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Big Hits From Dave Matthews Band At Chicago’s Wrigley Field

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Dave Matthes & Boyd Tinsley

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[lastfm]Dave Matthews[/lastfm] brought the excitement and atmosphere of a playoffs run to Wrigleyville this weekend.

I attended the first of two sold-out XRT Shows at Wrigley Field and from where I was sitting, Dave did not disappoint. The peak of the evening came in the form of a ferocious cover of the [lastfm]Talking Heads[/lastfm]’ “Burning Down the House.”

Well known as being a touring powerhouse, [lastfm]Dave Matthews Band[/lastfm] will not take to the road in 2011, so you could think these sold-out concerts as a victory lap for DMB.

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Let me tell you, this was not the typical Dave Matthews experience. DMB has become a polarizing force, but love ’em or hate ’em, they are indeed a force. According to Metromix, DMB was the top touring act of the decade, selling 11.6 million tickets and grossed $529.1 million in North America from 2000-2009.

[pullquote quote=”Last night I stumbled around the streets of Chicago. If I saw you, I might not remember.” credit=”Dave Matthews”]

Dave dished out the hits on Friday night: “Crush,” “One Sweet World,” “Shake Me Like a Monkey,” “Don’t Drink the Water” and added typically goofy chatter between sets.

The night continued in typical DMB fashion with the extended solos you’d expect from Boyd Tinsley.

The bandmate who seemed to be enjoying the night the most was drummer, Carter Beauford who rocked a Cubs jersey through the entire set and dished out what seemed like 100 sets of drumsticks proir to the band’s encore.

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Let’s not forget the hat-clad pop singer-songwriter [lastfm]Jason Mraz[/lastfm], who set the vibe for the evening early, calling for hi-fives between everyone in their immediate area. Mraz was backed by a choir wearing Cubs jerseys and stuck to the hits like “I’m Yours.”

To catch Dave before the end of 2010, view renaming dates of the DMB tour schedule. Dave will perform in another MLB ballpark on October 2 as part of Farm Aid in Milwaukee’s Miller Park.

Friday Setlist
1. One Sweet World
2. Pantala Naga Pampa
3. Rapunzel
4. Funny the Way It Is
5. Lying in the Hands of God
6. Crush
7. Burning Down the House (Talking Heads cover)
8. Proudest Monkey
9. Satellite
10. Shake Me Like a Monkey
11. Write a Song
12. Dancing Nancies
13. Why I Am
14. You & Me
15. Sister
16. Don’t Drink the Water
17. Everyday
18. Ants Marching
19. Encore:
19. The Needle and the Damage Done — Dave solo (Neil Young cover)
20. All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover)

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Sold-Out XRT Shows With DMB At Wrigley

Saturday Setlist
1. You Might Die Trying
2. Stay or Leave
3. Seven
4. Crash Into Me
5. Good Good Time
6. #41
7. Tripping Billies
8. Digging a Ditch
9. Squirm
10. Gravedigger
11. Spaceman
12. Stay (Wasting Time)
13. Can’t Stop
14. Grey Street
15. Jimi Thing
16. Time Bomb
17. Two Step
18. Encore:
18. Christmas Song
19. Cornbread
20. The Last Stop

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Written By Zack Nechvatal


One Comment

  1. Ant Hill on facebook says:

    Was there, 3rd row in the pit, just left of middle stage. AMAZING SHOW. The set list had some surprises; Christmas, Good Good Time but was otherwise not THAT inspiring. What WAS inspiring were the performances themselves…crowd singing first half of Jimmi Thing, Two Step (EPIC), Carter’s solos and then Dave and the others getting very emotional as they stood on the stage with the house lights up. So memorable.

  2. chad from tennessee says:

    I went the first night. It was a surprise from my wife for me turning thirty this year. Carter absolutely stole the show. He rocked like there was no tomorrow. Boyd was just like boyd, but a little buffer these days. The show was unreal. I was twenty or so feet from the stage and could see the sweat on dave’s face. He was so quirky, referring to his he couldn’t feel his face all night. His vocals were great sometimes screaming at times but unbelievable when he did. The crowd was so into every song. Crush was by far my favorite song of the night. He did not let me down. I came all the way from tennessee to see him. I definitely will be back. Chicago was above all my expectations. Other than a couple asshole taxi cab drivers. The city was very courteous. The weather was great and PIZZA was the bomb. Dave thx again for your energy and love. U know how to.rock. chad from tennesse. The one with the gimpy arm in a sling.

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