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A press release promoting the European release of Away From The World has an interesting quote attached to it. "Dave will be in the UK late Autumn to play acoustic shows."
That certainly makes it sound like Dave Matthews will be in the UK in late Autumn, most likely to play acoustic shows (cwutididther?). Like everything else attached to press releases, we tend to tread lightly with them, and caution you to not book your flight on Virgin just yet to hop the pond. But does make sense given the release of AFTW in Europe.
Also tied to the release, according to the presser, is that the Live Trax Vol. 1 vinyl is part of a "series". Series generally speaking are more than one, so perhaps there will be more vinyl (the plural of vinyl is vinyl, I'm told) released? There is no doubt that the vinyl releases are more popular than at any time in the modern CD era, and fans are already plotting and stalking record stores for the impending LT1 release. So keep your eyes pealed for that too.
Dave has once again designed the labels - you may recall the 2009, 2010 and 2011 designs - this time Dave got his Pig on in 2012. Here's the skinny on the wines:
- The 2011 Painted Red is a blend of 53% cabernet franc, 26% syrah, and 21% malbec.
- The 2011 Painted White is a blend of 66% viognier, 18% roussanne, and 16% marsanne
This is a Pre-sale - the regular sale begins December 8. Any orders from November 21 to December 2 will receive, in addition to the fabulous wines - a limited edition, screen printed, numbered handbill. 10 random handbills will be signed by Dave Matthews.
You can visit the Blenheim Order Page and pick up the duo - White and Red for a cool $55. Orders by the case are also available. These go pretty quickly, so don't hesitate and order today! And tell em antsmarching.org sent ya!
In case you were wondering what spurred Dave to cover John Denver's Take Me To Tomorrow during a few Dave and Tim shows, it's pretty apparent now. The John Denver official site announced that Dave is among more than 15 artists selected to appear on an all-star tribute to the late Singer/Songwriter. The release is slated for February 2013.
Denver died in 1997 in a plane crash (you may or may not recall). He is also recalled either as a great songwriter or an extremely underrated songwriter, depending on whom you ask. Dave has only covered Take Me To Tomorrow from the Denver library of songs, but he has teased Sunshine On My Shoulders famously during the 1995 Red Rocks show.
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will headline the Life is good Festival, that will take place at Prowse Farm in Canton, MA. Dave and Tim will play on Sunday September 23 with a lineup that includes Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. 100 percent of the funds goes towards the Life is good Playmakers, which helps children overcome poverty, illness and violence. Information about the family friendly festival, including the full lineup and pricing can be found here.
Dave Matthews surprised the audience at the Greenwich Town Party in Greenwich, CT when he took the stage this afternoon to play a 20 minute set. The full set is not currently known, but it appears that regular solo staples Crush and Save Me were performed. More information on the event and photos from Dave's performance can be found here.
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds have contributed a a live track to Turn The Tide: Song For The Last Call At The Oasis, the soundtrack to the ATO Pictures released documentary Last Call at the Oasis. The September 18, 2011 performance of Little Red Bird joins studio and live performances from 19 other artists, including John Butler Trio, Blind Pilot and Vusi Mahlasela. You can find the soundtrack here, where it is available on a name your own price basis.
Many have commented on the Dave Matthews/Phillip Phillips comparisons and now Dave himself has voiced his opinion. Dave attended the premiere of Last Call at the Oasis on Monday and Vulture asked him for his thoughts on Mr. Phillips, which can be read here
American Idol contestant (and registered member of Antsmarching.org) Phillip Phillips sang a Dave Matthews Band song on the April 25 edition of American Idol. In what can safely be described as a shocker, Phillips chose The Stone as his DMB song. This marks the first time an American Idol contestant performed a DMB song.
The judges were kind of mixed on the performance. Steven Tyler acted as if he had never heard the words "Dave Matthews Band" in that order in a sentence, Jennifer Lopez called it "Too artsy" (you can insert your own joke here), but Randy Jackson did praise it.
You can vote on-line for Phillips as well. But time is limited, so if you're reading this at 3am, it's probably too late.
If you're new to the DMB thanks to P-squared (as the cool kids call him), and you'd like to hear the DMB perform The Stone, head on over to DMBLive, they have a few nice live versions to choose from (check under the Live Trax tab).
Dave Matthews will serve as a Distinguished Co-chair at the Julian Bond Celebration Gala that will take place on May 2nd in New York City. Dave will be joined by Harry Belafonte as Co-chair. Bond will be retiring after 20 years at the University of Virginia and the Gala will raise money towards the Julian Bond Professorship in Civil Rights and Social Justice. More information can be found here.
President Barack Obama made his first appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" last night to warm up the crowd for the evening's main event - Dave Matthews' debut performance of "Mercy" from the band's forthcoming album. Dave performed the song with accompaniment from The Roots' Captain Kirk.
The acoustic performance offered the first real glimpse at anything from the as-yet untitled album, though the final product will likely sound quite different with the full DMB treatment. Producer Steve Lillywhite has stated on Twitter that "...it's not just acoustic on the album," and "it is not quiet on the album!" In case you missed the show, you can watch it here and then be sure to let us know what you think on the forum.
It seems that it's likely that we will hear a new song from Dave Matthews prior to the 2012 tour. According to a tweet from Jimmy Fallon, Dave will perform a "new song" on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon on April 24.
Before you blow a gasket (figuratively), let's put in to perspective what "new" means. New to Jimmy Fallon could be Sweet to us. Then again, it could be something totally new. But when you see Fallon say "beautiful song", it's not too much of a stretch to think Sweet. Then again, maybe it's not. Is that a contradictory enough paragraph? Good.
Check your local listings to find out what time Fallon is on in your area.
Dave Matthews, along with President Barack Obama, will both be appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in a special broadcast. Time Magazine reports the President will make is premiere appearance on the talk show April 24, with Dave appearing as the musical guest. Fallon will tape his program from the University of North Carolina that evening.
In case you missed it in our satirical story about the idiot Yahoo writer, Dave will be performing in Seattle for a fundraiser for the President's reelection campaign, according to The Seattle Times, but it appears (as of now) that the Fallon appearance is not tied into a fund-raising performance.
But more importantly, what will Dave be playing? Let's see, there aren't any new songs out there, unless.. you don't think... maybe the new single? OMG!!! Let the speculation commence!
Dave Matthews has donated $50,000 to the Casterbridge Music Development Academy in South Africa. His donation was matched by local business, Seasons In Africa. The Academy's goal is to allow local youths to attend music workshops and learn to play musical instruments. The Academy is based on the model used for the Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA. More information on Dave's contribution and the Academy is available here
McDonald's CEO Ray Croc once said, "I didn't know what we would be selling in the year 2000 but whatever it was we would be selling the most of it." We at antsmarching.org are following his advice and shifting the focus of the site to include other artists, most notably Phillip Phillips!
The popularity of the TV show American Idol is unmistakable, and given the obvious correlations between Dave and Phil (both have 2 first names, both make funny faces when they sing, both do that weird leg twitch), it's a natural to include him in our scope.
Head on over to the message boards, and talk up everyone's new favorite artist Phillip Phillips! And please bear with us while we make some minor adjustments to the layout of the site to include PP!
UPDATE: In case you didn't figure it out, yes, this was an April Fools joke. And quite a successful one at that considering the number of people thrown by it. Special thanks to Phillip Phillips for being a good sport and playing along, and extra special thanks for those of you that got utterly rattled. You know who you are.
Fellow Ant and that guy who sounds a lot like Dave Matthews, Phillip Phillips, made it into the top 10 on American Idol! Nice job, Phil!
And in case you're wondering what Dave Matthews Band song Phillip will sing, the answer is "none". According to a list that has leaked onto the internet, no DMB songs are on the list of cleared songs for him to play.
So, goodly people of Antsmarching, the ball is in your court; Phillip sings next week, keep an eye out for the number to call and facilitate him toward a victory if you so choose.
If you were too busy (or cool) to watch American Idol on February 28, here's fellow Ant Phillip Phillips performance of In The Air Tonight. There are 25 contestants, which will be whittled down to 13. So if you didn't vote, you're a bitter hipster. Or you just didn't know it was on last night (which is OK, I guess). Best of luck to Phillip!
Phillip Phillips, the young man who clearly has a liking for Dave Matthews and the DMB, has made it into the top 24 of American Idol. And while Judge Jennifer Lopez may still be thinking he's pretty original, the national media are on to him a bit. Regardless, the kid is still pretty talented, and he's a member of antsmarching.org, so we're pulling for him.
But in the most telling sign of making it, he's managed to draw the ire (jealousy?) of the message board folks here! And you truly haven't made it anywhere until you get at least 2 threads critiquing you (and he has not one but two!) Next week is the first chance you, the American (and beyond) public have a chance to vote. We'd never tell you who to vote for, but the guy is a member of this website, and really, you have unlimited phone calls most likely, so just keep that in mind.
If you missed American Idol last night, there was a guy with a unique name who reminded a lot of people of a certain performer in the Dave Matthews Band.
Here is Phillip Phillips (yep, that's his name) audition: Judge for yourself here. The footwork - which shows that clearly Jennifer Lopez has never heard of Dave Matthews - certainly had some "Dave-like" moments. And his guitar playing did look like Dave. Not surprisingly, Phillips lists Dave Matthews as an influence according to an Idol gossip site
It is pretty clear that he sounded a lot better with a guitar than he did sans 6-string. We'll see if he can survive the Hollywood week of the show.
And a special note to Phillip, since I know you're out there (IP lookups FTW!), shoot me an email and I'll send you an Ants shirt you can wear during the Hollywood Week :)
Dave Matthews is once again performing at Neil Young's pet charity. The Bridge School announced their 2011
lineup (if their page is working), and Dave is scheduled at the event. Dave has performed solo and with Tim in the past (judging by 2011, this will probably end up being Dave and Tim), and the full Dave Matthews Band has also performed - including a memorable webacast in 2000 that featured the first cover of Cortez The Killer.
The event is scheduled for October 22 and 23, and Dave is slated for both nights. In addition to Young, that nutty Eddie Vedder will also perform both nights, as will Aracde Fire. Tony Bennett (!!!) is slated for Sunday only, and Beck gets a Saturday slot. Tony Bennett! Maybe Tony and Dave croon on Crush? One can dream...
On August 11, the Dave Matthews Band facebook page put up the picture you see over there. That's all it took for the Ants investigation team (also known as a bunch of people on the message board) to tie it in to wine.
To easy you through the back-story, there have been rumors floating about that Dave is lending his name or a song name to a new wine (outside of his own Blenheim Vineyards wines - which are awesome btw). Full disclosure I received an email a few months ago tipping me off of the new label. That brings us up to the present. An Ant posted that this rumored wine is coming to fruition, and it will be called "Dreaming Tree". A winery called "Constellation Wines" in Canandaigua, NY holds that trademark. Constellation Brands is the parent company of Robert Mondavi wines - you know, the same Bobby M where Dave performed in 2009. And if Constellation sounds familiar, and I'm not talking stars, that's because Dave and Tim performed at in 2010 in... you guessed it, Canandaigua. Interesting...
What does it mean? Well, who knows. But if you think you can just put up some picture on your facebook, Mr. Matthews, without having people jump to conclusions, you, good sir, are mistaken.
UPDATE: A few folks that have tried the wine - which is still unofficial -say it will unofficially be available in late September/early October. Follow that?
UPDATE #2: Well well well... look who has a website up. It's Dreaming Tree Wine. Scroll to the bottom and you'll see a note about tastings at The Gorge during the DMB Caravan stop.
Dave filmed the movie in early 2010 in Hawaii, prior to the European tour. The movie is "inspired by" (not a direct remake) the 1969 movie Cactus Flower; Goldie Hawn won the Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards for her portrayal of the Brooklyn Decker character in this one. The movie opens nationwide on February 11.
Dave Matthews will be performing at a benefit to bring awareness of coal mining in the Appalachia area. According to Music Saves Mountains, Dave is a "featured" performer, along with Emmylou Harris. The benefit is May 19th in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Tickets go on sale March 5.
Dave Matthews is appearing on the big screen again. According to a few internet items, Dave will act along with Adam Sandler, and more importantly Brooklyn Decker, in a film called Just Go With It. Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Anniston are also in it. But Brooklyn Decker is too, and that's worth mentioning twice.
Matthews has acted in a few Sandler films, and his last foray into thespianism was Lake City, for which Matthews received praise for his acting chops. Filming for "Just Go With It" is going on now, so obviously Matthews will be doing his part(s) between the Europe tour and the North American tour.
You may recall that Dave, Tim, and Roi are all appearing on the new Sokoband album. According to a tweet from the band, the recordings are quite old. The tweet specifically mentions that Roi's recording is from when he was just 27 years old. That'd make the recording about 20 years old. The sokoband album is due in March.
You may have heard about the hip new thing that the kids are trying out there, Hating on President Barack Obama because of his skin color. Well, you're not fooling one David J. Matthews. In an interview with CNN, he's aware of the ruse.
"I found there's a fairly blatant racism in America that's already there," Matthews said in discussing the opposition to some of President Obama's policies. "There's a good population of people in this country that are terrified of the president only because he's black, even if they don't say it. And I think a lot of them, behind closed doors, do say it."
And if you think that was the shocker of the interview, you'd be mistaken. When discussing Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, Dave opined, "Our first three records were really good. We made good records after those first three - really good records - but I don't think they were necessarily the spirit of the band". Whereas Dave's political opinions may fall along party affiliation, Dave's in the vast minority with half of that statement.