With over thirteen Platinum releases and one of the most die-hard fan bases in recent memory, the Dave Matthews Band has come a long way since their Charlottesville, Virginia formation in 1991. South-African born Dave Matthews, along with Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moor, Boyd Tinsley, and Carter... More
With over thirteen Platinum releases and one of the most die-hard fan bases in recent memory, the Dave Matthews Band has come a long way since their Charlottesville, Virginia formation in 1991. South-African born Dave Matthews, along with Stefan Lessard, Leroi Moor, Boyd Tinsley, and Carter Beauford brought their mixture of rock, folk, jazz and world music to the local scene in the early 90's, and didn't take long to rocket to fame and establish themselves as one of the hardest working touring groups in the business.
Throughout the 90's the band built a tremendous amount of popularity by consistently touring college campuses across the U.S. The band's first major label album, "Under The Table and Dreaming", sold over four million copies, beginning a consistent run of Platinum studio releases that has continued for over a decade. The band did not stop there, though. In an effort to fight bootlegged copies of their sought-after live shows, they started to release recordings of their best shows, starting with "Live at Red Rocks," which went double platinum. The band has since released over fifteen live albums.
The Dave Matthews Band has continually built an incredibly strong following to their live shows that are loaded with constantly changing set lists, seemingly endless jam sessions, improvised solos, and a cavalcade of guest stars including Carlos Santana, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Tim Reynolds, and The Allman Brothers, just to name a handful. DMB is one of the few bands out there which will surprise you, each and every show.
The Summer Tour is a perfect catalogue of old and new, featuring the latest album, 2009’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which was named after founding member and saxophonist Leroi Moore. Moore passed away suddenly in 2008 of complications from an ATV accident. Tim Reynolds also joined up with the band to record on this studio album. The overall tone of the album is heavier than past recordings, still with strong, grim references to poverty and the need for change. Rather than lingering on the topic of death, Matthews and band make a more impactful tribute by emphasizing the magnitude of a well-spent life.
While Dave Matthews Band is known for their consistent touring, having spent every year for the past twenty on the road, they announced in 2011, their 20th year as a band, that they would not be touring, taking the year off to spend time with their families. This was the first time they took a year off since 1991. The band made a grand finale with the 2010 Summer Tour before their hiatus, hitting over 50 locations throughout the US and Canada during a four month span, as well as headlining a music festival.
In February of 2012, they announced their summer tour dates and plans for a new album. Their 39-date tour included all the fan favorites, like “Ants Marching” and “Stay (Wasting Time)” alongside newer album tracks like “Shake Me Like a Monkey” and “Why I Am”. Their eighth studio album "Away from the World" was released on September 11 of this year. The album went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. It also tied the band with the Eagles for the most No.1 albums by an American band in the chart's history. The band is coming up on tour again now and will be at Boston's TD Garden on Sunday, December 9 at 7:30PM.