinsley took to Twitter last night to reveal his decision and as of press time there has been no acknowledgment from the Dave Matthews Band camp of Boyd’s announcement. Matthews and the band play tonight in St. Paul, Minnesota ahead of an extensive summer tour that is scheduled to begin on May 18.
Boyd has been a fixture on Twitter, but stopped tweeting between January 11 and last night. Tinsley first told fans, “Sorry I have been away for a while. I’ve been wrestling with a decision. Before I talk about me I hope that all are well and sending extra love to those who are in need.” After tweeting, “I have an announcement to make” the violinist dropped the bombshell, “I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while. I will miss you guys & my brothers in the band but I’m somewhat worn out & need 2 spend more time with my family & 2 bring more balance to my life. Thanks 4 ur Love.”
Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville in 1991. Soon thereafter, Matthews called Tinsley, a local favorite in the Virginia city, to add to a demo of “Tripping Billies.” Boyd and the band hit it off and he joined DMB full-time in 1992, well before the group started touring extensively or had recorded an album. Tinsley had remained a member of the band through his decision last night. In 2016, the Dave Matthews Band announced an extensive tour would be followed by a hiatus from the road. DMB had played just one set between September 4, 2016 and tonight, a headlining appearance at A Concert For Charlottesville on September 24, 2017. Boyd not only performed at the charity event, but he also represented the band on CNN after violence broke out in their hometown.
Matthews & Co. are set to headline a pre-Super Bowl concert on Saturday night dubbed “The Night Before,” which will be held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tickets for DMB’s summer tour went on sale hours before Boyd’s announcement and will span May 18 – September 10. A new studio album is due this summer and is expected to include contributions from Tinsley.