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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
December 13, 2002
United Center, Chicago, IL

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User: 2step110
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amazing show, the setlist may have been relativly similar to the nights before, but the band was on in all aspects of the music.

User: 7oceans
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The first is always the best. Bartender was amazing.

User: aavery9
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the very top of the United Center is not the place to see DMB. sound was horrible and it was about 150 degrees up there. The show was pretty good, would've loved some better place to watch it from.

User: AcE25
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Pretty cool show, there were times when I thought the Bnad might not have really been into it, and then they would turn around and look they were having an awesome time, Dave and Carter giving high fives after several songs....Probably the highlight to me was the crowd started to sing #36 during everyday, so Dave and the band added that to the song.

User: admohr
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good show, setlist pretty standard compared to rest of winter tour, solid bartender, nancies & warehouse, everyday(#36) w/ the help of the crowd was the highlight of the night

User: aloink
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This show was awesome. The United Center crowd singing #36 during the Everyday intro was definitely a highlight. Great set list (in my opinion) and great energy from both the crowd and the band.

User: Alpine4
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I narrowly missed out on my ticket to the LIVE IN CHICAGO show in 1998. So I jumped at the chance to see them at the UC, the home of my Blackhawks. Dave was belting out some serious screams in the climax of Bartender around this time, and this was no exception. Captain might have been my favorite song that night though. One of my all time favorite shows.

User: AmericanBaby82
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Loved Bartender and Loving Wings... really enjoyed hearing those songs. I brought my younger sister this time to the concert... and she really enjoyed it, in fact she had a blast and loves their music... this year we decided that this would be something that we would attend together whenever DMB comes around. Pretty high up in the 300's, the sound was great and the screens were helpful...glad that they were working. Had a wonderful time and cannot wait till next year!

User: bdb23
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What an unbelievable show. I thought maybe I was in for some disappointment when they broke out WTWE. But by the time they hit Grey Street they were off the hook. I've heard Nancies plenty before but tonight it was just PHENOMENAL!!! The show could have ended there but the energy kept going with Warehouse, Bartender, Pig, and The Stone. Although I was hoping for some 41 and Billies, the set list was packed with enough. I know people give them hell for all the BS they play and the mellowness, but when they include these jams to mix it up, I think it's great. Watchtower was, of course, the jam of the night. I'm glad I heard Christmas Song. That's such a simple but great song. And I think enough has been said about the Everyday (#36) finale. The crowd spun in the 36 chorus and the band just went with it. It was great to hear the band going with Everyday and the crowd backing him up with 36. This one quite possibly is number 1. !!!

User: bdbdmb96
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fun show. . .

User: bieedds
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AWESOME show! wharehouse and dancing nancies were great live. christmas song was also very good. the only low point was the encore. christmas song was great, but dave coulda had a better closer. everyday isnt a good closer.

User: bigeyedfeesh
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Good show, I was pretty drunk and it was freezing in Chi-town.

User: biggsturg
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The band played incredibly well. They were amazing. I was though, disappointed with the setlist. I was hoping for a more diverse setlist, espcially one without all the repeats from the night before. Other than that, they jams were incredible and a good show overall.

User: bobcats68
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Behind the stage and I watched Carter the whole night, the man is amazing! Walked out some exit and there were the buses. Got mad props from Carter and saw Dave with one of his little girls.

User: Carter=God
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The mood of it was a little tones down to me, but other than that it was sweet. The opener was unexpected.

User: carterbrettford
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i will never forget watching Carter from behind his kit playing Fool To Think and being blown away by his stick work.

User: CGlenn
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3rd Show...Love Chicago....Christmas Song...Good Stuff

User: chiappe3
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GReat show, I enjoyed the set a lot, I was amazed at the energy that the section i was in had. Awesome time!

User: chicago_animal
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When the world ends isn't a great opener but it was awesome to hear Captain live. The crowd really started to get into it during Dancing Nancies, whichI finally got to hear. It was an awesome set list overall. You can usually tell the people that only know the songs from the radios as they start talking when Dave plays other songs.

User: ChiefILLINI2
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Encore could have been better, but overall a good show

User: chuckcushman10
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10th show. I'm always worried going to a show after Alpine, but this was a lot of fun. (#36)Everyday was a spectacular closer. I could hear Pig every show.

User: clangenfeld
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This was a slight dissapointment for my first road trip show, most likely due to our bad seats. We still enjoyed it as much as we could and I really enjoyed hearing Pig.

User: cmbsyndicate
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Wife was pregnant... Expecting Twins!!!!

User: colbymathews
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First indoor show. Good time!

User: cousintroy
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Great show by far. Even though our seats were behind the stage, we were still 10 rows from the stage. The best part was seeing Carter drumming away during Everyday and having his stick break and still playing the song with it broke. Afterwords he threw it into the crowd.

User: danster
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average

User: darrend
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c-

User: davefan83
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Sat behind the stage, very interesting, pretty good show.

User: Daveistheone
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Dave, you never fail to be great!!

User: Daveistheone2
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This was my first dave show, and i must say one of the best. The whole show was absolutly astounding. The croud seemed to love the music and i had an awsome time. The whole band seemed to really get into the music, which made it even more fun.

User: davephishin
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fun

User: Daves05
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I almost didn't get to go to this show because some scalpers bought up like half the show online and I couldn't get tickets. How do those fudgepackers sleep at night? But once again 'Ants' user pj4real29 was able to conjure up some tickets and we were on our way. We also brought along for the ride pj's then (past tense thank god) girlfriend cp and her rowdy potsmoking friend manhands. so we ate at a cute place down the road from the united center and headed into the show. It really wasn't the best show. we did get to hear "dancing nancies" and "captain" so it wasn't a total bust. good experience. i don't know how i'll ever repay pj, maybe someday i'll give him my virginity.

User: dcturtle
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w/Elisha

User: defconnect5
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Section 120, Row 10, Seat 4.....Again in Chicago, this time at the phenomenally huge United Center. Again, I recorded the show. Again with the Girlfriend, again a wonderful show, and this time from the closest I've been to the stage. The band walked underneath us to get on and off stage. It was very cool. This was late in the winter tour, and right in the middle of all the craziness in Iraq. This was one of my Girlfriend's favorite shows because she loves Captain, which was 2nd on the list, and Grey Street, and her favorite song, as well as one of mine, The Christmas song was first in the encore. She wept during the Christmas Song. There was one point in either Nancies or Pig that Boyd got so excited he lost his cowboy hat from the extreme jamming. The setlist was all love, and very fun. Great versions of Stone, and Watchtower towards the end. Dave took his first step toward making a stance against the war in his introduction of The Christmas Song, saying..... "i hope you all have a peaceful christmas, and a peaceful new year....i don't wanna dwell on things, so I don't wanna waste your time, but, just to say that, uh, that, it amazes me that, uh, that in a world that has seen so much war, and so much pain through war, that somehow we can still get ourselves twisted up....and think about going back to war....I just wanna say, I wanna, I don't wanna step out...but, I just wanna say one thing, that...Peace, is the greatest thing in the world....so, before we do anything else, we should, we should hope for peace...this is a song, I hope it's an okay song, it's a song I wrote about a guy, who above all else, believed in peace....." To tell you the truth, I cried a little bit myself.

User: dmb2stepper41
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it was a really, really good show. lots of energy. a lot of people said the crowd sucked, but by me, they were good. i got to hear 8 songs for the first time at this, my 5th show. after some songs like Dancing Nancies, i was just completely blown away. great show.

User: dmb4747
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BOUGHT TICKETS THAT NIGHT ON THE STREET, PAID $300 FOR THEM BUT HOLY SHIT THE SEATS WERE INCREDIBLE. GREAT NIGHT

User: dmb4life2000
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Good Solid Show great to hear Nancies, The Stone and Christmas Song

User: dmband006
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Not the greatest, not the worst, pretty decent.

User: dMbBoWa
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Not a bad show. Boyd and Roi were jamming all night. X-mas song was nice.

User: dmbgroupie
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10th show!

User: DMBJames14
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A great show. Good setlist, good venue! Ants Marching...Can you ever get tired of it?

User: dmbriguy7
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now, i will always support DMB and always think that their live shows are amazing. however, i felt let down with tonights show. granted i didnt get there until nancies b/c i was performing "Gravedigger" at my school, but the songs ive missed ive heard way too many times before so no big loss. DMB just seemed off tonight and not really happy to be there. the highlights were definitely bartender and stone. however, the crowd was weak. after fool to think, they were dead. people were even sitting during bartender. i left during WAYG to take apiss....they play this song way too much...crash of the new millenium...every night. watchtower was good as always, but not as good as the past. the intro was 5 minutes long. between that and the 10 minute encore, they could have at least played one more song. the encore was weak too. i saw dave and carter come out, so i was hoping for halloween, but christmas song will do. great song,.....crowd was real quiet. but everyday is a weak ending. and the same encore as atlanta. the crowd was poor tonight, and wouldnt even sing hani hani during the intro, only the outro once dave sang it. maybe it was the fact ive seen DMB 5 times this year (alpines, allstates, and tweeter....all were better than this one), or maybe the fact that i was expecting a lot out of tonight b/c of the hype (41, YNK, last stop, halloween), but it was a let down. pretty similar set for the winter. sure they dont have time to practice every song from the summer, but im sure they didnt all forget how to play them. i dont know. just was expecting more rare stuff i guess. but im sure MSG2 will rock. really hope to hear last stop there. brian

User: DMBStone4041
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The crowd wasn't as hype as normal, but all and all a pretty good set.

User: DMBvol41
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Great show.

User: dmb_is_sweet
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What a nice way to kick off the Holiday Season! Great show... great set list in my opinion... really liked hearing "Christmas Song" wished they would of played all of "Loving Wings" but maybe sometime. Captain was great and Bartender... well what can I say about that... it was awsome... really got into "Everyday" the crowd was really full of energy... great time... great concert!

User: Dmkband21
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A great Dave show the best part is when he closed with chrismas song just intime for the holidays. but the setting at the united center sucks and I was all the way up in nose bleed section.

User: Dongo
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WOW! Best seats ever probably. I was behind the stage which some people would think is a bummer but at the same time, we got to see the band enter exit the stage. I believe Dave's wife was there as well. Anyway, great setlist and looking forward to the summer '03 tour! This one by far ranks as one of my favs!

User: dougseh142
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Very good show. I was pleased to finally hear Watchtower in person. The Stone, Warehouse, and Dancing Nancies were all real treats.

User: Dreamcat78
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I went with Katie and met up with other friends i remember smoking a cigg in the hallways at a table

User: DrEvil1044
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Good times

User: Duo883
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Awesome Set List, though I wanted to hear more old stuff

User: DWB57
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Ok bad seats

User: Eboy1977
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Decent show

User: emax02
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One of the best shows I've been too, great Dancing Nancies and Warehouse

User: EricWags86
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It was a great concert. On the floor for this one was really a great time because everyone was into it, so it made it more enjoyable.

User: firedancer1
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badass

User: firedancer25
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Mosat fun ive ever had at one time. Words cant describe how much fun i had there

User: flips
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i was real messed up but it sounded lovely

User: floydh2o
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Great Show

User: GOOGZ717
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WOW WAS THIS A GREAT SHOW HE FINALLY SEEMED TO HAVE ALL THE BUSTED STUFF SONGS DOWN REALLY GOOD AND HE PLAYED GOOD VERSION OF WAREHOUSE AND DANCING NANCIES I THOUGHT I WOULD HAVE MISSED THIS SHOW BUT ENDED UP GETTING FREE TICKETS TO ONE OF THE BETTER DAVE SHOWS IVE BEEN TO

User: GQjonDMB274
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Great show a close secound to 07.07.01 but still is secound, Pig was great, and yes finally heard The Stone.

User: greybart41
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Excellent show. Christmas Song was nice.

User: GreyStreetAve
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Great! Watchtower, Captain, Christmas Song, Nancies! Had beautiful seats. 8 rows from the side

User: gunder33
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102 row 14. Weak opening, very mellow, not much energy from the crowd or band. Watchtower was great, and the encore was awesome. Very appropriate I thought. Nice to hear Dancing Nancies.

User: IL Mikey
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Great show. Horrible seats. My first show back after a 6 year hiatus for no apparent reason.

User: IllBackYouUp36
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Awesome awesome show! I'll admit Dave didn't seem to have the energy that night (not many jigs danced) but the boys were definitely ON. The setlist was good. Watchtower and Pig were the songs I wanted to hear, and I heard 'em. Great audience participation on Everyday (#36), we started singing before he did, and at the end he was doing our back up. "Honey, honey...come and dance with me..."

User: j-kurtin
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This show was not great, to be honest. It was the first for my sister, which was somewhat unfortunate. Pig, Grace, and the encore (Christmas Song (Dave and Carter) and Everyday) were the highlights. There was a definite lack of jam and energy in the band this evening.

User: jakestar_20
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I was there

User: jakestar_22
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prety good

User: jaydotday
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My second dave show was absolutely incredible also. Even though we had almost the worst possible seats you could get, we all still had a great time! Highlights of the evening for me was the opening with WTWE and the beautiful, mellow, encore with Christmas Song leading into Everyday! When you are in an arena with 30,000 people and they all are singing along with dave, its a beautiful thing. A few songs I could have done without were captain, and grace. I'm sorry, but those two songs weighed the show down too early on. Other than that, It was an amazing show!

User: jdogg92
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Unbelievable set-list tonight, this was one of the best shows ive ever been to. First time hearing Christmas Song live.

User: jimiwheels
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Good show. Didn't like the sound as much as Verizon Wireless in Indy (aka Deer Creek)

User: Jon Hlutke
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great show to be at

User: jonnyvit6
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this show was badass, alls i gots to say THE STONE

User: joshliog
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Not a lot to write home about. Captain was nice mellow jam and I thought Fool to think was a great improvement from the last time I heard it live. Still a nice night for a fun road trip with my brother.

User: joshuadmb
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pretty solid show

User: jpnewbold
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suck-y crowd

User: jrmint07
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AWESOME!!!

User: karebear0025
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Even tho we were behind the stage we still had a blast!

User: karl5884
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Good show. I heard some new songs, but I was a little disappointed since he only played a total of 17 songs if you include the Loving Wings intro.

User: Kenny Gee
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Awesome seats

User: ktedwrds
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This show was really good, warehouse screwed up my tickets so i wound up on the floor instead of the balcony. Overall, I have seen Dave play better shows, but as always it was still awesome.

User: ktgirl
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We road tripped with Dani. It was fun. Our hotel room was AMAZING. It had a living room!! Anyways, I met Cole, Jen and Jig, and that was sweet too. They were fun. We saw Carter get on the bus and Dave waved to me and a couple other people from the bus. They were staying just down the street. We had Chicago deep dish and the waitress was a mega bitch, mostly to Danielle. The pizza sucked anyways. Passes were there that night but only three and there were 6 of us. Joe and I decided since everyone hadbeen beackstage once but only we had met Dave that we would sit this one out... Dave didn't come out that night. We had Boyd tickets anyway. The setlist wasn't anything to swoon over and hey made a lot of mistakes. It was still better than most nights of my life. -kt

User: kujorulez
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decent

User: LetSefanSing
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sweet solo. this was my first concert.(ever) yeah, i definately had a ton of fun and am definately gonna go see dave the next time he swings into town

User: lilwenDMBfan41
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:)

User: lilwing420
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yet another great birhtday gift! we had skybox for this show and it was the first time i heard captin!

User: linzie32
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amazing show

User: LittleBaby928
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good show. sat behind the stage tenth row and was mesmarized by carter all night

User: Livi3681
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awesome first show :)

User: lostindmb
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Decent...

User: lying eyes
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This would have been an amazing show if I hadn't already seen it twice this summer. C'mon guys...mix up the setlists a little! Oh well, still stellar. Highlight was Nancies --> Warehouse...really got the crowd going. I hadn't heard X-mas Song live before, so that was a treat, too.

User: Mattster
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Not a bad show. Lots of energy!

User: mcomisar
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Pretty Good.

User: mdmt619
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stone

User: MI.dmb-fan
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Good Good Time, except I lost my buddies camelbak...Anyone find it????

User: mifrench31
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this was my third dmb show and i thought it was a great show, but definately a little dissapointed compared to the other two

User: msmelle
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Great show but I had bad seats. Funky vibe...good versions of some classics. Watchtower killed me.

User: murphysfan1
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My second show. First time I heard watchtower. That is one of the coolest things i've ever heard.

User: nblasin
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seen better. not much emotion. dave possibly sick?

User: nester
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My wife's first Dave show. And she saw a Christmas song.

User: nmugirl
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This was my first time going to a concert indoors. I really didnt like the sound. Great show, but like the outside venues better.

User: Omarduckets
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Excellent show. Dave playing off of the crowd during Everyday/#34 was excellent.

User: onesweetworld33
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Awesome Show, sound was great and christmas song was very special

User: OneSweetWorld87
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meh

User: PelicanBay
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Sweet!

User: phish007
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Great setlist! The crowd by me was alright. The highlight for me was Bartender followed by Pig. After last seeing them at The World/Tweeter Center, (worst sound anywhere) The United Center sounded a lot better. Still can't wait until the next summer show at Soldier Field.

User: phungo
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Fun show! Best one at the United Center Yet! Better than the 1999 show!

User: poormonkey
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My opinion of this show was awesome due to me having 19 row dead center seats on the floor..... Another great Dave experience....

User: Prefect
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Fourth show I'd been to, very low energy. . .it's like the band wasn't into it, still though, my first Everyday, it was fun. . .

User: prihodas
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best encore i've seen

User: pzindahizzy
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Seats sucked...Date sucked...Jason Mraz sucked...

User: Quick
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It was my first show, and I was pretty disappointed. From what I heard, they can do a lot better.

User: ravenlax
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Played some good ones, but overall, I was very disappointed. They seemed to lack energy, and I'm not feelin' Everyday as a closer. Had fun, but wish the setlist would have been better.

User: rd112175
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Everyday...>#36 was unreal...the crowd was really into the show and the band fed off that energy to deliver a great show...

User: rick8285
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Loved Nancies-->Warehouse, Pig, The Stone, Watchtower Everyday Rocked my world

User: ryandmb17
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Nice music to hear before Xmas.

User: sableegar
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My first Dave Show.

User: sara&keith
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Awesome!!

User: SpencerDS
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my first show, it had to be amazing

User: splishsplash
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Fantastic!

User: StandUp41
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Great Show!

User: stormy458
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I think it was good... I was behind the stage at the very top of the center so I got a lot of echoes... but it looked much cooler below

User: Strugz10
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Great show till the encore. Everyday as a closer??? Come on now.

User: stskopek
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This was the closest I have ever sat at any of my 14 DMB shows... I was front row dead center behind the stage.... my first behind the stage experience. For that reason I think that the show was better than it actually was. Besides the Pig-->Warehouse (which was amazing) and The Stone, I felt the setlist was pretty weak. The crowd was into it where I sat.. Carter, Boyd and Butch were really into it, but Dave seemed maybe a little sluggish... I don't know. I had high expectations for Halloween, Last Stop, 40, 41... but they can't play them all I guess. The OSW Intro was great! I guess the more I think about it, the better show it becomes. I was just hoping that Dave would play just a little bit to the back of the stage... he did walk back there during one of Carters/Boyds solos, and looked up at us, but never played. I did say Carters name and he turned around... he was only 10 feet or so away from us.. that was pretty cool. All in all a great show.. great city (House of Blues.... where were all the WH'ers)great band.

User: stubby25
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Best show I ever saw. Mike and I walked back downtown after show, that was the low point of night. 1st row seats in 3rd level. oh yeah, it was my birthday too....

User: supraman
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Not really a big fan of the opener, but I couldn't complain. The stone, pig, nancies --> warehouse were all awesome. First time I heard Christmas song live too, it was very nice.

User: tackettg
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Pretty good show. Great Chicago trip. Moved there soon after. Went with Gretchen.

User: talairys
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pretty solid

User: The J2H
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The band was definately one a role tonight. Everytime the band jammed, the place went crazy. I especially appreciated how awesome Bartender and Watchtower were. My first time at the United Center definately wasn't a disappointment!!!

User: thememanman
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Garbage show.

User: TwoSteppingAnts
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good.

User: UFGatorJHH
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Great Christmas song.

User: unclejoe1012
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This is a typical indoor show for Dave and the boys, but it was really cool to see them here and then follow the bus about 3 hrs to U of I for the next night. A one of a kind experience, but i have heard better versions of everything...solid though!

User: VisorGuy2003
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Great show, even though I don't remember too much of it.

User: warehouse48038
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ok

User: wendmb10
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what a show

User: what will i say
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The sound at the United Center is equivalent to having a jackhammer in an outhouse. It's sounds shitty.

User: wildfan1979
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Show was great, but the sound in that building is worse than Target Center (pre 2002) and that's a bold statement.

User: Xmasjjm
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First show ever, and an awesome one! I still cannot believe that we had the Warehouse ticket upgrades! Being that close to the stage and the band was amazing. Greatest night of my life so far!

User: youneverno41
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It was my 2nd concert, i dont really remember little detail....all i know is WTWE is a weak opener


   


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