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- A Fan heard the entirety of the new 2012 DMB studio album (compliments of Steve Lillywhite). Every song is "new", and the three songs being played this summer, Mercy, Goucho, and Sweet are all on there (and in a row).
- Dave played a surprise solo show in Greenwich on May 26 prior to the Full-Band show in Hartford
- Nine songs debuted this weekend, including The Stone to open the weekend, and Halloween as the penultimate track.
Returning to the glory that is "rotation" were Beach Ball and You Never Know two of the most underrated and awesome songs out there. Seven and #41 are worth a mention because both are great, and there are actually people out there that don't like Seven so I like to mention it a lot to tick em off. I'm a salt-in-the-wound guy.
Tour continues May 19 (most likely tonite if you're reading this timely) in Dallas.
So between those clips, the awesome doc Hello Again from the 2010 tour, and the live tweeting we will feature from the show on the antsmarching.org twitter, you all should be sufficiently prepared to crash Ants by the second song of the show. That's another way of saying that the anticipation for this tour is pretty sky high. You know where to follow along by now, so we'll see you all as you watch along with the set list for the first show!
OK, maybe don't. But have you ever thought about what the tapers do to facilitate your Dave Matthews Band experience? After all, it was tapers that greatly assisted the spread of DMB, first from campus to campus, and continuing today from continent to continent. Tapers spend, well, lets just say way too much money to record these shows, and the vast majority are up on the internet the following day (or sometimes a few hours later). Gone is the old tradition of the "two week rule" (where fans waited 14 days prior to asking about a show).
So maybe instead of hugging a taper, you should instead give em a little space. Tapers arrive very early to venues, and set up their gear to get optimal sound. If you happen to be near one, maybe give em a little extra space? 9 our of 10 tapers don't bite, and are quite friendly, but no one really likes to have their gear bumped or trampled upon. So an extra step or 2 won't deter your DMB experience. The tapers are going to be the way that we hear quality recordings of the new songs quickly, so lets give all the tapers some props, and also some space.
There's a fine art to determining what will be played, which is why we have our very own Set List Game! If you've never played it before, it's pretty simple, just try and guess what song(s) will be played during the show. And you receive bonus points for predicting a song in the exact place in a show when it's played (which the kids call "spotting"). Enter your picks in, and then you can follow along during that given show in the thread for that show in the forum.
There will be fabulous prizes awarded for whomever does the best in the set list game, so best of luck in picking your songs!
We don't need to remind you that this is a big year for DMB; with a new album coming out (eventually), the big question is, "what will be played this year?" The first tour of the year is usually a peek at what we have in store (but not always). To help facilitate you, the fan not at the show, the good members of Ants+ will be at every DMB show this tour tweeting from the Ants Twitter. They will be tweeting specific things that you'll find interesting, not just what song is played. So if you're not following the Ants Twitter, get on the bandwagon! Those tweets, along with tweets from other fans, will pop up on our real-time-set-list feed that will pop up prior to the show. Just stay on the main page (that'd be the one you're reading this from) and the set list app will appear a bit before the show begins.
Check back every day this week as we count down to the first day of the 2012 tour!
Dave Matthews Band will headline the inaugural River's Edge Music Festival, located on Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN. DMB will play on June 24 while Tool will headline on June 23. Tickets go on sale April 13. More information and the full lineup is available at the festival's official site.
The Warehouse announced the ticket confirmations for the Dave Matthews Band 2012 tour, and it sure seems like there's a lot of happy campers (and non-campers). Just by the reaction of fans, ticket confirmations seem to be "up"; the new system of "checking the box" as it's creatively known on the message board seems to at the very least gotten people in the door for a show.
The other thing that will be "interesting" (which is another way of saying fairly hilarious) is the new policy of the Pit. With The Pit tickets now being picked up at the venue with a photo ID, once has to wonder if the #1 complaint from the 2010 tour - people sneaking into the pit - will finally be resolved? Of course, there's people out there that are going to get railed with or without proper Pit Tickets, but the general idea is that it will limit those sneaking into the Pit (which is a good thing).
For the rest of the normals, the Citi pre-sale begins March 5 (that's today), and the normal ticket sale starts sometime after that... but really, if you're not in the Warehouse by now, I can't hear your complaints about tickets anymore. You should know better.