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Episode 74 - You have Got Questions, We dance around them
June 5th, 2016

The Crew was merely 2 Live this week; Jake and Joe M took the helm whilst Matt felt the Bern, so to speak. With the band off this past week and based on twitter feedback, this episode is listener question heavy. Also addressed is the latest release announcement (a Dave Solo from 1996), the Bernie Sanders Dave Solo performance, and the latest DMBHub update that you dont want to miss!

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Special Photo Gallery - DMB Return to Alpine

Posted by Joe M in Site News at 7:41pm on Sunday, Jul 21st, 2019

After a couple year venue hiatus, Dave Matthews Band made their return to Alpine Valley this year (to the praise of many midwest DMB fans.) The 4th of July holiday weekend was a special concert weekend for those that attended. If you weren't able to go check out the sets from the show (Night 1, Night 2).

To capture the Alpine return moment, we have a special photo gallery to share from an Ants member. You may know him as Boywonder44, but in a more professional setting he tends to go with Brett Bergen (we dont get why either.) Brett has some serious live music photography skills, and were lucky enough that hes sharing some of his latest shots with the community. Brett has previously shot TR3, Umphreys McGee, 311, STS9 and a slew of others (oh, did I mention other DMB shows too?) If you want to check out the others you can see them here.

Brett was just at Alpine Weekend and lucky for us he brought a camera and is sharing pictures from the first 3 songs of the Night 1. [Think You Never Know, Anyone Seen The Bridge, and Too Much.] Click on the Dave image to the left to go through the gallery of 41 great photos. (OMG #41! :p) (Click here to view from DMB Hub App.) Thanks to Brett for sharing! Let the reminiscing begin. (For bonus points, as you click through the gallery see if you can notice the transitions between songs.)

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds return to Alpine later this year for FarmAid 2019 on September 21st. They will be joined with founding members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and John Mellencamp, along with other supporting musicians/bands.


Ants Podcast 105: So Hot You Could Fry An Egg

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 4:45pm on Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2019

The current extreme heat may or may not be a result of DMB's recent run of form. Its been a month of shows and news and we're here to recap all the highlights and do some deeper examination, from Camden, the Northeast, Deer Creek, Alpine and SPAC and everything in between. There have been over 20 new tour debuts, including a song last played in 2012. Plus we get a new behind the scenes glimpse into a tool Dave uses for selecting songs for each show, ie the "Yellow and Red Songs". We explain and break it down.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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The DMB Tour Song List has been Updated

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 3:45pm on Sunday, Jun 30th, 2019

Early in the summer tour we got a sneak peak into a song list that was being used on tour for setlist selection that included color coding. If you missed those details, check out our previous story on it. We saved our explanation of the meaning and use for our podcast which you can listen to (#103). (If you think it's because of guitars you may want to rethink it.) But now we have a look at a new song list picture after Deer Creek N1 and it offers new details and changes, including new 'purple' songs and song additions and removals.

We've put together an extrapolated picture for comparison to the previous.

The new 'purple' song coloring aligns with songs that were played the previous night. (Presumed particularly/only relevant for multi-night shows at the same venue.)

A number of song changes also occurred:
  • The Riff was added.
  • Appears Gaucho was added (new spot added where it fits)
  • 7 songs (at least) have been added to the list, appearing prior to Rapunzel
  • The others may be Away From The World songs that were previously missing and now added, like The Riff and Gaucho (previously missing include: Bell Belly Nice, Belly Full, Broken Things, & Drunken Soldier)
  • One of the new added songs falls between Kill The King and Last Stop. Unknown.
  • The Joke (cover) was removed.
  • New "yellow" song after Minarets. (The song on the previous list that followed Minarets was Mother Father, but hard to believe that's a 'yellow' song now.) Unknown.

At this point 2 'yellow' songs (as known from start of the tour) have yet to make their 2019 Summer appearance: Lie In Our Graves and Where Are You Going.

As for 'red' songs, from our previous update where 4 of the 17 had been played (Bartender, Big Eyed Fish, So Right, Typical Situation) an additional 5 have been played including #27 (Camden N2), You Never Know (Hartford), Fool To Think, Idea of You, and Rooftop (Deer Creek N2). Still yet to be played 'red' songs include: Break Free, Dreaming Tree, Help Myself, Joy Ride, Kill The King, Last Stop, Loving Wings, and Shotgun.


Ants Podcast 104: Pucker Up, Critics

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:54pm on Wednesday, Jun 12th, 2019

We must discuss the current hot topic right now: the recent Dave comments made on SiriusXM. Kiss my a**. The guys offer their reaction to the comments, plus Boyd lawsuit news and implications. We touch on all the latest DMB happenings including a new show download and new Come Tomorrow single. And we end with a discussion on your listener comments and questions.

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Ants Podcast 103: Pitchforks or Praise?

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 10:33am on Saturday, May 25th, 2019

It's that time of year, DMB are out on tour with the first 10 shows and it gives us a lot to talk about. Let's discuss the setlists so far. Is there justification for pitchforks or praise?Then we quickly recap and discuss all the latest DMB news like the return of DMB Radio on SiriusXM and new vinyl coming.Plus an update on the Setlist Game and what it tells us about the sets so far.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

We are also now on Spotify! Check us out!


Dave Matthews Band Radio to Re-Launch on Sirius XM May 24

Posted by Matt Yette in Band Brand at 8:21am on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

The rumors were once again true. Dave Matthews Band Radio will re-launch on SiriusXM channel 30 on Friday, May 24 and run through Sunday, September 15, 2019. This run represents a much larger stretch than the last time, which was originally slated for just one month before being extended.

Looking at the DMB Summer Tour 2019 Calendar, that means that Camden N1, Mansfield, Deer Creek N1, Alpine N1, SPAC N1, Charlotte, West Palm Beach N1, Englewood, Gorge N1, Lake Tahoe, and Phoenix will all be live streamed to Dave Matthews Band Radio.

From the press release, "In addition to playing music from the band's extensive career, including their indelible hits, live songs, and musical influences, the channel will feature the DMB Friday Night Concert Series. The DMB Friday Night Concert Series will feature exclusive broadcasts of live concerts from Dave Matthews Band's 2019 tour airing on Friday nights throughout the summer. The channel will also feature exclusive interviews with each of the band members."

Setlist Selection - Yellow and Red Songs

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 12:37pm on Friday, May 17th, 2019

As Buddy celebrates his first full year with the band (congrats!), he celebrates with a snapped photo that has the community all a wonder. A photo of a piece of paper containing an extensive alphabetical DMB song catalog that has particular songs highlighted as Yellow and Red. It's safe to assume it's something Dave leverages when building out show set lists as it's along other pieces of known collateral for creating a night's set list (pad of lined paper to write set, and past years' sets at the venue.)

Over the last week there's been much speculation of how it's used, and while we may never get the official meanings of the highlights, there are some pretty good theories. But outside of theories, we wanted to take a data driven look at the highlighted (and non-highlighted) songs that appear on this setlist selection catalog. We take look at how the start of this year's tour in relation to the highlighting, along with notable inclusions and exclusions of songs from the list. We'll refrain from sharing our thoughts (we'll save that for a podcast), and for now just share the data.

  • 162 Songs are listed. 30 are Yellow, and 17 are Red.
  • 32 of the songs on the list are ones that are not released in some way. (4 of which are Red songs, 0 are Yellow)
  • Before These Crowded Streets and Crash each have 8 Highlighted Songs (UTTAD has 7)
  • Of the 56 different songs played this tour: 26 are Yellow, 4 are Red, and 26 are neither
  • Of the 152 song performances played: 74 are Yellow, 4 are Red, 74 are neither
  • Of the 30 Yellow songs: 26 have been played in first 7 shows. (The 4 Yellow Not Played Yet: Halloween, Lie In Our Graves, Where Are You Going, Pig)
  • Of the 17 Red songs, 4 have been played. (All 4 Red songs were played at Des Moines, Iowa.)
  • The number of Yellow songs in each of the first 7 shows: 8, 10, 10*, 8*^, 10, 10, 10, 8^
  • The number of Non-Yellow in each of the first 7 shows: 12, 10, 5*, 6*, 10, 10, 10, 11
  • * Festival shows (reduced set length) ^ An additional Yellow song was cut
  • Notable Songs Not Included: (especially when compared to the other songs that were included)
    • Belly Belly Nice (AFTW)
    • Broken Things (AFTW)
    • Drunken Soldier (AFTW)
    • Gaucho (AFTW)
    • Too High (Some Devil)
    • Time Of The Season (recently played)
  • Every significant (and nearly every non-significant) song that's been played recently (since 2018) is included, except for two:
    • Time Of The Season
    • Belly Belly Nice
  • Included Songs of Special Note:
      Rare Included:
    • Dream Of Our Fathers (never played live)
    • Mother Father (played only 7 times)
    • bkdkdkdd (never played live in current form)
    • Let You Down (played in 1997/Crash, then only twice in 2015)
    • Pretty Bird (D&T cover played 5 times in 2017 & 1 time DM solo)
    • Break For It (Only played 7 times. 2010)
    • Recent Songs Included:
    • Clown (new song, played 1 in Mexico 2019)
    • Funny How Time Slips (recently played, 1st time 2010)
    • The Joke (recent, 1st time cover, Mexico 2019)
    • Old Songs Included:
    • For The Beauty Of Wynona (hasn't been played since 2003)
    • A Dream So Real (2007 song, not played since 2008)
    • Sweet Up and Down (not played since 2010)
    • Black Jack (Not played since 2012)
    • Crazy Easy (2004 song, played 5 times in 2013)
    • Good Good Time (not played since 2014)
    • Shotgun (not played since 2016)(Red Song)
    • Sugar Will (not played since 2017)
    • Bismarck (2016-17, once in 2018.)


New Limited Edition Vinyl - Rhinos Choice

Posted by Joe M in Album News at 7:26pm on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

As we approach the 1-year anniversary of DMBs latest studio album, Come Tomorrow (June 8 2018), a new limited edition vinyl, titled Rhino's Choice, is planned to be released on/around June 14th (if there arent production issues, vinyl can be tricky.) It will be a 2 LP set featuring 10 live performances (4 of which are songs that appeared on Come Tomorrow.) It looks to be a Target exclusive, and may be marketed a music pairing to the newly released Dreaming Tree Wines Ros as the album will be stamped on a translucent ros wine color vinyl. And get this, it will come with MP3 download codes (a feature that recent vinyl releases have very annoyingly missed.)

The news and preorder initially made its way onto Targets website, but has since been pulled down. Below is the track list with a decent mix of tunes of old and new. Nice to see not all longer songs were cut because of the vinyl format. A likely 15min+ Typical Situation gets an entire vinyl side. Thats what we know for now, but well update this article when we get more or an official announcement is made. Anticipated short link to target store is http://bit.ly/rhinoschoice

Side A
1. Here On Out
2. Can't Stop
3. Raven

Side B
4. Typical Situation

Side C
5. Come Tomorrow
6. The Best Of What's Around
7. Satellite

Side D
8. The Space Between
9. Virginia In The Rain
10. What Would You Say


Ants Podcast 101/102: Fall/Euro Tours and all Implications

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 7:37am on Thursday, Apr 11th, 2019

Now that the European Tour is complete and our schedules have aligned, theres a lot to discuss. We cover the latest DMB news, plus we dive into the current heated topics among the community. Including discussion of the song selection during the European show and implications (or not) for the upcoming Summer Tour. And a look at how the bands sound and setlists have changed over the years. Plus we take your questions! Available wherever fine podcasts are found.

You may notice that we've listed both episode 101 and 102 in the title. We recorded E101 back when the Batson Sessions had just leaked, so that recording took precedence and E101 was never officially "released." Today, we right that wrong. Enjoy the double double, with chopped chilis!

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DMB 2019 Summer Tour Dates - Latest Rumors

Posted by Joe M in Tour News at 12:30pm on Saturday, Jan 19th, 2019

What better escape from a winter weather blast than to picturing yourself standing on some slightly sore feet but you're with 10,000 others and in front of you is a setting sun, bright lights and some jamming tunes. Ah yes, it's time to start thinking about the Dave Matthews Band Summer Tour 2019 and what better way than with the latest rumored tour dates.

Tour date rumors are vital to touring fans so we can get an early jump on travel planning before the travel gouging starts. We try to do our best to tap community friendly insiders to get you tour dates prior to the official announcement. (In fact we had all the dates compiled for the fall tour prior to the announcement.) A big thank you to community insiders that share and help the hardcore fan community. Do you have some inside intel on a tour date? (Don't keep secrets, help a hippie out!) Come share with other dedicated fans (anonymously is an option). Head over to the 2019 Rumor thread.

With already 18 dates in Europe from early March to early April, and from what we're hearing commitments to play in late September, DMB aren't looking to slow up for 2019.

Announced this week, DMB will be playing the 50th anniversary New Orleans JazzFest on Saturday May 4th. This will be the 8th full band appearance for the band at the festival, a DMB festival staple you could argue. D&T played the festival recently in 2017 and the last full band appearance was was in 2013. That year DMB did a few Deep South tour dates around the festival and its looking like they will again this year. What we aren't sure of yet is if JazzFest be the first. Rumor has it DMB may also play the Beale Street Music Festival either the day before or the day after JazzFest, and yesterdays tweet from them stokes hope.

Further Deep South rumor has DMB playing Pelham, AL a few days later on May 7th, playing Charlotte, NC on the 10th (a city that typically bounces between May or July dates), and then May 11th playing Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, which would be a first for the band (though Dave just visited and performed a few weeks ago as part of the Willie Nelson tribute show that will air later this year on the A&E channel.) The music city has been greatly DMB neglected, with just a show 10 years ago in 2009 and not much else outside of the 90's.

Next up is the Texas run, however at this point no Austin show is known, which may not be a surprise after light crowds last year. Woodlands on May 17th and Dallas on May 18th. Following Texas there is a gap without any known tour dates until May 25th in Atlanta. You might assume something like Brandon, MS and Rogers, AR during that window.

June rumors are quiet for the first half of the month but pickup with an expected two night stand in Camden, NJ on June 15th with the 2nd night either falling on 14th or 16th. Then a show for Bethel, NY on June 18th. Bethel, host of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, is one of two locations of Woodstock 50th anniversary festivals going on in August. With a June Bethel date this would seem to rule out DMB for the Bethel Woodstock festival. Then the Xfinity combo with Mansfield, MA on June 21 and Hartford, CT on June 22nd. (Still puzzling why these two cities no longer get two night stands.) And to round out June, a two night stand at the just released Live Trax venue of Deercreek (ie Noblesville, IN) on the 28th and 29th.

Then comes the monster month of July with multiple summer tour staples and the band likely peaking prior to the traditional early August break. First rumored, Cincinnati on July 2nd then up to Tinley Park on July 3rd. An interesting rumor considering DMB hasn't played there for 10 years in favor for other areas, but not out of left field as band enjoys spending the 4th of July holiday in Chicago, IL. All of this sets up the band for the most controversial tour schedule topic of recent times, Alpine Valley. That's right, Alpine is again rumored back following much fervor and outlash last summer about the perceived return for it only to be left out in what management called fan preference for Northerly Island (cue the hysteria.) While inside info on Alpine has been a bit dynamic over the last month, the latest we're hearing is the 4th of July weekend on the 5th and 6th. (inhale, exhale.)

July power venues continues with a return to east coast mecca SPAC on the same weekend as last year with July 12th and 13th very firm. Then, a hopefully not rained out Bristow, VA on July 20th followed by the Florida run. West Palm Beach on July 26th and 27th, and interestingly rumored is a return to Jacksonville, FL on the 23rd, a city not typically visited outside of 2014 show there. Tampa would make logical sense for the 24th, but no such info at this point.

Following an early August break not much is known yet on where the band will pick back up. If no Syracuse show is announced, a place they have played the last couple of years, that may be a tip that DMB will be back to the area to play the other Woodstock 50 festival in Watkins Glen, NY during Aug. 16-18. Though being just a 3 day festival that desires to have a diverse music genre, it may be tough for DMB to be one of the headliners (though at Woodstock 99 they didn't headline.) A couple interesting cities being mentioned but no specific dates are Sioux Falls, SD, Des Moines, IA, and Missoula, MT. Wait, Montana!? DMB has played just one show in MT back in 1994, what a gem that would be. Could these underplayed cities get shows in 2019 as rumors are claiming?

Rounding out the summer is the expected (and total shock to not occur) Labor Day/Dave Weekend at The Gorge Aug 30th - Sep 1st. Portland is also rumor confirmed, as is Sacramento, CA, a city DMB band hasn't played since 2006. However the rest of a west coast run is not known yet, though hearing at the least DMB will be together playing in late September (though it may not be part of the initial tour announcement.)

Outside of that Pittsburgh and St. Louis have been rumored confirmed but don't know the specific dates. And currently no rumors dates on Canada, but skipping would be a surprise given the increased play in recent years, including during the 2018 Fall/Winter Tour. Taking into account the current rumored dates a logical schedule for Canada and Pittsburgh would be first half of June.

As with all of this, do we really need to do a disclaimer in a write-up specifically about rumors and speculation? Listen, planning a cross country tour of one of the biggest bands on the road is not like planning your route through the grocery store (or maybe it is.) Dates and venues change as they negotiate and compete with other tours. ProTip: If you book travel prior to the official announcement, make sure it's changeable or refundable. [end obviousness]

If rumblings (and tradition) holds, all of our speculation will be put to rest relatively soon, with the tour announcement coming next week (if final arrangements get completed.) Until then, snowed-in summer daydreaming continues (in my head they are playing The Stone.)

Special shout out and thanks to Ants member Chadizzy1 as community rumor curator, and Cscottrun as rumor sourcer.

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