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Dave Matthews Band
July 2, 2008
Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC

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User: A.K.A
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killer show! jeff rocked! 1 of the best shows i have been to!

needs to be live trax!

User: Adam_2Step
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This show was amazing!

User: asasdad
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out of 60 shows this was one of my faves!! bands in old form(- Roi) had a great time

User: asgreene15
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Awesome show despite the fact the band was cut short by the stupid curfew. Missed out on jimi thing, grey street, dreaming tree, and hey hey my my because they were cut, but awesome show.

User: ben47364
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Seek Up
So Damn Lucky
Corn Bread
Granny
Crush
Sledgehammer
#41
Pantala Naga Pampa
Rapunzel
The Space Between
Dancing Nancies
The Idea Of You
Smooth Rider
Everyday
Louisiana Bayou
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Gravedigger
Tripping Billies

some cool facts about this show...the guy standing next to me on the front row threw his sunglasses onto the stage and got moved back to section 1...dave didnt steal Timmy's glasses....also...mid-way threw the show i saw the offical set list...they were going to play Jimi thing and Grey Street and the encore was going to have 3 songs with HEY HEY MY MY...but because of the curfew they had to skip over those and go to smooth rider,everyday, bayou and end with a 2 song encore...is anyone else extremly annoyed with that!?!?!? curfew?!?!? so stupid..let them go to 11:30 at least...overall this show was amazing nothing at all was really wrong with this show,they were spot on..had they not come out later then usual around 8:25 rather then 8:10ish...and had to end at 11...this show would've been an even more amazing treat for fans. BEST SONGS of the evening SO DAMN LUCKY,#41, and nancies!VOTE LIVE TRAX!!!!!

User: BlueHandDan
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Great beginning, but the closing of the set wasn't that good. It is more like a 3.5, but I'll give it a four because it is the first show I went to. After seeing him live I am hooked.

User: CrashCrush75
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Great show would have been a five if Dreaming Tree, Jimi, and Sugar Will had of made their appearances but nonetheless it was a great show and Coffin and Tim brought the energy.

User: ctaylordmb
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Just an awesome show!! I finally got to hear Seek Up again for the first time in 6 years! The entire show was great! It was just one of those amazing DMB nights when they were right on it all night. Got to hear great versions of Seek Up, 41, and Crush. Jeff did a great job as expected. I love that Dave had us sing a "We want Roi!" chant. I hope he is doing well!

User: daveheadNC
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my 40th show altogether...incredible energy tonight, Coffin is stepping up nicely...review to come shortly....not my favorite show but out of 40 this has to be top 5

User: davephrk
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FRONT ROW

User: DDOLE2
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AWESOMMEEEEE

User: dixiechicken15
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First concert ever, woot

User: Dodgerdave
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Absolutely Ridiculous show!! Best "#41" and "Crush" I have ever heard although Leroi was certainly missed.

User: DreamingTreeML
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Good show, but LeRoi's absence has definitely taken the wind out of my sails.

User: DrewD55
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My first show of the year, and I'd probably have to rank this one in my top 3. Just about everything was fantastic. I don't know what was left out because of the curfew, but what we got left me satisfied:

Seek Up - I had been thinking Bartender or Dreaming Tree, and this hadn't been an opener in awhile, so it was a complete surprise. This was straight out of Red Rocks '95, and it set and old school vibe for the rest of the night. Seemed a little short, but someone told me it went 16 minutes. Guess I just wanted more of it. Jeff Coffin pulled off the soprano sax parts well. The whole thing with the screen down in front of the stage at the start did not look as cool as I'd been led to believe. It was still too bright out, and my seats were on the left of section 9, where I could already see half the band before the screen rose.

So Damn Lucky - Pretty straightforward but still really good. Tim was going off on the outro, and he's really bringing up everyone's game this summer.

Cornbread - Again, not much new, but a good opportunity for me to enjoy Tim playing with the band.

Granny - This had been on my wishlist for god knows how long, so hearing this was a dream come true. The crowd in my section seemed a little tame, but watching everyone around the venue chanting "Love! Baby!" had me excited beyond belief.

Crush - Best version I've ever heard, hands down. I feel kind of bad saying that with Roi not part of the equation, but I think it would have been just as good if he had been there. Fonz teased the hell out of the opening, doing 2 or 3 "false" starts after his intro solo, and it built the anticipation like crazy. The ending jam has just reached a new level this summer, and the solos Tim and Jeff traded were absolutely nuts.

Sledgehammer - Probably my second favorite of the covers so far ("Money" being first). This got a big reaction from the crowd, and Dave does an admirable job with the vocals. His voice is really in fine form this year. ETA: The notes for this show are not true. This was only played once, and there were no problems with Carter's bass drum.

#41 - Nearly the best #41 I've heard, right up to the "Everyday" chant at the end, which I can't bring myself to be a part of. Anyone who thinks there needs to be a substantial sax solo in this song got their wish tonight. Coffin is the man again. Loved hearing the "Sojourn" interpolation, which works great with Rashawn playing along.

PNP > Rapunzel - Haven't heard this one make a mid-set appearance since '99. This show must have screwed up the setlist game but good. Good jam at the end, but probably the only time I noticed Butch wasn't on stage.

Space Between - I certainly won't say it's in the same league as "I'll Back You Up," but with a mid-set appearance, featuring only Dave, Tim, and Carter, it's certainly got the same kind of vibe, a la Live Trax 8. I dug it a lot more than the full band version we used to get in '01-'02.

Nancies - Pretty straightforward again, but Boyd was appreciative that he finally got to step up to the plate, and he was hammering away at his solo. As for me, denied a Nancies > Warehouse segue again.

IDOY - I saw the soprano and was hoping for Shotgun, but this is what was soundchecked on Tuesday, so I wasn't surprised. I dig the new intro, and the horn section was tight on this, even if Coffin's still using sheet music for the chords.

Smooth Rider - My first time hearing this, and it did not disappoint. Dave swiped Tim's sunglasses and was jamming like an old bluesman while Tim was playing a slide guitar intro. Dave's also no longer screaming on this tune like crazy, which is helping his voice out a lot.

Everyday - Heard this a bunch of times in the past few years, so I wouldn't mind it getting a break, but it's still fun. Crowd was chanting like crazy on the #36 part.

Bayou - Blech. Only thing that kept this show from 5 stars for me. A segue from "Smooth Rider" into "What You Are" would have been perfect. This is three years in a row I've heard this tune, and I think the band need to give it a rest. Semed like a pretty short version, and there wasn't much in the way of Boyd soloing.

Gravedigger - Standard full band version. I dug it pretty well, but it's another tune that I've heard more than enough times the past few years.

Billies - Dave was fiddling with his IEMs, so I thought we might get "Thank You," but then he didn't take off his guitar, and I was relieved (can't stand "Thank You.") Loved hearing the Nature intro in person for the first time in about 7 years. Wish the song was still as fast as it used to be, but this was a great way to close.

MVP of the night had to be Jeff Coffin. He stepped it up like no one's business, and I think it's awesome the way he's come out to fill in for the time being. Overall, great show. Looking forward to next weekend in West Palm.

User: Drewda
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Started off so strong..closing run kinda sucked but the encore was fun. Great show, one of my favorites that I've been to. Coffin is amazing

User: drewroyal
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Best show I've seen in awhile. Tim was awesome and so was Jeff. Like others said, they put out a lot of energy.

User: driving_song
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I really liked this show. It was my birthday so I might be a little one sided but I enjoyed the set. Great Time and Lively crowd!

User: Drummer58
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This was a spur of the moment concert that we were lucky to pick up great seats for. It was our best seats yet for a DMB concert and it made the experience very complete?

User: dstrick21
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He knows how to blown the roof off at raleigh

User: dvbii
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Although Leroi was missed, it was great show!!

User: ecannon80
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Amazing show! This definitely falls into top-5 category, possibly best ever

User: ethaxton
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Aside from the last 3 songs of the main set, best show I've ever seen.

User: Everyday27
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Phenomenal show. Brilliant set, perfect compliment to Charlotte the night before. Loved Seek Up, Bayou, and Billies. Croud was a little week, but the boys always bring it in Raleigh!

User: HaLLoWeen0423
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14 rowsback on Seek Up which i have been wanting to hear forever and they killed it. SDL was the most amazing i'ev heard it, Tim killed the outro for like 4 minutes. Granny, The Space Between, Nancies, no wounder it's the rarest so far. The Idea of You sounded awesome with Tim. He brings the band so much, because people wanna hear that guitar!!!!

User: Imps44
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Awesome Setlist, awesome guest appearances, awesome time!

User: jcmartin13
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this type of show is why i keep coming back every year. yes, the last three songs of the set were weak on paper, but in the moment i have never enjoyed smooth rider like that. as long as they did not go into ants after everyday even bayou became some what of a surprise. i pray pray dmb to please bring the A game like this show to chucktown. it has been 9 years and i have racked up as many miles as is humanly possible not being independantly wealthy. i just want energy and please surprise me, think about this setlist. the build again is nine years in the making and throw it on july 4th and to me its a reicpe for the perfect storm of an amazing hurt me the way james brown use to hurt crowds kinda show. cant wait take care yall

User: jgrant641
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Very strong opener with Seekup and Sledgehammer was an the highlight of the night. Tim and Jeff made the show have a much more raw feel which i loved!

User: JimiThing1234
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Live trax 13!!! amazing show with seek up,space between,granny,#41, and epic crush! smooth rider was awesome, yeah i said it!

User: joegspizza
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Great show! Much higher energy than last year. Seek Up was an awesome show opener, and #41 was a definitely a highlight. Tim and Jeff really worked well together in some dueling solos. LeRoi's presence was certainly missed, but Jeff did an amazing job filling in so quickly. Get well soon, Roi!

User: Jonesykidd
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Great show, started off great and ended good.

User: jyoakum
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Crash and 41 were sick.

User: kingmb08
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Awsome, I thought it was the best I have been too in a long time. I liked Tim in place of Butch. It maybe gave more energy, also you could hear the high notes through everything else going on. Jeff Coffin was bad ass on Sax. Nice to hear trippin billies at the close, and seek up at the start. I thought the show was good all the way through.

User: lemonhead
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Best DMB show I've seen at the Creek in a long time. Setlist was actually decent this year! Acoustic Space Between was awesome. First time I remember Tim being there. He was great, but they had his sound way too loud, overpowered Dave's vocals a lot. Sax player subbing was great.
One odd thing was this was the first non-sellout i've ever seen for DMB at the creek. People are broke from gas I guess. :(

User: LisaFan
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DMB - you are consumate professionals. It was great to see you all talking between songs and then coming out and nailing it. The replacement of Butch with Tim added new energy, and Jeff is a good style match for Tim. I am enjoying this electric year, but would not mind getting back to the more mellow sounds of LeRoi and Butch in the future. Awesome concert. Speedy recovery Roi !

User: marchingant76
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Unbelieveable set list, one of the best shows in Raleigh.

User: Mattster
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The first half was great, but I was a little let down towards the end. Even more so when I found out they cut Dreaming Tree & Jimi .....

All in all, a pretty decent night tho ...

User: mellabella120
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Good show, wish I could have heard some other songs but not disappointed.

User: mglow333
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I enjoyed the show, but wasn't quite as satisfied as last night in Charlotte. I can't take anything away from the band or crowd for energy, and it was definitely a fun show, but I simply felt the setlist fell off towards the end of the show. I've had my fill of Everyday and Bayou, and Smooth Rider would be fine if it were about half as long. I liked the encore, but it was definitely abbreviated. All that aside, this was probably the best Crush I have heard and maybe the best #41 (with Sojourn of Arjuna); Sledgehammer was great again; and Granny was a pleasant surprise. The band is on, and I am looking forward to a long weekend in Charleston.

User: Mikey Carson
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Such a good time, even better than Charlotte the night before. Much more energy from the band.

User: Mr_SkoT_A
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2nd show of the year, 8th show overall.

User: NCAA1981
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After Saturday's lackluster showing at Nissan, I was a little apprehensive about what Raleigh might bring, especially with a "backup" saxophonist on hand. But I must say... Raleigh was a complete turnaround from Nissan, and with all due respect to Roi, I haven't seen such an enthusiastic, soulful showing from the horn section since I've started seeing the band in 2002. MVP of the night was definately Jeff Coffin: the man can play, and he was gettin' down just as much as Dave during several parts of the show.

Seek Up: A refreshing opener, and got the show off to a nice old-school vibe. Everybody was spot-on, Jeff was nice on his baritone solo, as was Roi at the end. Really great version... flawless... and the perfect way to open a show. I'll give it 10/10 rating for an opener.

So Damn Lucky: This version had alot more "fire" than the Nissan one. Tim really, really shines on this one, and it's pretty clear that Dave likes playing it, too. The crowd seemed lost at first, but once Tim started soloing, everyone was grooving. A very good song for the two-spot. 9/10.

Corn Bread: Not my favorite. Seen it a lot. But, it does bring the energy. Tim had another great solo mid-song, and Dave did the funkiest little dance I've ever seen him do, which is saying a lot. The crowd was roaring laughing. 8/10.

Granny: Totally unexpected, but again an outstanding version. By this point I could tell the band was feeling good, and we were in store for a great time. I like Granny early in the set as opposed to later on, so I really liked this placement. The song's ending scat was fun, as usual. 9/10.

Crush: This is where the show really went into a parallel universe for like the next 6 songs. Of all the Crush's I've heard... and I've heard a lot... this was bar-none the best. Jeff really brings a fresh sound to the band, and it shined on Crush in particular. The jam at the end tore the roof off the pavilion, and when the rest of the band tried to end the song, Carter said "no" and kept playing. It was great. 10/10.

Sledgehammer: I'm not sure why ants.org says it was aborted, because it definately was not. A very clean, perfect version, actually. Dave sounds really great on this one, and the band was crisp and flawless. I'd never liked this song until DMB covered it, but now I'm really digging it. The crowd was all over it as well. 8/10.

#41: Wow. As with Crush, I've heard a lot of #41's, but none can touch this one. Whereas the version from 4/20/02 with the 30-minute Flecktones jam is a bit on the longish side, this one was shorter and kept my attention throughout. Dave hit every single falsetto for once in my life, and the ending jam went Boyd > Tim > Jeff/Rashawn. The Sojourn interpolation seemed to go on for quite awhile, and really got me feeling good and nostalgic. For those who thought that #41 lost it's edge years ago, you need to download this version and enjoy it. My highlight of the night, for sure. 10/10.

PNP>Rapunzel: Totally unexpected midset, especially after the great opening run of songs. I was sure we were due for a shit-song or two. Heard it at Nissan in the encore, but I think I prefer it as it was played in Raleigh in the midset. A really fun version, and we spotted Dave's twins standing on the side of stage-right with Ashley. A fun version as usual, Dave was hitting all the highs, and Jeff wasn't lost at all. 9/10.

Space Between: I guess the band needed a breather, and this gave it to them. Not my top choice for a midset slowdown; I'd much prefer Crash or PM>Satellite. But this version was a little tighter than it was at Nissan, and I actually found myself enjoying it. Plus, a sit-break was due for me. 5/10.

Dancing Nancies: Are you kidding me? Another great song. Boyd went ape as per usual, and the crowd was clearly appreciating the old-school vibe that was about to come to a screaching halt. Fun version though, and good placement after TSB. 9/10.

Idea of You: I knew a newbie was coming, and I was glad it wasn't #27. I was hoping for Shotgun, but as this was soundchecked in Charlotte I figured we'd get it. This version seemed to have more of an edge to it than others, with Tim really taking more electric fills than usual and Jeff blowing really hard in the chorus and the bridge. Probably the cleanest, sharpest version I've heard from this year. 8/10.

Smooth Rider: Didn't see it coming, and when Dave started riffing it I was immediately bummed. But guess what? It was somehow, in a strange way, refreshing. Tim helps this song out in a big way, and Boyd and Dave did a cool little plucking outro that I hadn't heard before. Definately not my top choice of a late-set song, but it was better than OOMH or ODH. 6/10.

Everyday: Now I really, really could do without this. I seem to get it at every show I attend, which just isn't cool seeing as I can't stant the song. I didn't do much for me tonight, either. The rest of the crowd seemed to enjoy it. 4/10.

Louisiana Bayou: A 'meh' closer. The ending three song run did nothing to honor the glorious show that came before it. But I was on such a high after Seek Up, #41, Crush, Granny, Rapunzel, and Nancies, that I hardly noticed the suckiness of the closing three songs. Seemed like a good version of Bayou, but I really wasn't paying attention. 6/10.

Gravedigger: I really like it full-band as opposed to Dave solo. The video screens has some really creepy images on them too, which made the effect even more eerie. Very nice rendition, and my first time hearing it full-band. 8/10.

Tripping Billies: My ideal closer! Really ended the show on a high, and left me very satisfied with a great night of DMB. Before the song, Dave asked the crowd to chant "we want Roi" and he coached us as we chanted it for a good two minutes. Meanwhile, a camera man filmed the crowd and some noteable Roi signs. As for Billies, a standard but great version. Boyd and the horns went nuts at the end and gave me chills even on this hot night. Perfect way to end a show. 10/10.

Again, the show was really great save the three-song skid before the encore. And I strangely enjoyed Smooth Rider. The band had energy, Dave was dancing all over the place pretty much all night, and so was Jeff for that matter. I don't mean to disrespect Roi, but Jeff was very refreshing. A truly great musician, and even though he's been with the band for 48 hours, he never seemed lost or out of sorts with what to do. I was extremely impressed. As for soundcheck, the tinkered with Bayou a lot. Then they tinkered with Sugar Will even more, for about 30 minutes. The almost played the song in its entirety twice, but it was aborted near the end both times. It sounded very rusty, which is expected, but the band seemed really intent on getting it right. After a few more soundchecks, I'm sure they'll bust it out.

Overall, we had a really great night in Raleigh, and it put the Nissan show to shame (thankfully). Couldn't really ask for more from the band, other than getting them to fucking play LIOG for me sometime before I die. Still, a 9/10 night for sure. Very jam-heavy.

User: Neverknow34
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this concert was unbelievable!
so many highlights... not a single song i didn't want to hear!
#41 and Crush were IMHO the absolute best...
encore was awesome!
energy was great, crowd was great!
awesome, awesome show!

User: OpenStreamWindo
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Although I was anticipating Dreaming Tree, this show was a definite face melter. Unexpected Seek Up to start it off was absolutely incredible, and adding Timmy and Jim to the show only made this show so much better, even through Smooth Rider and Louisiana Bayou. Along with Seek Up as highlights were #41, Crush, and Granny. First Seek Up and Granny for me!

User: redstormer
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great concert. thing only bad thing was they played a couple of lengthy songs which eliminated 1-2 songs.

User: remedyseeker
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This show was money.
Much more energy than charlotte and the crowd was really into it. Tim nailed every solo and the seek up and so damn lucky beginning was great. Crush was by far the best crush ever and jeff coffin did an amazing job. i still miss leroi though. Granny was a pleasant suprise and every part of this concert had me on my feet and feeling good except for the space between but that was a good sit down break. nancies was great along with rapunzel and a very stellar ending with tripping billies. thank you dave.

User: remem_trax
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Great opening run...shaping up to be my best show yet, until Smooth Rider, Everyday and Bayou to close the set. Replace those 3 with Pig, Sugar Will and BOWA, and I give this show a 5.

User: rocco06
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The truth is this show was unreal. The crowd was on it all night. When Dave opened his mouth for Seek Up you could just tell everything was right. The fact that we were hit with Granny, and Crush when we were just drove the train. I can honestly say #41 was probably the best live song I have ever heard at any concert I have ever been to. I was floored, I have seen a lot of shows and heard a lot of songs and #41 on this night was just ridiculous. However there is no way not to mention how the show closed the run left me wanting a little something different. Then the Encore came and order was restored. Thanks guys!!

User: romlock
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Very good show - Timmy was great and coffin adds a lot of energy and variance on the sax solos. Would have given the show 5 but the encore was a touch brief, and I would've preferred either another of this tour's covers or about anything else over bayou to close the setlist.

User: rsxin06
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great show considering roy wasent there. Tripping Billies was awsome.

User: shirleydmbfan
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What a wonderful show!!! One of the best I have ever been to. Energy was kickin. Jeff was a great stand-in. Not sure how I feel about Butch not being there. I'm used to seeing him. Wonderful crowd, easy parking, easy out. So Damn Lucky was awesome. Everyday, Bayou, Smooth Rider, Tripping Billies....WOW! Dancing Nancies is always good to hear! LOVED IT! Carter pulling the kid on stage at the end was really cool. Funny picture posing! CARTER IS AWESOME!

User: sorightwise
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Great show, Tim Reynolds brings a lot to the table. Jeff Coppin has really stepped up and they are finally jamming again.

User: strick21
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These guys always put on a great show in Raleigh. This one was great with the big Tim'ster jammin along. Get well soon Leroi!!

User: td5781
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Great show. Jeff sounded great with the band. He didn't solo much, but when he did he brought the fire.

User: Troberts091
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great time..

User: vanillateis
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I have been too a lot of shows and this by far was the best set list I have ever heard!!!

User: wesparker
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I've seen DBM at least once every year since the mid-90s (30+ shows), and this is hands down one of the best performances I've been fortunate enough to see live.

From the opening Seek Up, the entire show had the feel and energy of the mid-to-late 90s' era DMB, and the newer songs fit in nicely with the classics. Tim's energy and amazing talent brings a new dimension to the music every time he tours with them.

The band was very energized and jammed out nearly every song, to the point where the encore almost felt a little rushed due to the curfew (I question whether Billies was on the original set list). They didn't even close out the main set until about 10:40.

DMB loves Raleigh and put on an amazing show. Definitely a classic.


   


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