LOS ANGELES – The Dave Matthews Band [ tickets ] has added a pair of new shows to its current tour slate behind the band’s hot-selling new album, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.” The Sept. 9 and 10 shows at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre come immediately after the band’s three-night stand at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. The group, which continues the trek tomorrow night (6/19) near Pittsburgh, will head overseas for a European tour leg later this month. Tickets for the two LA shows go on sale to the general public starting Friday (6/ 19). Details for the group’s US tour dates are included below, and international dates are posted at DMB’s website. Last weekend, the band drew more than 50,000 fans to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a pair of outdoor concerts. State-park police made 34 arrests and issued 58 appearance tickets to concertgoers over the weekend, according to local authorities. “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” which hit stores earlier this month, marks the band’s first studio set since the death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore last summer. Guitarist Tim Reynolds returned to the studio with the band for the record–his first recording with DMB since 1998′s “Before These Crowded Streets.” The set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in early June, moving about 424,000 copies during its first week on store shelves to make the album the third-highest selling debut of the year, behind Eminem’s “Relapse” (608,000 copies) and U2′s “No Line on the Horizon” (484,000 copies), according to Nielsen SoundScan retail figures as reported by Billboard. Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), “Big Whiskey” is the follow-up to 2005′s “Stand Up,” the fourth consecutive Dave Matthews Band effort to enter the US album chart at No. 1. In addition to DMB members Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar), Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass) and Boyd Tinsley (violin), the group will be joined on the road by Reynolds, trumpeter Rashawn Ross and saxophonist Jeff Coffin.
A star-studded medley of musical guests played tribute to Pete Seeger at a benefit concert for the legendary folk singer’s 90th birthday. Bruce Springsteen , Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Ani DiFranco and John Mellencamp were among the 40 musicians performing in Madison Square Garden for the Sunday night show, a benefit to raise awareness for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, an organization Seeger started to preserve and protect the Hudson River. A lone light shone on Seeger as he opened the show playing a flute solo called “Menomonee Love Song.” As the lights came up, they revealed the outline of a sloop, fitting for an event dubbed the Clearwater Concert after the organization’s vessel, the gaff sloop Clearwater. The crowd ranged from teens to octogenarians and perhaps even older. Springsteen brought them to laughter as he introduced Seeger. “He’s gonna look a lot like your granddad that wears flannel shirts and funny hats. He gonna look like your granddad if your granddad can kick your ass,” the Boss said. “At 90, he remains a stealth dagger through the heart of our country’s illusions about itself.” John Mellencamp came out early and performed, “If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song).” “It was the very first song I learned how to play on guitar,” he said. Most of the evening consisted of multiple artists performing together with one highlight coming before the intermission. Pete Seeger joined by Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, and others for a spiritual version of “We Shall Overcome.” Arlo Guthrie, son of folk legend Woody Guthrie, was joined by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep.” Tom Morello was the evening’s interloper, performing four numbers with different artists. The most impressive was his duet with Springsteen near the end of the show. The pair traded verses on Springsteen’s “the Ghost of Tom Joad.” The former Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist also performed “John Henry” with Tom Paxton, and “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy,” with Taj Mahal. Dave Matthews told the crowd: “The first concert that my mother took me to was Pete Seeger.” Then he launched into a searing version of “Whiskey Rye Whiskey.” Seeger and the rest of the evening’s performers came on stage for an extended cover of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is My Land.” They came back on for several encores and at the end brought out the entire Seeger family. Proceeds from the event will go toward preserving and protecting the Hudson River.
Dave Matthews Band announce a special headline show at the O2 Academy Brixton on Thursday 25th June, this is a more intimate show for the band who three days later will play to a sold out crowd with Bruce Springsteen at Hard Rock Calling in London’s Hyde Park.
Formed in Virginia in the USA in the early 1990’s, Dave Matthews Band has sold a collective 35 million albums and over 15 million concert tickets. Dave Matthews Band was recently named the top-drawing American band in the world by Billboard magazine.
Renowned for its eclectic sound, the band’s numerous hits include “What Would You Say,” “Crash Into Me,” ‘Too Much,’ ‘Everyday’ and “American Baby.” Stand Up, released in 2005, was Dave Matthews Band’s fourth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 in Billboard magazine.
The band will launch an extensive tour in April 2009 to promote its upcoming new album produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Alanis Morissette).
THURSDAY 25th JUNE O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON, LONDON
For more info go to www.davematthewsband.com
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