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Live Trax Vol. 41 and a History of Before These Crowded Streets From a Dave & Tim Perspectiveadded on 6/10/2017
With the release of Live Trax vol 41 (3.13.99) as well as Rapunzel and Pig now being played on tour, it's a good time to take a deep dive into the 1999 Dave and Tim Tour and how the duo have utilized Before These Crowded Streets over the past two decades. In 2017, it's hard to imagine a time that an "Acoustic Evening With Dave and Tim" was almost as much of a staple in the schedule as the annual Summer Tour. While it was only three out of four years, when the first true tour started on February 1, 1996, it also was really the first year that their names were big enough to support this type of tour. They followed this short, mostly Midwest and East Coast tour with a longer nationwide tour in 1997. When Dave and Tim weren't touring together, the band toured almost non-stop from April 1996 - July 1997, the final step in their growth out of small theatres and into amphitheatres and arenas.  The off-year without a D+T was focused on Streets. While details and recording dates of any studio sessions seem a closely-guarded secret, you can assume that even if they weren't actively in the studio in the winter, the decision not to tour was due to the album sessions.
 
To set the stage, in the time between the 1997 Dave and Tim Tour and the end of 1998, DMB grew exponentially. Amphitheatres grew into a few stadium shows including a VH-1 special, a trip to Europe and South America, and the release of what is still considered their key album. Before These Crowded Streets ended the Titanic Soundtrack's 16-week streak at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts in its debut week. They also began a series of live releases in late 1997 (at this point today they have released 97 full shows), the radio was still playing hits from their previous album between plays from the current. One of the most lauded stretches in DMB history is the November 30 - December 8 arena run. While Bela Fleck & the Flecktones had been opening since mid-November and some of their best collaborations occurred in that first week, it is this run that is most memorable. What doesn't appear on setlist sites such as ours is that on December 4, the day after an epic two-night run at Madison Square Garden, The Warehouse - a new official DMB fan group was announced on a brand new dmband.com. Then on December 6th, after another excellent standalone show in Albany on the 5th, the 1999 Dave and Tim Winter Tour was announced. Finally on December 9th, a day after they closed this landmark run with two shows in Worcester (the latter fittingly released as the initial entry in the Live Trax series), they announced that Live at Luther College would be released on January 19, 1999 - the day the tour was to begin.
 
The 1999 Dave and Tim Winter Tour was the last regular full tour to have tickets sold outside of the Warehouse. Most of the venues were theatres on college campuses, and the colleges themselves had the right to sell tickets to their students before they went on sale to the public. Often times the shows sold out within an hour and if you didn't have a student friend with an ID, you had to scramble. This also populated the venues with mostly younger fans, many of whom knew Dave to be a massive rock star and therefore the show was to be a rock show complete with campus-style pre-game. The difference in crowd involvement - or distraction, is remarkable between the 1997 and 1999 tours. Many reports from shows said that Dave was visually frustrated by crowds at times, many times he playfully (maybe) mocked the crowds as sounding like WWF crowds. On a few occasions, he commented during shows about crowds from previous shows and how loud they were. On even fewer occasions, he remarked about how quiet they were. On one particular occasion on 2.7.99, proactive fans printed flyers and had them all around campus explaining that this was not a standard DMB show.
 
Instead of a location-to-location description of the tour let's take a musical look at what made the tour different from the other (you can go to the tour opener here, and click next show through the tour if you'd like). The most obvious difference is the introduction of the songs from Before These Crowded Streets:
 
Pantala Naga Pampa - This introductory track was born in an acoustic setting as an outro to Jimi Thing in 1994, replacing the full band solo-laden jam. The music and lyrics were new and because the shift from the end of Jimi to the outro contained a clear break. The fan-named What Will Become of Me has always been considered a separate song in the community. When Streets was released, after the first few bars of PNP, the main riff of What Will Become of Me is played with the welcoming lyrics that we're all now accustomed to. Starting on the 1999 tour, Jimi Thing was played as it was before (although with a new breakdown section containing quotes from the traditional "You Shook Me"), then a full What Will Become of Me (sometimes without lyrics), before the lyrics to PNP and the familiar end.
 
Rapunzel - This was played at every single full U.S. show in 1998 except one (12.15.98). It was obvious that this would be a mainstay of the tour. However, it was played at three of the first four shows, then dropped entirely from their rotation. Dave comments on a fan request during a show in 1999 that they tried it, but without Carter's backbeat it just didn't work. They didn't attempt it again for over 18 years until they broke it out on 1.26.17 in Grand Prairie. This is also the only time that the duo played Pantala Naga Pampa preceding it. As 2017 has progressed, Rapunzel has remained a regular setlist selection.
 
The Last Stop - This one is tricky, but it always has been. The band and Dave are aware of the Last Stop contingent. In an odd way, he has been the author of the story. At times seems annoyed by demands for it, other times accepting and acknowledging it. He has given interviews where he has explained that loves the song as much as we do, to the point where they only play it when he's totally feeling it because that's what the fans and the song deserve. Back then, it was different. It was still played at most venues on the 1998 tours, but it wasn't until near the end of the 1999 tour that they tried it. While the song is full of orchestration and important parts are driven by the rest of the band, there wasn't the empty space that Rapunzel contained when they weren't there. The two performances of this on the tour weren't lacking in the least, partially aided by playing the song on the 12-string - a new addition to his repertoire. Even after the 3.3.99 debut version (full show released as a DMBlive entry), it took another week and half before it was played again on 3.13.99. After these flawless performances complete with super-smooth segues into the reprise outro, it has not been played by Dave and Tim since (the latter also released on Live Trax vol. 41, obviously).
 
Don't Drink the Water - The first single from Before These Crowded Streets immediately became a Dave and Tim standard, and was one of two songs played at all 40 shows on the 1999 tour (Jimi Thing with outros is the other). A barely formed version of this song debuted on at the end of the 1996 Dave and Tim tour, and throughout the next year it was reworked and played almost every night of the 1997 Summer Tour before taking its final form in the studio. Most notable about this tour's versions is that first it retained the "This Land is Your Land" section that was dropped in the studio. The 1996 versions of the song were originally called "Weight of the World" by fans based on a repeated lyric in the debut version on 2.18.96. When the song returned the next year, it was redubbed Leave Me Praying. With the release of Live Trax vol. 23, we combined "Weight of the World" into Leave Me Praying as there was very little difference between the two other than tradition. The pre-BTCS versions are still different enough to keep separate from DDTW proper, though you can't mistake them as related. Early in the 1999 tour a droning intro with mostly impromptu lyrics was added before fading directly into the proper Don't Drink the Water. As lyrics to the introductory song changed night to night, some found a foothold throughout the tour and a chorus was added. Fans had been calling it "Reconcile Our Differences" based on a lyric from the debut version, but in a late tour radio interview, Dave said that he was calling the song Bartender. Bartender and Digging a Ditch were the two new original songs to debut during the tour. These songs combined with the two collaborations with Carlos Santana: Love of My Life & what was John the Revelator then renamed Rain Down on Me and evolved into JTR; this is where the story of the abandoned "Lillywhite Sessions" musically begins.

Stay (Wasting Time) - Another single from BTCS and one of the most played DMB songs in 1998 didn't find traction at first on the Dave and Tim tour. It was played just one time in the first three weeks. Then on the aforementioned 2.7.99, they brought it back but in a new 6/8 meter giving it an entirely different feel and it was played at most shows the rest of the tour. These were the last Dave and Tim performances of Stay until the Mexico weekend in early 2017. Moving forward, it has been played in the standard 4/4 meter since, and those 1999 versions represent one of the most unique alterations to a song in the band's history.
 
Halloween - Going into February 17, 1999, Halloween had only been played by Dave and Tim one time - by fan request in the encore of the 2.6.96 Live at Luther College show. A two song encore with Warehouse closing was fairly standard during that stretch of the tour. So it was a major surprise when after Warehouse, they erupted into Halloween to end to the show. It was played regularly through the rest of the tour, sometimes paired with I'll Back You Up, with Dave noting that the two songs are about the same woman. Since the 1999 tour, Dave and Tim had only played it one other time in 2011 until a few (so far) 2017 performances.
 
The Stone - This became a Dave and Tim standard almost immediately. It was played at every show of the 1999 tour after the first week and with a few exceptions it was played in the first act (pre-Tim solo #1). While Leroi played a brief clip of "Can't Help Falling in Love" on the studio version, each performance on the tour concluded with Dave singing the first few lines, a tradition that fans and sometimes the band carry on today. The Stone has remained a popular selection for Dave and Tim to this day
 
Crush - Along with Don't Drink the Water, Crush was the highlighted song of the tour. It was enjoying success as a single and fit in the acoustic setting perfectly. It opened the most shows of tour (10 out of 40), though occasionally Dave stopped after a few bars to retune. Most telling about where the song fit in at the time, near the end of the tour Dave and Tim recorded a Storytellers taping. They played a full show with a lot of stories (not all that different from a normal show), with some re-takes then edited into an hour-long TV show. This version of Crush was cut into a music video and was also released as its own single. Since 1999, almost every type of Dave and Tim performance has seen them perform this song whether it was in the Dave and Friends acoustic set, Europe 2007 tour, the Caravan shows, and even in the acoustic sets in 2014 and 2015 - occasionally giving relief to Oh and Bartender.
 
The Dreaming Tree - This was not played on the 1999 Dave and Tim tour. It was requested by the crowd at a few shows that tour and Dave notably replied that he loved the song but he did almost nothing on it and it was driven by the band. However, they finally tried it a handful of times during one of the more exceptional periods for the song in 2007 and 2008. The last of these was released on the By the People: For the People Soundtrack which is worth going as far out of your way to track down as necessary.
 
Pig - While its predecessor Don't Burn the Pig was played a few times on the 1996 and 1997 tours, Pig was one of two songs on the first four DMB albums that had not been attempted by Dave and Tim (#34 is the remaining holdout - though a distant recording of the 2.23.97 soundcheck that contains #34 with lyrics is available in the community). Stunningly, Dave and Tim finally broke out a full BTCS-style performance for the first time on 6.3.17 in Philadelphia.
 
Spoon - Unless you were very lucky, going to a Dave and Tim show was about the only way you were seeing Spoon for a long time. It debuted at the Winter Park American Music Festival the duo played in 1997 right after the tour ended and before they went into the studio. After that, unless you were at a radio taping, assaulted by crickets in Dallas, or in the right place at the right time in Cincinnati, you would have only seen this on a Dave and Tim tour until 2003. In fact as of this writing, Dave and Tim have played this more times than the band themselves (30 to 18). The performances from late in the 1999 tour are notable because after Dave started playing a 12-string on the tour for Wild Horses, a song that they began covering mid-way through the tour. This was the first confirmed time that he played a 12-string on stage since a Dave and Tim version of Recently on the DMBlive release of 6.13.93. Note that there are possibly other songs that we don't know about. From then on, he used the 12-string on Spoon regularly throughout the rest of the tour, and career for that matter
 
While the focus of this has been on Before These Crowded Streets, there are other songs that were unique on this tour that are worth a mention. Seek Up had been played fairly regularly by Dave and Tim on the 1996 tour, but none had the reprise outro until 1999. One of these versions is on the DMBlive Salt Lake City release. Little Thing was mostly dropped, but played at the request of a fan on 1.27.99. Dave explained that it wouldn't be the normal story, but about lonely drunk woman at bar before nailing a lyrically flawless performance - especially impressive considering the song was played on a whim and this new story had never been sang publicly before or after this version. #40 was one of the first sign campaigns, and it was actually successful. The signs started on the Fall Tour and led to a few teases before a partial version was played to open the encore the first night of the tour, then again once later in the tour before it was elevated during the band's Summer Tour. New covers If I Had a Boat, Wild Horses, The Temple (one-off) were performed. Also prior to this tour, Tim's solo selection was had been limited to one of around seven songs. This tour he played close to twenty different songs alone.

Live Trax volume 41 is now available for purchase from the DMB store here. As mentioned briefly above, this is full show #97 that the band have released through one series or another, a major milestone worth attention. Here is the official write-up from band management:

After a two-month tour in 1999, Dave and Tim closed their acoustic run on the evening of March 13 at the Berkeley Community Theater in Berkeley, CA. The duo’s time on the road leading up to this night shows as the performance is exceptional. From the first note of the “Granny” opener, to the encore of "Digging A Ditch”, "Lover Lay Down", and "Ants Marching,” there is not an ill note throughout. And yet, it’s not only DMB favorites that shine; but also Tim’s skilled playing of his complex original compositions, as well as fantastic covers of Daniel Lanois’ "For The Beauty of Wynona" and Lyle Lovett’s "If I Had A Boat", make this show a true listening pleasure. This intimate performance has been mixed from the original multitrack tapes.
Where's that confounded bridge?added on 11/14/2016
Here is an update of our table of full shows that have been released:


#DateShow TypeVenueCity, StateRelease TypeRelease Date
18.15.95DMBRed Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, COstandard10.28.97
22.6.96Dave & TimCFL Auditorium (Luther College)Decorah, IAstandard1.19.99
39.11.99DMBContinental Airlines ArenaEast Rutherford, NJstandard11.23.99
412.19.98DMBUnited CenterChicago, ILstandard10.23.01
57.11.01DMBFolsom Field (UC–Boulder)Boulder, COstandard11.5.02
69.24.03DMBCentral ParkNew York, NYstandard11.18.03
76.11.04Dave & FriendsBonnaroo Music FestivalManchester, TNLive Bonnaroo6.12.04
89.6.02DMBThe Gorge AmphitheatreGeorge, WAstandard6.29.04
99.7.02
109.8.02
1112.8.98DMBWorcester CentrumWorcester, MALive Trax 111.2.04
129.12.04DMBGolden Gate ParkSan Francisco, CALive Trax 212.17.04
138.27.00DMBMeadows Music TheatreHartford, CTLive Trax 33.17.05
144.30.96DMBClassic AmphitheaterRichmond, VALive Trax 49.2.05
159.9.05DMBRed Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, COstandard11.29.05
169.10.05
179.11.05
189.12.05
198.23.95DMBBaldwin Memorial Pavilion (Oakland University)Rochester Hills, MILive Trax 55.26.06
207.7.06DMBFenway ParkBoston, MALive Trax 69.26.06
217.8.06
2212.31.96DMBHampton ColiseumHampton, VALive Trax 712.12.06
238.7.04DMBAlpine Valley Music TheatreEast Troy, WILive Trax 83.20.07
243.23.07DMBMGM GrandLas Vegas, NVLive Trax 96.5.07
253.24.07
264.22.07Dave & TimRadio City Music HallNew York, NYstandard8.14.07
279.8.07DMBPiedmont ParkAtlanta, GAstandard12.11.07
285.25.07DMBAtlantic PavilionLisbon, PORLive Trax 1011.6.07
298.29.00DMBSaratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Springs, NYLive Trax 113.25.08
305.5.95DMBL.B. Day AmphitheaterSalem, ORLive Trax 127.8.08
316.7.08DMBBusch StadiumSt. Louis, MOLive Trax 1310.14.08
327.20.08DMBDick's Sporting Goods ParkCommerce City, COstandard12.16.08
334.22.93Dave & TimPrism CoffeehouseCharlottesville, VADMBlive12.19.08
344.26.94DMBTown Point ParkNorfolk, VADMBlive12.19.08
3510.22.94DMBBlue NoteColumbia, MODMBlive12.19.08
3610.24.02Dave soloBenaroya HallSeattle, WADMBlive12.19.08
373.29.03Dave & TimHolmes Convocation Center (Appalachian State)Boone, NCDMBlive12.19.08
381.9.04Dave soloChina ClubNew York, NYDMBlive12.23.08
396.28.08DMBNissan PavilionBristow, VALive Trax 143.24.09
408.9.08DMBAlpine Valley Music TheatreEast Troy, WILive Trax 156.2.09
413.26.94DMBIrving PlazaNew York, NYDMBlive7.22.09
426.26.00DMBRiverbend Music CenterCincinnati, OHLive Trax 169.15.09
434.10.93DMBThe BayouWashington, DCDMBlive9.16.09
445.10.95DMBWarfield TheatreSan Francisco, CADMBlive9.16.09
451.27.93DMBThe Flood ZoneRichmond, VADMBlive11.30.09
466.26.09DMBBrixton AcademyLondon, ENGstandard (DVD)12.22.09
477.5.09DMBPiazza NapoleoneLucca, ITAstandard
4812.12.09Dave & TimPlanet Hollywood TheaterLas Vegas, NVstandard2.9.10
4910.24.96DMBFrank Erwin CenterAustin, TXDMBlive2.25.10
507.6.97DMBShoreline AmphitheatreMountain View, CALive Trax 175.4.10
5112.21.92DMBThe BayouWashington, DCDMBlive6.8.10
526.4.96DMBGTE Virginia Beach AmphitheaterVirginia Beach, VALive Trax 188.31.10
532.25.95DMBKirby Fieldhouse (Lafayette College)Easton, PADMBlive9.14.10
549.30.08DMBVivo RioRio de Janeiro, BRALive Trax 1911.9.10
557.17.10DMBCiti FieldFlushing, NYstandard11.9.10
5611.26.94DMBBackstage TheatreSeattle, WADMBlive1.19.11
578.19.93DMBWetlands PreserveNew York, NYLive Trax 205.15.11
589.17.10DMBWrigley FieldChicago, ILstandard5.31.11
599.18.10
607.20.95DMBMud Island River Park AmphitheatreMemphis, TNDMBlive9.29.11
619.9.96DMBOak Mountain AmphitheatrePelham, ALDMBlive9.29.11
626.26.11DMBBader FieldAtlantic City, NJstandard12.16.11
638.4.95DMBSOMASan Diego, CALive Trax 212.28.12
646.13.93Dave & TimMemphisRichmond, VADMBlive3.15.12
657.14.10DMBToyota Pavilion at Montage MountainScranton, PALive Trax 226.12.12
663.2.94DMBMasquerade NightclubTampa, FLDMBlive6.20.12
672.19.96Dave & TimWhittemore Center Arena (UNH)Durham, NHLive Trax 2312.11.12
682.8.97Dave & TimSpartanburg Memorial AuditoriumSpartanburg, SCLive Trax 2412.11.12
694.7.95DMBCameron Indoor Stadium (Duke)Durham, NCDMBlive5.1.13
705.30.06DMBUMB Bank PavilionMaryland Heights, MOLive Trax 255.21.13
713.25.95DMBThe Revolver ClubMadrid, ESPDMBlive5.29.13
727.30.03DMBSleep Train AmphitheatreWheatland, CALive Trax 268.6.13
732.8.95DMBPalace TheatreAlbany, NYDMBlive8.15.13
7410.14.10DMBLuna ParkBuenos Aires, ARGLive Trax 2711.12.13
7511.19.10DMBJohn Paul Jones Arena (UVa)Charlottesville, VALive Trax 2812.17.13
763.3.99Dave & TimKingsbury Hall (U of U)Salt Lake City, UTDMBlive1.14.14
776.1.13DMBBlossom Music CenterCuyahoga Falls, OHLive Trax 294.15.14
787.28.92DMBTraxCharlottesville, VADMBlive6.12.14
796.30.00DMBSoldier FieldChicago, ILWolfgang's Vault2014*
806.23.01DMBTweeter CenterCamden, NJLive Trax 319.16.14
818.23.14DMBGreek TheatreBerkeley, CALive Trax 3212.9.14
824.5.95DMBThe AcademyNew York, NYDMBlive3.25.15
831.31.95DMBLupo's Heartbreak HotelProvidence, RILive Trax 335.5.15
846.24.99DMBDeer Creek Music CenterNoblesville, INLive Trax 347.17.15
8510.14.94DMBGeorgia TheatreAthens, GADMBlive9.3.15
866.20.09DMBPost-Gazette PavilionBurgettstown, PALive Trax 3510.16.15
8711.30.98DMBFirst Union CenterPhiladelphia, PADMBlive12.9.15
887.26.15DMBAlpine Valley Music TheatreElkhorn, WILive Trax 3612.11.15
892.22.94DMBTraxCharlottesville, VADMBlive3.3.16
9011.11.92DMBTraxCharlottesville, VALive Trax 374.15.16
916.8.96DMBSaratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Springs, VALive Trax 387.15.16
924.14.96Dave soloSweet Briar CollegeSweet Briar, VAstandard8.19.16
934.6.94DMBGeorgia TheatreAthens, GADMBlive10.17.16
9410.31.98DMBThe Arena in OaklandOakland, CALive Trax 3911.4.16
9512.21.02DMBMadison Square GardenNew York, NYLive Trax 4012.9.16

*This show was released sometime in 2014, but as it was released pretty quietly, it's been tough to pinpoint an exact release date.

The following stats are as of Live Trax Vol. 40:

Click here for a song chart for all officially released shows (full shows only).

Most-released songs:
70: Ants Marching
62: Jimi Thing, Warehouse
59: Tripping Billies
58: Two Step
57: Dancing Nancies
56: Satellite
45: All Along the Watchtower
41: Crash into Me
40: Lie in Our Graves

Least-released songs (with 10 or more plays at DMB, D&T, or Dave solo shows):
4: #27, Alligator Pie, American Baby, Joyride, Let You Down, Still Water, Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd, Sugar Will, Sweet Up and Down
3: Angel, Belly Belly Nice, Busted Stuff, Butterfly, Cortez the Killer, Down by the River, Fool to Think, Get in Line, If I Had It All, Kit Kat Jam, Rooftop, Rye Whiskey, Shotgun, So Right, Spotlight, Steady as We Go, Sweet, Write a Song
2: #34, Beach Ball, Break Free, Crazy Easy, Deed Is Done, Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives), Exodus, For the Beauty of Wynona, Gaucho, Good Good Time, Leave Me Praying, The Needle and the Damage Done, Sledgehammer, Sleep to Dream Her, Snow Outside, Stand Up (For It), Time of the Season, Waste
1: Baby Blue, Belly Full, Black and Blue Bird, Blackjack, Broken Things, A Dream So Real, Dreamed I Killed God, Drunken Soldier, Funny How Time Slips Away, If I Had a Boat, If Only, Mercy, Money, The Riff, Tangerine*, Wild Horses
0: (Don't Fear) The Reaper, Be Yourself, Bismarck, Bob Law, Death on the High Seas, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard*, People People, Redemption Song*, Runnin' Down a Dream, Samurai Cop, Sugar Man, Take Me to Tomorrow, Virginia in the Rain, Watermelon Smilin' on the Vine, A Whiter Shade of Pale
*fewer than 10 plays on record but most likely 10+ plays when unknown setlists are taken into account

Songs played more than once by Dave & Tim but never released by them:
#36, Big Eyed Fish, Blue Water, Busted Stuff, Can't Stop, Cryptorchid, Digging a Ditch, Dive In, Don't Burn the Pig, For the Beauty of Wynona, If I Had Words, If Only, Pantala Naga Pampa, Rapunzel, Rhyme & Reason, Snow Outside, Spoon, Take Me to Tomorrow, Watermelon Smilin' on the Vine, A Whiter Shade of Pale

Most-released songs by Dave & Friends:
1: Every song that was played at Bonnaroo
0: Every song that wasn't played at Bonnaroo

Most-released song from each album:
Under the Table and Dreaming: Ants Marching (70)
Crash: Tripping Billies (59)
Before These Crowded Streets: Don't Drink the Water (35)
Everyday: Everyday (31)
Busted Stuff: Grey Street (29)
Some Devil: Gravedigger (21)
Stand Up: You Might Die Trying (17)
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: Why I Am, You & Me (13)
Away from the World: Belly Belly Nice, Rooftop, Sweet (3)

Least-released song from each album:
Under the Table and Dreaming: #34 (2)
Crash: Let You Down (4)
Before These Crowded Streets: Spoon (5)
Everyday: Mother Father, Sleep to Dream Her (2)
Busted Stuff: Busted Stuff, Kit Kat Jam (3)
Some Devil: Baby (0)
Stand Up: Stand Up (For It) (2)
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: Baby Blue (1)
Away from the World: Belly Full, Broken Things, Drunken Soldier, If Only, Mercy, The Riff (1)

Least-released venues (with 20 or more DMB, D&T, D&F, or Dave solo shows):
1: The Flood Zone [Richmond, VA] (75+ shows), Xfinity Theatre [Hartford, CT] (38), Klipsch Music Center [Noblesville, IN] (37), BB&T Pavilion [Camden, NJ] (35), Shoreline Amphitheatre [Mountain View, CA] (29), First Niagara Pavilion [Burgettstown, PA] (27), Riverbend Music Center [Cincinnati, OH] (20), Jiffy Lube Live [Bristow, VA] (20)
0: Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre [West Palm Beach, FL] (29), Xfinity Center [Mansfield, MA] (24), Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion [The Woodlands, TX] (23), Walnut Creek Amphitheatre [Raleigh, NC] (21), PNC Music Pavilion [Charlotte, NC] (20)

Full-show releases by type:
standard: 24
Live Trax: 41
DMBlive: 28
other: 2

Full-show releases by performer(s):
Dave Matthews Band: 82
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: 9
Dave Matthews & Friends: 1
Dave Matthews solo: 3

Full-show releases by year:
1991: | 0
1992: ---| 3
1993: -----| 5 (3 DMB, 2 D&T)
1994: --------| 8
1995: ------------| 12
1996: ---------| 9 (6 DMB, 2 D&T, 1 Dave solo)
1997: --| 2 (1 DMB, 1 D&T)z
1998: ----| 4
1999: ---| 3 (2 DMB, 1 D&T)
2000: ----| 4
2001: --| 2
2002: -----| 5 (4 DMB, 1 Dave solo)
2003: ---| 3 (2 DMB, 1 D&T)
2004: ----| 4 (2 DMB, 1 D&F, 1 Dave solo)
2005: ----| 4
2006: ---| 3
2007: -----| 5 (4 DMB, 1 D&T)
2008: -----| 5
2009: ----| 4 (3 DMB, 1 D&T)
2010: ------| 6
2011: -| 1
2012: | 0
2013: -| 1
2014: -| 1
2015: -| 1
2016: | 0
Liberation List -- NEW LIBERATION --added on 6/24/2016

Here is the updated liberation list, including the most recent liberation.

#SongMissing SinceDays SinceShows SinceNotes
1People People1.26.9385501894teased by Stefan in 2012
2Spotlight10.22.9382811769teased once in 1994 and once in 1997
3Get in Line12.31.9478461534reportedly soundchecked in 1999
4Little Thing4.30.9673601375played regularly by Dave & Tim and Dave solo; some full-band partials in 2012
5Let You Down6.20.9769441224played by Dave & Tim in 1997; teased by Stefan in 2003 & 2013; played by Dave solo in 2015
6For the Beauty of Wynona9.10.005766982played by Dave solo in 2002 and by Dave & Tim in 2003
7Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard5.5.015529950played by Dave & Paul Simon in 2014
8Mother Father8.26.015416901
9Angel from Montgomery8.26.015416901played by Dave & Tim in 2009; played by Dave & Brandi Carlile in 2011 and 2012; played by Dave solo in 2015
10Angel7.5.034738792
11Time of the Season3.23.073381555
12Stand Up (For It)10.1.073189499partially played several times in 2010
13Exodus10.2.073188498
14#406.21.082925480teased and partially played often; played by Dave solo on 7.4.15
15Dream So Real, A6.21.082925480
16Money (That's What I Want)7.26.082890464
17Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)8.30.082855445sister song played by Dave solo on 1.21.14
18Money9.6.082848442
19Blue Water4.25.092617428played occasionally by Dave & Tim; teased or partially played occasinally by full band (most recently in 2014)
20Melissa9.29.092460351
 Sugar Will3.7.102253332-=LIBERATED on 5.7.16=-
21Road6.18.102198313only ever played with Danny Barnes as a guest
22Hello Again6.30.102186307
23Some Devil7.21.102165296played regularly by Dave solo
24Baby Blue8.27.102128282played by Dave solo in 2011 and 2012
25Sweet Up and Down8.31.102124280
26Busted Stuff9.3.102121279
27Break for It9.5.102119277
 Last Stop, The11.20.101995256-=LIBERATED on 5.7.16=-
28Kill the King6.26.111825250
29American Baby Intro9.18.111741238
 Break Free9.17.111704245-=LIBERATED on 5.17.16=-
 Dive In9.16.111702245-=LIBERATED on 5.14.16=-
30If I Had It All5.19.121497236
31Blackjack6.2.121483228
32Beach Ball7.20.121435203played by Dave solo in 2014 and 2015
33Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives)5.17.131134172
34Sleep to Dream Her5.29.131122165
35What You Are5.31.131120164
36True Reflections6.15.131105159
37Help Myself6.29.131091152
38Good Times Bad Times6.29.131091152
39JTR7.3.131087150
40Eh Hee7.3.131087150
41Time Bomb7.6.131084148chorus occasionally interpolated into the intro of Two Step
 Fool to Think7.9.131081169-=LIBERATED on 6.24.16=-
42Alligator Pie7.13.131077144played by Dave & Tim on 1.15.14
43Broken Things7.24.131066139
44Kit Kat Jam7.26.131064138
 Dreamgirl7.6.131042152-=LIBERATED on 5.13.16=-
45Joyride8.30.131029133
46Crazy Easy8.30.131029133
47Gaucho9.1.131027131
 Shotgun7.23.131023143-=LIBERATED on 5.11.16=-
48#349.7.131021128
49Runnin' Down a Dream9.7.131021128
50(Don't Fear) The Reaper9.8.131020127

There are 190 total qualifying songs, 133 of which are not currently on the list. Additional qualifying songs are #34, #41, (Don't Fear) The Reaper, All Along the Watchtower, Alligator Pie, American Baby, Ants Marching, Bartender, Be Yourself, Belly Belly Nice, Best of What's Around, The, Big Eyed Fish, Black and Blue Bird, Break Free, Broken Things, Burning Down the House, Can't Stop, Captain, Christmas Song, Corn Bread, Cortez the Killer, Crash into Me, Crazy Easy, Crush, Cry Freedom, Dancing Nancies, Death on the High Seas, Death on the High Seas, Digging a Ditch, Dive In, Don't Drink the Water, Down by the River, Dreamgirl, Dreamgirl, Dreaming Tree, The, Drive In Drive Out, Drunken Soldier, Eh Hee, Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives), Everyday, Fool to Think, Fool to Think, Funny the Way It Is, Gaucho, Good Good Time, Good Times Bad Times, Grace Is Gone, Granny, Gravedigger, Grey Street, Halloween, Help Myself, Hunger for the Great Light, I Did It, Idea of You, The, If Only, I'll Back You Up, Jimi Thing, Joyride, JTR, Kit Kat Jam, Last Stop, The, Lie in Our Graves, Long Black Veil, Louisiana Bayou, Lover Lay Down, Loving Wings, Lying in the Hands of God, Maker, The, Mercy, Minarets, Oh, Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back), Out of My Hands, Pantala Naga Pampa, Pay for What You Get, Pig, Proudest Monkey, Rapunzel, Raven, Recently, Rhyme & Reason, Riff, The, Rooftop, Runnin' Down a Dream, Save Me, Say Goodbye, Seek Up, Seven, Shake Me Like a Monkey, Shotgun, Shotgun, Sister, Sledgehammer, Sleep to Dream Her, Slip Slidin' Away, Smooth Rider, Snow Outside, So Damn Lucky, So Right, Song That Jane Likes, The, Space Between, The, Spaceman, Spoon, Squirm, Stay (Wasting Time), Stay or Leave, Steady as We Go, Still Water, Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd, Stone, The, Sugar Man, Sugar Will, Sweet, Take Me to Tomorrow, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), Time Bomb, Too Much, Tripping Billies, True Reflections, Two Step, Typical Situation, Warehouse, Water into Wine, What Would You Say, What Would You Say, What You Are, Where Are You Going, Why I Am, Write a Song, You & Me, You Might Die Trying, You Never Know

Old man; sorry. What knight lives in that castle over there?added on 3/5/2016
Dave Matthews Band management kicked off the 25th anniversary year's live release schedule with two classics. November 11, 1992, was selected as Live Trax Volume 37 and announced on February 26 with a release date of April 8. A week later, on March 3, a DMBlive recording of the February 22, 1994, show was available for immediate download. Both shows took place at Trax in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the band had a residency from 1991 until 1994. In fact, the 1994 DMBlive was their last regularly scheduled recurring gig there.

In the official write-up, it is claimed that 2.22.94 is the last ever show from Trax; however, it has been traditionally handed down that they also played one more show there on May 30, 1994. The extant setlist from this alleged show is obviously a fragment, no audio exists from it, and the band's management is in a better position than anyone else to confirm or deny that it happened at all. There are zero references to the show on the Minarets mailing list, but the number of posts to that list fluctuated with school being in session, and not all shows were specifically talked about. For now, we will leave the venue attached to this show, but we might revisit that later. An incomplete band (Dave, Boyd, Stefan, and Tim) also played a short, private gig at Trax on April 29, 1996, but that could easily be considered a show that "doesn't count." Quick trivia: Who was it that took over DMB's residency at Trax? Answer below.

One thing that becomes very clear with the release of these shows is the strategy behind which shows hit the DMBlive series and which hit the Live Trax series. While still no official word has been given, enough official write-ups have mentioned whether the source recording is from a two-track tape or a multi-track tape that the pattern is clear: Regardless of when the show occurred, if the source is a multi-track tape, then it gets the larger Live Trax treatment, and if there is only a two-track tape, it is pushed to the DMBlive series. Obviously the band did record multi-track recordings before switching over for good in early 1995, while typically a two-track is recorded as a backup even afterward. The majority of DMBlive shows have been before the switch, but some later shows have been released as well. Each of those has been from the two-track master, likely due to a flaw in the multi-track tape. There are references in the 4.7.95 Duke show write-up that both tapes had flaws and were combined into one mix and released. The previous DMBlive release—11.30.98 from the First Union Center—only exists as a two-track recording. It's interesting that of these two new releases, the older one is the multi-track and the more recent one is the two-track.

The November 11, 1992, show becomes the oldest show and, ironically, the first live Trax concert in the Live Trax series. As this is officially the first multi-tracked concert of theirs, it likely will remain that way. Previously, the oldest full show in the series took place on 8.19.93 at the Wetlands (the oldest show released at all is 7.28.92, also from Trax). The first set of this new show was unknown before the announcement, but the second set does have a crowd-sourced soundboard recording, though not exactly a clean one.

One thing that will be really interest to hear is the sound of the then–six-man band mixed for our ears. While it seems obvious to say it, shows are mixed through the soundboard to sound good to the fans in attendance. The soundboard recordings sound great in that the music isn't recorded from across the venue, but the mix that you hear on the recording is not what you hear at the venue. Instruments that can be heard well, especially in a small club like Trax, such as the drums, horns, and even the violin, are turned down in the mix; instruments like Peter's keyboard that are only heard through the soundboard are significantly louder. It's hard not notice when listening to a show from this era that both crowd-sourced soundboard recordings and officially-released sound more like the Peter Griesar Band ("Where did the name of the band come from? 'Peter's mom'"). This is the first time that we will be able to hear the band even close to what they actually sounded like to the audience at Trax. Hopefully we can hear more of the crowd as well, as most soundboards sound like a free-form jazz exploration in front of a festival crowd.

The other question about this show is why did DMB play Trax on a Wednesday night? If you are reading this, you know that they regularly played Trax on Tuesdays and the Flood Zone in Richmond on Wednesdays. Before the announcement of this show, we had the venue listed as Flood Zone, but this was likely assumed as the date was on a Wednesday, and there are no references to the venue in the only extant piece of the show we have. There's no real reason to question the date at this point. The official setlist matches the one that we have for the same date, and it's likely that the band archive's record is more accurate than ours from that long ago. They played Trax on the previous two Tuesdays, October 27 and November 3, but also an extra one on Saturday, October 31. Maybe the schedule was thrown off a bit due that. There's no confirmed record of a show or setlist the day before on November 10; we've had that one listed as Trax, but it is probably just assumed. For now, we've noted the assumption on the show page for that night. If 11.11.92 is actually from this date and this venue, then the previous night probably either never happened or happened out of town, and we have no true reason to challenge either the date or the venue. Unfortunately, the Cavalier Daily seems to have stopped running ads for Trax in September 1992. Maybe there's a reference to the different day in the first set that we haven't heard yet.

The show itself took place between the debuts of Halloween and Granny. The second set has quite a bit more improvisation than many of the shows from that era. In general, many jams are not specifically separated out in official tracklistings, and perhaps the first set will have more of the same. The only unfortunate part about this show is that there are some unusual songs from this era that weren't played that evening, including People People, Once on a Wild Afternoon, Tangerine, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, The Maker, and early incarnations of Drive In Drive Out. But regardless of what wasn't played that night, this is a unique and worthy addition to the catalog. Finally, it's worth noting that this is the first appearance of Spotlight in the Live Trax series.

February 22, 1994, is a show we're all quite a bit more familiar with. As mentioned above, this is the last of the regular DMB shows at Trax as they started their regular touring career shortly after. This show is often grouped with the Dave & Tim performance from the night before at the Birchmere. Both shows feature tracks that were released on the band's Recently EP. Warehouse and Dancing Nancies were released from the former, while All Along the Watchtower and Halloween came from the latter. It was the first official release for all four of those songs. Halloween was played that night after a request at the Birchmere show was deferred until the full band was present.

This last show at Trax was sold out weeks in advance, even at the hefty face value ticket cost of $8.00 (and if you weren't old enough to give the club your beer money, you had to throw in an extra dollar). Producer and music legend T-Bone Burnett attended both shows as a potential producer of the band's first major-label release. He played one of his songs, Humans From Earth, the night before at the Birchmere with Tim during the set break.

While DMB ended their Wednesday residency at the Flood Zone the previous December, they also scheduled one final Wednesday show there for this week, though it was postponed until the next night as they traveled to Raleigh to open for Widespread Panic. They did, however, play a confirmed show at the Flood Zone later in the year for the Richmond Under the Table and Dreaming release party.

Trivia answer: From Good Homes, who opened for the band throughout the fall and New Year's run of 1994. Their saxophonist, Dan Myers, later guested with DMB while touring with opening band Guster in June 2000 on JTR, All Along the Watchtower, and a special version of Crash Into Me at Deer Creek on 6.24.00 and then on Bartender, Crush, and JTR in Cincinnati on 6.26.00, a show that was released as Live Trax Volume 16.


Here are management's official write-ups:
"LIVE TRAX 37: 11.11.1992 TRAX, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

By November 1992, Dave Matthews Band had been performing together for just over a year. While the band had consistently made board tapes of their weekly Trax appearances, this show, recorded by John Alagia, is the very first live DMB multitrack recording.

This recording captures the freshness of the young band as they further define an already-strong approach to stage and delivery. With a 22-song set, including only 1 cover, Dave Matthews Band’s catalog was already extensive, even in the early stages of their career. The setlist contains now-classic DMB staples, such as the set-opening “The Song That Jane Likes,” “Two Step,” and “What Would You Say,” as well as THE now-retired “Spotlight.” Original founding member, Peter Griesar, plays keys throughout the show and harmonica on “So Much To Say,” and a very vocal LeRoi goads Boyd to jam freely on his violin, keeping the energy high through the encore of this must-have show.

Please note - Live Trax Vol. 37 is available for pre-order and will be released on April 8, 2016. Pre-orders will ship on or around April 5."

You can preorder it HERE.

"2.22.94 Trax Charlottesville, VA
After cultivating their local following, the band’s hard work started to pay off as they spent more time performing outside of Charlottesville and the Commonwealth of Virginia. This show marks their last performance at Trax, and the beginning of extensive touring that would take the band across the nation and around the world. The room’s energy is palpable and the musical delivery spot-on in this recording. This 17-song show hits many favorites and sweet spots, including a 13 min+ show-opening “Seek Up.” Only available as a two-track recording, this performance is a perfect companion piece to Live Trax 37 - the band’s first multitrack recording at the same venue a year prior."

You can download it HERE now.

Here is an update of our table of full shows that have been release:


#DateShow TypeVenueCity, StateRelease TypeRelease Date
18.15.95DMBRed Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, COin-store10.28.97
22.6.96Dave & TimCFL Auditorium (Luther College)Decorah, IAin-store1.19.99
39.11.99DMBContinental Airlines ArenaEast Rutherford, NJin-store11.23.99
412.19.98DMBUnited CenterChicago, ILin-store10.23.01
57.11.01DMBFolsom Field (UC–Boulder)Boulder, COin-store11.5.02
69.24.03DMBCentral ParkNew York, NYin-store11.18.03
76.11.04Dave & FriendsBonnaroo Music FestivalManchester, TNLive Bonnaroo6.12.04
89.6.02DMBThe Gorge AmphitheatreGeorge, WAin-store6.29.04
99.7.02
109.8.02
1112.8.98DMBWorcester CentrumWorcester, MALive Trax 111.2.04
129.12.04DMBGolden Gate ParkSan Francisco, CALive Trax 212.17.04
138.27.00DMBMeadows Music TheatreHartford, CTLive Trax 33.17.05
144.30.96DMBClassic AmphitheaterRichmond, VALive Trax 49.2.05
159.9.05DMBRed Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, COin-store11.29.05
169.10.05
179.11.05
189.12.05
198.23.95DMBBaldwin Memorial Pavilion (Oakland University)Rochester Hills, MILive Trax 55.26.06
207.7.06DMBFenway ParkBoston, MALive Trax 69.26.06
217.8.06
2212.31.96DMBHampton ColiseumHampton, VALive Trax 712.12.06
238.7.04DMBAlpine Valley Music TheatreEast Troy, WILive Trax 83.20.07
243.23.07DMBMGM GrandLas Vegas, NVLive Trax 96.5.07
253.24.07
264.22.07Dave & TimRadio City Music HallNew York, NYin-store8.14.07
279.8.07DMBPiedmont ParkAtlanta, GAin-store12.11.07
285.25.07DMBAtlantic PavilionLisbon, PORLive Trax 1011.6.07
298.29.00DMBSaratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Springs, NYLive Trax 113.25.08
305.5.95DMBL.B. Day AmphitheaterSalem, ORLive Trax 127.8.08
316.7.08DMBBusch StadiumSt. Louis, MOLive Trax 1310.14.08
327.20.08DMBDick's Sporting Goods ParkCommerce City, COin-store12.16.08
334.22.93Dave & TimPrism CoffeehouseCharlottesville, VADMBlive12.19.08
344.26.94DMBTown Point ParkNorfolk, VADMBlive12.19.08
3510.22.94DMBBlue NoteColumbia, MODMBlive12.19.08
3610.24.02Dave soloBenaroya HallSeattle, WADMBlive12.19.08
373.29.03Dave & TimHolmes Convocation Center (Appalachian State)Boone, NCDMBlive12.19.08
381.9.04Dave soloChina ClubNew York, NYDMBlive12.23.08
396.28.08DMBNissan PavilionBristow, VALive Trax 143.24.09
408.9.08DMBAlpine Valley Music TheatreEast Troy, WILive Trax 156.2.09
413.26.94DMBIrving PlazaNew York, NYDMBlive7.22.09
426.26.00DMBRiverbend Music CenterCincinnati, OHLive Trax 169.15.09
434.10.93DMBThe BayouWashington, DCDMBlive9.16.09
445.10.95DMBWarfield TheatreSan Francisco, CADMBlive9.16.09
451.27.93DMBThe Flood ZoneRichmond, VADMBlive11.30.09
466.26.09DMBBrixton AcademyLondon, ENGin-store (DVD)12.22.09
477.5.09DMBPiazza NapoleoneLucca, ITAin-store
4812.12.09Dave & TimPlanet Hollywood TheaterLas Vegas, NVin-store2.9.10
4910.24.96DMBFrank Erwin CenterAustin, TXDMBlive2.25.10
507.6.97DMBShoreline AmphitheatreMountain View, CALive Trax 175.4.10
5112.21.92DMBThe BayouWashington, DCDMBlive6.8.10
526.4.96DMBGTE Virginia Beach AmphitheaterVirginia Beach, VALive Trax 188.31.10
532.25.95DMBKirby Fieldhouse (Lafayette College)Easton, PADMBlive9.14.10
549.30.08DMBVivo RioRio de Janeiro, BRALive Trax 1911.9.10
557.17.10DMBCiti FieldFlushing, NYin-store11.9.10
5611.26.94DMBBackstage TheatreSeattle, WADMBlive1.19.11
578.19.93DMBWetlands PreserveNew York, NYLive Trax 205.15.11
589.17.10DMBWrigley FieldChicago, ILin-store5.31.11
599.18.10
607.20.95DMBMud Island River Park AmphitheatreMemphis, TNDMBlive9.29.11
619.9.96DMBOak Mountain AmphitheatrePelham, ALDMBlive9.29.11
626.26.11DMBBader FieldAtlantic City, NJin-store12.16.11
638.4.95DMBSOMASan Diego, CALive Trax 212.28.12
646.13.93Dave & TimMemphisRichmond, VADMBlive3.15.12
657.14.10DMBToyota Pavilion at Montage MountainScranton, PALive Trax 226.12.12
663.2.94DMBMasquerade NightclubTampa, FLDMBlive6.20.12
672.19.96Dave & TimWhittemore Center Arena (UNH)Durham, NHLive Trax 2312.11.12
682.8.97Dave & TimSpartanburg Memorial AuditoriumSpartanburg, SCLive Trax 2412.11.12
694.7.95DMBCameron Indoor Stadium (Duke)Durham, NCDMBlive5.1.13
705.30.06DMBUMB Bank PavilionMaryland Heights, MOLive Trax 255.21.13
713.25.95DMBThe Revolver ClubMadrid, ESPDMBlive5.29.13
727.30.03DMBSleep Train AmphitheatreWheatland, CALive Trax 268.6.13
732.8.95DMBPalace TheatreAlbany, NYDMBlive8.15.13
7410.14.10DMBLuna ParkBuenos Aires, ARGLive Trax 2711.12.13
7511.19.10DMBJohn Paul Jones Arena (UVa)Charlottesville, VALive Trax 2812.17.13
763.3.99Dave & TimKingsbury Hall (U of U)Salt Lake City, UTDMBlive1.14.14
776.1.13DMBBlossom Music CenterCuyahoga Falls, OHLive Trax 294.15.14
787.28.92DMBTraxCharlottesville, VADMBlive6.12.14
796.30.00DMBSoldier FieldChicago, ILWolfgang's Vault2014*
806.23.01DMBTweeter CenterCamden, NJLive Trax 319.16.14
818.23.14DMBGreek TheatreBerkeley, CALive Trax 3212.9.14
824.5.95DMBThe AcademyNew York, NYDMBlive3.25.15
831.31.95DMBLupo's Heartbreak HotelProvidence, RILive Trax 335.5.15
846.24.99DMBDeer Creek Music CenterNoblesville, INLive Trax 347.17.15
8510.14.94DMBGeorgia TheatreAthens, GADMBlive9.3.15
866.20.09DMBPost-Gazette PavilionBurgettstown, PALive Trax 3510.16.15
8711.30.98DMBFirst Union CenterPhiladelphia, PADMBlive12.9.15
887.26.15DMBAlpine Valley Music TheatreElkhorn, WILive Trax 3612.11.15
892.22.94DMBTraxCharlottesville, VADMBlive3.3.16
9011.11.92DMBTraxCharlottesville, VALive Trax 374.15.16

*This show was released sometime in 2014, but as it was released pretty quietly, it's been tough to pinpoint an exact release date.

The following stats are as of Live Trax Vol. 37:

Click here for a song chart for all officially released shows (full shows only).

Most-released songs:
66: Ants Marching
59: Jimi Thing
58: Warehouse
56: Tripping Billies
55: Two Step
53: Dancing Nancies, Satellite
43: All Along the Watchtower
40: Crash into Me
38: Lie in Our Graves

Least-released songs (with 10 or more plays at DMB, D&T, or Dave solo shows):
4: #27, Alligator Pie, Blue Water, I Did It, Let You Down, Still Water, Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd, Sugar Will
3: American Baby, Angel, Belly Belly Nice, Busted Stuff, Butterfly, Cortez the Killer, Down by the River, Get in Line, If I Had It All, Joyride, Kit Kat Jam, Rooftop, Rye Whiskey, So Right, Spotlight, Steady as We Go, Sweet, Sweet Up and Down, Write a Song
2: #34, Beach Ball, Break Free, Crazy Easy, Deed Is Done, Everybody Wake Up (Our Finest Hour Arrives), Exodus, Fool to Think, For the Beauty of Wynona, Gaucho, Good Good Time, Leave Me Praying, The Needle and the Damage Done, Shotgun, Sledgehammer, Sleep to Dream Her, Snow Outside, Stand Up (For It), Time of the Season, Waste
1: Baby Blue, Belly Full, Black and Blue Bird, Blackjack, A Dream So Real, Dreamed I Killed God, Drunken Soldier, Funny How Time Slips Away, If I Had a Boat, If Only, Mercy, Money, The Riff, Tangerine*, Wild Horses
0: (Don't Fear) The Reaper, Be Yourself, Broken Things, Death on the High Seas, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard*, People People, Redemption Song*, Runnin' Down a Dream, Sugar Man, Take Me to Tomorrow, Virginia in the Rain, Watermelon Smilin' on the Vine, A Whiter Shade of Pale
*fewer than 10 plays on record but most likely 10+ plays when unknown setlists are taken into account

Songs played more than once by Dave & Tim but never released by them:
#36, Big Eyed Fish, Blue Water, Busted Stuff, Can't Stop, Cryptorchid, Digging a Ditch, Dive In, Don't Burn the Pig, For the Beauty of Wynona, If I Had Words, If Only, Pantala Naga Pampa, Rapunzel, Rhyme & Reason, Snow Outside, Spoon, Take Me to Tomorrow, Watermelon Smilin' on the Vine, A Whiter Shade of Pale

Most-released songs by Dave & Friends:
1: Every song that was played at Bonnaroo
0: Every song that wasn't played at Bonnaroo

Most-released song from each album:
Under the Table and Dreaming: Ants Marching (67)
Crash: Tripping Billies (57)
Before These Crowded Streets: Don't Drink the Water (34)
Everyday: Everyday (30)
Busted Stuff: Grey Street (28)
Some Devil: Gravedigger (21)
Stand Up: You Might Die Trying (17)
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: Why I Am, You & Me (13)
Away from the World: Belly Belly Nice, Rooftop, Sweet (3)

Least-released song from each album:
Under the Table and Dreaming: #34 (2)
Crash: Let You Down (4)
Before These Crowded Streets: Spoon (5)
Everyday: Fool to Think, Mother Father, Sleep to Dream Her (2)
Busted Stuff: Busted Stuff, Kit Kat Jam (3)
Some Devil: Baby (0)
Stand Up: Stand Up (For It) (2)
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King: Baby Blue (1)
Away from the World: Broken Things (0)

Least-released venues (with 20 or more DMB, D&T, D&F, or Dave solo shows):
1: The Flood Zone [Richmond, VA] (75+ shows), Xfinity Theatre [Hartford, CT] (38), Klipsch Music Center [Noblesville, IN] (37), BB&T Pavilion [Camden, NJ] (35), Saratoga Performing Arts Center [Saratoga Springs, NY] (33), Shoreline Amphitheatre [Mountain View, CA] (29), First Niagara Pavilion [Burgettstown, PA] (27), Riverbend Music Center [Cincinnati, OH] (20), Jiffy Lube Live [Bristow, VA] (20)
0: Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre [West Palm Beach, FL] (29), Xfinity Center [Mansfield, MA] (24), Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion [The Woodlands, TX] (23), Walnut Creek Amphitheatre [Raleigh, NC] (21), PNC Music Pavilion [Charlotte, NC] (20)

Full-show releases by type:
in-store: 23
Live Trax: 38
DMBlive: 27
other: 2

Full-show releases by performer(s):
Dave Matthews Band: 78
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds: 9
Dave Matthews & Friends: 1
Dave Matthews solo: 2

Full-show releases by year:
1991: | 0
1992: ---| 3
1993: -----| 5 (3 DMB, 2 D&T)
1994: -------| 7
1995: ------------| 12
1996: -------| 7 (5 DMB, 2 D&T)
1997: --| 2 (1 DMB, 1 D&T)
1998: ---| 3
1999: ---| 3 (2 DMB, 1 D&T)
2000: ----| 4
2001: --| 2
2002: ----| 4 (3 DMB, 1 Dave solo)
2003: ---| 3 (2 DMB, 1 D&T)
2004: ----| 4 (2 DMB, 1 D&F, 1 Dave solo)
2005: ----| 4
2006: ---| 3
2007: -----| 5 (4 DMB, 1 D&T)
2008: -----| 5
2009: ----| 4 (3 DMB, 1 D&T)
2010: ------| 6
2011: -| 1
2012: | 0
2013: -| 1
2014: -| 1
2015: -| 1
2016: | 0
Van Hagar's first album?added on 8/30/2015
We've had a few people ask us to clarify the claim from DMB management that the band will be playing its 50th show at the Gorge this year. The reason for the confusion is that our site's page for the Gorge says they've already played 51 shows there, and clicking the venue's name on a show's page indicates that they will have played 57 shows there by the time this year's run is over.

First of all, the reason for the different numbers within our own site is that the count on the venue page only includes shows that have already happened and doesn't include shows where a member of DMB guested with another band, whereas clicking the venue name on a show page displays the total number of shows at that venue in our database, including future shows.

Management's original email on the subject stated that "DMB's 50th performance at the Gorge [will be] on Sunday Sept 6th." They seem to have realized that that isn't accurate and have since changed to simply stating that this year's run will include the band's 50th show there.

So why are our numbers different than theirs? They're only counting full-band shows, and our site counts everything. Here are the "other" shows that aren't included in the 50-show count:

8.4.96 - Dave guesting with Blues Traveler
7.11.97 - Dave guesting with Los Lobos
9.8.02 - Dave and Jason Mraz's band
9.2.07 - Dave guesting with Robert Randolph & The Family Band
9.4.11 - Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

If you remove those five shows from the count, then DMB will be playing its 50th, 51st, and 52nd gigs at the Gorge next weekend. If you want to count only shows where DMB was the headlining act, you need to further remove the 8.4.96 H.O.R.D.E. show; in that case, the band will be headlining its 49th, 50th, and 51st gigs at the Gorge next weekend.

So, in summary, the 50th show at the Gorge featuring at least one member of DMB was on 8.31.13; the 50th DMB show will be on 9.4.15; and the 50th DMB headlining show will be on 9.5.15.

The only venues at which the band has played more shows are Charlottesville's Trax (147 shows) and Richmond's Flood Zone (76 shows), where they used to play weekly in their formative years. Since both venues have shut down (and the band outgrew them long ago anyway), the Gorge creeps closer every year. Still, at three shows per year, the Gorge will not be tied with the Flood Zone until 2023.

Update 9/7/15: Apparently, the poster for Sunday's show went to production while they still thought that was the 50th show.
He laughs in full light of my frownadded on 7/5/2015
In light of last night's double encore at SPAC, people have been inquiring about previous double encores, so we have updated the following table of all shows with two encores.

It's worth noting that while the second night in Charlottesville in 2010 almost had a second encore, most of the band (except Tim and Boyd) stayed on stage and immediately started planning the next song, so we count it all as one encore. Also, there very well may be some unknown setlists from the early days that would be on this chart if they were known.



#DateShow TypeVenueCity, State/CountrySecond Encore Song(s)
11.30.93DMBZollman's PavilionLexington, VAPay for What You Get
25.27.93Dave & TimJefferson TheaterCharlottesville, VAAll Along the Watchtower, So Much to Say, Angel from Montgomery
31.29.94Dave & TimWetlands PreserveNew York, NYTwo Step
47.21.94DMBIvory TuskTuscaloosa, ALImprov Jam, Ants Marching
59.1.96DMBBlockbuster PavilionCharlotte, NCAll Along the Watchtower
611.12.01Dave soloHanover GrandLondon, ENG, GBRLong Black Veil, Ants Marching
712.13.03Dave & FriendsDunkin' Donuts CenterProvidence, RIHey Bulldog
85.12.06Dave soloManchester Academy 1Manchester, ENG, GBRCrash Into Me
95.13.06Dave soloCarling Academy BirminghamBirmingham, ENG, GBRToo Much, Crash Into Me
105.15.06Dave soloHammersmith ApolloLondon, ENG, GBRI'll Back You Up, All Along the Watchtower
113.8.07Dave & TimCapitolOffenbach am Main, DEUJimi Thing » What Will Become of Me » Little Thing, Where Are You Going, Two Step
124.22.07Dave & TimRadio City Music HallNew York, NY#41, Two Step
135.25.07DMBPavilhão AtlânticoLisbon, PRTDon't Drink the Water, Pantala Naga Pampa » Rapunzel
147.5.09DMBPiazza NapoleoneLucca, ITARye Whiskey, Pantala Naga Pampa » Rapunzel
157.11.09DMBPasseio Maritimo de AlgésOeiras, PRTAll Along the Watchtower
162.16.10DMBCongress Center HamburgHamburg, DEUAll Along the Watchtower
172.17.10DMBTempodromBerlin, DEUSo Damn Lucky
182.20.10DMBZenithMunich, DEUAll Along the Watchtower
192.25.10DMBPalaSport San LazzaroPadua, ITATwo Step
207.6.10Dave & TimConstellation Brands–Marvin Sands Performing Arts CenterCanandaigua, NYBaby Blue, Don't Drink the Water
219.18.11DMBRandall's Island ParkNew York, NYThank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
225.26.13DMBSaratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Springs, NYHalloween
231.17.15Dave & TimParamount TheatreOakland, CAI'll Back You Up, Tripping Billies
247.4.15DMBSaratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Springs, NYAnts Marching [fake] » Halloween
Love! With Glasses Raised, You and I We Toast Each Otheradded on 6/24/2015
On June 10th, DMB management announced that Live Trax Volume 34 would be June 24, 1999 - the finale of their sold out three-night run at the Deer Creek Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana (while now called Klipsch Music Center, we will refer to the venue as Deer Creek through this article to stay consistent). Aside from the show itself, this release is notable because it checks a few unchecked boxes and continues the streak of Live Trax releases having something different from all other releases. A Dave & Tim show from March 1999 was released last year, but the last full band show from 1999 that was released was Listener Supported, performed on 9.11.99 and released two months later (thirteen and half years ago). While that show wasn’t entirely different from the Summer Tour, it still took place over a month after the tour wrapped in early August at Hartford. Butch Taylor and the Lovely Ladies guested for both the Listener show and several stops throughout the proper tour, and aside from #36, most songs played were common on that tour. But this is the first show released from the tour itself.

A strict count of DMB-related shows at Deer Creek will put the number higher, but this year’s shows will take the full band concert count up to 36. Yet there had not been a release from this venue. While there have been numerous memorable shows there, we wanted to mention some of the more notable ones. Their first show at the venue took place on 6.19.96 and featured Ben Harper & Leon Mobley guesting in the encore. The show on 8.9.98 featured the last true old school #36. In 2000, they played possibly the most unexpected encore in their history at that point bringing back The Maker and closing with JTR only two days after its official re-debut. In 2001, the band skipped Midwestern sheds assumed due to the projected timing of the birth of Dave’s first children. However he came back and played an emotional solo set for Farm Aid in their first public performance post-9/11. Skipping ahead through some shows that deserve the mention they aren’t getting, 6.13.05 featured Robert Randolph leading the band in a 10-minute improv jam that contained snippets of Michael Jackson songs seguing into Watchtower.

The second decade of shows at Deer Creek kicked off on 6.2.06 and was the night that the venue got its first song debut, The Idea of You. This performance also marked the debut of Dave’s Veillette soprano guitar and is widely considered both one of the best versions of the song and the best debut performances. It also had an unexpected comical moment when Dave responded to a #40 sign with a common tease of several chords and the first line. Instead of being satisfied when he stopped, the crowd light-heartedly booed him and laughed – it’s very audible on the recording. After a minute or so of non-offended disbelief, he promised to give it a go the next night, which he did in the encore preceding the first Dreaming Tree since the 2003 Summer Tour break took several deep catalog songs hostage (Digging a Ditch was also liberated that day). On 8.18.07 DMB played the first full band version of Eh Hee. The next year they faked Too Much into another song for the first time since 2000. In 2012, they liberated the perpetual showpiece Typical Situation and played a version of Fool to Think that contained a one-off extended outro. Finally on the second night of the 2013 stand, Brandi Carlisle guested on Spoon and The Space Between was played for the first time full band since 2004.

At 34 complete shows, Deer Creek was by far the most prolific venue without a release. Now that ignominious title goes to First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania at 25 full band shows. Deer Creek has had several individual tracks released in the past:

Everyday & All Along the Watchtower (9.29.01 – Farm Aid: Concert For America, 2001 DVD – Dave solo)
Kit Kat Jam (8.11.02 – Warehouse 8, vol. 7)
What You Are (6.30.03 – Warehouse 8, vol. 1)
• Eh Hee & Don’t Drink the Water (6.22.12 – Away From the World – Super Deluxe Bonus DVD)
• Spoon (6.22.13 – Warehouse 10, vol. 2 – with Brandi Carlisle on vocals)


The show itself is not a typical 1999 Summer Tour show. The show has the highest rarity rating of the tour, which we calculate by looking at all of the shows within that tour only. Seven of the fifteen songs were played at less than 20% of the shows that tour. Seven of the ten most played songs of the tour weren’t played that night. The tour was heavy with Before These Crowded Streets songs, but those songs were played the first two nights at this stand leaving a lot of the older tunes played less frequently for the finale. The opener One Sweet World was played without the intro for only the 4th time at a full band show since the 1995 Spring Tour, though is more common now. Proudest Monkey had debuted on the tour a week earlier, The Best of What’s Around, The Song That Jane Likes, Granny and Typical Situation were all infrequent. Dancing Nancies went into limited moratorium in 1999. After heavy play for eight years, it was only played full band nine times from Worcester in 1998 until the middle of the 2002 Summer Tour when a sign campaign brought the song back to full glory. The rarest song of the show is the Daniel Lanois cover For the Beauty of Wynona. It was only played twice full band after this show, both with guests and it has been previously released only on Live Trax v17.

This show gathers momentum from the start, through mostly improvised Granny lyrics and almost doesn’t stop until the last note of the intense Drive In Drive Out stand closer, taken to another level by Carter and Dave’s vocal ad lib during the bridge. This part of the tour contained unique Warehouse » Ants Marching segues. These segues took three different forms and all skipped the snare intro and went directly into the intro horn section of Ants. There was a quick Warehouse fake that lasted around thirty seconds, a partial half-version of Warehouse that you could say Ants interrupted after the first chorus, then a full version of both songs (click here to see when all these took place). On this night, it seems they tried a fourth. The end of Warehouse goes slightly further than it did on other full version segued nights, then stops abruptly, begging for Carter to start the snare intro. But then he doesn’t. At the show, finger pointing and laughs filled the stage for a moment before Carter finally starts. It sounds a bit awkward without context, we’ll have to see if the editing connects the two songs.

Finally, management has continued their streak of adding bonus content to Live Trax releases by including a third, “filler" disc with material from the previous two nights that complement the show. They had just played Cry Freedom for the first time in two years, and this is only the fifth full band release. The first successful sign campaign saw #40 return in the tour - mostly Dave solo. This version contains accompaniment from Carter and Stefan, which qualifies this version as its official liberation. Three other songs from Crash that are representative of the tour are included. Say Goodbye had become a concert showpiece from Summer 1998 to Summer 2000, Crash Into Me had started to find its natural place in the setlists now that it was no longer the recent and popular single, Two Step was in the middle of its metamorphosis into the epic that we know now. We also see a few more tracks from Before These Crowded Streets. Certain performances from the first nights like The Stone and Pig would’ve been difficult to include, but Rapunzel and an especially angry version of The Last Stop did make the cut. This was the last tour that Dave did his own tuning. Streets had added two different tunings, and the next tour brought an additional guitar with two different tunings of its own. It occasionally led to longer pauses between songs and frequent guitar changes starting in 2000. Before this performance of The Last Stop, the tuning took longer than normal, then a technical glitch caused two emergency guitar changes. On the audience recording, you can hear Dave rip the cord out of the guitar and throw it down before he was brought a replacement. He took out his anger on one of the best candidates and is the perfect close of this set despite its mid-set placement in the show.

The last several Live Trax releases have brought something new each time. v23 & v24 were the first Dave & Tim in the series, v26 was the first 2003 tour release, v27 was pointed at the South American tour as a promo item, v28 brought the first bonus disc and DVD, v29 is the only 2013 release, v30 is a compilation of a historic stand, v31 had the first filler disc, v32 is the only 2014 release, v33 added filler to a two-disc set and includes an unheard soundcheck song and now v34 is our first Summer 1999. We will definitely run out of “firsts" sooner rather than later, but the uniqueness of the past several releases have us as excited for the future as we are for this one. In an additional classy touch, this show releases on a Friday, the day of this year’s Deer Creek show and you can pre-order here and a Soundcloud sample of Too Much has been recently added.

Here is the official write up sent by Red Light:

In 2015 DMB will play their 35th show at Klipsch Music Center, making it their third most visited amphitheatre. We are pleased to announce June 24, 1999 as the 34th volume of the Live Trax series and celebrate this essential Summer Tour stop. This is the first show released from the venue formally called Deer Creek Music Center and closes the three-night run. This is also the first Live Trax release of the 1999 Summer Tour, which featured the still recent Before These Crowded Streets repertoire mixed with deeper cuts from the catalog.

Opening with an older run of songs highlighted by LeRoi Moore's stunning work on Jimi Thing, The Best of What's Around and Proudest Monkey, the band shift into the dark Daniel Lanois cover For the Beauty of Wynona - one of the last full band versions and released only once before in the Live Trax series. The show's climax begins with a version of Granny with Dave singing unique improvised lyrics before an abruptly-ended Warehouse and set closing Ants Marching. Following an expanded version of Typical Situation, Dave takes Drive In, Drive Out to another level of intensity that just has to be heard; a perfect encore to end a fantastic run at Deer Creek.

We have selected a third disc of bonus material from June 22 and 23, 1999 at Deer Creek that includes songs that had then been recently reinserted into set lists such as Cry Freedom and #40. The package concludes with a version of The Last Stop that you won't be able turn up loud enough.

Please Note: This item is available for pre-order. CDs will ship on or around July 14th. Downloads will be available July 17th.
Current Tour
Dave and Tim 2017  (Song Chart)
# Shows = 18
# Song Performances = 476
Average # Songs per Show = 26.44
# Different Songs Played = 94
Most Played Songs:
Two Step(15)
Crush(14)
Warehouse(14)
Satellite(13)
Corn Bread(13)
Grey Street(13)
Jimi Thing(12)
#41(12)
What Would You Say(12)
Samurai Cop(11)
Least Played Songs:
A Pirate Looks at Forty(1)
Take Me to Tomorrow(1)
Sister(1)
Healing Notion(1)
Snow Outside(1)
Give Up the Goat(1)
Ode to the Box(1)
Stay (Wasting Time)(1)
Summer Night in December(1)
Lover Lay Down(1)
Top Openers:
Crush(4)
Little Thing(3)
Warehouse(2)
Bartender(2)
Satellite(1)
Lie in Our Graves(1)
Dancing Nancies(1)
Ants Marching(1)
Take Me to Tomorrow(1)
The Stone(1)
Top Closers:
Two Step(5)
Dancing Nancies(4)
Jimi Thing(3)
Ants Marching(3)
Crush(2)
Rapunzel(1)
Top Encores:
Ants Marching(6)
Dancing Nancies(5)
Some Devil(5)
Grey Street(4)
The Space Between(4)
Corn Bread(3)
Granny(3)
Crash into Me(3)
What Would You Say(2)
Rapunzel(2)
Teases:
Longest Performances:
05.31– Warehouse (9:35)
06.03– Warehouse (9:35)
05.06– Warehouse (9:26)
05.03– Warehouse (9:24)
06.04– Warehouse (9:18)
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