aug.03.2001
Dave Matthews Band
ctnow.com Meadows Music Theatre, Hartford, Connecticut
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Graph of songs performed, by album
Opening Band: Soulive


onstage: 9:20pm
Grey Street *
Dont Drink the Water *+
When The World Ends *
So Right *
Bartender *
Crush *
What You Are *
Everyday (#36) *~
I Did It *~
Angel *~
#41 (Everyday)
Captain (tease)
Too Much *
Sleep To Dream Her *
Grace Is Gone *
JTR *~
Stay *~
encore:
Pig (tease)
#40 (tease)
Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away
The Space Between *~
Two Step *
offstage: 12:10pm
* Butch Taylor on keys
+ Tawatha Agee on vocals
~ Tawatha, Cindy & Brenda on vocals
Eric Krasno on guitar

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Opening with a new song was a surprise, and things didnt seem to get going until Dave played Crush, and had the whole place going. DDTW, and when the world ends weren't anything too special tonight, and i dont think a lot of people appreciated Bartender yet. It died down after crush, i thought he would go into some more old stuff but he did a 180 from that and went into 4 new songs (what you are, everyday, i did it, angel). Everyone was singing i did it, but i heard a lot of complaints that the show wasnt anything great and people werent happy. #41 changed all that. My personal favorite, and by the end, i had everyone else around me saying it was their favorite also. They jammed the whole song amd then ended it with a mix of Captain, another awesome song from the Lillywhites (which i must add is an awesome CD they need to release!) He followed strong with another oldie but goodie, Too Much, which was right on, and by the end of that everyone was ready for Sleep To Dream Her, no one minded this new one. He finished it up with two unreleased Lillywhites, Grace is Gone and Jtr, they complimented eachother well, and ended with the enthusiastic tune Stay. This was a great set list, then came back out and played #40 (always) although some people didnt hear it cuz it was short, he started to play it, and was expecting two step to follow. Instead, he played the Willie Nelson classic and told us all to vote for him if could convince him to run for president. No problem Dave. Then followed Space Between, a great night, everyone sang along as we were leaving. But then, he made good on his #40 tease and finished it all off with Two Step. One of his bests ever. It ended up being an awesome show and a memorable night.
Jun.30.2004
Sean F.
Well, first off, Grey Street was a great song to open up with it got everyone in the mood and ready to go crazy. Secondly, Dave, you play too many of your new songs!!!!! Then the fine ladies came out and they played everyday which is one of the only songs I enjoy from the cd Everyday. Then things got mellow with #41 and Grace is Gone, untill the fine ladies came out once again and busted out Stay which kicked A$$! One of the many songs I love that Dave has been playing on his tour this summer that not too many know of is JTR which I believe is an awesome song. It has a different rythm to it and keeps you on dancing. The many cons of the concert is that he didn't play The Stone, All Along The Watchtower, PantalaNaga Pampa/Rapunzel, Warehouse, Ants Marching, Satellite, Crash, or Jimi Thing. Well I might be going to the concert tomorrow night so maybe he will bust thoughs out well. Well i have to say his oncore RULED!! The first song I had never heard of, the second song was The Space Between Us which many people love but I'm not too crazy about it anymore, then he played Two Step which he played and jammed for 15 minutes!!! Two Step was probably the high light of the evening and was one of the songs i was really looking forward to playing. Dave played for a great deal of amount of time by coming on at 9ish and leaving at 12:15!! I have to say this was a great concert and I hope if I go tomorrow its even better!!!! DAVE YOU RULE!!
Jun.30.2004
Josh L.
This show was my 18th show and I must say it was the best. Grey Street was great. #41 was awesome. I love 36-everyday-36 its such a nice combo of new and old Dave. Then a Pig Tease and 40 tease what a show. The show seemed to go on forever I never wanted it to end. But when it did I was blown away.
Jun.30.2004
Jon B.
Just waking morning after from Hartford, my sixth show, and definetly one of the best if not the best. Started out with Grey Street, really cool, but I have heard better versions. Tawatha singing on DDTW was awesome. WWTE and So Right were better than the studio versions. So Right has so much energy. This point in the show I'm thinking it's alright, but when the busted out Bartender and Crush. First time hearing Crush, and I gotta tell you I loved it!! Then What You Are, I Did It, and Everyday were played. Everyday is a nice jam, I like the foot-peddle Boyd has. Then Dave invited Eric Krasno from Soul Live out, and he guested on Angel. It was great, but I wanted to hear Roi's sax on this song. Then #41. This song has to be the ultimate jam song ever. Sounded really great. Couple verses of Captain, which was cool, then Too Much, which I could've done without. STDH->Grace Is Gone is so sweet. I love Grace Is Gone, one of my favorites. JTR was cool, b/c it was drizzling a little. Then Stay was a good ender, but it seems like I hear it every time I go to a concert. The encore made this show. Dave came out and same a couple words of Pig, then #40, the went into Ain't It Funny. 2nd time hearing it, and I think its great. Space Between was next, and I thought it was over, but then they busted out Two Step. Butch had a great solo on this song. All in all a 9 out of 10. The crowd however I rate a 5 out of 10. Some were sitting down the whole time. What's up with that? Last show of the summer for me, and I gotta say I enjoyed this series thoroughly. Thanks Dave!!
Jun.30.2004
Jon B.
Just waking morning after from Hartford, my sixth show, and definetly one of the best if not the best. Started out with Grey Street, really cool, but I have heard better versions. Tawatha singing on DDTW was awesome. WWTE and So Right were better than the studio versions. So Right has so much energy. This point in the show I'm thinking it's alright, but when the busted out Bartender and Crush. First time hearing Crush, and I gotta tell you I loved it!! Then What You Are, I Did It, and Everyday were played. Everyday is a nice jam, I like the foot-peddle Boyd has. Then Dave invited Eric Krasno from Soul Live out, and he guested on Angel. It was great, but I wanted to hear Roi's sax on this song. Then #41. This song has to be the ultimate jam song ever. Sounded really great. Couple verses of Captain, which was cool, then Too Much, which I could've done without. STDH->Grace Is Gone is so sweet. I love Grace Is Gone, one of my favorites. JTR was cool, b/c it was drizzling a little. Then Stay was a good ender, but it seems like I hear it every time I go to a concert. The encore made this show. Dave came out and same a couple words of Pig, then #40, the went into Ain't It Funny. 2nd time hearing it, and I think its great. Space Between was next, and I thought it was over, but then they busted out Two Step. Butch had a great solo on this song. All in all a 9 out of 10. The crowd however I rate a 5 out of 10. Some were sitting down the whole time. What's up with that? Last show of the summer for me, and I gotta say I enjoyed this series thoroughly. Thanks Dave!!
Jun.30.2004
Rajiv I.
People have said recently, they are tired of the well known "Dave Matthews Band", also known as (creatively)the "phat phive" (and Butch). HAHAHAHAHA wasn't that funny? No, I mean what people have said, and how the recent "Everyday" ditties haven't cut it as far as these 10-6 men + Big Roi and Butch's talent are concerned--its not really funny, kinda ignorant..but anyway, those peeps are wrong, right? Right, they are certainly wrong, and should've been at the Meadows Music venue in Hartford lsat night. You would think that the "Six guys and three burly women jammin all night long" were playin down the block---but it was just the DMB. Soulive rocked it in the beginning, and I have to say they were beyond awesome. The drummer was really talented, an the guitarist was excellent. Props to those guys--and then props to the other guys that played...The phat phive came out at like 9:15 which was kinda late for a DMB show, and very close to my bedtime. The word of the night, I think, was JAM. JAMS on more than half the songs at least. oh yeah and dave did his share of his well known "davespeak" and mentioned a couple things including vote willie nelson for President, and something about his coffee. Word to GREY STREET because its kinda a rare in this tour, and then double word to DONT DRINK THE WATER, surprisingly, very very very energetic. I had called a tripping billies opener, and that was shot down. Another highlight of the night equals ANGEL, the song is beautiful, and Krosnos (sp?) from SOULIVE came out to make it one of tha phatter songs of the nite. THE NUMBER FORTY ONE was excellent as usual, but why no KROSNOS? It's ok, the jam was straight with the everyday outro (already played though!) and the crowd singing. oh yeah STDH was the usual, and made me tired, and then GRACE IS GONE was extended out in a very beautiful jam. CAPTAIN VERSE AND CHORUS PLAYED! that was nice, but too bad it wasnt the whole thing. Other jams were BARTENDER WITH BIG ROI MOORE ON THE PENNYWHITSLE! and EVERYDAY honey honey, and then gimme a C-R-U-S-H spells CRUSH, which was a beautiful jam once again, but why no KROSNOS??? It was still excellent. THEN THE ENCORE BREAK was not exciting, because Dave and friends weren't there. ::sob::, then out pops our friend Mr. Matthews, and he teases a PIG! And then he teases a 40! tales turned again..and then the band comes out for a SPACE BeTWEEN. standard like the album. HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT====TWO STEP!!! finally, at my fourth dave show, i get my second favorite song by dave (sadly no seek up)and it was INCREDIBLE! THE BEST TWO STEP...EEN DEE WORRRRLD! it was so incredible, and i was sreamin for it before it and thank god. I can die now. Peace.
Jun.30.2004
Tim B.
I thought this was a great show put on by dave matthews.. I loved how he opened with grey street. Crush was also a great song and my one of my favorites. He closed the night with a 20 min long out of this world Two Step it was a very long show around 3 hours.I had a great time
Jun.30.2004
David W.
Last night was quite a show at the Meadows. The boys played for a good three hours, which made it a special evening in itself. Before I comment on all of the highlights, let me just mention what I didn't like: The setlist wasn't great. 8 of the 18 songs were "Everyday" songs, and the boys played nothing from R2T or UTTAD. Also, while the encore was excellent, it was the same as 6/11/01 Giants Stadium. I was at that show and nothing can ever beat that encore. Now for the highlights: Grey Street as an opener was incredible. Without question the best played "Lillywhite." DDTW was next, and it sounded really good tonight. The addition of Tawatha on this song really gives it a little something extra. Also, the images on the screens as this plays are neat. WTWE and So Right sound good in concert. The boys extend the ending in So Right and that is cool. Bartender was next, and the version they played was shorter than I ever remember hearing, maybe because they didn't lead into FMM. I have waited two years to hear Crush in concert, and tonight I finally got it. What an incredible song, and what an incredible job the boys so on it. After Dave finishes singing in this song, they did something really neat. Instead of having the typical four minute outro, Dave stopped playing the guitar and they let Boyd rip it up. He jammed on his fiddle in the center of the stage for a good five mins. After Crush the setlist really took a hit - I have never seen FOUR Everyday songs in a row, but this is what we got. What You Are was first and then Everyday, but that was okay with me because I actually like those two songs off of the new album. The ladies do a nice job on Everyday. I Did It was next, I won't even go there. That must be the worst song in the history of pop music. It will always be the #1 symbol of the band selling out to Ballard. Angel closed out the Everyday songs for awhile. It is better in concert, but it still is nothing special. Eric Krasno from Soulive sat in on this one, and he really enhanced. Everyone jammed for about 10 mins on this one. Finally, things were back on track when #41 came on. I really enjoyed it, and the Everyday outro is nice - I think Dave did it one too many times though. Then we got a long (3 verse) Captain tease. Why can't the whole band just play the damn song? Too Much was next, and wow, what energy. The only thing I couldn't figure out was why Dave was playing the acoustic for this one - a little weird. STDH was next, and I used this time for my bathroom break. I had to make it quick though because I knew Grace Is Gone would be next, and I couldn't miss that. What a special song. JTR sounds great, the boys really have that one down. Again, the big screens add to this song when they show the rain pouring down. Stay closed the set, and it was a good version, everybody very happy. Dave comes back for the encore and tells us all to vote for Willie Nelson for president if he can get him to run, then plays AIFHTSA solo. Then, as I said, the same encore as Giants Stadium, 6/11/01, TSB and Two Step. While this could never have been as special because there wasn't any lighting or hail storm, Dave did make it well worth it. He seemed really tired and after the chorus on Two Step it seemed like it was just going to end. Little did anyone know that the band was going to jam for literally 25 MINUTES to close out the show. A good 10 minutes was giving Butch the spotlight, which he truly deserves. All in all, I would give this show an 8 out of 10, Dave, you have made 5 albums, not 3.
Jun.30.2004
Tom R.
For everyone who has criticized the band on this tour I would like to say that you missed the most unbelievable show in years. After getting stuck in what I like to call (first night of a venue rut, where basically every first night is more mellow and relatively repetative for the past two years) tonight surprised me and I am sure everyone else. I was hoping for a great show after a dissapointing night at SPAC last weekend, first less then stellar performance their ever in my opinion. Sitting in section 500 I saw the guitars up close during set up and saw the 12 string on the stage. Expected JTR becuase of the rain but was totally surprised by an incredible performance of Grey Street. During the song the guy behind me carried on my new tradition of writing Halloween on a beach ball and throwing it to the stage, got there, Boyd kicked it off, was never read. The band then played Don't Drink the Water with Tawatha in the background, one of the few backups that I really like. Followed by When the World Ends and So Right, already off to an amazing and energetic start. I told my bro when the acoustic got brought out that if Big Eyed Fish was getting played it would be right there. Dave walked off the stage and came back with the 12 string, started Bartender. The official setlist does say Big Eyed Fish, im guessing they skipped it. Still 5 incredibly intense songs in a row, no complaints. Expecting a mellow song we got Crush, which Carter and Boyd took to new levels of intensity last night, followed by What You Are, my favorite Everyday song, and Everyday another outstanding performance, first of the night for the lovely ladies, and loved the wawa peddle on Boyd's violin. This song keeps getting even better. I Did It is not a great song by any means, but its short and full of energy so I thought it fit really well. Next up came Angel, I hate Angel so I thought I would be dissapointed but instead of a 5 minute lovely ladies recap of who is in the band, an outstanding 5 minute guitar solo by Eric Krasno from Soulive (btw they were the best opening act I have seen since Bela Fleck in 1997, go check them out you will not be dissapointed). They followed with #41 with the Everyday outro, great performance as always, seemed more energetic then usual. Dave teased Captain and led into Too Much. Sleep to Dream Her is boring but is was a good intro to an incredibly emotional Grace Is Gone. Saw the 12 string again and new JTR was up, my personal favorite Lillywhite song, expected that to end the show it was getting late but they followed with Stay. Dave was going crazy I thought he was going to wear himself out and pass out. Encore: Dave teased Pig, and #40, then played Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away. He said "This is a song by one of my heros, and if I can get Willy to run for president ya'll better vote for him". Space Between, decent song, good middle encore song. Two Step has gotten so intense this year, went on forever and the band was so in to it, probably best performance I had ever seen. Overall the show ran 2:55 with the band off stage at 12:10. The most consistently intense show I have ever seen. Nothing from before crash but that was ok, the band is really enjoying playing new songs for a change. If you don't like Everyday or Glen Ballard remember that the band has taken back the songs and some of them are getting really good now so give them (What You Are, Everyday) a chance to become new classics
Jun.30.2004
Raymond D.
First show this tour and i was expecting some everyday stuff, but not that much. They played 8 songs, and i was pleased with about 5 or 6 of them. All i wanted to hear tonight was Grey Street, and the boys come out with the 12 string, my heart was beating, and when i heard the song i couldn't of been happier. It was the highlight of the night for me. In fact the first 4 songs were great, DDTW was awsome, Dave really gets into it when hes singing. What you are, So Right, WTWE were all good. Crush was really jammed well with of course Boyd leading the way. I was dissapointed with the crowd when Boyd did his thing on I Did It cause they werent going crazy like i was. Bartender was ok, nothing too special was Big Eyed didnt follow it, which was a huge dissapointment. When they started to play angel i was kinda yawning cause it is an awful song, but the Eric from Soulive came out and tore that song apart, it was awsome. #41 was awsome, but when they played they everyday outro it was even better. Too much was good, alotta energy. Sleep to Dream Her, i dont really have anything to say so im not gonna say anything. Grace was really good, it got the mood down and was really good. JTR was ok, i dont really love this song. When i heard Stay, i was kinda upset, but it probaly was the best part of the show when Dave was dancing like a fool onstage. It got me going nuts too. 2STEP was realy good as the last song, the other 2 were ok. Saturday is gonna be really good, cant wait, check you in the 10th row
Jun.30.2004
Kelley M.
Hello Dave fans just returning from the two Hartford, CT shows. I went to both nights and the first night was the best set list I have seen in some time. I have know been to 30 some odd Dave Matthews Band shows and that is important to this review because I know that I heard Dave begin singing, "Don't Burn the Pig," right before he played a verse from #40. Somebody tell me that I wasn't dreaming from my 7th row seat in Section 100. Dave and the boys rocked the house. It certainly was hot as you got closer to the stage. Dave is the man on each and every guitar he picks up and Carter is God. I loved Boyd's outfit. Props to Stefan and LeRoi Moore on the saxaphone. If you weren't at the show get yourself a copy. If you were at the show get yourself a copy. To my brothers who could not make the show you have loved it. To my best friend you should have been there. Dave played your song "Grace Is Gone." Thanks Dave for coming to my side of the stage during the end of that song. I didn't know what to do with myself. "One drink to remember and another to forget..." "#41" was a jam session. "JTR," and "Grey Street," love to see that 12 string. What a sweet color combination. Two Step always leaves me speechless. Butch and the Lovely Ladies deserve props as well. Just one more thing before I go. Why is it that Dave no longer plays "Crash Into Me?" Wouldn't we all love to hear that instead of "True Reflections?" I hope to be reunited with the band soon. Take care of yourself everybody.
Jun.30.2004
Vic
This show was split into two shows. "Everyday" and "not Everyday". "Everyday" was a-w-f-u-l. And took up about half the damned show. Something like 8 songs. WTWE=halfway decent, as is So Right. I Did It is god-awful. Except for The Space Between, which is really good, the rest of Everyday is mediocre at best. The other half of the show was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Grey Street was such a solid opener, one of the best I've seen. Not that half the crowd knew it, but it was the opener, so the lawn was "jumpin' jumpin'". Bartender and Crush were also RIDICULOUSLY good. The song "Everyday" sounds so much better in 41 than as its own song. Too Much was sweet, and Grace is Gone is such a good song. Seriously, off of Everyday, there is not a single song (except maybe TSB) that is nearly as good as Grey Street, Grace is Gone, Bartender, or Busted Stuff. Anyways, the encore was crazy too. Two Step went on forever, and it looked like it was about to pour during it, which would have been something else. Anyways, "Everyday" should never be performed in concert. At least not ones that I'm at. Oh well. The rest was soooooo good.
Jun.30.2004
Rajiv I.
People have said recently, they are tired of the well known "Dave Matthews Band", also known as (creatively)the "phat phive" (and Butch). HAHAHAHAHA wasn't that funny? No, I mean what people have said, and how the recent "Everyday" ditties haven't cut it as far as these 10 minus 6 men + Big Roi and Butch's talent is concerned--its not really funny, kinda ignorant..but anyway, those peeps are wrong, right? Right, they are certainly wrong, and should've been at the Meadows Music venue in Hartford lsat night. You would think that the "Six guys and three burly women jammin all night long" were playin down the block---but it was just the DMB. Soulive rocked it in the beginning, and I have to say they were beyond awesome. The drummer was really talented, an the guitarist was excellent. Props to those guys--and then props to the other guys that played...The phat phive came out at like 9:15 which was kinda late for a DMB show, and very close to my bedtime. The word of the night, I think, was JAM. JAMS on more than half the songs at least. oh yeah and dave did his share of his well known "davespeak" and mentioned a couple things including vote willie nelson for President, and something about his coffee. Word to GREY STREET because its kinda a rare in this tour, and then double word to DONT DRINK THE WATER, surprisingly, very very very energetic. I had called a tripping billies opener, and that was shot down. Another highlight of the night equals ANGEL, the song is beautiful, and Krosnos (sp?) from SOULIVE came out to make it one of tha phatter songs of the nite. THE NUMBER FORTY ONE was excellent as usual, but why no KROSNOS? It's ok, the jam was straight with the everyday outro (already played though!) and the crowd singing. oh yeah STDH was the usual, and made me tired, and then GRACE IS GONE was extended out in a very beautiful jam. CAPTAIN VERSE AND CHORUS PLAYED! that was nice, but too bad it wasnt the whole thing. Other jams were BARTENDER WITH BIG ROI MOORE ON THE PENNYWHITSLE! and EVERYDAY honey honey, and then gimme a C-R-U-S-H spells CRUSH, which was a beautiful jam once again, but why no KROSNOS??? It was still excellent. THEN THE ENCORE BREAK was not exciting, because Dave and friends weren't there. ::sob::, then out pops our friend Mr. Matthews, and he teases a PIG! And then he teases a 40! tales turned again..and then the band comes out for a SPACE BeTWEEN. standard like the album. HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT====TWO STEP!!! finally, at my fourth dave show, i get my second favorite song by dave (sadly no seek up)and it was INCREDIBLE! THE BEST TWO STEP...EEN DEE WORRRRLD! it was so incredible, and i was sreamin for it before it and thank god. I can die now. Peace.
Jun.30.2004
Andy B.
DAAAAAAAAAAMN this was a god show. opened with grey street, kicked ass. Dont drink the water was nice to hear again as always. When the world ends, well this was very expected, still love the way it ends. So right was another enjoyable song, which was nicely jammed out. bartender, as soon as boyb started on his fiddle, i was goin nuts, it was amazing, and then towards the end Leroi was jammin on the pennywhistle. CRUSH, now that was a huge surprise, i finally got to hear it, and it only took me 6 shows to hear it, it was a pleasant surprise. what you are, was standard album material, but its a better one fromt he album so i wasnt complaining. Everyday, i still love the Hani Hani come and dance with me intro/outro. i could have done without i did it, but i understand all the teenie boppers there enjoyed it, so i found a grove and started dancing anyways. dave then called on eric krasno to come on stage and they started playing angel with him, this has got to be one of the best they played from everyday last night, eric was jamming like crazy on stage and i was awestruck at what he added to the song, much better than the foxboro versions i enjoyed back in june. #41 with the everyday outro, i still like it, extended jam before the outro, i am still happy to say that i am one of the first to hear this outro back in december. when he started playin the catain tease i was goin nuts, i love the song, i wish he woulda played the whole thing, but oh well, theres always next time. this was the first show that i have heard too much at with out the SMTS-->astb preceding it, very enjoyable. Sleept to dream her came next, i like this song alot, it was very mellow and i think the band needed it to catch their breathe after the amazing too much, they went right into grace is gone, another great song, that i could never get enough of, so far so good, nothing could go wrong with this concert, then they pull out JTR, and it wasnt really raining, but it had been sprinkling on and off all night so i was hoping that after this song it would start downpouring, but it didnt, it was still nice to hear though. Stay was a nice closer, and lasted a good 10-15 minutes. they left the stage at about 11:40. dave came back on by himself and started teasing #40, he then stopped and told us he was goin to play a song by his good friend willie nelson, but before he started, he said "If i can convince him to run for president, Y'ALL BETTER VOTE FOR HIM" and then he started playing aint it funny how time slips away, i was at the first concert dave ever played this at, and i got to see it twice, i love the sitting onthe dock of the bay watchin the time roll away that he adds to it. the rest of the band came on and they started playin the space between, as soon as they started i was sayin to everyone i was with that there is goin to be another song after this, but no one believed me. As they finished space between all the lights on stage went out, and im like, watch this, all of a sudden TWO STEP, DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMN it was a good 20-30 minutes long, loved it, havent heard a better version yet, i was goin nuts throught he entire song, and loved every last second of it. PEACE AND MUCH DAVE LOVING GOING OUT Andy
Jun.30.2004
Alexander G.
Wow! This was my first live DMB show, and the boys certainly delivered. Started off with Grey Street, I had never heard this or any of the Lillywhites, but this was an AMAZING opening song. From there the beginning of the show only got better. DDTW, So Right, Bartender, and Crush were all amazing. Dave's voice on Bartender was downright eerie. As the show hit its middle section, I felt that it let down somewhat. I heard a bit too much "Everyday" for my taste, and although I appreciated the tremendous musical ability of Soulive's Krasno on guitar, his solo went on so long that it felt a bit self indulgent. In any event, I soon forgot about it, as Too Much simply blew me away. Add that to a deeply moving Grace is Gone and a light upbeat JTR, and I felt pleased with the show as a whole. My biggest dissapointment was that the rain that had been predicted all night did not fall when the band started JTR. I thought that would have been perfect. The rest of the show was strong, if only slightly predictable. One could see Stay from a mile away, and I think everyone in the place knew Space Between was going to be part of the encore. Nevertheless, Too Much came down and back up during a hugely extended jam so much that it sounded like 3 songs in one. All in all, I rate the show an 8, and would put it higher had it not been for too many Ballard tunes, and not a SINGLE tune of UTTAD, which is my favorite album. Still, to all those who have grown disillusioned with the band, I remind everyone that lots of groups put out bad albums, and that if "Everyday" does go down as the bands weakest offering ever, as it very well might, then over time they will have nothing to be ashamed of. They are still one of the most powerful and enjoyable bands in the world today.
Jun.30.2004
Greg R.
I never thought I would say this about a dave show, but this one was ho hum. Granted, it could have been my crappy lawn seats amidst a sea of drunken junior high kids, but this show had no spark. I patiently (at first) waited and waited for some sign that they would even acknowledge they did a debut album. It never came. What did come was "Everyday" over and over and over again. As Dave fans we know the album was a mistake, hopefully not to be repeated, but it didn't take me three shows of the album to figure out "Angel" is not a song you jam to for 15 minutes! Steve, I hope you have some great ideas for the next album.
Jun.30.2004
Eric B.
OK, men (and women)... this was only my second show, my first of the tour, my first time in the Meadows, and my first show (12-9-00 Pepsi) wasn't even that great, so I'm probably at least a little biased when I say that this concert was in-f*cking-credible in almost every possible way. Nevertheless, I stand by that. You could have painted the walls with the energy. Wow, what a night. Rain threatened in the afternoon, and it dripped once in a while during the show, but for the most part it was dry. There was quite a bit of davespeak, if you count mumbling. Once, he introduced the entire band, including Butch, but excluding LeRoi. early on he said something about a cup of coffee, and at the end he told us to vote for Willie Nelson for president. My dad saw Carter when he was walking from the bathroom back to the lawn. rrrrr....jealous... SOULIVE- These guys were great. I'm not too great at rating keyboard players, but I do know that the Sax player and guitarist (krasnos) were both very good. Really neat stuff, cool tunes, I'll probably buy their CD. However, enjoyable though they were, I was there to see Dave. GREY STREET- first highlight for me. I was wondering what they were going to open with and when I saw them talking it over I thought, "eh, maybe Grey Street," and then Carter's drum thingy started and I went crazy. I've always loved this song, and it did not disappoint. Dave changed around the lyrics quite a bit, the first "wrongs in her heart fall" line in the chorus is different now. I couldn't sing along, but it was so well performed that I will not complain. Dave was screaming his head off at the end, Roi was wailing, and the outro was more prolonged than usual. It was awesome. Best rendition of Grey Street that I've ever heard. DDTW- okay, this song was never my favorite, and I got it at Pepsi and it was okay at best... but somehow tonight it was just awesome. I think that it was a combination of the leftover energy from Grey Street and Tawatha's presence. There was lots of yelling, very powerful. For a song that usually sticks to the album very diligently, it was a very good version. WTWE- this is one of my favorites off of studio Everyday, but my least favorite live Everyday. The shows I'd heard depicted it as rather thin sounding in the chorus, and this wasn't really that different. Toerable, though, as well as inevitable. I won't mind hearing it again tonight. SO RIGHT- Yeah, now we're talking. If you just take it for what it is, an excellent rock song, this is great. Nice, catchy, got the crowd gowing. ROI MOORE ON THE SAXOPHONE. BARTENDER- this was the only real disappointment for me... I love Bartender but I wish they had done BEF before it. This also decreases the liklihood that it'll be played tonight, which makes me sad... oh well... what're you going to do. CRUSH- Would have been cool if they'd brought out Krasnos for this one, but I certainly survived. I've always loved this song. Boyd had two awesome solos. WHAT YOU ARE- Ohhh this was badass. Great tune, sounds much better than it does in the studio. The sound was nice and full, led by Dave's awesome guitar part, especially in the chorus. He may have thrown in a "don't fuck me!! fuck you!!" at the end, but I couldn't really catch it. Cool song. EVERYDAY/#36- I loved this but don't really need to explain it. It was a nice rendition but no Vegas. Good energy, sounded great, but if you've heard one you've heard them all. Kind of like I DID IT- Eh, what're you going to do? At least they don't jam it, so it's over quickly. I actually missed a lot of it because I had a rogue thumbnail that desperately needed peeling. ANGEL- Again, this song isn't my favorite... but imagine the veritable shitload of talent that it would take to make it sound good, and you've got Eric Krasnos. He was unreal. He bopped in and out during the song itself, which was enjoyable but standard. Then he simply TOOK OVER in the jam with a long blues solo. It fit in so well, it sounded amazing, and it went on forever. I never thought it was possible to enjoy Angel as much as I did. Certainly another highlight. #41- like Crush, I kinda wish they'd kept Krasnos on for this one, or at least brought out the sax player, but this was a nice, tight version nonetheless. About as good as it gets when it's played without guests (not even Butch was there on this one). Boyd and Roi both had their great solos. The Everyday outro was neat, and Dave got the crowd singing "Everyday" in the outro-breaks about 8 times. It was really cool. CAPTAIN TEASE- drove me crazy. Carter was hitting some cymbals at times and I thought that they'd use that to break in the full band, but no dice. First verse and chorus. TOO MUCH- I like the song, but it was getting late and I was realy worried that it was the set closer. Luckily, it wasn't. STDH- this wasn't much better. I've grown to like Roi's sax-chorus thing, but everything else about the song is simply nauseating, except for the fade to GRACE IS GONE- loved it, so beautiful. Boyd sounded great, and they extended the outro quite a bit. I didn't think that they were going to close with it, but because it was so late, I feared they would. JTR- ahh, good. They stayed on and played a great JTR. Again, I was worried it was the end. STAY- okay, this was it. I saw the acoustic, and the ladies stayed on, so I called it. I've never had it before, so I didn't ming as much as those who have been to 20 sem-odd shows. It really got going by the end, a really fun song. A great way to end it. I was hoping for a Tripping Billies, but now that I've had Stay, I never need to hear it again. Hehe. ENCORE BREAK- some fools on the lawn got a Pig chant going. Call me a "non-believer," but I worry that this dashed any chances of it being played here, last night or tonight. PIG TEASE- "Ohh isn't it strange, how we move our lives for another day." This was so evil of him. #40 TEASE- yeah, you read right. Played the chords, sang "Tables turned again," just long enough for me to get excited, then stopped. Evil... AIN'T IT FUNNY- nice little song. I like it just as much as Waste, so it was kind of a win-win situation. THE SPACE BETWEEN- this was nice. Standard, but I like the song and it sounded really good. Boyd sawed that little C#-A-E line in the chorus. I couldn't hear if Butch was on it (he was playing, though), but it sounded fine as it was. TWO STEP- Ohh, ladies and gentleman, this was it. I saw the acoustic and called it. My dear God, it rocked. Butch's solo was amazing, and even after he was done, the band would build up a bit... back down... build up some more... back down... then finally brought on the big ending, which went on FOREVER. It was so sweet. There were at least 4 spots where I thought they were going to end it, but it just kept going. It was soooo tight and soooo good... easily the best version that I've ever heard (though I haven't heard the renowned 6-11 giants). You could have killed me then and I wouldn't have complained. What a great way to end such a great show. The show was almost 3 hours long, and we got out at about 12:15. The Everyday songs fit in very nicely, and most of them sounded really good. Some less easily pleased individuals may complain about the setlist, but if nothing else, it was a great set up for tonight. All of the more radio-friendly stuff is out of the way, and they could bust out some mroe rare stuff tonight. There's so much stuff they MIGHT play, but we have no way of knowing, so it'll all be a suprise. Hell, they'll probably only play 4 or 5 Everyday songs, leaving lots of room in a 19 or 20 song set such as this. I can't wait to see what they break out. See you all tonight.
Jun.30.2004
Adam L.
Undoubtedly the best, highest-energy show Ive seen. After being somewhat disappointed after driving 10 hours to Charlottesville in April I was anxious to see if the boys had worked out the kinks in the Everday stuff - to my delight they had. With the 12-string sitting and waiting the word quickly passed through the crowd that JTR would be the opener - I was happily surprised to hear Grey Street. It sounded great as did DDTW. Then came the new stuff - WTWE and So Right were tight and sounded great with Butch on the keys. Bartender was another nice surprise and Dave sung it with alot of intensity. Crush sounded great and everyone was singing at the top of their lungs. Leroi was great closing #41 with a sweet pennywhistle solo. Sleep to Dream Her and Angel are still a bit weak, but STDH--> Grace Is Gone is beautiful. Stay even sounded great tonight. Dave teased the whole night (Captain, Pig, #40) and Two Step cranked. Dave really seemed to be enjoying the Hartford crowd - at one point walking right over to the edge of the stage and just taking it all in. At the end Carter gave DAve a BIG hug and they really seemed to be pleased with their performance - which they should have been! All in all an A+ for our boys after what ended up being nearly 3 hours of some of the best live music these ears have ever heard.
Jun.30.2004
Josh K.
Over all this was an excellent concert. My 15th show and I can honestly say that it was a dope show. Grey street is such a money song so no complaints about the intro. The venue is sweet but on friday night it was too quiet. ITs FRIDAY people make some serious noise for these boys. AND the lovely ladies. The band did keep this night a chill night prolly feeling the crowd. This Band is Amazing they can play and always impress. I dont care what the haters say, and i dont care about your friends neither, this band live is unbelievable. A Powerful DDTW. End was intense i loved it.BARTENDER.So F***N Good. followed by CRUSH so chill and so talented just jammin for everyone. i loved those two songs back to back. a pleasant surprise. OK OK moving along past a few new sh*t...Angel was INCREDibLE Thanks to the LONG SWEET sounds coming from Eric Krasno's Guitar. AWESOME.#41!!!!!!!never can be bad. my favorite song. Grace is GOne HANDS DOWN the most beautiful Dave matthews song EVER!! STAY! they should never stop jammin. Iwas dancin like an idiot. I dont like space between for ENCORE. only complaint other than the "Wife beaters". Two step was a perfect ending to a night wich Pat perfectly describes as the most chill show he or I have ever seen them put on. Good to meet you Pat and his lovely girlfriend hope the drive was worth it, I know it was. This night was awesome, but as always i Know what the second night is going to be like.. A- mazing I let ya know
Jun.30.2004
Kyle M.
WOW...just getting home...and, what a great show, and what a great setlist. This being my third show, I would have to say I was anticipating the most, and I sure got it. I know alot of people would say that this show was lacking somewhat because not much older stuff was played, except for a few songs here and there, as it was mainly songs from "Everyday" and Lilywhites. The "Everyday" portions were evenly spread out, as to not fluster many long time fans, although I did hear a few complaints exited through the mass of humanity that is the lawn...lol. Well, Grey Street, I thought was an amazing opener and never saw it coming, it is also a personal fave of mine. DDTW was next, a great song to get the crowd into, and was esspecially chilling with the few fireside scenes from the music video occassionally appearing on the video screens. Next up was When the World Ends, which I liked alot, and thought it sounded good live, very much so at the end where, as like on the album, it cuts off...and as it did, the lights went out too...coolness. So Right was next which I liked alright on "Everyday", but live it was something else, you could feel the energy there, esspecially with Moore's sax blasting. After that was a highlight for me as Bartender was played, probably my fave of the evening because of the emotion involved when Dave sang it. Just a great freakin song. After that was an unexpected Crush, which was great live. After that was What You Are...which I wasnt too huge on....but made up for it with Everyday...or did he? It opened with the Lovely Ladies singing "Hani, Hani, come and dance with me...", but Dave went into Everyday...and then, at the end, it closed with the Ladies once again singing "Hani, Hani..", but then Dave chimed in with the closing of Everyday, "Lift me up..."...that was also an amazing highlight because it was so unexpected. Next was I Did It...I think this could have been better had it been louder...after which was a romantic Angel...Next was one of my fav's #41...which was great as it was but, as he did when I saw him in Providence back in December, the outro was a sweet slower version of Everyday, where Dave would sing "...get youself dirty, love it up for..." the music would break and Dave would sing "Everyday..." AWESOMENESS. After that Dave teases us some with alittle Captain, then went into a jam packed Too Much, which I was CRAZY for, I can honestly say I have never been into a song more when I was dancing crazily with LeRoi's sax jam in that song...next was Sleep To Dream Her...which was what it was...nothing all that much...after which was a purely lovely Grace Is Gone, after which was JTR, A GREAT SONG, Esspecially with the music jams at the end, had me dancing in the grass...after which was a HUGE Stay with the Lovely Ladies...Dave Took off but reemerged with quite a heart attack as he teased...off all things, #40!!! I was ballistic! Dave then played a sweet version of Lynard Skynard's Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away...Dave then did a great Space Between balad...alot of people left thinking that was all she wrote...which would have been a nice melodic way of ending the night...but Dave played on, it already being somewhat past midnight...Dave strummed the opening of Two Step...and what a Two Step it was...HUGE, With a LONG LONG LONG ass jam...phew, and it picked back up at the end and I went home happy...I must say Butch did a great job on keys, and as did the rest of the Band...but as always I think I enjoyed LeRoi's woodwind work the best with the sax, he is untouchable...I just wanna say Dave has a great light crew and provide such a great atmosphere...a GREAT Show...and hopefully tommorow night will be as great as tonight. Thanks...and if ANYONE has a tape or something of the show, please drop me a line at kykymurph@aol.com...thanks. Later all.
Jun.30.2004
Josh M.
Finally, my last Dave weekend of the summer had arrived and tonight was my 19th show. The drive down from New hampshire was well worth it. The day started in the Jai-Lai parking lot at 3:30. The crowd in the parking lot was wa fun crowd where we were parked. I started pulling out the bootleg CD's and jammed to Dave for hours. Everyone around us was listening to our music and having a good time. At 5:30 we met up with our friends and at 7:00 we went in. I was psyched to hear him open with a little Lillywhite (Grey Street). Nice Version. DDTW was a nice follow and brought back memories of when he opened with that one in 98. WTWE is coming along quite nicely but So Right really gets the crowd going. Then he played one of my favorites...Bartender. The only thing that would have been better would have been a Fish Monkey Man before it. Can't have everything! He shocked me when he came out with Crush. I haven't heard it live in a while. Up until this point I was in the lawn chillin with my friends but my tickets were definately for seats. My girlfriend and I went down to the seats and they were awesome. The sound was much better and so was the view. Dave came out with What You Are and then Everyday with the #36 mixed intro. I love Boyd when he uses the pedal. I Did It was pretty routine but Angel was anything but routine with the guitarist from Soulive. He was AWESOME!!! Then we got to hear #41 with the Everyday outro. I think every Dave fan holds a place in their heart for #41 and the boys gave us a good one. The Captain Tease was next and everyone was hoping he would keep going beyond the first verse...but it never happened. Then we got a nice upbeat Too Much. Dave then mellowed down a bit with Sleep to Dream Her and one of my all time favorites Grace is Gone. JTR was a perfect pickup to lead into Stay. Dave was a dancing fool for Stay. Then the boys went off stage. Dave came back to tease the first verse of #40 and went right into Ain't It Funny How Time Slips Away. Second time I've heard it this summer and I love it. He did the sitting on the Dock of the Bay as the the outro. Then we got an awesome Space Between. I love this song live. Daves guitar at the beginning is so much better then the recorded version. Then came the explosive Two Step. This was the one I was waiting for. I was dissapointed with the Two Tep at Foxboro so when everyone jammed on this one it made me very happy and made for a great closer. I hope everyone enjoyed the show as much as I did. Unfortunately the next day of Dave wouldn't be as smooth as this one....but that is for tomorrows review. Check ya later.
Jun.30.2004
Brandon L.
Wow i went to this place expecting an ok show cuz the first night is never as good and thats just what we got an OK show. Soulive rocks and i was glad to see them opening. Grey Street is one of the best live songs DMB plays these days even though dave changes the words everytime he sings it. All the other songs dont need and review for they have been played every show just about. Angel was an awesome song though only becuz of eric from soulive he totally lifted that song from the guttwer with his funky guitar rip he had awesome. I hate first night shows.
Jun.30.2004
Michael F.
Well it was on ok skow too many everyday tunes i really hope we see less of them next year, but i wouldn't mind seeing So Right, When the World Ends, and the Space Between in the future. Let's go song by song Grey Street was a shocker i was predicting PNP>Rapunzel. Great way to start the show lot's of energy it was in my opinion the best performance of the night. DDTW, high energy performance i really dug it. I really like that song i think it deserves more props then it gets. WTWE, much better live than in the studio i really like this tune live. So Right this is the only everyday tune that i love and look forward to seeing in the future lots of energy in this Dave was really into it. Bartender, I was really happy to hear the performance wasn't that good they were really out of enrgy on this one and i couldn't hear Leroi's solo at the end becuase the crowd was too damn obnoxious. Crush was good to hear i really dig that song it has great lyrics, solid performance nothing really special about it though. What you Are this started a long streak of everyday stuff this tune is pretty good live Dave had alot of energy in his vocals on it. I dug the 36>Everyday>36 it was good to hear the hani hani chorus in there i dig the song everyday so it was cool kind of a weak performance though. I Did it, I'm sorry but this song just plain sucks there are no tow ways about it. Angel was boring but Eric Krasno was cool, by the way soulive was amazing. #41, words can't describe how much i love that song, so it's not hard to see why I was extremely excited to hear it, good performance, lots of energy, Boyd and Leroi were superb as usual and i liked the everyday outro. The Captain tease really pissed me off i heard it and i was like oh my god they are playing captain but they didn't. Too Much, ood song kind of suprising to hear without SMTS but it got the crowd going good high energy performance Leroi sounds really good on this tune. Sleep to Dream Her sucks but i was excited because wherever ther is Sleep to Dream Her ther is... Grace is Gone was awesome i really love this song and i was so happy to hear them play it. JTR was cool it was kind of raining so that added to the song i really dig the jam they do at the end of it it's really high energy. Stay, I don't really like this song on BTCS but this song is awesome live Dave went nuts with his crazy legs during the jam it was the best Stay i've ever heard. The encore i was expecting was Ain't it funny and Space Between and that's what we got but they threw a fantatic Two Step to close the show. Ain't it funny was cool good tune. The Space Between i was expecting it and was dissapointed because i wanted to hear something else to close the show. Fortunatley a got it with a really jammed out Two Step, Butch and Carter make this song what it is and they were awesome on this one. All in all a pretty good show with it's highs and lows best performance was Grey Street the worst was I Did it.
Jun.30.2004