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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Bruce’s “Wrecking Ball” Tour Crashes Through Philly

Rocker Bruce Springsteen dances with his mother, Adele, during "Dancing In the Dark" on Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Philadelphia. (Photo via NJ.com)

Seeing the E Street Band live must be checked off an avid concert-goers check list. And despite the loss of Clarence Clemons last June, the band hasn’t sounded any better than it has this year.

With new life breathed into the E Street Band, the backing musicians for rock legend Bruce Springsteen, they were set to bring down the walls of the Wells Fargo Center with their “Wrecking Ball” Tour.

Springsteen opened up with three of the first four songs off the new album, sprinkling in the “Born to Run” classic “Night” carefully in between “Wrecking Ball” and “Death of My Hometown.”

During “Wrecking Ball,” which is about the late Giants Stadium and growing up a New York football fan, the crowd booed mercilessly when Springsteen mentioned the Meadowlands and sang the line “and the Giants play the game.”

“Night,” the first song to feature The Big Man’s nephew Jake Clemons, was one of five songs played for the first time on this young tour. Clemons was on fire the whole show, keeping his uncle’s body of work well and alive during classic songs such as “Thunder Road,” “Kitty’s Back” and “Born to Run.”

Young Clemons’ playing wasn’t the only way The Big Man was kept a live all night.

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