Dave Matthews Band Kicks Off 2018 Summer Tour In Texas
While it’s been a bit of a tumultuous week for the members of the Dave Matthews Band, Friday was the day that the group’s fans have been waiting for as the band kicked off their first tour since 2016 with a performance at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. DMB’s visit to The Woodlands came after an extended hiatus that was only broken up by a set at the Concert For Charlottesville in September of 2017 and a one-off performance in St. Paul for The Night Before Super Bowl LII concert on February 3.
Last night’s show was the group’s second without Boyd Tinsley following the violinist’s announcement on February 2 he was taking a break from the band. This past Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against Tinsley by former Crystal Garden trumpeter James Frost-Winn accusing Boyd of sexual harassment along with an article published by Consequence of Sound detailing Frost-Winn’s claims. DMB issued a statement later that day making it clear Tinsley was no longer a member of the group.
Friday night’s gig marked the debut of the band’s new touring lineup as they’ve added Buddy Strong on keyboards. This tour will be the group’s first with a keyboardist since Butch Taylor departed in 2008. Dave Matthews Band got their tour opener going with the live debut of “Come Tomorrow,” the title track from their upcoming studio album due on June 8. The septet kept fans on their toes by next offering up “Lousiana Bayou,” playing the track from 2005’s Stand Up for the first time since July 18, 2015.
From there, the band would settle in and work their way through a selection of material from throughout their career. Old school favorites were represented with “One Sweet World,” “What Would You Say,” “Satellite,” “Typical Situation” and “Recently.” Matthews, Strong, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Tim Reynolds, Jeff Coffin and Rashawn Ross also delivered takes on “Pantala Naga Pampa” > “Rapunzel,” “Don’t Drink The Water” and “#41” as part of Friday’s main set.
Towards the latter part of the night, Matthews & Co. had a few more surprises in store. First, the group dusted off “#27” after a 256-show layoff. Next, they served up “Do You Remember,” from their upcoming album. The song, which was debuted by Matthews and Reynolds last year at Farm Aid, got its first-ever full band treatment. One song later, DMB reached for “What You Are” which hadn’t seen action since 2013. The band saved their biggest bust out of the evening to close out their set as they unearthed “Stand Up (For It).” The track from 2005’s Stand Up hadn’t been played in full since July 3, 2010 – a span of 796 shows. Dave Matthews Band returned to the stage for a two-song encore as “You & Me” and “Grey Street” concluded opening night.
Watch both debuts along with low-res full-show video and check out the setlist below:
Setlist (via DMB Almanac)
Set: Come Tomorrow*, Louisiana Bayou, One Sweet World, What Would You Say, #41, Seven, Recently, Satellite. Lying in the Hands of God, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), Don’t Drink the Water, Typical Situation, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel, #27, Do You Remember**, Crush, What You Are, Stand Up (For It)
Encore: You & Me, Grey Street
* live debut, ** full band debut
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