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Currently Awaiting Liberation
One of the most exciting aspects of a Dave Matthews Band show is the possibility that on any given night, just about any given song can be played. Now the reality is that there are songs that are played with far more regularity than others. It has become a bit of a sport for fans to chase song "liberations", which occur when a song has been played for the first time after a lengthy hiatus.

Conditions for Song Liberation
A line has to be drawn somewhere, and after careful consideration, we at Ants have come up with the following criteria for what constitutes a song liberation:

  • 150 shows since last performance - This is the most subjective criteria of the bunch, admittedly. While humans measure time in terms of days, the pandemic response that forced the cancellation of the 2020 tour pushed us to consider "shows since" as our preferred metric for judging song scarcity. For example, should DMB go on a 3-year hiatus, we wouldn't consider every song a liberation upon return. 150 shows is somewhere in the ballpark of 3 years' worth of shows, and that feels about right.

  • No Teasing - Must be considered a full performance of the song. Teases and partials will not be considered a valid liberation.

  • Cover Song Minimum: 10 Plays - The band is known for playing lots of covers, but very few stick around for the long haul. Those that do, certainly warrant liberation should they disappear and return at a later date (read: Watchtower, The Maker).

  • Original Song Minimum: 5 Plays - A song should stick around for a few plays before we consider it established enough to warrant a liberation upon its return.

There are, of course, a few exclusions to cover some outlier cases:

  • Album Exclusions - Tim Reynolds originals, True Reflection songs and songs deemed collaborations

  • Intros, Improv & Jams

  • Previous Song Versions - Examples include Don't Burn the Pig & Leave Me Praying

Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
14612972018-12-08Kill The KingUnreleased
14712982018-12-07Belly Belly NiceAway From The World
15213062018-11-29Sleep to Dream HerEveryday
15713892018-09-07#34Under the Table and Dreaming
16714312018-07-27Hunger for the Great LightStand Up
18514652018-06-23Black and Blue BirdCome Tomorrow
20416052018-02-03Alligator PieBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
20416052018-02-03Runnin Down a DreamCover Songs
20721232016-09-03Cry FreedomCrash
21421592016-07-29Death On The High SeasUnreleased
23021902016-06-28Out of My HandsStand Up
25724242015-11-07Little ThingUnreleased
26424352015-10-27Still WaterCover Songs
26724412015-10-21Belly FullAway From The World
27024452015-10-17Loving WingsUnreleased
27224502015-10-12A Whiter Shade Of PaleCover Songs
27724812015-09-11Be YourselfUnreleased
27824832015-09-09Down By the RiverCover Songs
27924862015-09-06Angel From MontgomeryCover Songs
28024872015-09-05Snow OutsideAway From The World
28525222015-08-01Long Black VeilCover Songs
28525222015-08-01Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
28825282015-07-26Let You DownCrash
29125332015-07-21I Did ItEveryday
33028592014-08-29Good Good TimeUnreleased
36229502014-05-30American BabyStand Up
38132142013-09-08Don't Fear The ReaperCover Songs
38532212013-09-01GauchoAway From The World
39232582013-07-26Kit Kat JamBusted Stuff
40432812013-07-03Eh HeeUnreleased
42533282013-05-17Everybody Wake UpStand Up
43534822012-12-14Baby BlueBig Whiskey and the GrooGrux King
49139352011-09-18American Baby IntroStand Up
53043152010-09-03Busted StuffBusted Stuff
68650422008-09-06MoneyCover Songs
72251192008-06-21A Dream So RealUnreleased
74053822007-10-02ExodusCover Songs
85360432005-12-10Linus And LucyCover Songs
109173402002-05-23For the Beauty of WynonaCover Songs
110073532002-05-10WasteCover Songs
112576102001-08-26Mother FatherEveryday
146491501997-06-08NatureCover Songs
162198151995-08-13What Will Become of MeUnreleased
1740100401994-12-31Get In LineUnreleased
1953104641993-11-02Doobie ThingUnreleased
2088107441993-01-26People PeopleUnreleased
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
15374082002-03-16I Did ItEveryday
15575312001-11-13When the World EndsEveryday
16375542001-10-21RecentlyRemember Two Things
17377682001-03-21What You AreEveryday
17777702001-03-19Digging a DitchBusted Stuff
22386091998-12-01SpoonBefore These Crowded Streets
22586441998-10-27Typical SituationUnder the Table and Dreaming
24495701996-04-14Pay For What You GetUnder the Table and Dreaming
Shows Since () Days Since () Last Played () Song () Album ()
14670282003-03-31Big Eyed FishBusted Stuff
14770302003-03-29Drive In Drive OutCrash
15584951999-03-25Wild HorsesCover Songs
15785061999-03-14If I Had a BoatCover Songs
18885521999-01-27Deed Is DoneUnreleased
19791151997-07-13Let You DownCrash
19892551997-02-23Dream I Killed GodUnreleased
22492891997-01-20Watermelon SongCover Songs


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