104.1 'The Point', Minneapolis, Minnesota
Crash Into Me (Dixie Chicken)
Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Rhyme & Reason
Don't Drink the Water
Crash Into Me (Dixie Chicken)
Leroi Solo -->
Pantala Naga Pampa -->
Pay For What You Get
Proudest Monkey -->
All Along the Watchtower (Stefan solo intro)
* Tease: less than 1 verse
Never have my emotions gone from so high to so low in a matter of seconds. Some girl was holding up a sign for #40-I laughed, thinking it was a beautiful dream that would never be realized. I was half right;it was the most unexpected encore imaginable (more later). In general, the show was good, if a tad short, but it was a strange mix of energy charged songs and mellow songs. It was full of peaks and valleys, unlike most shows I've heard. The crowd was obnoxious-they had no respect for Maceo Parker (only about 25% full at the beginning of his performance, and lots of people were talking through his songs). Though the vast majority stood through every song, they screamed and clapped at the most inopportune times (the by-product of too much alcohol, I imagine). They were really into the fast songs; the mellow ones (save Crash and Satellite), not so much. Dave danced a whole lot more than I've ever seen. Here are my thoughts, song by song: Two Step-It's my favorite song, and I would have prefered to wait a little while, but it served nicely as an opener. Energy filled. They paused midway through the song, and then Tim took off with a slow, lazy-day jam. Rhyme & Reason-I was surprised to hear this song, especially after an intense Two Step. Very impassioned, and undoubtedly tiring (Dave was kind of panting after it was done). Don't Drink the Water-It had to come sooner or later. Better to get it out of the way early. Crash-I was furious. It sounded like we were going to get Jimi Thing, and then this! Crowd loved it. It wasn't all that bad, but still... LeRoi Solo-I finally heard it. One of the small highlights for me. He through in a cute, if a little corny, line from Santa Claus is Coming to Town. I see big potential for this evolving into a seperate song. Pantala Naga Pampa & Rapunzel-Dave danced like a madman. Not the best version I've ever heard, but I love the song, and it didn't drag too much. Pay For What You Get-YES!! Big highlight #1. It was the first time all tour, I think. It fit the mood just right. He didn't do Norwegian wood, but that's fine with me because it's done so often. Last Stop-No reprise outro-again I wasn't disappointed because I feel the outro is overdone. Crush-Tim had a good solo, and Boyd had one that was slightly longer than normal. Crowd loved it; I thought it was okay. Proudest Monkey-I was glad to hear this one, especially on it's fifth anniversary! It was one of a number of mellow songs, but I was feeling somewhat mellow myself. The entire time, my friend and I were desperately hoping that Carter would refrain from reaching for those chimes, but inevitably came... Satellite- Oh, well. Jimi Thing-Excellent! I was worried that we weren't going to get to hear it, as it was played last night, but we did. Everyone had good solos, especially Tim, who collapsed at the end of his. Stefan Solo-I thought it had more direction than in concerts past. Dave said something to him in the middle, and he laughed and shook his head. I wonder if Dave was asking if he wanted to do Stir It Up? Watchtower-It was awesome live! I'm not a huge Watchtower fan, but I really got into this one. Boyd & Dave plucked to their giddy hearts' content. Encore: After 5 minutes, the band finally came on stage. I heard a few familiar notes, but I tried to surpress any faint hope I had. But the tuning soon turned in to the unmistakeable C-B-F and my heart began to race. Could it be...... #40!!!!!!! I screamed my lungs out and almost cried. Dave began to sing, and I knew I had reached the heavenly gates. Then, 4 lines later, I was hurled into purgatory. So Much to Say-Well, to it's credit it was well done. I guess I should have known that he wasn't going to play the whole thing on a random Friday night more than 3 and a half years after it's final performance. It gives me hope, that maybe, just maybe, Chicago has a surprise in store for us. So Much to Say was inevitably segued into Anyone Seen the Bridge?-The best version I've heard in a while. Dave did some scat, and both he and the crowd were really into it. Too Much-Electric. The whole band was having fun. There were huge smiles on everyones faces after it was done. It would have been nice to see Maceo come up & play, but there's always Milwaukee. More mellow songs than I've ever heard, but also more energetic ones. One thing will continue to haunt me about this concert: We were THIS close...
this was the first dmb concert i have been to and it was great .i had 11th row seats which made it even better.the only bad thing about the concert was the opening band maeco parker. they played the same songs over and over again it sounded like and they would not get off the stage. finally when they got off the stage. DMB came out of this door and walked onto the stage and everyone was going crazy. They started with Two step and rhyme and reason which were great songs. I think they should of played other songs, because i am so sick of satelite and crash into me which they both played. They also played All along the watchtower and that was great. All around it seemed like a great concert. I got a tapetraders card from the concert. So if you would want to email me or find my screename on aol. it is dmb19adam. the guy was in the about 20th row and does cds,cassettes, and other stuff. if you want his email address ask me and i will give it to you. thanx a lot bye.
I don't even know where to start. Madison is one big circle and that sucked. But on to the important stuff. Got to the venue about half way through Maceo Parker. Not bad. But I don't think that Dave likes these guys too much. He didn't introduce them and he didn't invite them on stage for any of the setlist. Hmm. I was a little worried about Tim. I had never seen him with the band before, but it turned out for the best. Tim was rather quiet throughout the whole show. He added a little at times, but not anything big. I didn't think that it was slowed down at all with Tim- that is what I heard it would be like. I didn't expect him to look the way that he does. But he's cool. Any friend of Dave's is a friend of mine. I must admit that I am completely biast about the setlist. There is no such thing as a "bad" setlist in my head. Hearing DMBLIVE (that's on my license plate!) is what it is all about. I can't complain about Crash or Satellite. I enjoyed every second of the show. Sec 222- you sucked. Nobody was into it and the guy next to me was more interested in the building structure than the band. The 2 guys in front of me were so stoned they couldn't even stand up anymore. But f* all them because I still danced my ass off and had a wonderful time. Even though they play Rapunzel every night, I could never get sick of it. I could even argue that it is the best song played live. (Although Dave loves to play Two Step). Rhyme and Reason was something that I didn't expect but was hoping for. Does anyone know why Boyd left the stage during PFWYG (it might have been Proudest Monkey). I had a great time. Thank you DMB- you put on a spectacular show. Thanx Chuck- Olive Juice.
Once again, I was please with a great set from DMB (and Tim Renyolds for a nice addition). The Kohl Center was as loud as ever (very loud as ever) with everyone screaming and singing along (could everyone be quite for just one song???). I don't know if anyone else there felt the same that I did, but the energy was definitally there in the crowd, but what about the band? With long pauses between each song and only playing for... 2 hours or so, it wasn't the same power that I had felt in past shows. Dave seemed happy, dancing alot, but it seemed as if he was tired, possibably enough was enought for him and the constant touring for such a long time. I do have to contradict myself however and say that there were times at the end of songs (like Watchtower and Jimi Thing) that I had to take a step back and breathe for a second, totally blowing me away, but then there were the few that really had no heart into the song. My seats were great, the Kohl Center is designed phenonimally well, but maybe it's the stress of exams and the lack of sleep with the end of the semester, but I really thought that they could have but on a better show. (quick plug, the one at Alpine Valley, WI this summer was the best I have ever seen!) But, how can one be dissapointed with a DMB concert, right!