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Show Reviews
Dave Matthews Band
April 30, 2005
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Fair Grounds Race Course, New Orleans, LA

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User: acousticbox
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This was my fist Dave concert ever!!! What the hell took me so long? The show rocked and I'm heading to as many shows as possible now. I was about 50 ft from the stage and there must have been at least 35,000 people gathered around. I got some great pics!!!

User: adambucher7590
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Great show. My first Dave show ever

User: AdamSG
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Awesome

User: arpjhsbball33
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great show to kick off the US 2005 tour w/ of course Louisiana Bayou

User: Bayoubengal
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This was an excellent show. You could tell that the guys were happy to be in front of a crowd performing. The only song that I didn't like was "Stand Up". The crowd wasn't into the show as good as they could have been. The "Bayou" song was excellent...great location to hear it first. Look forward to seeing the guys at the end of the tour in Selma and The Woodlands.

User: benpourciau
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Awesome show. My first Dave concert, but it will not be the last

User: bhicks99
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Great show, Louisiana Bayou will be a winner, Stand Up needs some work. Got a lot of DMB for a short time slot!

User: BigAlbinoSmurf
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For the amount of time they played, the setlist was just about as packed with awsomeness as it could get. Being there the first time LB and SU were played live was enough for me to endure the rain. #41 was AMAZING!! Everyone started chanting Everyday and Dave started singing the lyrics over #41. Amazing.

User: bigeyedfish1129
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amazing energy -- one for the books

User: bknapp4dave
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Good short set- great vibe with all the other bands. Crowds are very music knowledgable.

User: bluerapunzel
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Fantastic show and setlist! It was great to be back at a show after a long winter, even if it was rainy in the morning. Fun, fun day.

User: bratface73
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Incredible- my first Dave concert

User: bryanjeep
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Cold, wet, but fun as hell

User: bumchick14
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It was awesome. The crowd was a little weak, but the new songs sounded great.

User: BurbonSong
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I have to agree with Dirty: "while an avid dave fan i must admit this was not one of the better shows he has ever put on. Still good featuring a couple new songs, but leaving a little to be desired"

User: CarCas
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1st time hearing Bayou, what a memorable event and city. Wet, muddy, drunk and DMB!!

User: Cathartidae
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Very cool way to start the year - without the screens and extra flash, they still blew the fairgrounds away. I coulda done without the folks resorting to relieving themselves in the front 50 feet or so from the stage. Still, worth (most) of the experience!!

User: chaoticelf13
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This was my second dave concert it was awesome

User: cmcbroom1
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New Orleans and The Dave Matthews Band..... what else do you need

User: cnicholson21
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This show kicked major butt. Stand Up preview, American baby...#41. Definately glad to be failing my finals cause I went to this show. Well worth it in the end. Screw Physics anyway.

User: Corhea01
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Awesome

User: CrawfordGossen
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Best ever.

User: cyngeorge
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Good show. #41 and The Stone, awesome. Louisiana Bayou Great! Good first of the year.

User: darren783
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great show, good setlist

User: daverox216
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GREAT

User: dayv41
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This show was incredible! He's been absent from Jazz Fest for a couple of years now and what a great way to come back. This couldnt have been a more perfect way to start off the 2005 tour (and its only fitting that he let us hear Louisiana Bayou first). There was tons of energy and the setlist was great. He had an hour and 40 min so he picked his most well known and requested live songs. I'm speechless when it comes to the encore. WOW! THANKS DAVE

User: detnelatnu
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I thought it was a nice show. The new songs could use a little work, but Louisiana Bayou was pretty nice. I'm glad I got a #41, a SMTS>ASTB>TM, and a Watchtower. Great stuff.

User: DMB-CRAZY
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Rain down on me!! The rain was not enjoyable, but it was all worth it in the end.

User: dmbaholix
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Amazing!! The band played WWYS because it was my birthday and I had made a shirt saying so! The show was amazing hearing Louisana Bayou for the first time was an amazing treat:)

User: DMBAustin
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Amazing . . .

User: DMBColombiano
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AWSOME!!!!!! First DMB concert ever!!!!

User: dmbfan301
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1st time in Nawlins, awesome show. pretty muddy from the rain all the night before and that morning but well worth the drive :)

User: dolimpio9
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My favorite show

User: dr_watson_12
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Best show I've seen...ever. The inclusion of "American Baby" & "Stand Up" aside simply because they're so new, the band sounded as tight and together as I've heard. Great performances by everyone, and I was as close to the show as I wanted to be in front of all the banners. Thanx DMB !

User: eatapie
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Got there early, The Dirty Notes rocked, Louisiana Bayou and Stand Up are sounding great.

User: emjohn
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Fantastic show coupled with a great day. All songs were flawless - surprising since Dave has a tendency to come on stage "happy" at places like this (see D&F 'roo)

User: eric_dmbfan03
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When we got to the gates it started raining heavily. I've never seen rain like that. It rained continuously from like 8:15 am to about 2:30 pm. And then it came and went leading up to Galactic's set. The show was great. It was good to see the band back in the States again. Some people behind me came all the way from Rome to see DMB perform. All in all, the guys were having a great time and had fun playing the two new songs.

User: Erin Easter
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Outstanding show ,.................the rain stayed away.

User: fishmonkeyman36
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A good show considering it was a festival. The crowd was more interested in drinking and talking, but that did not stop me from enjoying the show. It was nice to hear the new songs live, but they did not get a very good reception. Overall an excellent weekend of music.

User: GreyStreetOnlin
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40% chance of rain, ay!

User: Guitarzan041
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Great show!

User: gvn2fly
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Awesome!!!

User: HES514
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First time to NO...what a show! Can't wait until next year.

User: heydude62
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AWSOME new songs from American Baby and an amzing encore.

User: homedog329
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Best concert of all time.

User: Jal71phins
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First show!

User: jimmi_thang
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Great show at a great venue!

User: joevol017
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Heairng Stand Up and Louisiana Bayou debut was nice.

User: jpatton41
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Fun time.

User: Jred299
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incredible

User: kairos
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Good Show

User: kmdupuis
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I've been a huge fan of DMB for almost ten years now but this was my first show. I saw it with my brother who has been to 8 DMB concerts, and he claims this was the best he has ever seen. I completely agree! I immediately got a knot in my stomach the second Dave walked out on stage and it stayed there for the entire night. It was absolutely amazing to see this incredible sound that has been such a part of my life for so long actually be create dright in front of me. This will in no way be my last but i thik i will be comparing every other show to it.

User: krishanson
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What a concert! I've been going to Jazzfest for 9 years now and this was my most memorable moment! I was on the railing right in front of the band and they rocked. I even ended up with my picture in Sunday's Times Picayne singing along to #41. Back in '01 I had walking pnemonia and slept all day until DMB came on. It was so hot out and I was wearing a sweatshirt. I ended up in the emergency room afterwards.. this has that beat by far! Withstandinbg the rain was worth it. Some fan named James was outside since 3:30 am and was so wet and freezing so I gave him my fleece pullover. Never got it back.. but who cares.. you gotta love Dave! I cannot wait to see them in July and August on tour :)

User: krispydmb
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My first show and certianly wont be the last! Great show, yet poor acoustics..still A++

User: ktulu19
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Wow Two Step and Ants Marching were incredible.

User: lhs112wrestler
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Dave was extremely energetic and brought the crowd with him! I waited in the pouring rain for hours and ran my little legs off to get to the stage. It was all worth it because I got the most amazing spot ever like 40' from the stage. so awesome to hear dave play Louisiana Bayou the first time and actually in the Louisiana Bayou. I had a feeling he'd try it out and yay! it rocked! The stone... i love you!

User: lillerfm
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Great show! Really cool to get a chance to hear the new stuff from Stand Up. The guys had tremendous energy out there tonight even if they stuck to some safe material. Couldn't ask for a better day at Jazzfest, cold beer, crawfish, and Dave Matthews Band...

User: lisah420
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I was there and it rocked! Right by the people who were sliding and busting their ass in the mud! Woo hoo! First time the new album was heard live in a real concert! Hells yeah!

User: lovalaydown
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This was my first experience to see DMB in concert and i must say he rocked my socks off! Like he ever puts on a bad show though????? I have been a fan for many years and when i heard he was going to jazzfest i bought tickets right away that is after i pissed myself. If you didnt get the chance to see it, you missed out but there will be many other chances to do so this summer while he is touring. I really cant put the experience into words, it was so amazing but i do recommend if you have not seen DMB in concert... DO IT!

User: Lovelycourtney
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That AB Intro!

User: lovelylady612
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amazing......simply amazing. I've never been so close so the 7 hours of standing were definitely worth it. dave was so funny! the only negative thing was that it was so short....it definitely left me even more excited for the next show and a full set.

User: LSUAggie
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2nd Jazzfest DMB show I've seen (also went to '01) and this was the better of the 2. Awesome opening with Stone and WWYS. Great to hear Warehouse, and couldn't have asked for a better encore

User: mandi413
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I thought it was a great show. Pretty safe choices in setlist, ones that everyone knew and loved. I loved the 20 minute "Two Step" and "Watchtower" encore.

User: mattyd000
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Awesome

User: mjbradley
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Awesome...never had been to the big easy before. It treated me well as did DMB

User: monkey11508
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Pretty good show. Started off with lots of breaks but the further the show progressed the better it got. A great selection of songs toward the end.

User: MontyGossen
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Great Setlist

User: Morganb80
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I really enjoyed the setlist at this show, but the length of the show really dissapointed me. I expected the band to play for at least 2 hours and 30 min, but they did'nt even play for 2 hours. But I thourgh the concert was very high energy and the version of watchtower was by far the best i've ever heard or seen for myself.

User: nicholaspersac
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first time to see dave live, absolutely loved it. stuck though the rain, waited 5 hours before he played, it worked out cause i was in the front by the spray bottle tribe people. couldn't speak higher of this concert.

User: Nolabayer
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DMB did a great job. Venue gets overcrowded and hard to stand anywhere.

User: NOLAchris88
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crowded, but sweet....a good blend of the old and the new

User: nutkick
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beautiful, everyone is happy in n.o.

User: onefunblond
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Dave rocked as usual-no amount of raindrops coulda ruined this for me!!!!!! I loved that he opened with " the stone"-bad ass !!!!!!!!

User: OneSweetWurld41
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The weather sucked, but the show ended up being amazing. We got there early and stuck it out in the rain so we ended up with pretty decent seats too

User: peace~love~dave
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loved it!

User: phreakinb
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Awesome show

User: pkr41
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Solid show. It was nice to hear the 2 new songs Louisian Bayou and Stand Up played. They definitely need some polishing at this point but overall a good show.

User: prp1327
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I travelled 19 hours on a bus and 4 hours in a car to make this show, it was amazing!

User: rajuncajun
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The band was fresh and energetic. Great setlist!

User: rambo7rtj
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I have now seen Dave 5 times, and this was one of the best shows. I am not sure if it was the fact that it was a festival, or what, but Dave and the guys seemed a bit more playful with the crowd. The setlist was awesome, and they were smooth as always. It was definetely worth the 8 hour drive to get there.

User: rhatha1
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amazing

User: rockrollkisses
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jazzfest is a fun time outside in beautiful new orleans. it was the first time i heard louisiana bayou so that was pretty awesome since i was in louisiana.

User: rum0007
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Pretty good I have seen better though. It was awesome to hear some of the new songs before they were released

User: Sandrone
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From Rome to New Orleans just for DMB... it was my flag!! 16 flight hours for my first DMB concert. The most beautiful concerto of my life... And at the end of the concert we met Dave Matthews...great.simply great.

User: sdeinert
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Show was the best setlist I'd seen at a Dave show, though I haven't seen many. The fairground was packed hours ahead with people waiting to see Dave, but we got lucky enough to be within 50-60 feet of the stage. Great show...love the new songs.

User: Shadyjacob420
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This was a very good set list, my only complaints were the length and the size of the crowd, there were way too many people there. But the watchtowere was the best version ive ever heard.

User: Snoballego
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I was blown away. Amazing Set and Amazing Performance. Dave and New Orleans are a great fit. Like everyone from their town thinks-he should come to New Orleans more. A drunk/wet/tired crowd but nothing but smiles and singing faces. I was blown away when he did the Stone live. Always been one of my favorites. I forgot how much I enjoyed his music untill I saw him live.

User: socksonthewall
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kick ass show!!!

User: spaeth19
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Overall I thought that it was a wonderful show. It was nice to hear all of the great oldies. No matter how many times you here them, they still blow you away. Lousiana Bayou rocked and ending the show with Watchtower was unbeilevable. N.O. Jazz fest was Awesome!!!!

User: texasdmblvr
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20th DMB show, 1st general admission (festival) - getting in line w/ 7 of my closest friends from all over the USA & Canada at 6am was awesome << the torrential downpour, flooding, and high winds were kind of a bummer, but truly made all of us 'make the best of what's around'. besides, we had 5 hours to dry off and get warm b/4 DMB took the stage. from my spot @ 8 rows back, the view was amazing.. the sound was amazing.. after 'the stone' my boyfriend ryan whispered in my ear "that was the most beautiful thing i've ever heard. thank you so much for sharing with me" << that made every drop of rain worth while :) after the encore he told me the entire experience of a live DMB show was 'spiritual', which have been my exact words for 10+ years. american baby was everything i thought it would be (awesome!) stand up was exactly what i expected (wonderful)... the crowd needed a bit more practice with the 'stand up's >> but the band sounded spectacular. louisiana bayou totally took me by surprise and sounded totally different than any other DMB song. the entire band put on an excellent performance. two step & watchtower as an encore made the entire event almost unbelievable....all i can say is thank goodness for tapers!! i'm ready to ~share the time again~ a.s.a.p.

User: THATEUS41
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My first show ever and it was great!

User: thing4377
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Wow!! It was so good to finally here the boys. The show was fantastic, great set list. I was quite suprised to hear Stand Up. I expected AB and LB mainly because AB already gets radio play and LB because we were in LA, it just seemed fitting. I was hoping for something like Hello Again or Joy Ride. I am not all that impressed with Stand Up but it was the first time. Dave was cutting up and the band was jamming their asses off. Carter had a few really good jams where he was just tearing 'em up and Stephan had a good lil jam too. Dave was dancing all over the stage and screaming. Sounded like he did a good scat in SMTS but the crowd was so loud I couldn't really make out anything he was saying. The encore made the crowd go wild. Great show, glad to know there were some tapers. :)

User: Travibe
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AMAZING!!!! All my wishes came true with this set list and festival. Had an amazing time. Dave and Jazz fest go hand in hand....like pease and carrots.

User: trey9
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crowded. great show.

User: trippingdyllies
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They opened with The Stone!!! Then they played What Would You Say!!! Then #41!!! They did the Everyday thing in #41. Then they played American Baby and it was awesome. So Much To Say>>Anyone Seen The Bridge>>Too Much was amazing! They played Louisana Bayou for the first time which is a great song. Very great. Then they played Stand Up for the first time and I can't wait for the cd to come out now. They ended with Warehouse and one hell of an Ants Marching. They encored with Two Step and a very energetic All Along The Watchtower. There was a lot of dialouge from Dave and they all seemed really happy and energetic. The crowd could have been better though.

User: tschne1
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Great show! It's pretty cool to say that i have seen the very first live version of louisiana bayou and Stand Up. Louisiana Bayou sounded great Stand Up has the potential to become a great song however it does need some work. Great encore. This was my second DMB show at jazzfest i wish the fans could put a little more energy into the show maybe get a little more involved. I would like DMB to feal really welcome here. Excellent show definently worth waiting in the rain. It turned out to be a beautiful day

User: Tzabcan
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Absolutely Incredible!

User: whiteysax
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It was great to hear "The Stone" live... and fitting to hear "Louisiana Bayou". Can't say I cared too much for that "Stand Up" though. It lays down a funky groove, but really doesn't do much. I think he lost a lot of the crowd during that song. But the encore... OH THE ENCORE! No reason to get excited? Oh I found plenty of reasons! The tour is gonna rock!

User: wiscodude41
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I drove all the way from millwaukee wisconsin and it was great, #41 into everday great concert

User: wmackenzie
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Good Show...Too Crowded!

User: WWYS?
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Awesome show to open up the U.S. tour. New Orleans is an incredible city, and Jazzfest kicks ass as a whole. dMb 4 Life!!!

User: yomanthatscool
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Worth all the rain. Great to hear the boys again

User: zachdmb40
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THis show ROCKED!

User: Zesty429
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1st time in New Orleans, 2nd Live-Dave experience...one word: Amazing! Most people I have ever seen but we had awesome seats! About 20 yards from the stage...much better than the thousands behind us! Amazing!


   


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