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.