DMB’s Last Stop in Philly Should Be Their Norm

DMB in Philly on December 22, 2012 (Photo via deandmb.phanfare.com)

DMB in Philly on December 22, 2012 (Photo via deandmb.phanfare.com)

After over two decades of touring, a certain standard is held in the eyes of the Dave Matthews Band fanbase in regards to their beloved band.

Philadelphia’s show was that standard.

On December 22, DMB finished their mini 15-show tour in the City of Brotherly Love, finding a perfect combination of new and old songs that fans hope would be the norm heading into 2013.

The tour was in support to their eighth studio album, Away From the World, which came out in the fall. Six songs from the new album were a part of the 20-song set list.

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DMB’s Away From the World: A Song-By-Song Analysis

2009 was an interesting year for the Dave Matthews Band.

It was less than a year since the passing of saxophonist LeRoi Moore that the band put together an album based around praising Moore’s life. Rock producer Rob Cavallo was brought in to help put that album together and in June, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King” was released.

Big Whiskey turned out to be a strong album, but it didn’t capture what DMB was. Electric guitarist Tim Reynolds was all over the album, and in a bad way. Dave’s song-writing musically and lyrically was cheesy at best, and in the end, only a couple of songs off the album will be memorable within the fanbase.

Three years later, DMB reunited with Steve Lillywhite, the producer of their first three albums, and he immediately went to work in making the Dave Matthews Band what it was in the early 90’s.

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DMB Plays Weakest Two Nights At Camden in Four Years

Camden has been a strong destination for Dave Matthews Band the past few years.

2009 and 2010 concert goers at the Susquehanna Bank Center were treated to four fantastic shows in one of the most underrated concert venues on the east coast.

But after a year off from the venue, it seemed that the band lost some of the magic it was creating in the city of New Jersey closest to Philadelphia.

The band played well at both shows, and maybe it’s just the fact both shows were my 17th and 18th career DMB concerts that create these feelings. But either way I will try my best to look at this objectively.

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Concert Review: Dave Matthews Band

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Band: Dave Matthews Band
Date: June 24-26, 2011
Venue: Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ
Rating (5-star rating): 5

It had been a seven-month wait for me to see my favorite band. This time, I didn’t have to travel to Philly, Camden or Hershey to dance my ass off but instead ride my bike over to Bader Field and take in the show.

The three-night stand marked my 14th, 15th and 16th DMB shows with the 16th being potentially the greatest DMB show I’ve ever attended. Busting out covers, gems and songs we thought were dead, DMB rocked AC harder than expected.

Friday [setlist]: They kicked off the weekend with a good show on Friday. They played a pretty mainstream set with a few surprises tucked in. Opening four songs sounded like any typical festival with “Don’t Drink the Water,” “You Might Die Trying” and the “Proudest Monkey/Satellite” combo.

But it was the fifth song that shocked many hardcore fans: “Captain.” This song hasn’t been played since 2005 and is one of the best songs lyrically off the 2002 album “Busted Stuff.”

The band continued on with more typical festival-songs and even featured guest guitarist David Ryan Harris to come out on stage for “Jimi Thing.” They finally broke up the run with a song many people thought was new. Instead, it was a cover of Morphine’s 1994 song “Buena,” which featured a bari sax solo by Jeff Coffin.

After giving every woman in the audience an orgasm with “Crash Into Me,” Matthews brought out his tiny Gryphon guitar and played the opening chords to “Shotgun.” Much of the crowd stood frozen, either trying to figure the song out or too shocked to do anything (I was screaming like a girl). Once the band joined in on Shaotguns more familiar riff, the place blew up.

The encore was one of the coolest ones I’ve heard. A four-song set, Dave again came out with the Gryphon and played a beautiful rendition of Procol Harum’s “A White Shade of Pale.” The band then joined in on “Stay or Leave” and “Grey Street.” With one more song left in the tank, Tim Reynolds went Led Zeppelin on us and played the opening riff to “Good Times Bad Times.” The rest was history as they tore apart Zeppelin’s hit, musically and vocally.

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