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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
December 14, 2002
Assembly Hall - University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

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User: 1drink2remember
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aaah.

User: ahotrunna
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best i ever saw

User: aloink
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It was disappointing that they didn't play that many different songs from previous shows on the tour, but overall, it was good. The band seemed to be enjoying themselves, and everyone seemed to have a good time, so I was happy.

User: aminngmc
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Was Really good alot of newer stuff Rocked

User: bartednder_zac
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Unbelievable....best concert I've ever seen, and the hani, hani on everyday was great. Crowd atmosphere was awesome.

User: bdb23
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2 words... Pure disappointment. After an amazing show last night at the United Center, I initially thought maybe we were in for a letdown at U of I. But then I thought, this is DMB and there are rarely bad shows. Plus, this was the odd venue they chose for a short tour. All that made me feel that the Assembly Hall show would be something special. But it wasn't. First, the crowd was just awful. That place is so small and cozy that it should have rocked. The United Center was 10 times louder and that venue is so damn huge. This lack of energy was felt by the band. The show started SO mellow. I thought by the time we got to SMTS and Too Much we'd pick up the pace. But the band just wouldn't pick it up. Everyday (#36) was great again, but we had a lot of the same songs from last night. I don't understand why the band can't mix it up a bit on this tour. I will admit that from Grey Street on the show had some character. It would have been nice to have that somewhere towards the beginning, too. The only saving grace for the show was the finale of Ants. At least I left on a decent note. It was good to see the band up close in this smaller venue, but the setlist was the weakest I've seen in my 5 shows this year and probably the worst of the shows I've been too. Sorry boys, but you just didn't have it.

User: beatl910
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My first. Not just DMB, but my first concert ever. It set the bar pretty high.

User: bigeyedfish68
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AWESOME Halloween teaser killed me.....

User: bmr003
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Loved it! Loving Wings was great!

User: bobcats68
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I will hear Halloween in its entirity sometime in my life.

User: bonemuse2006
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Front row-- great show!

User: BustedAdam
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Best show so far! audience kicked ass!!!

User: ccn5834
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daves dancing was off the hook...carter was on fire. the crowd was great. setlist could have been better, but the band made up for that with the energy that they had. the small venue was great...band fed off the crowd all night.

User: ccwelch
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Great show, but got to wasted and don't remember much. :( Last time I do that.

User: CDobbers
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What a wild venue. Everything is pretty much a blur... a la fungus... but it was great nonetheless. Got lost on the wasy back to Mil town. Id love to see another show here. Last warehouse tix for me, after this it just wasnt worth it anymore

User: ChiefILLINI2
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Very good show! Encore was everything I hoped for.

User: chuckcushman10
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11th show. Halloween tease in the encore was sweet. Nice venue, solid setlist.

User: clarkkr
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This was a Christmas present to me and turned out to be a wonderful show...

User: climbonrock
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Great show, Cant remember much though

User: Come and see
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Straight off of BS

User: cote685
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Awssome set, the arena had a great atmosphere

User: dancingbooger
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halloween tease was pretty sweet

User: darrend
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a+

User: DaveGatorFan
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The tease of Halloween hurt. Like Everday with chorus of #36

User: davemb12
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THE BEST CONCERT OF HIS EVER, THE ENERGY WAS OFF THE ROOF

User: davemband3
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I absolutely loved this show!! At this show me and my fried brought orange balloons and drew pumpkin heads on them. We wore pumpkinhead hats and had everyone in the areana chanting halloween. We could see people in first row screaming it!! It was excellent! Dave started to play it and I went crazy. It was a tease. The next show he played at was Madison Square Gardens in which he played Halloween (I couldn't go). But I finally got my halloween at RED ROCKS 9/11/05!!!!

User: davepgn98
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Awesome show! It was great to see dave adn teh guys back at the assembly hall after not being there for awhile. The definite highlight of the show was the Halloween tease the Dave so graciously did after the crowd chanted Halloween before he played Christmas song. Shows his appreciation for his fans adding it into his playlist like that!

User: davephishin
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better then night b4

User: davestep
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very solid

User: dham80
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Great show! Song that Jane Likes was the best ever!

User: DMartinDR
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Good show, every DMB show is great but expectations were too high for this one.

User: dmb1tj
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this was my first Dave concert, and i loved it.

User: dmb22rilling
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this show was amazing

User: dmb2much40
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awesome. bartender was great. carter went nuts on loving wings. halloween tease and kick-ass ants in the encore

User: DMB41GUY
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Least favorite DMB show I've ever been to. I love seeing DMB in the middle of the winter though. For some reason it was weird tonight and the setlist sucked. Only thing that made the entire trip to this one worthwhile was the verse and half or so that he played of Halloween. It's probably the closest I'll ever come to seeing that one live and I'll take it. It was very cool!

User: dmb4747
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REALLY GOOD SHOW. MEET A REALLY HOT GIRL LATTER HOOKED UP WITH SO IT WAS REAL GOOD.

User: dmb4life2000
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Much better then last night Dave was nuts during ASTB. STJL was my highlight of the night. Halloween Tease was sweet as hell though I did not know it was Halloween at the show.

User: dmband006
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Best show I have ever been to.

User: dMbBoWa
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Good set. The crowd around me sucked. Great bartender and loving wings. The halloween tease was so sweet. A good solid show.

User: DMBFanLudes
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Best show I have seen thus far. This rendition of Bartender was haunting. A great venue with great acoustics.

User: dmbfansince97
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Great show up until I was caught smoking. I guess that smell tends to linger. You Never Know was great to see live, especially with the little tease of Halloween at the end.

User: dmbgroupie
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11th show!

User: dmbmike41
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Don't tease Halloween!

User: dmbosw41
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Great show! Opening with WTWE was better than usual and then they went into an awesome version of You Never Know. Solid Crush and Grace followed by the best ASTB I have ever seen or heard. And then of course a wonderful Bartender and the best Loving Wings ever!! The buildup of the song and Carter's outro on that was amazing. The rest of the set was solid with a nice Grey Street, Song that Jane Likes and an energetic What You Are to close the set.

Crowd was loud almost the entire show. The encore has to be the most unique of the Winter tour with the "Baby" tease, Christmas Song, Halloween(which was more than a tease and now labeled as the "Lounge") plus Ants Marching was a classic way to close this show.

User: DMBStone4041
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First time out of 20 shows being FIRST ROW! Even though same set as night before(minus a five songs) the energy of the band was amazing! So energetic!

User: Drums4Carter
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not to bad

User: Ebuzz08
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What a great concert! I called WTWE as an opener and from that instant things only got better. Crush was great as usual, as well as GIG. Leroi really had a chance to show off this concert and I loved it! SMTS->too much was great, the band reall got into it, not to mention the show dave put on with his dancing. Everyday was by far the best I've ever heard it. The crowd really go into it and Boyd was impressive as usual. Fool to think wasnt as good as i thought it should be, but still, it was good to hear. I was excited to hear Jane and Christmas, it was my first time hearing them live and i wasn't disappointed in the least. With the halloween tease and the always good to hear ants, the encore was really great.

User: ekandz
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Awesome venue

User: EricWags86
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This was one of the best concerts of my life. I was second row on the floor. I was so pumped when they played Christmas Song, but i was a little disappointed because i was at the United Center the night before and the setlists were similar. But i still had a great time.

User: evice7
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Halloween tease....unbelievable another great show

User: firedancer1
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was good i suppose

User: firedancer25
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it was realy ood alot of grat songs in the perfect order...encore was awesome

User: Fooltothink1
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The Champaign show was awesome, it was my second time seeing the band. My friend and i have decided we are applying to be dave roadies...we will help see t-shirts and scrub the bus toilet.

User: frank82
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Icredible set!!! First time hearing Christmas Song! It made my whole year!

User: giaco
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Christmas song and Halloween Tease back to back. Epic

User: GoIllini21
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AWESOME!!!

User: GQjonDMB274
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Yeah this show was great, got perfect seats, if you listen to Christmas Song you can clearly hear me, on John Ice's recording. "So I'm Told, So the story Goes" (Jon Screams YEEEAAAHHHH) "The people here..."

User: grace36
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DRY!!!! WHY!?!?!

User: Granny's Boy
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??? I don't know what to think of this show, i think the band had good energy, but the setlist was kind of weak, except Song That Jane Likes, Christmas Song, and the Halloween tease. And then there was the Dave dance. Anyone Seen The Bridge is the best "kinda song" song EVER!

User: greybart41
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Good show, seem like a lot of repeats from United Center the night before. Christmas Song was nice.

User: gruelle
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1st show. Wife wanted to go more than me. Wasnt sure what to expect, wasnt a huge fan yet. Knew about 5 or 6 songs. Grey Street pushed me over the edge. Very glad it did.

User: gunder33
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10th row center. My best seats yet! This was a good show, more energy than the night before event though there were a lot of repeats. Best part was So Much To Say ---> ASTB ---> Too Much. The Halloween tease was good. Why were a lot of people wanting to hear Halloween so bad?

User: isaacmembers
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This was my favorite version of Bartender I have ever heard Dave play! He also came out with a Santa hat on and teased Halloween during the encore. Great memories!

User: jahsh420
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great show, front row is da bomb, thanks Adam!!

User: JakeONeal
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Great show.. Went the Da Bears game the next day for a great weekend trip to U of I..

User: jameseari
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THE BEST EVER Second To none

User: jason kohl
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A great, if not, the best show I've seen them perform. Everyone was on their game, passionate, and having fun. Great set!

User: jchula
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This was a great show filled with intensity. The connection between band and crowd was the greatest I've ever witnessed due to the surround seating that Assembly Hall gave. The band seemed to be having fun and it was protrayed in the music.

User: jdogg92
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This show was amazing, the smaller venue made the show even better. Closing withEveryday going back into #36 was awesome.

User: jfedler
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Not the best show I've seen. I really thought I was going to hear Halloween for the first time, but maybe some other time.

User: Jimithing60089
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Wow WTWE that really was a great way to start the night..... NOT considering i heard the same song the night before for an opener which isnt a good opener to begin with then the same damn thing the next night, my seats were amazing for united center so i had a little better time there plus the songs were the first time i heard them , champaign was a much better performance lots of good engery i guess it was still ok even though dave played like 8 or 9 same songs from yesterday but played them alot better in my opinion. Thanks dave for talking a little bit and dancing all over so it made up for some of the reoccuring songs and thank you leroi carter boyd and stefan for playing your hearts out knowing that your playing the same songs as the nights before i could see on your faces you disagreed maybe this can be explained why theyve played pretty much the same songs every show, thanks for teasing me with halloween that got the blood burning and the energy hot and antsmarching was great but not unexpected, GO DAVE YOU STILL ROCK JUST PLAY SOME OLD STUFF AND YOU'LL BE GOLDEN!!!!

User: jmauck
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we had to sit behind the stage, as we bought scalped tickets, but it was still a great show.

User: jnett1883
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Good show.

User: JoeD.
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Halloween Tease was off da heezy fo sheezy

User: johanning69
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Awesome

User: johnmwright
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Assembly Hall with Susan , Mike and Stacy!! Great times as always!

User: Jon Hlutke
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great amzing show

User: josh199dmb
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Really great show. It was a great little venue. The sound carried really well and they boys played great.

User: joshmeans
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Due to glow stick incident, I was kicked out and did not get to see the closers. Thanks, Teddddd. :)

User: jp2022
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REPEAT OF LAST NIGHT! COOL HALLOWEEN TEASE.

User: jpnewbold
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Halloween teaser

User: jtiss24
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First DMB concert ever. Took my future fiancee (now "real" fiancee 'til may 2008).

User: JTR36
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Good show but a predictable setlist as always. This is my fifth concert this year...i suppose that it was asking alot that he play some of his older material. The highlight was definately "Halloween" tease...it was fun as always and ill see yall in 2003

User: jwara26
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Great show first time I have seen DMB inside. Audio was great. You could even hear what dave was saying.

User: J_Zigg84
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1st show great

User: Katchoo
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A little too much off of Everyday, but still a great show. Good to have them back down in this area. Hope it won't be the last time. :)

User: kcoakman
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Fun time, the first time I heard a Christmas Song.

User: Kimk219
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AWESOME!!!!

User: kitgraves
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fairly ordinary setlist with a great surprise TSJL. Crush was nice to hear. The Halloween Tease was great even if it was a tease. Great Show

User: Krazykarl1322
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This Show ROCKED!!! The Songs were tight as hell, and the whole band was having a blast, Slapping hands and Jaming out. The setlist rocked! Crush! So much to say into Too Much, Damn! Dave dacning!The Halloween tease, loved it! And the Everyday sing-a-long! This show rocked and I cant wait till he comes back to town for the summer tour.

User: kroekmic
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Good Show

User: ktedwrds
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This show was amazing. The crowd was into it, and Dave got into it. . . he was dancing everywhere!! Awesome show!!

User: ktgirl
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Glad he actually PLAYED Loving Wings that night. It was the first time Joe and I had heard it since it evolved so much. Carter was spectacular. We sat 9th row!!!! Wooohooo!!!! The setlist was better. It was the first night of the Halloween teaser and yes, I cried. It's cause I suck. Anyways, I was super happy even though I knew he'd actually play it a MSG and I wouldn't be there. After the show at NakedMike's was pretty insane. Steve was a total jackass, which is what he does best anyways. Blake was an asshole and I threw a bottle at him the next morning. Joe passed out on the bathroom floor after people had pooped and had sex in it... (yes in that order). I passed out when I knew it was time on the only bed in the house. Mike covered me up which was really sweet of him considering it was his bed. Dani was the sickest girl ever all day and I drove the whole way home. It was great : ) -kt

User: kujorulez
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amazingly rediculous

User: kurtisloew1982
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my first show - it was excellent

User: Kyle Werhand
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Great sounding show, nice setlist

User: lilwenDMBfan41
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Best show ive been to

User: LittleBaby928
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this venue was sweet... like watching dave in a UFO... trippy... the crowd chanting halloween was AWESOME. sweet show

User: lostindmb
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Better than the night before

User: lrhudson
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Finished Finals this morning and then trucked it to champaign. Such a great way to end the semester. Oddly enough the highlight was Loving Wings. They are really rocking the outro right now. Carter is the god of all drummers. Bartender was a great one too.

User: lzldmb
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The main setlist was amazing, although all were repeats from throughout the year. Dave danced really crazy though, something he has done only once before this year that I've seen and not as crazy as this. I was hoping to hear Christmas Song and I was very happy to hear him begin the song. Afterwards, the crowd was screaming Halloween, and Dave responded. He stepped up to the mic and played the first verse. That started to happen every night after (until 12/21 when he played the whole thing). After pumping us up with Christmas Song and the Halloween tease, Ants was a great way to end the night. Still no Crash Into Me or Watchtower...

User: masonick
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ffasdfasd

User: MeLuvDMB
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long drive, but worth it!

User: millersdmb34
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best loving wings ever my buddy and i started the holloween chant

User: mischievousgrin
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Above average crowd, below aveage setlist. Personally my least favorite show but did have some high lights. Bartender was quality, dave went crazy during ASTB, Roi worked "Carol of the Bells" into his Loving Wings solo and, of course, the Halloween tease.

User: mjkgkpdmb41
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Best Loving wings ever.

User: moore00
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Extremely dissipointed with this show. No energy, all radio songs, very little jams, no surprises.

User: msmelle
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Fun show...although tease of Halloween was almost unbearable. Good atmosphere.

User: music4life
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very slow setlist, but not a lover's show. i thought it was awesome and dave and the bous seemed very into it. they were definatly having fun that night. cheers!

User: Nicholas
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This was my first show and it was quite impressive. I've heard their shows were good but this was sweet action. Better seats next time though... a must.

User: nprodouz
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good show

User: numba41
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This one I do remember because they dont serve alchohol...That sucked!

User: Pickles
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My First Dave concert...totally awesome

User: PJDMB
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Great crowd!

User: powerhaus69
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Decent setlist, not the best. Awesome crowd, amazing energy. Dave was high on life tonight, he was dancing all over the stage. Would have liked to heard all of Halloween, but the fact that he added the tease was really cool.

User: Prefect
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Fifth show, excellent, Halloween, STJL, So Much To Say-->ASTB-->Too Much. . .really good Crush, Ants. . .I know I'm forgetting much. . .

User: pujolsal1979
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Great show

User: pumpkinhead#2
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Had my 4 friends spread out to start the Halloween chant

User: Ravilution
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My first DMB show...

User: rd112175
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Drove 3 hours after seeing the Chicago show the night before and was not disappointed...Great show...

User: Reservation211
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Best crowd at a show I've been to. Somehow, I amazing called The Song That Jane Likes. Great show.

User: rquiring
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My first Dave show. Happened by someone else dropping out and I was invited a week in advance which was awesome because it was after finals my first semester in college. It was also a fun rode trip from Oklahoma! Word!

User: rrusso13
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Me and My Lady!

User: ryan793
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My first show

User: ryantravlr
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I thought it was OK. I always love going to see Dave, but if I had to rank the show of the ones Ive seen of the full band. I would place it last.

User: scottschalk
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Brad

User: SEEKUP2222
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1st christmas song halloween tease day before vegas sweet

User: sherpa drew
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My first indoor dave show. I was behind the stage, but Crush was un-fucking-believeable. A 19 song set with the halloween tease was great. Christmas song anyone?

User: smithbe2
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Very solid show. Somewhat predictable setlist. I would have preferred a Pig or #41 over When the World Ends and Everyday. I almost told the girl I took that I had a crush on her during "Crush." I'm chicken shit, I admit it.

User: SnowWhiteSNL
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First show - ROCKED THE HOUSE!!! First comment when they walked on stage: "Oh my god! That's DAVE F***ing MATTHEWS!!"

User: soildmbfan
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Slow opening...Crush was cooool tho. Last Stop tease? Don't remember that... oh well I don't have the tape yet. Do remember the Halloween tease. Went crazy! My friends and I still like to say it was more than a tease, to each his own opinion. STJL was first time seen live. Dave was dancing like mad crazy during SMTS and Grey Street. WWYS was very energetic too. Christmas Song and Ants closed it out nicely.

User: splishsplash
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Crowd was very energetic! Loved every minute of it.

User: ssdmbfan
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Great show...Dave dancing during the Bridge, Carter going off at the end of Loving Wings, and Dave wailing on Bartender were just a few of the highlights! Great venue. My 20th show - well worth the trip from Ohio!

User: StandUp41
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Another Great Show!

User: suad41
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Really awesome show

User: sunshine
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Too much new stuff. A little disapointed, but hey, it's DMB and they are live, so i won't complain

User: supraman
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Even though this show opened with the same song as the night before, overall it was way better than the night before. The crowd seemed way more into it and so did the band. I went crazy during the halloween tease. Thats my favorite song but have yet to hear it live (at least fully). The crowd during xmas song was as quiet as i've ever heard. Overall, an awesome show at U of I.

User: tackettg
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Went with Cristina. Halloween tease was awesome.

User: tbirkey
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Very good show for this venue. Other shows at the venue have not had great reviews.

User: thememanman
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Garbage show.

User: thickygrl1
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It was awesome.

User: Tiffany21dmb
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Awesome show!

User: tirednotion78
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3rd time front row!!!

User: titleist017
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Sound quality was pretty bad, I thought. Halloween tease!!!

User: torrence27
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Great Show. Halloween tease! One complete verse is better than none at all.

User: tripnirshbilly
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set list was all right love Jane and crush the holloween thing was awesome and the crowd was great. the venue in the perfect circle of assembly hall was great. great crowd great time worth the drive from st louis

User: trippinheine
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Great!

User: unclejoe1012
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This was the last time I saw dave this year and it was a great way to end it...2nd best show of the winter behind the MSG show from the 21st. The Halloween for an encore got that place going nuts! They always have fun when on a campus...i wish he did it more!

User: verysexy13
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Sweet...close with Ants Marching. Great Show!!!

User: wendmb10
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O MY GOD

User: whomhead
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Great show - terrible seats, terrible venue- a big concrete bowl! First (and hopefully last) time I've seen DMB indoors.

User: wildfan1979
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Loving Wings rocked. Karl Denson was sick too.

User: wtreynol
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Saw christmas for the second time, excellent.

User: yavin27
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Great Show. Halloween tease! One complete verse is better than none at all.

User: youhellishmofo
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it was my first show and it was amazing. the energy was great, although the setlist wasnt all that great it was really fun. dave was dancing all over the place and the whole stadium was bouncing with energy. i had an amazing time.

User: youvegotmewild
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first show in doors. pretty decent. cs was great


   


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