Dave Matthews Band Plays Rarities & Cover Debuts In Las Vegas
Dave Matthews Band played The Chelsea At The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas on Friday night. They made it a good one with two cover debuts and a slew of rarities.
But not before kicking things off with a trio of classics in “Granny,” “Grey Street,” and “#41.” DMB then got into newer material with “Do You Remember” from their 2018 album Come Tomorrow ahead of more vintage Dave with “What Would You Say.” The first bust outs of the night came in the form of “The Riff” — for the first time since July 2014 and the 40th time overall — and “Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd,” which was played last on May 21, 2016. “Warehouse” came next ahead of “Lying In The Hands Of God,” a tribute to late DMB founding member and sax player LeRoi Moore.
“Jimi Thing” then led into a debut of the Stevie Wonder-penned, Chaka Kahn and Rufus funk classic “Tell Me Something Good.” While the song was a debut for DMB, Dave & Friends featuring Tim Reynolds and Trey Anastasio played the tune in 2005. The band then delivered another rarity in “Beach Ball” for the first time in nearly eight years and just the 17th time overall. Next up, “What You Are” and “Come Tomorrow” ahead of the DMB debut of “Long Train Runnin’.” A first for DMB, bassist Stefon Lessard had played The Doobie Brothers number once before in his supergroup, Secret Stash, in early February. More vintage Dave followed with “Crash Into Me” ahead of the Before These Crowded Streets partners “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel” to bring the set to a close.
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But Dave and company still had some tricks up their sleeves for the encore, which opened up with a bust out of the live rarity “Sweet Up And Down” for the first time in a decade. The Vegas play marked just the 30th time DMB played the song since debuting it in June 2000. Dave Matthews Band would bring the evening to a close with “Ants Marching.” Check out audience shot video of the show below:
Tell Me Something Good captured by Pat Sweeney
Long Train Runnin’ captured by Jeff Nash
The Riff captured by Michael Lores
Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd captured by tankthearmytank
Beach Ball captured by Michael Lores
Sweet Up And Down captured by Jeff Nash
Granny captured by Michael Lores
#41 captured by Michael Lores
Warehouse captured by Michael Lores
Ants Marching Jim LaRance
Setlist via DMBAlmanac
Set One: Granny, Grey Street, #41, Do You Remember, What Would You Say, The Riff, Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd, Warehouse, Lyiing In The Hands Of God, Why I Am, Jimi Thing > Tell Me Something Good, Beach Ball, What You Are, Come Tomorrow, Long Train Runnin’, Crash Into Me, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel
Encore: Sweet Up And Down, Ants Marching