Dave Matthews Band Appears On VH1 ‘Opening Night Live’ In 1998


Dave Matthews Band performed at the sold-out Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on June 5, 1998. Their first stadium headlining concert held 18 years ago today was featured on the defunct VH1 program Opening Night Live which is the focus of this week’s Sunday Cinema installment.

DMB were joined by opening acts Beck and Ben Folds Five for their stadium appearance featured on the episode hosted by A. J. Hammer. Originally airing live as it happened in front of the over 46,000 people in attendance, Opening Night Live showcased the opening run of “Pantala Naga Pampa” > “Rapunzel,” “Too Much” and the beginning of “Don’t Drink The Water.” A guest-filled show, Bela Fleck, Big Voice Jack, Butch Taylor and The Lovely LadiesTawatha Agee, Cindy Mizelle and Brenda White-King – all appeared at various points of the evening. Taylor and Big Voice Jack can be seen heard on the opening three songs and Fleck comes out to assist “Don’t Drink The Water.”

Below is the beginning intro to Opening Night Live, followed by a video featuring “Pantala Naga Pampa” > “Rapunzel” and another clip made up of “Too Much” and a portion of “Don’t Drink The Water” posted by MightyTiny1. Watch the early Couch Tour footage from 18 years ago here:


[Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel]

[Too Much & Don’t Drink The Water (partial)]

Setlist (via DMB Almanac)

One Set: (LeRoi solo) > Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel, Too Much, Don’t Drink The Water, Lie in Our Graves, The Last Stop, Drive In Drive Out, Dancing Nancies, The Dreaming Tree, Tripping Billies, #36, Crush, One Sweet World, Stay (Wasting Time)

Encore: Crash Into Me, Ants Marching

[Hat Tip – @Copperpot5]

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