Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
on stage: 8:25pm
When The World Ends *
Best of Whats Around *+
Fish Monkey Man -->
I Did It *+
If I Had It All *+
Pantala Naga Pampa * -->
Sleep To Dream Her * -->
Grace Is Gone
Drive In Drive Out *
What You Are *
Fool To Think *+
Lie In Our Graves * (Rain - Beatles cover)
True Reflections *+
What Would You Say
The Space Between *+
Two Step *
off stage: 10:45pm
* Butch Taylor on keys
+ Tawatha, Cindy & Brenda
This show was intense - more lively than most of the shows I've been at. The stadium was packed, the crowd was pumped, and the setlist really played to the house. Tonight's biggest highight was the last song ("Two Step") and the unbelievable thunderstorm that came with it. The applause was just as, if not more, enthusiastic for Mother Nature than for DMB.
This was the most all-encompasing DMB experience and one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. As pathetic as this might appear to some, my 15th DMB show was truly an evening I might never be able to surpass or even parallel. Painstakingly, I feel it less necessary to delve into the 17 song set than the encore. Good God... the encore. Beyond a solid opening WTWE, a Granny that sort of said to Giants Stadium "hello, it's great to be back. hope you're healthy and ready for us"... beyond a hauntingly beautiful Big Eyed Fish ("a monkey should know stay up your fucking tree") and LeRoi's pennywhistles on Bartender...beyond Dave's electric guitar on Rapunzel that resonated and added so much to such a great song... beyond the poetic nursery rhyme-ish Sleep To Dream Her into a jammed-out Grace Is Gone... beyond a surprising DIDO (we're to have a "fucking tea party" with the new god Dave made up)... beyond an incredibly tight and solid What You Are and the best version of LIOG I've heard in 15 shows... beyond a version of Angel that breaks the "Everyday" mold of being an album whose contents are unjammable, unalterable... beyond a wonderful ending WWYS... beyond the car in the parking lot next to us getting struck by lightning.... came the encore I will never, never forget. I'll be 95 years old, ravaged by Alzheimer's, unable to feed myself, and still I will always retain memories of The Space Between and Two Step. The night was characterized by light showers and a lazy drizzle, but as Dave's opening set of lyrics to Two Step ("How I want to be within a crowd, looking up into the clouds, watching the rain fall over me...") the heavens ABSOLUTELY OPENED UP. Everyone got completely soaked and was dancing like the beautiful "tri-city area" Dave community we were and are. Toward the end of the song Dave cried out "Celebrate we will... let the rain fall down for good times" or something to that extent. I could no longer watch him sing because we were all dancing so much and everyone was so loud and wonderfully alive. Wonderfully alive. During the jam Dave came out to the front of the stage, dancing his lovely dance and getting drenched with us all. The experience was beyond words. The hail was slightly painful, however. After the band left the stage the rain-soaken crowd slowly made towards the exits, lightning still flashing nearby, and I felt part of an ocean of merry, joyful, and euphoric people. A 19 song night... an evening where during Angel a gentleman proposed to his lovely lady... a soaken party of an encore. And I can't wait to have a completely different yet still incredible experience tomorrow.
DMB played one hell of a tight show. It was mixed with some great jams both new and old. The underlined theme of the night was the approaching thunderstorm. I live in Northeastern PA and the entire ride to the stadium was under thick clouds and drizzling rain. When we arrived at the stadium and started to check out Macy Gray, the weather was looking good. Little did we know... Mother Nature played a great waiting game and gave up one hell of a light show. I was just waiting for possibly JTR, Dreams of our Fathers or even the Space Between. As it turns out the Space Between was the only one I guessed right but looking back on the night I'm glad it turned out the way it did. Two Step never had so much energy. Dave gave a rain version of his intro lyrics and it started to drizzile a bit. Then by the time the intro was over and the music picked up it began to pour. By the time the jam began it was raining so hard that I was having trouble hearing the music. Then hail was coming down and it turned into a crowd of cheering happy two steppin wet fishys. The band seemed to be getting wet even under their huge stage cover. With all of this, the music just seemed better and more powerful. It was truly an interesting experience. I'm looking foreward to the next two nights here, but considering how awesome tonights encore was, they may be hard to top. Overall A++ show. Great music, interesting weather, unbelievable crowd. It was a typical show at giants! See ya tommorrow night!
This made show 18 for me, and it was far and away the most incredible. Also, this was my first show this tour, and it confirmed my suspicions: EVERYDAY is an album of some the best material with the worst recordings. These songs have really matured from the studio, and are now what they should have been: great. On to the show: WTWE: Great new opener..Sounds great BOWA: I love this song live, it makes every concert great Granny: Fantastic. Dave forgot the words of the third verse, so he resang the first one. It was funny. A little Fishy..well, that's tonite's name for Big Eyed Fish. THis song is a keeper..one of their best ever. Today, dave sang the line about the monkey like this: You know, little monkey, shoulda stayed up in your fuckin tree. It was solid. They jammed this one out into Bartender. Standard version..very intense. IDI: 100 times better than when they did it on TRL. I really like it now. If I had it All: one of the best off everday. Really good live PNP->Rapunzel. I wasn't expecting this. Dave brought out a different electric guitar for this one. It wasn't a bari, but it was a really nice touch for the song. Sleep to dream her->grace is gone. These two were really mellow. Not a great placement for them, b/c it kinda calmed everyone down. but nonetheless, those songs are fantastic. DIDO: First time all tour. Solid, solid rendition. What You Are. Guitar more prominent than on album..grat concert song. Fool to think: again, great song live. LIOG: I was just saying to my frined that boyd had had a chill night, then they busted out this gem. It was the best version I've ever heard. Boyd had been saving up, b/c he busted everything out on this one. He must've soloed for 10 minutes, then as they were winding down, Butch took his turn, suprising the band, and he soloed mellowly for another 10. It was AMAZING. ANGEL: Possibly my favorite song on everyday. Dave started the opening riff, but before he could start singin, Leroi went off on an improntu solo. THat rocked. It was really cool to see the band looking so surprised. Then they started the song, pulled off a great version, then as it was winding doewn, the Lovely Ladies took over. They started singin about how they wanted to find an Angel..and angel for tonite. Ot was really cool. THey the called out to tell leroi solo, but it seemed like they forgot his name, and they said Hey Mista Saxman, lemme hear some sax..they leroi soloed...it they went through each band member like that. During that part of the jam, Stefan was slapping. I thought that was a nice surpise, but most people probably didn't notice it. Then when it was daves turn, he played a great lead guitar solo. THat's the first time i've ever heard him do that. IN my mind, ANGEL stole the show. TR: Great version. Boyd went crazy. They energy was flyin WWYS> INcredible version, incredible ender. It was like they saved all of the jammin songs for the end, b/c there wasn't that much of it untill LIOG, then like every song was jammed out long. I was really psyched. First encore was TSB. The song sounded super live. Can't say much else. Two Step: So first Stefan pulls out a Warwick 6-string...the kinda bass that he used to play before he started playing Modulus' (around listener supported). He was playying some crazy distorted, reverbed stuff with a slide. It was the best i've ever heard. So the song starts, and it had been drizzling a little bit. Then when the song built up and we were about to go into the solos, there was a crash of thunder and the skies opened. It pour bullets. Everyone was going crazy, and the band was really going at it. They were more pumped than i'd ever seen. As they're jammin out a phenomenal 2Step, the entire stadium is being drenched. People were dancing around like it was woodstock. Utter Insanity. IT was the best thing i've ever seen. As dave was leaving the stage, I saw him, leroi and stefan all slap hands. You can tell that they were really happy with this show. I don't think I could have asked for a better show or set. I'm only worried that tomorrow night will be a disappointment, because I can see how they could possibly top tonite. My recomendation to you is find a copy of this show. its a keeper.
Let's just say i am soaked. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND IS THE GREATEST BAND EVER!!!! Sorry i just wanted to say that... Lets get on with the concert, they open up with WHEN THE WORLD ENDS--loving that song everytime i hear it, got the crowd pumped... Next was BEST OF WHAT'S AROUND--first time i saw that live and it was amazing!!!! Then it was GRANNY--he changed the verse a little bit, there were better words, just AWESOME!!! My favorite songs came up next FISH MONKEY MAN (BIG EYED FISH) AND BARTENDER---great duo of songs loved them both and Leroi was rockin' on the pennywhistles on both songs.... I DID IT--more and more people are starting to enjoy it more cuz everyone was rockin to that song... IF I HAD IT ALL--lovin' that song everytime i hear--keep it up guys!!!! Next was the duo of PNP into RAPUNZEL, that had everyone goin' crazy!!!! Then came the sweet songs like SLEEP TO DREAM HER AND GRACE IS GONE... first Sleep to Dream Her, i really don't know what the deal with the fans and that song, have you guys ever heard the words to that song???? Then Grace is Gone--well everyone was up for that song and of course it was nice and long and awesome of course!!!! Here was the suprise of the night and it was DRIVE IN DRIVE OUT just wow, the screens on the set were on driving real fast like in the City, it got everyone pumped i am loving that song especially live... WHAT YOU ARE--- i felt like i was the only one singing and everyone around me was staring, like they just heard it for the first time, awesome song!!!! FOOL TO THINK--first time i heard this live but they did this like 3x i think and it was amazing, one of my fav's on the new album... then came the higlight of the show, it was basically Boyd's song cuz Dave went to the left and he basically had the whole stage to himself... it was LIE IN OUR GRAVES--- this was like a 20-25 min version of the song and Boyd was the MAN!!!! Boyd and Butch were going back and forth they made it real soft at the end and then Dave came back and sang a verse i never heard of (someone let me know what it was), and then they pause for like 5 seconds and he sang the last verse--my favorite of the night... Then there was like a 10 minute version of ANGEL and the lovely ladies were singing to all the members of the band it was the best version i ever heard... Then Boyd came up to the mic and sang TRUE REFLECTIONS--- great song i love that song GO BOYD!!!! Then there was WHAT WOULD YOU SAY--and the whole crowd was going crazy---great setlist just awesome.... Now for the encore---i called both songs it was amazing---first i was thinking maybe WASTE but the whole band came out, even the ladies and i was like its THE SPACE BETWEEN--- (Michelle that song is dedicated to u)even though its a radio hit, its my favorite on the new album--awesome lyrics to it.... then the drama-- TWO STEP started and it started to pour with lightning and thunder then it started to HAIL, a lot of people didn't care we were just rockin' to Two Step couldn't really hear the end but Leroi was lovin' it and he was jamming on the saxphone the whole band was lovin it, they didn't care about the rain and DAVE was just jammin on his guitar but when he went to carter and the rest, they shortened it for like 5 min i think it was like a 10 min version to its usual 15 min version.... GREAT SETLIST---GREAT NIGHT (EVEN THE RAIN MADE IT EVEN BETTER--- Can't wait for tomorrow---onto second night of giants stadium see u all here tomorrow!!!! like i said GREATEST BAND EVER!!!!! i really hope they don't stop when dave and carter have their babies.... by the way, congrads on being fathers guys!!!! see you tomorrow!!!!
Wow, we just got back from the show, we took bets as to what the opening song would be. Scotty got it right on with WTWE, by the way scotty dmb site does say it hailed your right, hail in sixty degree weather! Rest on the show was pretty excellent, some might even say okay terrific, BOWA was quite alright, WWYS was amazing, first time hearing it live. Bartender was good as well, altough I run to the bathroom where I did not have a knish disrupted the song a little bit for me. Obviously, what everybody will be talking about is the encore. Lightning was flashing throughout the entire show, but nobody was prepared for what happened next. After The space between which was very nice by the way, oh I forget to mention Lie in our graves unbelievale, one word, boyd! Two step unbelievable, inexplainable(I have trouble with words), dave is jamming singing mixing in the rain lyrics, and yup as if dave were god, the skies opened, and emptied some much welcomed rain! That would go on for what seemed like minutes, crowd was nuts throughout(gif), mike champ, todd, scotty was the man, jacki was strong with her feelings, and steve well it was his first, one more pal, dave, doing well.
I think one word describes the evening... Energy. Throughout the night, it seemed like it was going to rain, but it just drizzled. Lightning struck periodically and the crowd went nuts. I noted that the band got off early, 10:30, probably due to the weather, but when they came back for the encore, boy, was that something else. As if it was choreographed by the band itself, as soon as Dave says "Let it rain" during Two Step, the sky just opens up and pours. For the remainder of Two Step, I never saw so much energy from 50,000 people as we were in the middle of a massive thunderstorm, were it actually hailed! As for individual songs, I Did It, bad song made worse :(. BOWA, key song, got the older fans back into it after a new song as an opener. Fish Monkey Man->Bartender, this was a refreshing surprise, excellent fade into it, although I was calling DDTW instead of Bartender. PNP->Rapunzel had an exceptional amount of energy, Boyd was awsome there. Sleep to Dream Her->Grace is Gone, it was really cool, although the crowd was very quiet. Seem standard after that 'cept for LIOG. Very nice 17-20ish minute song, and the crowd was grooving. And you know the deal about the encore :)... See ya all in Hartford, as I got no more Giants Tix :(
There are moments in life that you will never forget. Tonight I experienced something that I will die a happy man because of. The show was a roller coaster. It started out with some nice grooves, WTWE, and Granny were great ( I love granny) then it seemed to go for a mellow dip, STDH and Grace is Gone were wonderful floaty chords of joy. It then got heated up again with one of best violin solos that i have ever heard Boyd play on Lie in our graves. And the set ended with WWYS. A song I havent heard them do in a while. As the encore began so did the lightning, the thuder roard during TSB, and the crowed was setting themselves up for a great finish. But little did we know that so did Mother Nature. As the chords for Two step began so did the rain. God opened up the sky and let us all get soaked. Every lightning strike made the crowed scream louder. Dave milked it for all it was worth with a very very long version of two-step that seamed to go on forever. And we drank every last drop.
Simply incredible...interesting opener WTWE, started things off with a good groove. By the way...I was sooo pleased to see that virtually no-one stood on their chairs on the floor. I was on the first level (Sec 130), that shows a lot of courtesy. The whole night was full of great tunes both old and new...couple of highlights: DIDO, one of my live favorites...Dave changed the lyrics so much tonight, they looked like they were having a lot of fun with it. LIOG...need we say more, Boyd's solo was the most beautiful I've ever seen/heard. WWYS nice crowd pleaser to close. Now...the encore (still soaking wet). TSB, thought they would've played it earlier, but nice. Ok...during the beginning/intro of Two Step...Dave does his little "pre-song" song, the last words he sung went something like "then the rain came" GOOD GOD WAS HE RIGHT! Non-stop pouring down rain and hail, the most amazing experience of my life to date, I couldn't wipe the smile from my face, what a great time. Good crowd. (P.S. was that a Rickenbacker Dave was playing for PNP->Rapunzel and TSB??)
Second Dave show good shit I must say good sht right there, a little heavy on the new sht no jams relaly until later in the setlist. Opened with when the world ends good opener not one of my favorites, then Best of Whats around yeaaaaaa man that was some sweet sht followed by some Granny Big Eyed Fish Bartender, I Did it muscch better then when he played in on all those shows, If I Had it all then he relaly got the crowd going with PNP into Rapunzel played on electric sounded great like that, then the crowd was totally killed with Slep to Dream her and Grace is Gone...great songs but no the thing you wanna here after rapunzel, then fkin Drive in Drive Out that was insanly good nice jam..followed by What You Are very good live, then a very very long Lie in Our Graves great jam Boyd was pretty quite up till then,followed by angel acompanied by the lovely ladies doing a whole solo at the end anouncing the whole band, the next tow songs got the crowd prety wild True Reflections ervyone is always happy to see Boyd and then What Would You Say very amazing...But nothing beats this encore man space between a little weak wasnt expecting the best ending ever...Brake out with Two Step just as it starts playing it starts lightning and Thundering it was such a perfect moment right when the 1st verse started it poured so badly everyone loved it though the crowd was going insane it was such a perfect ending it was like God made it rain for jsut hat n stopped it right when that was over...
TWO STEP MADE MY NIGHT!!!! OMG it's funny how one song can make it the best concert ever. and it did. by far the most entertaining song with dave's little addition to the two step intro and the rail and hail made everyone go nuts!! i don't know how it happened, but people exploded with energy when the downpour came with dave chanting "so celebrate we will.." at the top of his lungs -> as did i. the rest of the concert was hmm.. mellow(a great mellow though) for most part but some songs gave the crowd something to cheer about- as you can tell from the setlist. WTWE- nice new opener for the concert glad to see it on the list. BOWA-got the crowd hyped and i was jumping and singing along with it. boys good job on this one. Granny- could have been better with the instumentals but classic. ALF- i havent heard this song ever in concert. everyone quieted down and just watched dave in perplexion of the song. but it was nice and mellow. Bartender-yukk dont like the song so i'll leave it alone. IDid It- such a radio song. pretty good today actually. If I Had It All- very very nice. smooth dave smooth. PNP/Rapunzel- great concert song and great as usual. STDH-mellloww. GRACE IS GONE- 3rd favorite song of all time-> but not for the night. but it was greatt to hear it DIDO- ahh so good so good dave rocked the dancefloor here. WYA & FTT - everyday songs that turned out well, not unbelievable but good enough LIOG- got the crowd back on their feet, good to see butch and boyd do their thing. ANGEL-favorite song on everyday and i loved it in concert! True Reflections- shouldnt be played at every concert. it should be special. lovely but overplayed. WWYS- crowd singalong greatgreatgreat! enjoyed the last song before the encore. Space Between- beautiful. that's all. TWO STEP- AHHH IM STILL THINKING ABOUT IT NOW!, so so so great. who would have thought dave would get the crowd hyped for the storm and vice versa. very very very cool. best concert yet. see you all in foxboro. LW ily
Ok, so im gonna keep it short. Pretty standard show, just like RFK until LIOG........butch did a SWEET litl interlude that took everyone by suprise, and LeRoi played pennywhistle instead of Sax. The rest of the show was nothing special until TWOSTEP. Holy God that rocked....started drizzlin during the intro, then the heavens opened up, thudner, lighting, hail...and hte bnad played on, and the energey level of the place was CRAZY. I have never been to a DMB show where everyone was so into it. RFK last year was great w/ the rain, but, there was SO MUCH ENERGY...too bad my mics got fried by the rain =(
I must say that this was the best of three shows I've already been to. Ok, not *the* best, but side by side with my other favourite. Anyway, the show was face melting as always. It kicked off with When The World Ends, which, although still underdeveloped in my opinion, is a decent opener. The show went straight uphill from there when they went into Best of Whats Around, Granny, BEF -> Bartender. The highlights definatly were BEF -> Bartender and an absolutly *wonderful* LIOG, Boyd and Butch going at it full force. I also thought that the Everyday songs were done really well, especialy Angel, which to my surprise was jammed out way better than expected with the LL. But the particular standout was the encore Two Step. It was shorter than usual, but the experience of being in the middle of a full force thunder / lightning / hail storm cant be described with words, it was just pure energy. I honestly dont see how they can top night 1 at giants the next two nights, but i'll be there enjoying them anyway :).
What a concert! Dave played an awesome set throughout. "Best of What's Around" and "Bartender" were amazing. "Lie in our graves" really got the crowd goin'. Everyone was singing to it. The solo was a little too long for the song, along with a couple of other songs following "Lie in our Graves." The set was good, not great, until DMB played "What would you Say." Great version that really rocked the place. Then came the encore. It was drizzling a little when Dave started playing "Space Between" Then came "Two Step." In the intro, he was singing " Let in rain." And it started to pour. There was heavy amounts of rain and me and my friend, along with everyone else in the stadium, got drenched. The thunder and lightning started rolling in, and it got pretty close. Everytime there was thunder and lightning, the crowd roared. "Two Step" was amazing and the entire crowd startin dancin' in the rain. It couldn't have been times any better. It was perfect, and everyone just wanted Dave to keep playing and for the rain to keep going. Greatest concert ever!!! -Zach
The best way I can describe tonight's show was that "it was the best of times and the worst of times." Surprisingly, "When the World Ends" started the night off right as Dave and company seemed in very good spirits as they took the stage. The next couple of songs, with "Best of What's Around" and "Granny", drew an already hyped up crowd into 80,000 people riding high. Well, things quickly took a turn for the worse because shortly thereafter, Dave broke out the baritone and pulled out "I Did It". About the only thing that song did was shut people up. Before I knew it, the 'Everyday' songs brought everyone to their seats or out to the concourse to grab another round. "Sleep to Dream Her" should be used as a lullibly to put newborn babies to sleep. About the only good song he played from the new album was "If I Had it All" which displayed Dave's masterful skills on the acoustic guitar. Some other highlights include a good version of "Drive In Drive Out" and the best version of "Lie In Our Graves" that I have ever heard. Boyd's solo, and I know he has had some good ones over the years, was second to none as his solo faded away and Butch placed a small piano solo at the end. The encore of "Space Between" received a grand applause, but I am tired of hearing the song that is going to replace "Crash" at his concerts as the love song that becomes overplayed. Then, as if God himself commanded Dave to bring the crowd back into it, the opening "plucking pixxacatos" of "Two Step" were brought out by Boyd. Dave's improvisational lyrics at the beginning of the song, asked the heavens to bring rain, and at that exact moment the heavens unleashed a forceful and unforgiving rainstorm not seen since the times of Noah. Of the 70,000 people who remained, a "Two Step" encore while it poured down raining, was an exotic, euphoric and down right orgasmic experience. They cut the jam short because the rain and hail was really coming down, but they still got a good version in. See, even God thinks "Two Step" is Dave's best song!
Two Step. Worth the $60 alone. Simply unfuckingbeleivable. Thunder & lightning extravaganza, with the crowd cheering at earthshattering levels. People were litterly losing it. I've been to 19 shows over the past 5 years (1st show 6/11/96) and this performance of Two Step easily was the greatest thing I have ever seen at a show. You could tell everyone wanted the thunder to get louder, the lightning brighter and the rain heavier as the song got crazier and crazier and it sure did. 15 minutes of monsoon, 70,000 people going apeshit, and a insane Two Step. The crowd was going nuts straight through after the house lights were on and we were exiting the floor. Enough said, it was better than words can describe. As for the rest of the show, it was pretty good. The ladies suck ass. They really are getting lamer every year. Go away. Some songs just don't work, wtwe (great song, but not as an opener), Sleep to dream her, I did It, Angel (terrible). They were just kinda like concert filler as we waited for the bombs to drop (i.e. Lie In Our Graves). Anyway, there were awesome highlights as well. Lie In Our Graves was outstanding as always, Boyd really got groovin'. Drive In was a pleasant suprise and played with killer precision. No Stay, nice break from it. Bartender, how cool is this. Everyone was playing so tightly it was cool. But wow, Two Step. Anyway, on to tonight.
This was the strangest and wildest show I have ever seen of my 40+ I have been to. Okay, quick mood recap would be that the show started off very high energy, except for WTWE, and the crowd's energy was definetely up. But then it seemed there was a certain lull in the crowd untill I'd say Lie in Our Graves. I mean Drive In was played in between there but it's never much of an extreme crowd favorite. I will say one thing, as an older time fan, I'm not the biggest fan of the Everyday CD, so sitting through 8 of the songs was a little rough. I think maybe he should cut back a smidge on those cause it now seems like a promotional tour instead of the normal all around the spectrum shows we love. But man, you can not believe what happened next. After What Would You Say, everybody seemed a little "Okay, terrific", but then while waiting for them to come back out, it started to lightning a lot. So nobody paid much mind to it, but it was very noticeable. They came back out and played Space Between (which I will say is a good song, and benefits EXTREMELY from Butch Taylor playing the background riff), and then you could tell it was a Two Step ending by, you kow, they way Boyd is holding the violin, and Stefan has his slide out, but then it starts drizzling a bit, and during dave's opening little poem/verse/little diddy that's always different he says something to the effect of "The skies opened up and let it rain", or something like that, and literally 10 seconds later BOOM! It came down like never before at a concert, and everybody at first was like "Woah, this is serious, I'm going to get wet" But then it rained so hard that people just seemed not to care cause it was inevitable that you'd get wet. So the place went BEZERK! Everybody just freaked out to a shortened jamless 2 Step, for obvious reasons cause Leroi was getting soaked and I'm sure some of the other guys were too. Everyone stayed about 10 minutes afterward and kept freaking out. Of the many shows I've had the privelege of seeing, I don't ever believe t here is an encore that has ever been or will ever be an memorable as this one. Perfection....tonight, hopefully awesome
The show was intense! Dave was full of witty talk and surprises musically. Loved Fish Monkey Man into Bartender, was a very nice transition. The best was the super long version of Lie in our Graves, and the climax was in the encore when a thunderstorm came through during Two Step as a closer. Dave was introing the song and said if it's going to rain let it rain now-and it did! We all went nuts, and as the storm picked up so did the energy in the building. Great Show Dave!!!
What a really great way to kick off the 2001 shows at Giants Stadium. The show was really tight. Band seemed to be having a blast up on stage. I'll try to be as detailed as I can: When The World Ends * - Dave and the boys came out a little early it seemed. They may have been expecting the storm and wanted to get started. Very good opener. My only complaint was that it was still light out so the effect of the lights cutting short at the end wasn't as effective as it would have been in darknees. Dave told us again how nice it is to be in the Tri-State Area. Best of Whats Around *+ - Ladies came out. Good version of the song. Got the crowd dancing. Leroi had a nice solo at the end. Granny + - Amazing energy with the crowd yelling the "Love" and "Maybe" parts. A Little Fishy (Big Eyed Fish) - Dave got the 12-string so I guess this one. Really really good version. "...monkey should know to stay up his fucking tree." A LOT of people were singing along with this one. More then I expected. It was cool. Leroi started the pennywhistle solo during the jam and Boyd took us right into... Bartender - Such a great live song. Dave gets so into the ending. Leroi used the pennywhistle for the outro. And I dont think anyone else noticed this but he def played "If I only had a Brain" from the Wizzard of Oz at the end of the solo. Listen to the tapes, it will be there. I Did It *+ - Good choice after the two slower songs. Crowd loves when Boyd sings his verse. If I Had It All *+ - The band really has the Everyday songs down live. THis one was great as well. Whole crowd sang ".. I'd fuck it up." Pantala Naga Pampa --> Rapunzel *- Dave used the electric on this one. Not too long of a jam. But still fun to dance to nonetheless. Sleep To Dream Her *- This is such a pretty song. The horn and violin riff sound so cool. A small jam which went right into... Grace Is Gone - "This is a country tune." During the jam Dave came all the way out to the front of the stage on Boyd's side. Drive In Drive Out * - Needed a fast one after the two slow songs and this was perfect. First of the tour. Love the drums on the ending. What You Are *- Some people don't like this song as much as other Everyday songs, but I think seeing it live could change the opinions of many people. Fool To Think *+- I am so happy they played this one. They seem to be comfortable with it now. Chord changes were very smooth. Lie In Our Graves *- The SECOND most energetic moment of the night. Dave introduced Boyd right before he started the song. Boyd's solo was beautiful and powerful, but I think Butch def. was on par. He played the most beautiful piano solo and just kept going, even after the band had stopped. Dave sang a little rain song during the jam. Angel *+- The new jam is AWESOME. The ladies take over. They introduce all of the band. It's really really cool. True Reflections *+- Standard version. What Would You Say - Good closer. Leroi's solo was really good. Okay here is when things got interesting: The Space Between *+- The band came out pretty quick and went right into Space Between. Def. a crowd favorite. "like will it rain today?" We got an answer to that question real fast. Two Step *- It was sprinkling at the beginning of this song. Dave sang the intro verse about "the crowd being together and the heavens opening". Just as the song picks up after the intro there was a giant bolt of lightning and then the heavens opened. It began to pour and hail. Some of the hardest rain I've stood outside in . The crowd went crazy!! Everyone was jumping up and down and singing along. They show a picture of the crowd on the screens and it just made us all more crazy. The rain was comming onto the stage and the band was getting pretty wet. It was like we were inside the Space Between video. Dave changed the last verse to something about rain. I couldn't make out the exact words. They went right into the ending jam cause they knew they needed to get off stage. At the very end when the drums get hard, there was a really loud roar of thunder. Dave came out in front of the stage where it was pouring and walked the entire length of the stage till the end. He was soaked!! It was really an electric moment. The crowd roared sooo loud when the song ended. Dave went and shook Carter's hand and the band was all high-fiving each other as they walked off. The crowd kept cheering way after the house lights came on. It has to be one of the most energetic moments in DMB history and that is the truth. All in all a good show. Solid set for night 1, but what a finish!!!
This show was unbelieveable. Unreal. I have been to a lot of Dave shows, and this was just the best thing I've ever seen. All the Everyday stuff sounded really solid, although for the most part they stuck with the arrangements right off the CD. What You Are was the best of the Everydays, powerful as can be. They threw in a lot of Lillywhite Session stuff too, thank God! Big Eyed Fish into Bartender was ridiculous. And don't let me forget the 20 min. Lie In Our Graves with Boyd going nuts and Butch taking a long mellow piano solo. They kept bringing it down, and then back up. Angel had an interesting outro, with the Lovely Ladies all taking solos, introducing the band, all with lyrics that were kind of a spin-off of Everyday. "I have what you want, I have what you need/All you need is, what you want is") The best part of the concert was yet to come though-- the encore. We had seen lighting in the distance throughout the whole show, and there were clouds overhead. The Space Between started (which was sooooo good by the way), and there were a couple of drops that came down. Then they started Two Step, and on the first chorus, the sky just ripped open and a terrential downpour came out. Everyone was soaked within minutes from head to toe, it was even hailing a little. The crowd went wild, everyone was dancing and screaming, hugging all these random people. And the lightning was like moving to the beat of Two Step. Everytime there was thunder, we responded with applause. Right after the song finally ended (it went on for a while, I wasn't keeping time) the rain let up very quickly as if it had never came. Everyone was drenched, and the stadium was basically flooded. We didn't stop screaming and cheering and chanting Dave's name for at least 20 min. after the show ended and the house lights came up. It was an amazing ending to an amazing show, like nothing I've ever experienced before. Mother Nature and Dave definitely worked this out beforehand...
One of the best Dave shows I have ever been to. I loved that he played so many Lillywhite songs and he stayd away from the mainstream songs. All night ran flirted with the crowd a drop here a drop there. When they began to close the show with Two Step it started thundering and lighting and the heavens open up and it started pouring, the crowd went nuts. It was as if Dave and God had planned the storm as a special effect. It was so Ironic such a biblical reference appearing to come true. When I say it poured I mean 30mph winds, hail, thunder, lightning and rain like you can't believe, of course the crowd welcomed the storm with open arms. I have been to about 250 concerts in my life and I have never witnessed anything so cool ever at a show. I can't wait to see what happens tonight. Louie
The most amazing Dave show I have ever seen. A great mix of new, old, and unreleased songs. During the last song (Two Step) the skys opened up and it started to lightning, thunder, and rain in sheets. Everyone jumped out of their seats and went nuts, dancing on the floor. This made the encore unbelievable even though ushers tried to get the crowd to leave the field. Lie in our Graves was also incredible, with a 15 min jam in the middle. All in all, this concert was one of the coolest experiences in my life.
all i can say is i was throughly amazed tonite, such high energy throughout the show, energy was esp. high in lie in our graves and pantala naga pampa into rapunzel, but nothin can compair to the encore, as two step was starting the sky's opened up and started pouring, the thunder and lightning seemed to go perfectly with the song this brought the show up a notch, this concert was on another level.
The show was amazing, but I'm only going to touch upon the highlights. Big Eyed Fish (Little Fishy)- Awesome song. I was hoping to hear this, and it sounds so cool live. Energy kinda got up for this song. --> Bartender- Pennywhistle intro was so cool. This song is amazing.I've never heard it live. Energy was amazing during this. Right about here, the whole show kinda got really great. If I Had It All- One of my favorite Everyday songs, and it sounded awesome. Everyone around me was singing along (on every song, actually). Pantala Naga Pampa-->Rapunzel- I honestly didn't think we'd get this. It was so amazing on the electric, and everyone was going nuts during it, especially during the jam at the end. Drive In, Drive Out- Not sure, but I think this was the first time this tour. Awesome song, I was really excited that we got it. Energy was flying again. Lie In Our Graves- HOLY SHIT! I don't even know what else can be said, except that Butch and Boyd owned this. Boyd tore this song up for awhile. Angel- This is where the love of the night comes in. During this song, actually, right after the jam started, I start seeing all these people screaming near me. About five rows down from me, five seats across, a guy proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes, and we all started cheering for them. It was, by far, the coolest thing I've ever seen. Oh ya, the song was cool too. Two Step- This was maybe even cooler than the proposal. When the song started, Dave improvised some lyrics about the ominous rain (I honestly didn't think it would rain, but it was drizzling now). As they go into the song, and it gets faster, the rain starts coming harder. All of a sudden, its pouring. You can see the waves of rain going across the stage and across the screens. And everybody is going fucking nuts. Everyone was dancing and screaming, it was amazing. It had to be the most magical thing I'd ever seen. Even as it hailed, we all went crazy, dancing and cheering them on. All in all, the best concert I've been to.
First off, I know that everyone is gonna here this with every review submitted, but, there is NO topping this night at Giants Stadium. The energy was incredible from the start and continued throughout the show. I was in the 5th row and as soon as Dave began to play Two Step he started singing about "the sky opening up and letting the rain come down". No sooner had he said that but the sky did the exact thing. It poured like it hadn't in years including balls of hail! The crowd was absolutley insane...you could barely here the lyrics Dave was singing let alone even see his face through the rain. It was the most unbelievable feeling to be playing in the rain with hundreds of people. Thanks for making this show unbeatable...see y'all tonight. If there is a boy reading this who was in the 4th row and gave my friend and I a hug in the downpour...email me!
I'll start off with saying that this is the best DMB concert that I have ever heard or saw in person. This is my 5th show but I have heard about 50 others. The energy at the stadium tonight was unbelievable. I was at the first show of this tour at UVA and this show was 20 times better. WTWE was an awesome opener but then BOWA got the whole crowd into it. Fish Monkey Man was unbelievable and Dave was really into it and then he went into Bartender which was one of the best songs of the night. Another highlight of the night was Lie In Our Graves. I wanted to hear this song and as soon as he played it the crowd went nuts. The band put on an awesome jam playing for about 20 minutes. It was the best jam that I have ever heard live. I thought the show could not get any better and I was happy to go home then. He ended the show with What Would you Say which was an awesome ending. But then the best part of the night. He played Space Between which sounded really good and then he started playing Two Step. There are not many words that can describe what went on during Two Step. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed. Dave was playing his introduction and thunder and lighting started to strike. I was trying to listen to his words that he says in the intro and it sounded like he said "Let it Rain," and then it just started pouring. I dont know if he really said this but it did sound like it. The next 10 minutes were just truly amazing. The crowd was going so crazy and everytime lighting or thunder sounded, the crowd would yell and go nuts. It was the loudest I have ever heard a crowd. At times you couldnt even hear the band. Dave and the Band fed off this energy and they were playing with more intenseity that I have ever saw them play with. The lights were awesome also showing the rain being blown everywhere including on the stage. When Dave ended the song you could tell he was pumped. After teh show the crowd was running into the parking lot and eveyone was till going nuts. This show gets a 10 out of 10.
Hey all, here's my review of this concert. I got to the concert around 7 and Macy Gray had just started I think... She is terrible live. She had a backup singer wearin a blue shirt on the right who was pretty hot, though. Still, she's bad, and she was blown out of her mind. So, on to Dave. The concert seemed a little rushed until a few songs before the encore. They started the concert with "When The World Ends" Great song, but not my fav for an opener. I like to be hit with a cool opening chord for an opener, like Warehouse, or even So Right, because you can hear the crowd cheer...they cheered for this one but it blocked out the band, know what I mean? "Best of What's Around" was next. The sound system isn't the best at the stadium, but this song sounded awesome, I'd never heard it live before. "Granny" was next, and I've heard this at every concert I've been to, it was nothing special, but during it his voice sounded really weird, like raspy and squeaky (Macy??). It was weird shit. Then Fish Monkey Man. Good song, I've heard it before, and it was cool when he said "Monkey, get up in your FUCKING tree." Bartender was good I think, don't remember it too well. "I Did It" I like. I didn't like it originally, but it's an awesome live song. This is the first one that really got me goin'. "If I Had It All" was good, I couldn't hear the opening riff too well though, but it's a good song. "Rapunzel" was pretty standard. A lot less boogie from Dave than usual. "Sleep To Dream Her"
Incredible. For two hours and fifteen minutes, we were treated to a low-key groove show that seemed to be better suited for a more intimate setting, like a small arena or even a club... But those last ten minutes provided me with perhaps the most exhilarating live music experience that I will ever have! I'm trying hard now to remember everything that I was thinking during the show, since most of my thoughts on the performance and the setlist were washed away in the deluge at the end of the night... Where to begin? Well, first impressions of the show (my third DMB show) - Is it just me or was the stage set up in the wrong end zone? The diagram that the Warehouse provided showed me that my 2nd row seats in section 130 would have a great view of LeRoi from the right side of the stage. But when I got there, the whole setup was reversed... a bit of a disappointment. (Hopefully the Section 7 seats tomorrow will be better! Although, I can't complain about the 130 seats, either. Not a particularly bad place to see the show - just kindof a letdown after expecting to be closer.) Macy Gray's performance gave me time to hit the t-shirt stand. When she was done, it took my friend and I a minute to realize that her set was over. Onto the main course of the evening - Opening with WTWE... I was actually looking forward to hearing this live, since I have read a lot of good reviews about how it is coming along in concert. But it just didn't feel like a real solid show-opener. The energy didn't seem to take off right away like at the other shows I've seen. Interesting thought - what about So Right as an Everyday tour opener? Maybe later in the tour? BOWA was a nice treat next, but the crowd didn't really seem to get going until GRANNY kicked in. That would be an interesting opener, in retrospect. A crowd pleaser, but not too overplayed. Even though BOWA and Granny have dancing beats, they're not exactly go-nuts-in-the-aisles songs, so when FISH MONKEY MAN (or is it A LITTLE FISHY, like dmband.com calls it now?) came next, the low-key vibe kept going. LOVED the transition between FMM and BARTENDER - the pennywhistle is a great addition to the song, and it sounds just as good if not better than it did last summer and winter. The video screens also added a lot to both FMM and Bartender - Dave "disappearing under the waves" during FMM was very effective, and the blurring effects during Bartender were the perfect compliment to the lyrics. A very good version of IDI followed (Were the radio fans thinking "It's about time"?) IIHIA seemed pretty standard - it's not really a crowd song, but it also doesn't have the kind of album-track appeal in concert that a Rhyme and Reason or Stone does. With PNP-->RAPUNZEL, the dancing really started. Finally - energy!!!! I was so happy when I saw that they brought this back at RFK over the weekend - Was really hoping to hear it, and I wasn't disappointed. The baritone guitar on this one is interesting... jury's still out. One observation - For a while on previous tours, people would complain in their reviews that PNP-Rapunzel was overplayed... but now that the shows are so saturated with Everyday songs on this tour, people miss it. I've always loved this one - Such a great "jump around and dance like a fool" song! I must say that I was very frustrated, though, with the choice of follow-up to such a great energetic piece. STDH seemed to deflate the place like a balloon. I'm sure it would be a much better song in a smaller setting, but in a cavernous stadium it just doesn't have the legs to stand on. GIG is such a sweet song, but again, placement could have been better. I love it when he uses it as his first encore song. Perfect mellow mood setter before sending everyone home with a bang. DIDO - great to hear this one in it's 2001 debut! Dave singing gibberish and making faces during the verses cracked me up, and the frenetic bridge section with the traffic on the video screens worked really well. WYA was a very nice surprise in terms of how much I enjoyed it live. Those who have compared it to The Last Stop are right on the money. Same kind of feel to it - hopefully this will be a keeper after the Everyday tour is over. FTT - seemed pretty standard. Then, THE BOYD AND BUTCH SHOW! An incredibly extended version of LIOG was very fulfilling - Especially liked the call-and-answer that Boyd & Butch had going for a while, facing each other and laughing. Dave and LeRoi headed for the wings for a while during this one. ANGEL followed, with a nice long sax feature from Roi - good to see this song getting the full DMB treatment on the road. The Ladies actually sounded very nice on this one as it morphed into a gospel jam with Butch on keys. Can't remember whether it was on this one or on LIOG when Dave sang the first verse of The Beatles' "Rain" - very appropriate, though, as the raindrops began intermittently trickling from the sky around this time. TRUE REFLECTIONS kept this awesome groove section of the show going - Boyd's voice sounded great tonight, and his solo is sounding more and more bluegrass-y every time I hear this one! Finally, we get to the closer - WWYS, seemed like a standard version... Good to see the band throw a bone out to the people who didn't know any of the words to anything tonight! Thought we might get JTR, considering the impending weather... Well, maybe tomorrow. After the band walked offstage, the place was loud with applause, but the lightning show that was beginning overhead was very distracting. Can't believe how many people on the floor headed for the exit after WWYS!!! If they only knew what they would be missing... TSB - Well, I guess it had to come sometime. This just doesn't sound very good live. Hate to say it, but Boyd's violin was out of tune in the upper register during this whole song. It just didn't click for me - but the rain lyrics got the crowd going...... and then..... TWO STEP!!!!!!!! The girls in front of us had been screaming for it all night, and when those first chords rang out we all started jumping up and down. Dave improved lyrics about rain pouring down, and as if on cue, when the whole band kicked in, POUR IT DID!!! The rest of the song was just a blur to me and everyone around us - this was no longer merely a DMB show... it was a baptism! Taking nothing away from Fenton - the light show in the sky was the most awesome backdrop to the best concert song in the band's arsenal. Arms up to the heavens, eyes closed, mouth open, surrounded by people washed in rain and emotion, celebrating the life that is short but sweet for certain - oh, how to describe it??? The single most awe-inspiring minutes I've spent in a long long time, if not ever. Any opinions I had about the show before paled in comparison to the way that it left everyone in attendance. If I see a hundred more DMB shows before I'm gone, I will never witness a better finale. Bravo to the band, bravo to the Man Upstairs who decided that he'd help them punch it up about a thousand notches to send everyone home with a story to tell for the rest of their lives. What a rush, what an ending, what a show!!!! I can only hope that the incredible intensity of the end of tonight's show carries over into tomorrow - If it does, then I don't know if I'll have any energy or voice left on Wednesday!
This show was very solid but, as said on dmband.com, nothing compares to the two step finale. I had checked the weather numerous times before heading out to giants from here in Connecticut. We had received rain off and on all day, but just the smallest of drizzles. They said that that was how it was supposed to be at Giants, with an outside chance of a SEVERE thunderstorm. When we got there, it was cloudy and the lots were jammed for the sold out show. It was great to be back in the tailgating culture after Raleigh 4/28. Everyone was friendly and excited. Went in- sec. 130 row 27- ended up being really great seats with a great view of the stage- thank you warehouse! No openers for me because unfortunately macy gray sucks. DMB came in with a wierd opener- When the World Ends. The song was decent but not good opener. As if to make up for it they played a good opener- BOWA. I love that song as did everyone else in 130. I forgot how much I loved "Granny"- really great to hear. "Big Eyed Fish"- fabulous, excellent, been dying to hear it, and I was suprised by how much of the crowd knew it and appreciated it. This song has come a long way since Albequerque and the ending soared. Great segue right into "Bartender"- everyone loved this song as well- not as good as Raleigh, but great. I Did It- hate the song, but actually enjoyed it against my will. "If I Had It All"- standard, nothing special. "PNP->Rapunzel"- nice to hear, standard. "Sleep to Dream Her"- nothing special, why are they playing it so much?!? "Grace is Gone"- I really like this song and it was good to hear it- but it was too much softness for me- an unnecessary double dose of slow songs. "DIDO"- almost forgot about this song- good version, same "tea party" ending from last year, a tour premiere. "What You Are" and "Fool to Think"- standard, "WYA" is better- really dark (I like that). "LIOG"- fabulous, endless, they found an amazing groove for this, AMAZING solos from both Boyd and Butch. "Angel"- fine, I could and will get sick of that lengthy outro. "True Reflections"- standard, should be a rare song in my opinion. "WWYS"- nice, everyone can enjoy! From the solid main set, many were begging for more- I couldn't believe how many people left the floor!- HUGE mistake for the best was yet to come! "The Space Between"- beautiful, everyone enjoyed- best of the Everydays that we heard (the girl in front of me said, "Finally, the only song I know the words to!")- a great first song to the encore- should live there! It had been slightly dripping on and off during the show- and my friend and I wanted a deluge all the way through. We had given up on that by the time "Two Step" came on. Along with Bartender (obvious), I had called and wanted to hear "Two Step." Almost right as the song came on, the sky let loose in a bigger way than I had ever imagined, seemingly all at once, sending an instant roar through the crowd. The pelting, powerful rain (it was so strong that the stage was a blur!!) turned to hail and huge bolts of lightning and loud thunder (far louder than the music). The crowd went insane- everyone was screaming and jumping and dancing (with the rain everyone lost all inhibition in the madness)- the energy went through the roof (not to mention another great two step). The aisles were jammed- everyone was going nuts! Thank you everyone in section 130-131- you were all great, loud yet respectful. It was the perfect ending- the lightning and thunder seemed cued with the music at times. Everyone in the place had to love the ending. Long after the band left everyone was screaming- I was still screaming on my way up the Turnpike!! DMB will not top the energy of that "Two Step" for the rest of the tour, period. Only that natural storm could bring a crowd that huge (the only night that was sold out (70,000 people)) to life like last night- front row to the last row in the uppers. Definetely a sense of community in the stadium. Obviously, I cannot say enough about the ending, you had to be there- and if you were, you know what I am talking about! Thanks to everyone- dmb, the warehouse, fans in 130, even giants security!! I'll see everyone tonight (6/12) right back in 130 (row 7 tonight) and wednesday- where do they go from last night?!? DMB still has it and this tour is as hot as any other!
WOW! What an amazing show at Giants Stadium! Dave played all his songs so so well. PMP-->Rapunzel was great to hear. Also What Would you Say was a surpirse yet amazing to hear as well. I Did It, and a nice long Angel jam w/ the lovely ladies was also nice. HOWEVER...NOTHING COMPARES to Daves encore that night. His first was Space Between, played nicely, but i was hoping he wouldnt end with that. Then all of a sudden...a lighting bolt hits as he starts into two step! As the song went on, the rain began to pick up. Before you knew it...it was pouring and then even HAILING as the whole crowd was soaked and goin absolutley NUTS!!! When dave would scream celebrate, o celebrate we will....the rain would come down harder and the crwod would scream louder. I truly dont no how any other concert ccould have a better ending. Even on DMB's site, its quoted as having a "heck of an ending." I freakin agree. gf
I have been a Dave fan since before Remember Two Things was released and I have seen him close to 20 times. Times when Jones Beach was the biggest venue he played. I must say, I am not a fan of the new album. And I understand that concerts are there to promote your music, but I have to say that I am highly disappointed in the set list from this show.. Dave's new stuff is mellow, dreary, depressing and far from the upbeat Dave I remember going crazy to. The crowd was horrible, but then again, there was no lively music to go crazy to. he played 4 songs from other than the new albums and it was really disappointing. I have never sat down for even one song, and I was seated almost the whole time. Though I must say, the only thing that saved this depressing show was the Two Step finale when it poured, I am talking about torrential downpours unlike anything I have ever seen. What started off as fun, and I was loving it, people were going crazy the way a Dave show is supposed to be, and it felt good to be a part of it considering the rest of the show. Though it got a little scary towards the end, it made a rather unsuccessful show into a fabulous lasting memory. Although I was soaked to the bone, we kept on dancing, as Dave kept performing the good old songs that made him what he is today, and for that, I'll be back for 20 more!!!!!!!!!
I never thought the greatest concert experience i ever encountered would take place at the worse show i've ever seen from dmb. It happened during the last song of the night, two step. The last hour of the show, it was getting ready to rain and it was lightning. Then as soon as he finished the space between. A giant lightning bolt struck and it POURED. Dave started out the intro verse to two step by saying something about us not being afraid of the rain, it was great. Now the song had to be great, i have no clue. I was jumping up and down like a little kid splashing his feet in the rain. You have to imagine 55,000 peope going nuts, and a couple thousand people running for the exits. The whole floor was jumping, it looked like a rock concert. They showed LeRoi on the screen and he had to back up because of the rain hitting him, it was just amazing.....now onto the show. This was a really bad show, other then the two step. The everyday songs stink live just like they do on the CD, and thats all you hear all night. Big eyed fish was played too quick, as was WWYS. The only highlights were dave singing in the middle of LIOG(man i wish i could hear what he was saying), True Reflections was a smash, as was Drive In, Drive Out. Hope tomorrow night is better. "Thank y'all very much"
WHAT A GREAT SHOW! This is about the 30th time I've seen Dave in the last 8 years, and the 5th time I've had floor seats within the first 10 rows. I have to say, the energy in the Stadium was unreal! I've never been a fan of big stadium shows when it comes to Dave, especially Giants Stadium, but this show was quite the exception. He played a great deal of new songs, which they mixed up a bit, with solos from various band members (and Butch, of course), which was a refreshing change. "Angel," "Sleep to Dream Her," "What Your Are" and "If I Had it All" were really good and new personal favorites of mine. Oldies such as "One Sweet World" and "What Would You Say" got the crowd going as well. The best part of the evening, however, was the encore. They came out and did "Space Between" and you could tell by their faces that they really enjoyed playing that song. Then, when they started playing "Two Step" it began to rain lightly. By the time the song picked up the pace, it was as if the gods were watching the show themselves, and the skies simultaneously opened up. The crowd went wild, as the thunder struck and the lights kept flashing onthe crowddancing on their seats, and swinging their shirts in the air, soaking wet. Dave even jumped when lighting and thunder struck once. Unfortunately the band was getting soaked as well, and they ended with that song. (I think they would have played another if it hadn't started raining). But that was a great way to end such an awesome show!
I really like "Everyday". While it may not fit in with the other DMB recordings, it is a brilliant album when you consider all of music. That being said, I don't think that it is the best album in the world to base a concert around. I realize that the band has to go out there and support the new album, but they could have selected the songs that they took off of Everyday a little better. The sparse offerings of songs from Lillywhites and Before these Crowded Streets was also disappointing. But if the setlist left something to be desired, the energy of the band and the crowd made up for it, especially in the second half of the show. Songs like Pantala Naga Pampa/Rapunzel, True Reflections, Drive In, Drive Out, and the Space Between really got the energy flowing. The jam on Lie in Our Graves reminded me of why I love going to DMB concerts, I wish they would jam more often since they seem to do it far less often nowadays. The highlight of the show had to be the finale with Two Step. For the entire second half of the show, the sky had been lit with distant lightning stike. As Two Step opened, a bolt hit close enough that it could be seen and the skies opened. I've never seen a crowd with so much energy as I saw the crowd last night during Two Step, getting soaked, watching lightning, and rocking to the music. It was one of the most unique and exciting concert experiences of my life. I can't wait until the next time I see them and hopefully they won't be bound to Everyday, so they can play only the great songs.
This concert was amazing! The clouds threatened rain all night and they held off, for the most part. First off, no matter what anybody's been telling you, the new songs don't even come close to ruining the concert. Some of the songs had some unnecessary accompaniment from the Lovely Ladies(I Did It, If I had)but they also augmented the quality of others(Angel, Fool to Think). Overall, Butch and the Ladies were awesome. The energy of the band last night was the best part, as they rocked out and they looked like they enjoyed it so much. WTWE was a cool opener, but BOWA was what really got the crowd screaming on their feet. Big Eyed Fish-->Bartender was simply indescrible and then Rapunzel on the Electric!! Last night had so many amazing jams, the ending jam to rapunzel was one of them. We knew a thunderstorm was imminent because a couple of times, there was a huge bolt of lightning. During Rapunzel, there was the biggest bolt i have ever seen and the crowd went nuts. then DIDO!! didn't see that one coming at all! WYA and FTT are awesome in concert, the former being more powerful while the latter is just an excellent song. LIOG was one of the best highlights all night, as the jam felt like 15 minutes long, and Boyd tore it up. You have probably never seen 75,000 people going crazy like they were last night during his solo. After that, Butch did a little something, and they seemed to take their time ending the jam, which was amazing. After the solos but still during the jam, Dave came to the mic and starting singing what i was told by a friend was "Rain" by the Beatles. This was awesome cause it was like off and on drizzling for a while and whenever he mentioned rain, the crowd went crazy. There was a new jam at the end of Angel, which made it all the better. LeRoi took a solo in True Reflections which was cool and then WWYS, naturally an incredible closer. BUT THE BEST PART OF THE NIGHT WAS YET TO COME! After Space, he began Two Step, which is awesome as any type of closer. As always, Dave came to the mic and did his little improved vocal intro. The whole thing was about the clouds opening up and raining, which sent the crowd into an uproar. But as he said it, IT BEGAN RAINING!! HARD!!! I have never seen rain like this and the crowd was sent into a state of non-stop jumping and screaming. For the first part of the song, you could still hear it, but after the first half, the crowd totally drowned out the music and it started to Hail!! Everyone was so loud, i have never had so much fun! the only way i could tell where they were in the song was by the lights flashing in the patterns of sixteenth notes that Two Step is known for. And they cut out all of the solos and went right to the end because the crowd was getting out of control. Then they ended and everyone was soaking wet and it was like the best night of my life, let alone the best encore he has ever done. This night will stand out in memory for a long time, that's if i can ever forget it.
First of 3 nights at Giants Stadium and a great way to start things off. The crowd wasnt what i expected. I went to the 7/12/00 show here at giants and you couldnt hear the person next to you over the roar of the crowd. Tonight all of section 313 was sitting down. what is this. people looked as if it was torture to be sitting there. Stand up and respect the greatest live band out there. on to the reviews. WTWE as an opener wasnt all that good. The volume in the stadium was too low and it didnt get things off to a good start. BOWA was amazing! but still noone was into it everyone was just sitting around. GRANNY an old favoite got a little more of the crowd into the show. a longer version than last year and very solid. BIG EYED FISH -> BARTENDER was great but noone seemed to know what this song was. People were leaving during this song. Leroi's pennywhistle intro to BARTENDER was amazing. I DID IT is not one of my favorites but it got the newer crowd to their feet for the first time. The lovely Ladies added a little to it. IF I HAD IT ALl another Everyday song didnt do much for me but still a good song. PANTALA NAGA PAMPA -> RAPUNZEL rocked the house. Everyone got into this and it was a much longer version than previous years. Dave added a verse to this song and it was at least 8 minutes long. STDH killed the crowd there was absolutely no reaction to this song. people left in large volume during this song. it killed the mood that rapunzel had just created. GIG was a sweet song but after STDH it had nothing. DIDO is a classic and got everyone back to their feet. Dave had a sweet video of a car speading through the city playing and it had lots of energy behind it. WHAT YOU ARE was the best everyday song that he played last night. had me thinking it was minarets for a second with the intro. Seeing dave screaming brought the people to life. FTT was a good song off everyday and was played acoustically. LIOG was BREATHTAKING. Easily the best song of the set. BOYD owned this song. This was the longest LIOG i have ever heard at least 15 minutes long and half of which was boyd ripping it up. BOYD stepped into the spotlight and Dave walked around the back as boyd ripped the stadium down. As the song was ending i was anxiously awaiting dave to do the signature part of this song. All the music had stopped dave takes a good look at the crowd and slowly walks to the mic and we heard.. I CANT BELIEVE THAT WE WOULD LIE IN OUR GRAVES... by far the best so far. ANGEL fastly becoming the new CRASH. Jammed out and sounded a lot better than studio. TRUE REFLECTIONS ... All Boyd again. Boyd stole the night. I have heard this song before but seeing Dave And Boyd feed off of each other is amazing. WWYS surprised me as a closer but nevertheless was amazing. Mom its my birthday could be heard for miles. Everyone was rocking to this song. Lights were amazing during this as well. Thunder and Lighning accompanied the band the entire night. As Dave came out for the Encore you could tell it was going to be spectacular. THE SPACE BETWEEN. Great song and very fitting because of the line... will it rain today? It seemed to entice the rain to come as that is what it did right as the opening riffs of TWO STEP began. The song was so powerful and every person in the arena was Singing along as the rain was pouring down. The torentual down pour ceased only to become Hail. The place had been rocked and Dave had a huge smile on his face as he finished off TWO STEP and ended a great show. The crowd could be heard still cheering inside the stadium after the lights came on. I still heard them as i was leaving in the car. Cant wait to see what dave pulls out for us the second night. See you all there in Section 118.
Wow wow! The setlist was awesome, Drive in Drive Out for the first time this tour. LIOG for the first time since they played it with Trey. Fool to think hasn't gotten much play, nor has WWYS. The opener was ok, I really like WTWE but it's not a very good opener, especially since it wasn't dark out yet so the lights at the end didnt really matter. Forget the rest of the setlist...it was awesome. LIOG was nuts with a wierd "Breakfast at Tiffany's" thing goin on in the middle of it somewhere after Butch's solo. Drive in Drive Out was nuts, the lights were incredible. If I Had it All is probably my favorite ED tune. PNP-->Rapunzel was PHAT although I wish they opened with it. Space Between was a surprise for first encore, but awesome none the less. A great sing-a-long, and the crowd went nuts at "Will it rain today?" And then...Two Step. WOW! It was so fucking intense I can't even describe it! His intro was awesome as he mumbled something about "fucking up two songs but you didn't care, they expect thunder storms so i say "BRING IT ON!"" It was awesome. Shirts were off, people were going crazy all over. And then it ended, and no one left. They turned the house lights on and all that did was provide an oppurtunity for girls to take off their shirts and everyone to see, and still, no one left. It was amazing!
Dave opened with "When the World Ends" which was pretty cool I guess. However, I could tell from the start that this show was going to be more mellow than the rest. And that it was. He only played songs mostly from the new album with a few old ones. He ended with "Two step" and right then it started to thunderstorm and hail. The crowd still was dancing and having the time of their lives. I just wished he would've played some more older songs.
WOW! The show was quite an experience. After I was wondering if the boys had some sort or remote control for the weather because right after Dave said in the intro to two step that the sky opens up and down falls rain, BOOM thunder cracks and it starts pour!! So So cool! Okay, onto the whole show. WTWE was definatly not a great opener, especially for such a big place. BOWA around and Granny were standard but good. They called BEF "little fishy" last night. It would be a lot cooler if Roi would do the same kind of solo on the LWS than how he does it live...it's kinda hard to hear him live. The first true highlight of the night was Bartender. WOW, did that blow me away, such a great segue from little fishy into it. The whole band had great emotion thw whoile song and then Dave's singing during the outro was really beautiful and captured all 70,000 peoples attention. IDI was beeter than I thought it was going to be. I knew an everday song was going to be next after the last four and non-everyday songs. Butch adds a lot and basically saves the song. IIHIA was very good to, a lot of emotion to it and I was surprised that I liked the lady's as much as I did. PNP into Rapunzel was sweet and the second highlight of the night was Butch, Roi and Carter's Jazzy Jam at the end! So phat! STDH did kill the mood but it was rude that almost a third of the stradium sat down or went to get something to eat during the song....it's amazing that you can notice when people are not paying a ttention even at a venue that big. GIG was more poppy but still beautiful. DIDO!!!! So unexpected and so incredable. he said somehing in the middle about making a hukkah and having a tea party on the cealing. He did some really cool vocal stuff too and the Jam was great. Carter owed this one, he did these really cool beats opposite the rest of the band. What you are and Fool to Think are awesome with Butch. And then, one of the most moving LIOG I have ever heard. Boyd started out really slow and then it built up and up and up and then Butch's solo was just as moving. Angel was phat and I hate Angel on the album. Roi and Dvae did this cool blues Jam in the begininng and then the lady's did this cool thing at the end where each one had a solo, I couldn't make out the lyrics, but it sounded great. True reflections was owned by Butch, much like the rest of the songs that he played on...he should play on the whole set I think. He had thi cool effect on. WWYS was standard with a great roi solo, Roi was rockin last night. It was kind of a weird closer though. TSB was good and easy to predict, Butch saves the song live. Then, the most incredable concert experience ever, Two Step with the rain, my frineds and I took our shirts off and started jumping up and down. There was the most incredable lightning and it seemed that whenever Carter hit a crash symbol, thunder would crack and the whole stadium would roar with cheers and screams. A once in a lifetime experince I must say. I could go on forever about this one song but I won't. All I must say is that you uavew to get a copy of this show. I'll be there tongiht anmd tomorrow night so look for my review of the next two shows. Zach
All I can say is....WOW. This is for all you setlist reviewers who have been saying that this was the time to stop going to DMB concerts. YOU ARE CRAZY IF YOU STOP. This concert had everthing I could have ever asked for and much more. Aside from the great show which included many Everyday songs, which I know people aren't really responding well to but I absolutely love live, the show ended with not only the greatest thing I hav ever seen at a concert but in my life. Two Step ...Two Step .... Two Step. What more can I say. I feel sorry for those of you who weren't there because you missed a sick performance. It started drizzling early but stopped before the show began. Then as Two Step started (with Dave giving a crazy rain and lighning themed intro just for us)the sky just opened up. There was lighning and thunder perfectly timed with music. Carter bashed his drums along with "right on cue" thunder claps. The rain and hail started pouring in and seemed to speed up and slow down with the moods of the song. If you check your setlists, you will see the Lovely Ladies and Butch also played with the band, but if you were at the show you know that GOD guest starred too. Enjoy the rest of the tour -- MC from plain view
First I'd like to thank the whole crew at giants staduim for keeping everyhting smooth and perfect. The show last night was too amazing for even words. WWE opener was alright, it got things started pretty nicely, and then they went into BOWA which was amazing, the crowd really loved it. Hearing granny was another highlight as this song is always amazing when it is performed. Fish monkey man was def. different than the big eyed fish from the lillywhites but it was so amazing too. bartender was realyl emotional as we could all see dave angrily screaming into the mic which was really special. i did it and if i had it all were pretty standard, with boyd sounding really cool on his lyrical part in IDI. PNP --> rapunzel sounded really really really good too. Sleep to dream her was alright too but im not goign to be afraid to say that the everyday songs dont sound as good live as the older stuff, im not sayin that they are bad or anythign cuz they are not, they jsut dont sound as good live...grace is gone was truly amazing and then after that everyone was happy to hear drive in drive out, which i believe was the first time it was performed on this tour, my frineds and i were going nuts at this point, what you are and fool to think were standard as well, then came lie on our graves, which was the best version i have ever heard of this song. it included what had to be 10 minute solos for boyd and butch, the whole song was about 25 minutes, totally amazing, angel had a very nice solo from leroi and TR sounded realyl cool and chill, wwys was very energetic....then after the crowd totally loud for about 5 minuets they came out to do the space between which is one of the veryday songs that is pretty sick live, what happened after that was everyone highlight of the night, as they were going into two step it started to pour and eventualyl hail with thunder and lightening, literally eveyone who was exposed was totally drenched down to their skin. at this point the rain only intensified everyones experience and everyone was jumping out of their seats with their hands in the air, wow what an amazing experience, this was my 4th show and even tho the others were amazing this by far surpassed them, i cant wait to see what happens tonight...
This was my first show this year and I thought the show was great. There was too much from Everyday (playing 8 out of 12 songs), but it still was enjoyable. Big Eyed Fish is a great song, though his lyrics were much different (including in a different order) than I've heard. It was bridged into Bartender which was just so powerful. Drive In Drive Out was well done and the crowd was really into it. It had a cool video which had a car speeding through the road. I was surprised to see that given the song is not played much. They came out with Lie In Our Graves which included the typical (and still amazing) Boyd solo followed by a Butch solo which was very good. Overall, the set flowed rather smoothly except for playing I Did It and If I Had it All back to back and one more song was needed after WWYS (Everyday itself would have been nice). While the set was good, the encore was incredible. The storm began to roll in with thunder and lightning. Dave started out with the Space Between. The first song of the encore is a perfect spot for that song in my opinion. The crowd went nuts during the line "like will it rain today?" The started to play Two Step and that's when the heavens opened up. It began to hail and downpour like crazy during the song and everybody just loved it. The place was cheering and screaming for every lightning bolt and crack of thunder. It got so loud at some parts, that it was hard to hear the music itself. It was a great ending and that alone made up for playing all those Everyday songs. Be back again this week.
THE NIGHT GOD PLAYED SOUND AND LIGHTING MAN, this was one of the most amazing events I have ever seen. Now if I saw the setlist before the concert I probably wouldn't think it was going to be a great show. However, it was that and then some. I have seen DMB six times in a stadium, and this was the first time I think that pulled off a amazing stadium show. I thought the new effects ont the screens were tremendous,( my seats were head on so I saw all four of them) and the Everyday songs, with maybe the excepton of sleep to dream her, really played well. Hey I don't hate this album as much as a lot of other people, and the lilywhite stuff was awesome. But, what happened during Two step was simply the most amaazing natural event ever. With a great segue with space between just before it. (Will it rain today?) And as soon as two step came on, like if it was planned, a terrensial downpoor of rain, thuunder, lighting and yes hail of the likes I'll never forget. And instead of the band coming off early for perhaps there own safety they finished about ten minute jam, instead of cutting it early. The feeling from the crowd was one of euphoria and fear, as flashes of woodstock and other concerts going arie started getting people to maybe get a little ansie. My friend said someone is going to die tonight. I said to him, no, they're are going to enjoy this and not ruin it. And my friend who was with his girlfriend looked at me as if I was crazy, but, I wasn't. This was my 9th DMB show, and I have to say this was the first time I hadn't heard either a watchtower chant, or utter teeny bop screaming. They made a not so great set list really work, and gave me a personal thrill ride, and I'm sure everyone that was in attendance last night knows that something special happened, and I've seen alot of spontaneous amazing things at shows, but the thunder/hail storm that took on the end of this show tops anything I have ever witnessed or had the pleasure to be a part of. See everyone in camden for threes shows, maybe I'll get waste there! DUDDLOVE
This was my 18th show and my first ever review. I need to start my review off with the ending of the show....IT WAS INCREDIBLE!!!! Two Step which was the last song of the encore started just around the time the sky began to fill with a lightning storm, then thunder. Dave and the band was amazing!!! Then the sky opened up and it began to rain, no pour. It was religious...as the music got louder, the rain came down harder and the band played crazier. More music, More Rain, More Lightning...it seemed like it was scripted. A Boyd solo brought some hail! The Gods enjoyed the concert just as much as i did. See ya tonite!
Wow! Last night's show was absolutely amazing!! The crowd had a ton of energy, and the setlist was great, but the encore made the night special and unforgettable. Hearing BOWA and Granny was great; always love to hear the oldies. Everyone was singing right along with Dave and the Ladies. A Little Fishy (1st time hearing it live) was cool, and Bartender had a rediculous amount of energy as usual. Dave was wailing away like mad at the end. The second PNP--->Rapunzel of the tour was through the roof. Dave's playing it on the electric now, and it sounds really hot during the jam at the end. Sleep--->Grace slowed the pace down nicely after an energetic Rapunzel - such sweet songs that I can definitely relate to. The 1st DIDO of the tour was a huge surpsrise... and they nailed it. Carter went insane, like always. LIOG was absolutely incredible; Boyd just took the stage over. Dave stood all the way off to the left and let Boyd take center stage - just awesome! Angel was great w. the little vocal jam at the end from the Lovely Ladies and some sweet sax riffs from Roi. WWYS was surprisingly a great closer. Me and my buddy were dancing in the aisles with our shoes off - hell of a time!! Finally, the best part of the night... the encore. The opening riff to Space tore through the place, as it began to drizzle a little. "Will it rain today?" Hell yeah it will. Right as the boys started Two Step, it began to pour. The whole place went absolutely crazy. The thunder and lightning, along with the tremendous stage lighting made the song unreal. It even began to hail! I've never seen a place go so crazy like it did last night during Two Step. Thanks to Nicky, Tobin, Sokol, Lisa, Steph, and the rest of the girls for an awesome night... one I'll never forget. See yall at Foxboro on Saturday!!
It was great to hear alot of the stuff from Everyday at the show, though I would have liked to here more classic songs. The show was definetly above average however (with the exception of the LONG rendition of Angel) unitl the encore. At that moment, this show became a historic event. All night the rain had poked its head out with a few drizzles and some lightning. Once Dave came out and performed The Space Between as an encore however, it was as if a force beyond anything we ever experienced was in the air. The thunder and lightning really started to pick up as Boyd began playing Two Step as the final song. Then it happened...the sky opened up. Rain in huge waves came down on the crowd of 40,000 plus. Torrential downpours and flooding occured all over the stadium, but Dave played on, and we rocked on with him. Everyone in the stand felt the energy and just started jumping and screaming, pretty much asking for the weather to get worse. By the time the first chorus was over, everyone at Giants Stadium was completely soaked. But ya know what? No one cared, this was something special. Dave continued to play Two Step as the rain got worse and worse and finally hail started to come down. Thats right...a hail storm right in the middle of the Two Step encore. Needless to say, the place exploded and just asked for more. When Dave finished and everyone ran out of the rain, screams of jubilation could be heard all throughout the stadium. I looked at a random kid in the stairway, and we just screamed at each other because we had just experienced something truly special. Our adrenaline was pumping long into the night. My brother said to me while we got into the car, our clothes soaked, cell phones practically ruined, "Ticket - 60 dollars, Soaked through shirt - 40 dollars, Nearly ruined Cell Phone - 200 dollars, Hearing Dave Matthews Band play "Two Step" as an encore with 40,000 screaming fans in the middle of a torential thunder and lightning hail storm - Priceless" And it was...this was a magical concert that no Dave fan will soon forget.
Overall, this was a fairly average show - the set list was average, some old favorites like Best of Whats Around and Rapunzel, and some new favorites, Bartender and Grace is Gone... however, what capped the show off was the "Two Step" at the end... Just as Dave and Boyd started rocking in the beginning the lightning started. As they got progressively closer to the drums, the bolts became more frequent, and just as Carter came smashing down with the drums, the thunder started to roar. And as the Dave's voice came, the heavens opened and the rain poured. With every bolt of lightning and roll of thunder, the crowd screamed louder and louder, until the music was drowned out by the noise of the fans. I have never felt more connected to every other member of the audience at any concert than I did last night.
Wow. What an amazing show I just attended last night. My first real Dave Matthews Band show, instead of my half real show in April, when I listened to the webcast at UVa haha. Anyways, this show was phenomenal. A lot of new stuff, a lot of new stuff! The few oldies we got were truly enjoyable. They opened with When The World Ends, a sorta blechy opener, but eh, what can you do. I enjoyed the song and thought it was nice with Butch and the boys really got into it. Next came Best of Whats Around- gotta love the song. At one point one of the lovely ladies hit a horrible note in the 'hey la la' part. But aside from that, I was veeerrrry pleased. Then came Granny, gotta love Granny, although Sir Dave messed up the verses he did it Verse 2->Verse 1->Verse 2->Verse 3. Put choruses after the verses and you've got yourself the song. Then is when I became a happy happy man. Fish Monkey Man started to be played, and I was one of the only people to be going crazy, and by crazy I mean insane, in my section. I love this song sooo much and of course Dave did the "A monkey should know to stay up in his f*cking tree" part. Then the pennywhistle intro to Bartender, Leroi was veerrry quiet on this song. I predicted the segue and next song, and my friend was mad, oh well. Then came I Did It and If I Had It All- I dont particularly like this song that much, but whatever I can deal. YAY! PNP-->Rapunzel. One of my favorite songs ever was played and I was soo happy. Butch added so much along with Dave playing the electric. Boyd and Leroi did a very kickass job as well! Sleep to Dream Her and Grace Is Gone were next- very mellow and extremely parallel to the album cuts, yet I enjoyed the rest. But-- he came back for more. We got Drive in Drive Out I was so excited. At first, Im like hmmm what is that riff from. But I put the pieces together and I did it- as in I sang and danced and screeeeameed. What You Are came next- oh I love this song- so emotional. Then came Fool To Think- it was tight, but it was slow, but I liked it. The lyrics are not as together as the music was though. But I still liked it. My official number one song came next- Lie In Our Graves, ooooooooweeeeee I was soooo verrrry happy. Boyd destroyed that Violin and Butch hammered that keyboard. No Leroi solo, but Im ok ok ok. Hah. Butch took into a very mellow jam and Dave sang Rain by the Beatles according to my friend, whatever he may know. Kerplunk- setlist down fast. Angel than True Reflections I was soooo mad to hear this b/c its overplayed and these two songs have very miserable lyrics. Oh well. What Would You Say? made the set better and got everyone dancing and singing. Encore: Space Between- wow I couldnt believe it since we were just discussing this over at the message boards about how it would be a good first encore song. DRIP DRIP. Uh oh. Rain.... Rain..... Rain Down On MEEEE. Two Step- as the rain began to pour and the wind began to howll Two Step came about. WOW. What a magnificent way to end my first show. I couldnt believe how much that song kicked ass. It was so energetic. Rain or shine, this song gets everyone moving. I was and mostly everyone else was. Except when the concert ended and became a fiasco trying to get out. But still- you gotta love it. I had so much fun. I cannot wait to see Dave and the boys again- cause I had the time of my life.
The first night at Giants can also be called "Everyday." Two thirds of the album (8 of 2 songs) from the new album were played tonight. The excitement from the crowd was never really there as well. Sure there were some high's, but there were definitely some low's as well. "When the World Ends" should NOT be an opener! It does not pump the crowd up by any means. "Best of What's Around" was a good second song choice but it could not make up for WWTE. "Granny" was nice to hear, but still, it doesn't have the energy of a song like "Warehouse" or "Tripping Billies." "A Little Fishy" and "Bartender" followed Granny. I really wanted to hear some "Lillywhites" tonight and these songs did it for me. Unfortunately, I think they were misplaced in the set because THERE IS NO ENERGY AT THIS POINT! "I Did It" got the crowd back into the song as did "If I Had It All." "Rapunzel" was a really solid choice to follow considering the energy it brought to the stage. "Sleep to Dream Her" but the crowd to sleep- no joke. I don't think ANYONE wanted to hear that song, and followed by "Grace Is Gone" (a song that I truely love, but not needed here!), the crowd was craving for something to dance to. "Drive in Drive Out" was a nice surprise. Carter loves that song! "What You Are" was full of emotion and kept the pace going. The into to this song started out with Dave mumbling into the microphone followed by the whole band kicking in. "Fool to Think" once again put a damper on the show in my opinion. By this point myself and the rest of the crowd were getting tired of the Everyday songs. "Lie In Our Graves" put me back into my dancing shoes. This song was a highlight of the night. It gets better every time I hear it. "Poetry" is the only word that comes to mind while listening to LIOG. "Angel" really fumed me because it was the 7th (but not final) Everyday song of the night. It was cool to see Boyd sing "True Reflections" again and it brought the house to its feet for an awesome closing song, "What Would You Say." Awesome energy. By this time the clouds were rolling pretty heavy over us....The encore came and the two lines in "The Space Between" about rain swelled the crowd with energy. We waited all night for the rain, and to our liking, it was only a few minutes again. "Two Step" was the closing song....and what a closer! Dave's intro had something to do about rain, and low and behold, 1 minute later, the skies opened up on us! The storm was a "drenched-to-your-bone" storm, and it included a lightning and hail display as well. The crowd got louder with every bolt of lightning and at some point the band couldn't even be heard over the crowd. Dancing with DMB and 60,000 fans under pouring skies is a memory I'll have forever. Thank you DMB!
Monday night's concert was not only the most amazing Dave concert I have ever seen.. it was also probably the best concert period. The crowd was more into it than I have ever seen, and hte band played an amazing line up. I was a little skeptical about how the new songs would sound, but i even liked "I did it." Lie in our graves was incredible. Of course, though, NOTHING BEATS THE EXPERIENCE THAT OCCURED DURING THE ENCORE. Throughout the night, we saw the lighting in the distance, and a few drops of rain hit our heads, but it wasn't until the band finished up with Two Step that mother nature decided to join the festivities. When the rain began to pour and the lightning crashed over our heads, the energy skyrocketed. WIth every flash, the crowd got louder, and the band kept playing.. I have never seen the guys with so much energy. I dont think any dave concert will ever live up to that experience.
I will spare a huge setlist review. For the most part it was mediocre. I am still working on getting used to the songs; they lack the energy the older songs had. WTWE was a bad choice of opener (no offense dave) because it was still to light out for the ending to be effective. Let it be known I called every transistion by just listening. It was great to here Big Eyed Fish (or whatever) live and the pennywhistle (I assume it is "Big Voice" Jack's) transistion to Bartender was great. LIOG sounded great and Butch was great at the end of it. But lets forget all this and remember why the night was amazing...then encore. He starts with Space Between and as he says "The rain that falls..." it began to rain. Then in Two Step his improv intro as I guessed it would had something to do with the rain. As he began to break into the song before the first verse when it gets loud a lightning bolt came down in the not so far distance. As the song continued a downpour insued. Then came the Hail. Nobody moved! We all stood out there in the soaked to the bone going ballistic; he kept the song realitively shor this time...I am assuming he flet bad for us and did want every to catch pneumonia. After the concert, I took off all my close (except my boxers) had some nice conversation with a couple goodlooking girls got in the car and smiled.
the concert was amazing. dave got on and started playing and every song was just awesome. throughout the entire concert, you could see lighting in the distance then all of the sudden, during the intro to "two step" the lighting started to get close then it strated to pour rain. everybody was going crazy. everybody got soaked and it was jsut amazing. it was the greatest concert i have ever been to.
The beginning of the show was kind of slow. He played a lot of the new stuff off "Everyday" so it wasn't a typical show with long jams. Rapunzel and Lie in our Graves were great with long jams between Dave and Boyd. The final song before the encore was What Would you say and it was great. The entire crowd was singing with every one of Dave's words. It drizzled a couple times during the show but the rain didn't really come down hard. The first song of the encore was The Space Between. They played it really well and the crowd obviously enjoyed it, but lightening began to strike in the background. After that, they began to play Two Step.....and the place erupted. Everyone was rocking out when the rain began to come down. It started to downpour all over the crowd, but the harder it rained the harder they played. The crowd went beserck throughout the song as thunder, lightening and rain were all over the place. IT JUST RAINED HARDER AND HARDER AND THE PLACE WENT NUTZ!!! THEY PLAYED TWO STEP FOR PROBABLY 10 MINUTES AND THE ENTIRE TIME IT WAS CRAZINESS IN THE STADIUM. Everyone was soaked and lovin it, and it was honestly the most amazing experience (and adrenaline rush) I've ever had in my life.......Decent setlist and performance but the Two Step in the rain was one of those things I'll never forget for the rest of my life.
I suppose everyone will talk about the storm and the amazing ending, so i won't spend time here. I was at the Charlottesville show and i must say, this was a huge improvement. The band seems more comfortable playin' the new stuff. It all sounded much better. Butch Taylor was really on tonight, he adds so much to both the new and old tunes. Despite the dramatic ending, the show started weak. WTWE is a good song with a terrible ending, and I felt it was weak as an opener. I was excited when they started BOWA but felt ill when the LL came out and ruined it completely. From then on things picked up. FMM-->Bartender was superb, two of my favorite lillywhites. Butch and Boyd rocked on LIOG, and WWYS was the best i ever heard. I think the SJTDH-->GIG jam has got to go. GIG is a great song but these two back to back really deflates the crowd. Nothing else stood out as being great or bad, all good solid stuff. Until the end the crowd was pretty weak, apparently all the 13yr. old girls were upset that they didn't play crash. But everyone seemed to be, for the most part respectful. All in all a pretty damn good show. Unfortunately, its my last of the year for i am out of money. But have fun everyone during the rest of the tour.
Incredible. This show was the most amazing concert experience of my life. Through most of the show i was a little disturbed that the band played most of the same songs they played in DC two nights before, allthough they did play a cool version of Granny and an always incredible Lie in Our Graves. They ended up with What Would You Say and left the stage. By this time, there was some major lightning striking and with every flash the entire crowd would scream. So, the band came out and played Space Between with screaming at the mentioning of rain in the song. Last they started Two Step and everybody was pumped up, then during the part of the interlude where Dave usually sings about the ship thats sinking, he instead add-libbed a little thing about it raining and storming, something to the effect of blah blah...feeling well and when it rained it rained like hell. Then just as he mentioned rain and Carter hit the drums to actually start into the song there was a clap of thunder and it started POURING. IT was so chilling, it was as if dave had summoned the rain on us! Anyway everybody went nuts and was singing and dancing and getting soaked while they played an incredible version of Two Step. Coolest thing i have ever been a part of. Cant beat the DMB mixed with the biggest wet t shirt contest of all time.
I've only seen a few DMB shows, but regardless, this was easily one of the best shows (and probably the very best show) that the band has ever done. Before I get into it, let me note that Macy Gray wasn't particularly amazing, but they were actually better than I expected. They did a few tributes to TV Theme songs (Odd Couple, Sopranos, etc,), which was a treat. Some of their stuff was bland, but most of it did a great job of setting the stage for Dave. I didn't arrive in time for the first group. Now, back to my original point - I went with two friends, and all three of us (as well as the people around us) felt that it was one of the best nights of our lives. There were two mains reasons for this: First of all, the boys put together an incredible setlist, and every song sounded simply superb. Every one of them was on. However, the thing that made this a truly memorable night was the thunder storm that took over the last half hour of the show. Anyway, When the World Ends, actually, didn't thrill me as an opener. It sounded just like it does on Everyday, except Boyd's part was a bit more accented. The Best of What's Around was great, and a real surprise. It was nice to hear a classic after the mediocre opener. Granny was amazing, as always, and really set the mood. Bartender was a nice additon, and the boys even made I Did It sound great. However, the concert hadn't even really started yet. The turning point in the show was easily Pantala Naga Pampa into Rapunzel. I never expected in my wildest dreams for them to perform this combination, and it was simply electrifying. Amazing. Grace is Gone was an appropriate follower - It sounded a lot better than the version I had heard. Sleep to Dream Her was just like it was on the CD - Good, but the ideal time to run to the bathroom. Drive in Drive Out rocked the joint. At this point, every fan was screaming like a maniac. From Drive in Drive Out onward, things just got better and better. "That is bad shii'!" everyone shouted, as it concluded. What You Are easily sounded the best of the Everyday songs. Dave's voice was a bit shot at this point, but the dark way he sang it was unbelievable. They put together a nifty version of Fool to Think, but that acted as the doormat for one of the three highlights of the night (The awesome version of Rapunzel was the first) -- Lie in Our Graves. They played the first four minutes of the song, and then Boyd went into the best solo I've ever heard from him. He went for about six minutes, followed by an awesome five minute solo from Butch. Dave actually left the stage during this 10-15 minute period of soloing, but sprinted back on just in time to shout "And I can't believe that..." to finish the song. Incredible version of this song. Angel made room for more soloing, this time from Leroi. It sounded better than the Everyday track a thousand times over. True Reflections was very cool. Boyd should pursue a Ricky Martin-esque solo career, I think. The lovely ladies got to improvise a bit on this song, too. Very cool. What Would You Say was absolutely fantastic. Boyd and Leroi had some fun, here, too, and Carter even got in on the act. The lights had a cool effect on this song, as well. Then, the boys called it quits - It took the audience a good ten minutes of hollering to get them back on the stage. "You're supposed to leave now..." murmured Dave. Then they jumped into a rocking version of The Space Between. But here's where the storm really came into effect. After almost every line there was a huge bolt of lightning, and the entire stadium would light up. As Dave asked, "And will it rain today?" it began to hail. The Space Between concluded, and it began to pour buckets. At this point, everyone present was drunken with the amazing sounds that had been produced, and no one cared that they couldn't see anything or hear themselves scream. We all agreed that if we had to die, now would be a good time - And with the lightning striking everywhere, it seemed there was a reasonable chance that we would. Suddenly, Boyd and Dave burst into Two Step, and everyone went wild. The rain was flooding, the thunder was cracking, and Dave changed the opening words around just a bit: "Let it rain... Everything will be alright." and with that, there was the biggest crack of thunder yet. Two Step was extraordinary. It was an ideal closer (except for maybe Watchtower) - After every line, there was a crash of thunder, and everyone screamed: Half out of fear, and half our of sheer amazement. Towards the end, all we could hear was Carter pounding away at his double-bass every other measure, but it was enough. Truly, this was a magical concert. I don't know how they'll ever top this.
Show #9, had junky Warehouse seats, but a friend of a friend who has a crush on my sister stubbed us down to section 6 (thanks!). Wasn't thrilled by the WTWE opener, but the BOWA, Granny, a sweet BEF (love the recorder that Roi's using-great musical talent) into Bartender was a pleasant addition to their repertoire. Rapunzel on the electric was full of energy, and Butch tore up the end. Sleep was forgettable, but it went into a Grace that had a solid, solid outro. DIDO featured the unforgettable "let's just make up a new God and have a f'ing tea party" lyric; followed up with What You Are and Fool to Think, two songs that I can't remember a thing about. 21 minute LIOG would have been the highlight of the night, except for something that happened a lil' later :> Boyd killed, Roi was mysteriously quiet, and Dave threw in a new lyric right at the end of the solo. Angel was pretty good, but the LL's sang these intros for all the band members that lasted forever. We were starting to wind down, and there was a lot of lightning in the sky, but Dave started True (going around the intro a few more times than usual), so there had to be at least one more; which turned out to be WWYS. Don't know if that was planned, but with all the lightning, a short song was a good call. After the break, Space Between that went fairly quickly into Two Step. Right as Stefan (who was awesome the whole show) finished the intro and Roi heavy bari note to start the song, Holy S!; the skies opened up! A deluge of rain and wind and everything cool! The greatest Two Step ever, the only thing more energetic than the band was the crowd, who were soaked instantly. The show had plenty of down time (8 of 19 songs from Everyday), but when it hit, it hit hard. The new songs put Boyd and Roi so far into the background, it's shameful; but if they can still sell out Giants, then bully for them. A great performance by a band that looks like its trying to get rid of the talent and originality that brought them to the top.
All I have to say is OH MY GOD!!! That was by far the best f**king concert in the world. First thy opened with a great version of WHEN THE WORLD ENDS. Then they played BEST OF WHATS AROUND, and that just speaks for its self. A little while later they played A LITTLE FISHY (A.K.A. BIG EYED FISH)which not everybody knew, but was still great. From A LITTLE FISHY they went right into BARTENDER, another Lillywhite song.After a few songs including: I DID IT, PNP into RAPUNZEL, DRIVE IN DRIVE OUT, WHAT YOU ARE, and more; the band played a 20 minute version of LIE IN OUR GRAVES. That was the best version of the song I had ever heard. In the middle of the song, a huge lightning bolt struck a couple miles from the stadium. The crowd went wild! Thats when it started to drizzle. Just when everybody thought that the set was over Dave broke into WHAT WOULD YOU SAY, which was awsome! Then came the encore. The first song was an incredibleversion of THE SPACE BETWEEN, with emphasis on the "Will it rain today", part because at that time the rain was on and off. After that came the fun. Dave started playing TWO STEP. Right before the chorus Dave adds in the words "Let it rain". Five minutes later the sky opened up and it started to pour, but the band did not stop the show. As the thunder got louder, the crowd got louder and not to mention wetter! By the time TWO STEP was over it had stoped raining, but everybody was already wet. The crowd was still cheering well after the lights came on. That was the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed!
This was my second Dave show and was certainly my most memorable concert experience ever. I thought they went entirely too long with "Angel." Other than that the song choices and performances were great. Who could forget Dave's prophetic use of the Beatles' "Rain" during "Lie in Our Graves." The monsoons, the wild crowd, and the energy the band put out during "Two Step" created one of those moments that the fans and the band will hopefully never forget. It totally made up for the fact that I was in the absolute last from in the stadium from the stage.
Hey i went to the rfk show and there were a lot of similarities during the set so im going to touch on the highlights. Overall a better show than saturday and the end proved it. SLEEP TO DREAM HER-suprisingly good!i need water tho so since im not a huge fan of this song, i stepped out for a bit. GRACE- great! leroi and boyd had some great soft jams at the end, it was so great to hear a lillywhite.LIOG- awsome. the jam part was so sweet. boyd tore it up then it got real slow and mellow and boyd and butch were doing a call and answer then butch had a kick ass solo. so niice.ANGEL- the jam at the end is getting a lot better. tawatha started singin "the sax man ooohh the sax man!!" and leroi did a little solo thing and she did this for all memebers of the band inc butch. when she got to dave, dave did a few riffs on the electric which was real awsome. WWYS- so so great. it was the longest one i had heard. roi was just smokin on this, maceo parker style. ENCORe- Space- best id heard yet so sweet. TWO STEP- OH MY LORD THIS WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the rain held off until now, it satred todrizzle more during stefans solo which was kick ass old school stefan.dave had his little vocal thing singin "let it rain let it rain" then the song came to the fast part, the rain increases. the song gets more intense and so does the rain. thunder lightning come!!! the jam part comes and so does the HAIL!!! the wind was howling the rain and hail were flying the lightning and thunder filled the sky. the most rain ive been in in my life. then the end comes the music stops and a bolt of lightning stikes. it was the best moment in my life and im sure it was u there foir the band too. WOW and when we went to the parking lot, the rain stopped. final quote : "God is a dave fan" --Tim Grau
I don't normally attempt to review shows but this had to be done, it was TOO amazing. After all the chaos that resulted at the RFK show two nights earlier, the first night of Giants stadium proved to be a night to live in infamy. Be forewarned, if you were not there, then there are absolutely not enough words in the English language to properly convey what occurred Monday night!! The show's setlist was at first eerily similar to that of the RFK show, WTHE, BOWA, and the BEF into Bartender. All though these were all wonderful, the highlight of the evening came at the very end. Small showers came around several times during the show, but the increasing frequency of lightning and thunder right around WWYS made it clear that something big was going to happen. The band came back out with TSB, and as Dave sang, "(like) will it rain today?" the crowd erupted cause we were all wondering the same thing! The thunder and lightning increased more as the band started Two Step, and Dave opened the song with some lyrics that I couldn't' completely hear (and if anyone taped it PLEASE EMAIL ME) but the lyrics ended with "let it rain let it rain" and apparently dave has some sort of control over the weather because by god it did. By the time Dave began the actual traditional lyrics of the song everyone (at least as far as I could see) was COMPLETELY drenched. Imagine the most serious rain you can, (at least that I've ever seen) and then imagine DMB playing two step in it. But instead of this being an annoyance, it was a cause for celebration. Everyone was cheering like I've never heard (at over 30 shows) before. As the band continued the song, the torrential rain added hail down upon us but I don't think anyone really noticed. The band gave us the best jam I have EVER heard on two step and the crowd had the best reaction I have ever witnessed. By the climax of the song all hands were in the air and the pandemonium was clear, however, unlike RFK everyone was HAPPY. And EXCITED. People were screaming FAR after the band left the stage, it was awesome. Simply awesome. (**Seriously if anyone has a tape of this PLEASE let me know**)
This was my first dmb concert and im certainly hooked. The atmosphere around the whole arena was just amazing. WTWE was awesome i was expected a played out version but o well. Best of whats around got everybody up and dancing including me then as the night came the crowd lit up and Granny was next. From this point on I was having the time of my life. Drive in Dirve out with the Streets on the screens it was all so amazing.Lie in Our Graves got me wishing for some rain. Then What would you say came and te crowd still bursting wth energy gettin ready for the encore. The Space Between a great song would be first then THE RAIN. The Best part of the concert was to see the crowd Going nuts at every burst of thunder and lightning. As two step was being played me and everyone that had room started to dance under the storm while the heavy rain and hail did nothing to makeayone wanna stop. By far this was one excellent night that would leave me craving for another show.
We got to Giants at like 5:30, took us longer than we wanted to, but I wasn't complaining. At 6 we (Chris and Ed and I) walked over to Gate D to meet a couple of Nancies and friends from school. Well we met the friends from school but only one nancie showed up (hey Michelle!). Where were y'all? So after much persuasion that the nancies weren't coming by my friends, we went inside and caught Macy Gray. She sucked! The backup band was not bad, but she was horrible. It was funny, at about the 6th song in the set, Ed said "You already played this one!" (in reference to how all the songs sound the same!) The band came on at 8:22. Dave said a couple of things about the try state area and such, but you couldn't hear what he was saying anyway. When the World Ends: Good song, I knew we'd hear it tonight. It doesn't seem like the right song to open a show. The end part is really cool with the craziness in the song and then how it just stops. Best of What's Around: Really excited to hear this, and it did not disapoint. The Hey La's were really really amazing. Granny: I was stoked when I heard the opening chords to this one. To me, this song symbolizes lots of fun and crowd interaction and energy. A Little Fishy: When I heard the first few notes of the song, I went bolistic. There was a guy in my section wearing a BEF shirt and so I was yelling to him and we were all excited. This song sounds so beautiful. At this point I was just apalled at how amazing this concert was. My friends were impressed when I called the segue into... Bartender: Boyd's notes at the beginning and Roi's piccolo are both very nice. I love this song...and it was incredibly beautiful last night. Not a huge Roi solo, but the whole atmosphere of the song was very nice. At the end, Carter was doing the drum notes that are in the intro to PNP, so if they went into it there, it would have fit very nicely. And that's what I thought would happen. But Carter stopped the beats, Dave switched guitars and we heard... I Did It: The song has gotten better. I enjoy the guitar part in it, and it is a kicking song. They performed it well. If I Had It All: Standard version, sounded fine. Nothing else really to be said on this. I saw Dave switch to the electric, so I thought we had another Everyday song in store, but instead... Pantala Naga Pampa -> Rapunzel!: I was psyched! I was just saying recently how much I missed this song from the tour. And this song kicked. The electric sounds fine. It was a great song to do electric. Sleep to Dream Her: The song is okay. I sat down, so did basically the rest of the place. It sounded fine. It segued rather nicely into... Grace Is Gone: I was loving it. Everyone there got into this song. It seemed like they extended the jam at the end. And I liked it a real lot. Drive In, Drive Out: Couldn't believe I was hearing it. This song kicks ass live. I'm glad that I got to hear this song as a tour debut. Ed was feeling this. Ya gotta love Carter's work at the end of the song. What You Are: Very cool song. I was glad to have heard it. Fool to Think: It's a good song and it sounds fine live. They really could have jammed it out though. Guess they were saving it for... Lie In Our Grives: Boyd owned the stage. It was his. EVERYONE I was with, loved this song. People were amazed by Boyd. It had to be like 20 minutes long. I wish I was keeping track. Dave and Roi left the stage. It seemed like Boyd did not stop, but then Butch had a nice solo...I love what Butch does to this song. Angel: Let me say I do not like this song on the CD. However, I do like how it turned out live. I like what the Lovely Ladies did to it. Their solo is good. But, it went on for too long. The song has definitely progressed, and I'm glad that the band is jamming out the everyday songs. True Reflections: Nice standard version. Boyd sounds great. What Would You Say?: Great song to close with. Roi had a nice solo in the middle there. Everyone was jammin to this song. Encore: We were all going crazy. I said to Ed, if they come out and play Two Step now it will make the concert. Let me just say before I get into the next few songs, it was drizzling and lightning sporadically throughout the show, but nothing much. Space Between: I like the song, and I was glad they played it. It sounded very nice. Everyone cheered when Dave said "will it rain today?" However it didn't go very well with Two Step (in my opinion). Two Step: When the opening chords came with Dave and Boyd, I freaked out. Jumping up and down, screaming, you know the deal. It was drizzling and lightning still. In the intro where Dave improvs the lyrics, he mumbled a bunch of stuff....then I heard something like "Let it rain down on us." I freaked out. 30 seconds later...it starts POURING. The rain came down in buckets. Everyone is screaming. The song is sounding great, but it was hard to hear with everyone screaming so loud. It even started hailing. Nobody cared about the rain, the hail. Everyone was enjoying the song, the fear of getting electricuted took over, but no one cared. Everyone was enjoying a beautiful Two Step..."celebrate we will, cuz life is short but sweet for certain." At one point in the song the stadium lights (not on the stage) - like for the advertisements and such - went out. The stadium was black except for the stuff on the stage. Dave walked to the tip of the stage and was playing in the storm. When they ended the song (it wasn't very jammed out, because of the storm) the whole place erupted in screams. And it kept going. When we walked out into the hallway (or whatever you call that place where you go to leave) everyone was screaming. Every fan was your best friend. People were saying to people they didn't even know how that was the best experience of their life. I could not believe what I had just experienced. I had not heard a crowd scream so much, after the band left the stage, and after people left their seats. IT was truly an amazing environment. The screaming continued when we got on the escalator. IT even continued when we got to the car - we heard everyone screaming from the stadium. That was the best experience in my life. I thank the boys, and I thank anyone who read this far.
This was a typical show this tour. Good songs were played but sandwiched between Ballad's Songs, which just killed the groove. Cut WTWE and you have a good start to a show, but then dave goes and plays I Did It and If I had it All which just killed the last four songs. Rapunzel is a great song, but anything is good after those two songs. STDH has got to be the worst song ever. I like how it went into Grace. DIDO was nice to hear, and it go the crowd moving. I can deal with What You Are but why not play Last Stop instead. One high point was LIOG which was amazing, great jam. Again dave killed the groove by playing Angel. I like true reflections but they play it way to often, it was a lot better when it was rare like in 98'-99'. Dave should bust out other oldieds like Pig or Proudest Monkey. The encore was sick as hell, I was behind the stage and saw the whole crowd, it was a sweet experiance. I mean this is not a terrible show, but stop playing everyday songs as fillers. Put them on the shelve and play oldies. Who cares if the teenyboppers don't like it, then they won't come anymore and it will be a better experiance next time. Well i am going to 3rd night, hoping it is better, peace all.
This is one of those things that you lay in bed at night and think back on. While it's going on you dont think about what is actually happening cause you are concentrating on "soaking" everything up and enjoying the show. The show all together i thought left a little to be desired. I feel like he was trying to prove that his new "studio" songs could be valuable live songs. I'm not saying that I dont love that style of music. LIOG was unbeleivable as was Granny and his other old songs, but I'm still not settled on whether i liked the way he played Angel or If I Had It All.. I'm sure they will just take some getting used to hearing them live. With that being said, I also think that it was the greatest show i have ever seen. WWYS as a finale was awesome. I'm not a big fan of Stay so to finally here a different song as a finale was cool.. But, i would assume this goes without saying, what made the concert was the encore.. It was like a great metaphor when the band came back out to play TSB.. The video shows the band playing in a downpour and that is exactly what happened when they started Two Step.. Everyone was waiting for the rain to come and it seems like Mother Nature was waiting for Dave's cue.. When he said "Let it Rain" and smiled and began in with the chorus, here came the rain.. I've never seen that much collective energy coming from so many people.. I didnt see anyone scrambling for the exits, which was pleasing.. It was exactly what everyone wanted and needed to end a great night.. I'll never forget this night.. Also, If anyone has a copy of this show, i'm willing to buy it.. Thanks.
....And who says Canadians don't love DMB? Me and three buddies of mine drove 7 hours from Montreal Canada to witness the greatest show of our lives. Let me start off by saying that although some people might have found the setlist to be a bit more on the modern side, the choices Dave made for the old stuff could not have been better. We were sitting in section 8 on the floor thanks greatly to the best fan association out there. Some highlights from the show were defiantly "A little Fishy" as Dave called it tonight, Dave's messing op of the first two verses of Granny and the 20 minute rendition of Lie in our Graves. Butch and Boyd closed off this amazing number the song with the sweetest jam these two ears have ever heard. ..But wait, there's more. As I'm sure all have you have already read, the encore was about the craziest experience one can have at a DMB show! Just as the first few notes of Two step were played..BOOM there was a clap of thunder followed by a huge lightning bolt. Then it started poring like people have never seen before. Hail was hitting me in the head as my friends and I rocked back and forth on top of our chairs begging for the heavens to BRING IT ON. The visibility was almost zero and we were all soaked to the bone. Then Dave (who was also quite wet) said "Thank y'all very much for comin tonight. This is an all weather event and Thank You Very Much". At that point people were going insane. The intensity stayed stable even during the long, wet walk back to the parking lot! This was only my 4th show, but I will never forget the night Dave played to a soaking, roaring crowd on 6/11/01. What a Night!...Come back y'all and see what I have to say about the show on the 12th!
What can i say about this show, the setlist was pretty good but i was hoping for a little better. The encore def. made this show what it was though. During TSB i drizzled but amazingly when Dave sang about rain in Two Step it just downpoured and the thunder and lightning came.I can not describe the energy the crowd had during this song and how much fun my friends and I all had. I loved every minute of it and I know that was a once in a life time experience. Great job DMB, see ya later this summer, and for Abby, Emily,and Katie-6/11/01 will never be forgotten
Oh My God... it was the best specticle I've ever seen. Now after RFK I was a little nervous but once everything started to flow it was all good. the overcast skys made for a red glow over the entire stadium. The crowd was GREAT tonighti was in section six of the floor and had great seats. the Media Player effects they had on teh big screens were sooo awesome. WTWE was a great opener. When all the lights when off everyone just lost it. GRANNY was something I wasn't expecting. FISH MONKEY MAN was really cool great lighting. I didn't really like this song until tonight. BARTENDER KICKED MAJOR ASS! It was on of the best songs tonight. The pennywhistle. The lighting was off the wall. just beautiful. I DID IT all i have to say about this song is better live. IF I HAD IT ALL was good but didnt get my blood boiling. PNP>RAPUNZEL best version I have ever heard. Dave brings out an electric guitar so I was thinking new song, then the PNP chords EVERYONE lost it. i was screaming my head off. They played the one song I wanted them to play. SLEEP TO DREAM HER was a good one to put in it really calmed everyone down. So did GRACE IS GONE. DIDO Got the crowd right back into it. the lights were crazy. Everyone was screaming and singing. SOO much energy it was great. WHAT YOU ARE really good live. You really find out that that the new songs are 100000X better live. FOOL TO THINK was great too lights were cool and got the crowd going. LIOG had to be at least 15 min long. The crowd loved it. the solos were off the hook. Boyd was amazing and Butch was awesome. ANGEL was great the Lovely Ladies sounded great at the end. TRUE REFELCTIONS was a good song to have before the end. WWYS great version the jam session was awsome, a little short but still great. NOW THE ENCORE!!! TSB was so good "will it rain today" everyone was screaming... I think we all wanted it too. TWO STEP a moment that will live with me for EVER. Stefans solo was out of this world. They start out with the usual intro. Dave improvs "Let it rain, Let it rain" not 10 sec. later it pours. So heavy i could bearly see. Everyone starts jumping up and down and singing and screaming. Everytime the crowd saw lighting everyone would scream. Everyones cloths were hanging off then it started to hail. And everyone lost it. There was so much energy it was f**kin awesome. Can't wait until Hershey.
goddamn..i'm not gonna bore you with pointless song by song review but just to describe some highlights...first: LIOG: probably the most peacefull moment of the show, the calm before the storm if you will (I'll get to it, like you don't already know!)..during the interlude, Butch and Boyd were phenominal and little by little the lighters came out, and everyone in the stadium had them out and it was like a candlelight vigil. Two Step: read everyone elses reviews, it don't get any better than DMB as one with Mother Nature
incredible...im still looking for an adequate adjective.. im not going to be redundant and repeat whats been said... but i took my so-called "conservative" friends... they looked SO bored during the opening acts... then the concert started and they really didnt get into it until DIDO or LIOG but then they found the groove i was in..... we just connected with the music without saying anything... and after the rain in the car they both grabbed my yearbook and started spouting their appreciation for dmb... "now i can listen to dmb's cds with enthusiasm" & "dave! thank you from the bottom of my heart!" one time IS all it takes to get addicted
Giants Stadium, a sweet place to see DMB play. High points of the concert were basically when they didnt play the Everyday songs. Best of Whats Around was pretty cool as always. Granny was awsome! Dave started singing in the chorus and then immediatly went into the first verse of the song and proceeded to sing the entire thing with the lovely ladies. Fish Monkey Man into Bartender was great. But i was disapointed that many people sat down during the song. I have to admit that the new album has done terrible things to the DMB fan population. It used to be devoted fans who knew every song on every album. This year it seems as if the fans are young teen girls who heard Everyday, loved it, and have heard a little of the older stuff. These girls stand up and dance around and sing only to the Everyday stuff, but when a song like Bartenter (which really isnt old at all) is played they just sit down and dont care. This needs to be changed. If Dave didnt play as many damn Everyday songs then there wouldnt be a problem. Back to the review! Two best songs: 1. Lie in our Graves - Kick ass DMB song with the sweetest Boyd solo i have ever heard. Dave just walked around on stage while Boyd went over to Butch and jammed his ass off. 2. Two Step - In my entire life i will never see as much energy in a song by a band and the crowd together again. They start the opening riff of the song and everyone goes crazy. They then went into Dave's opening verse which changes every time. By this time a terrible thunder storm was over us threatening to pour on us. Dave does his usual changing intro. I couldnt hear much but he was basiclly talking about being in NY and it about to rain. Then, right as they started the full band playing, it began to pour. The entire crowd went crazy. Everyone started to jump up and down and dance in the rain. Every lightning bolt everyone screamed, every clap of thunder the crowd made more noise. It was so loud at times that you could not hear the band. At the end of the song the crowd screamed as loud as they could for about a minute. Its nearly impossible to explain the energy at that concert. Everytime i hear Two Step i will always remember June 11, 2001 at Giants Stadium.
Im going to be very short- That was incredible. The rainstorm during the encore topped off a nice mixture of old and new songs. The 20 minute LIOG was classic. Butch adds a great sound to the show. I am looking for a copy of this show on CD. if anyone can help me, please email me!!!
First off, i have to say next show, i really hope i have better seats...because the people up in section 312 were the worst crowd i could have ever asked for. The group of girls that arrived dressed as if they were going to a rave and started screaming "i love you all" did NOT belong at this concert, and oooo could i have done without them. WTWE...not the best opener...BOWRA was great, as always...i was so happy about all the lillywhites, they truly made my night as did LIOG (most amazing version you could ever and i mean EVER ask for). Drive in Drive Out and True Reflections were very unexpected, which made it even better...This was my first time seeing the Lovely Ladies and i can only say they are GREAT...anyone who saw them on Angel will agree with me...they had so much soul and energy and it was simply amazing. And obviously, Two Step mixed with all the lightning and thunder was unbelievable. Overall, a WONDERFUL show, would have been better if the crowd around me had been better.
The DMB performance at Giants Stadium on 06/11/01 made me feel more alive than I've ever felt in my entire life. This thunderstorm kept teasing us the whole night with on-and-off drizzle and distant flashes of lightning. However, it wasn't until Dave said the words, "How I want to be within a crowd, looking up at the clouds, watching the rain fall over me" that the skies opened up and poured down on us. When the first dash of lightning crackled over my head, I was slightly nervous. And as I looked around, all I saw was a crowd of people looking up to the sky giving praise to one of the best collaborations that the music world has ever given birth to, THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND feat. MOTHER NATURE. And as I stood there cheering as loud as I could only to hear nothing at all, dancing in the pouring rain with my friends (and some complete strangers), I realized, if I die right now I don't care, because I am going to die amongst a crowd of thousands of people that are as happy as they've ever been in their entire life. I came home at about 2 a.m. that night tired as hell, but I layed down in my bed and couldn't sleep. I just kept running through that last half hour in my mind. Even when I woke up the next day, and the days after that, all I could think about was that night. It was the most amazing and surreal time of my entire life and whenever someone who wasn't there asks me about it, I just can't put it into words.
Well, 2nd show of the tour, my 6th overall and it was the greatest. Now Im not gonna discuss the electri- Rapunzel, the 20 minute long LIOG, the Best/Granny combo or the BEF>Bartender. The thing that made this show the greatest ever was the final song, Two Step. As Dave began with "Saaaaay, my love..." the skies OPENED UP! Im talking the largest thunder/lightning/hail storm Ive ever seen. NOBODY left. All anyone could see was just a mass of people screaming, dancing, singing and going crazy as the skies just let loose. The entire band got drenched, but jammed her out like none other. In between the verses "Do u believe that we" and "Came to me like wine", Dave and Boyd extended the guitar/plucking jam out and Dave came to the front of the stage and just went wild. By the end of the song nobody could hear a word or a note because of the tunder and the sound of the crowd. When it was over Stefan just dropped his bass and pumped his fists in the air, as if to say "Wow, that was unreal". And the boys walked the stage to give thanx to an amazing experience. Never again will I experience anything like this. Walking out of the stadium even people were still screaming and chanting "Dave, Dave, Dave". Ah, what a night....only to be topped by the next show...
What can I add? Just looking at all these reviews(and so many too!), if words could capture the moment...everyone has already done that. But honestly, if you were not there to experience it...you will never truly know what it was like. If there were a way to unite 70,000 DMB fans using one common bond, this is it. 25 DMB shows I have been more than fortunate to attend and if I can go to 25,000 more, nothing will compare to June 11th, 2001. Onto the show...I sat in my seat at 5:30 and immediatly knew there wouldn't be a problem like we had at RFK two nights earlier, everything was set up so perfectly on the floor...only lightning could break this set up(hehe). WTWE was the opener and I was a bit bummed by that...openers are huge in my book...not only to set the tone, but just might always be my favorite song in the set and to hear that one again gave me a blahhh feeling, oh well. BOWA is so beautiful and rocking, gets the crowd pumped after a slower newer song. Crowd was so full of energy, I cant say that enough. Granny was wonderful, it always is. The Fish song with 1000 titles was even better this time around and the transition to Bartender was smooth. One complaint, mic Leroi's pennywhistle better, it's such a beautiful instrument for both songs and its a shame it doesn't stand out more. I Did It got the crowd moving again and singing, loudly...I dig it a lot now. If I Had It All is just good, it really doesn't need much "tuning up" or "streaching out" it's fine where it is, some songs are perfect at 3 minutes. Now at this point I was a bid disapointed, I had heard all of the above songs, except for Granny, at the RFK show and I felt they were holding back a bit...the crowd was way into the show even thought the band wasnt giving off a super amount of energy. Two thumbs up for the crowd for staying into this one and knowing our boys would blow things up. PNP->Rapunzel on electric again was yet another song we were treated to at RFK but still nice and rocking, not the explosive energy it was on Saturday, but tight and rockin nonetheless. Butch's keyboard smokes on this song. STDH-->GIG was very slow but beautiful, no complaints at all, and Boyd has added a solo into Grace. To this point we had no solo's from Boyd. Is it just me or is he not as prominent anymore? DIDO was a welcome change and nice to hear as was What You Are which is really becoming powerful. Fool to Think was tight, same as we heard at RFK. LIOG really brought the crowd back and Boyd smoked this one, then duel jammed with Butch, then Butch brought it home with some sweet quiet stuff and than excellent dancing music....he closed it nicely too, Dave enjoyed it. Angel...what can you say? It is the best live one yet from Everyday, the ladies just make the song. True Reflections was wonderful again, although I was dreading of a repeat from RFK getting Stay at the end(which followed Angel and TR on Sat), but instead we got What Would You Say which really was at a nice dancin beat, good close. Encore...ohhhh the encore. Flashes and thunder picked up. Space Between was so beautiful and at every mention of rain in the lyrics, the crowd would cheer. They knew what was coming. Now onto Two Step. Where do I ever begin? $49.50...the most expensive of the 6 shows Im attending this summer and Two Step alone was worth double that. Whether they changed the song after Space B/W or it was planned like this, no song better compliments a storm than Two Step. During the opening with just Dave and Boyd lightning flashed over the stage, bolts running across the sky right above the boys...so beautiful and intense. Made the crowd go wild. It was like a boiling pot...it kept getting hotter and hotter just waiting to explode. Dave's improv opening about "let it rain" just made the crowd go nuts...and someone was listening upstairs, as the sky opened up like it never has before. We could have jumped into a pool with our clothes on and been dryer after about 30 seconds. The crowd went nuts in the rain. I cant describe this experience...one person in the tour archive described it as "pure energy"...it was. Everyone that was under the covered parts of the stadium came into the asile ways to dance and get soaked. The band was getting soaked too...Dave was 2stepping out into the rain. The crowd was so loud that you couldnt even hear the music at some points. In the middle of the song a huge crash of thunder went even above the insanity of the crowd, making everyone scream louder. They cut the song short with good reason, removing Butch's jam and going to the close. No words could ever do the moment justice...you just had to be there. The moment of my life, I will never forget it.
All that could be said about this show was AWSOME!!!! Greatest show I have ever been to. They started off with When the World Ends which got people goin. Then they went to a good version of Best of Whats Around that really got the crowd moving. Then Granny, the stadium exploded I thought it was unexpected, but one of my favorite songs and Dave and the boys did it great. A Little Fishy (Big Eyed Fish)was next very good then of course the fade into Bartender which was also very good. then I Did It, liked it. The fella's then calmed it down with If I Had It All. Then Pantala into Rapunzel for the second time this tour. All I can say is that it was the greatest version I have ever heard. Then another calming time with Sleep To Dream Her and Grace Is Gone. Drive In Drive Out which I never really liked was next but I thought it was really good tonight. Then What You Are this song started to grow on me before the show, after I simply love the song. Fool To Think was a good bathroom break for people. Then The best song of the night Lie in Our Graves just an incredible jam during this one i would say this song had to last at least 15 minutes, there was a time where I think Dave actually went off stage and just let the boys go to work but i could be wrong i may not have seen him behind the speakers, anyways this song was just awsome tonight and it included a little line from what i believe was "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Of course you had the fake Dave fans there who thought it was over after the jam but us true fans knew it wasn't over and Dave just bursted out with "I can't believe that we would lie in our graves....." you get the point. Then came Angel, a very long version but i liked it. Then Boyd broke out with True Reflections always a good song. Then came What would you say, again i'm gonna say it but it's true an excellent version. then came the encore........ A little bit of drizzle began coming down but no one was worried. Dave started with The Space Between very good. then came the most incredible part of the night. No other way to put it but an absolute downpoor started, thunder lightning hail wind. just cannot explain it. and on came Two Step The crowd was going absolutely nuts. awsome version again the thunder and lightening just added to the song. the oddest thiung of all was that not even 5 minutes after the show ended the rain and hail and everything just stopped. it was simply amazing. I definetly remember this concert for the rest of my life.
The show was absolutely amazing, and I obviously can't say anything more about the Two Step encore. However, am I the only person who heard "Rain" by the Beatles in the middle of Lie in Our Graves. That was ridiculous. It completely topped the night for me, besides the encore of course.
Wow! This show will never be topped! Two Step, Two Step, Two Step! Thunder, Lightning and a lot of Rain! This show will forever live in my mind...from When the World Ends to Bartender to Two Step, this show was truly un-fucking believable! If your reading this, then you were there and we will forever be bonded from this night! If your reading this and wish you were there, just close your eyes and imagine it and taste the Rain, see the Lightning and feel the Thunder! GO Dave!