Dave Matthews Band

The Dave Matthews Band are supposed to be taking the year off of touring.  That did not last long.  In January, the band announced that they would be doing several “Caravan” shows throughout the summer to commemerate 20 years of touring.  The clips below showcase the band’s latest stops in Chicago.  Lili and I attended what were supposed to be the bands last shows of 2010 in Chicago at Wrigley Field last September and they were nothing short of amazing.

These clips are super high-quality and respresent two moments of why I love this band.  Watch for yourself and comment below.

 

The First is a clip from “Seek Up”, the first song that really made me realize that this band was not only unique, but also amazing.  The interaction between Dave and Boyd here is just amazing, not to mention the music itself.  Traditional jazz standards where one instriment takes precedence over the rest of the band is in full effect here and the sound is just awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/0dnl2SdTkek

The Second clip, Bartender, is again, one of the most amazing songs performed today.  Pay close attention to the 12 string guitar Dave is wailing on — and watch him as he transforms in this song– the passion that he invokes is nothing short of spiritual.  The magic really starts at about 3:00 minutes into the song on this clip– and just builds in intensity.  Breathtaking.

http://youtu.be/-BW0sDzJnKY

 

 

Random thoughts Labor Day…

thought I would check in.
Someone sent me a note recently about the last blog post I wrote months ago and it reminded me that I really need to get in here and get moving on writing again.
Things have been going well– very well. I have been married for over 2 years now– it’s simply amazing how life just rolls on by. I am listening to a Dave and Tim concert that Lili and I went to in Koln in March of 2007! Crazy how it was 2007!
Long time ago, yet it seems like it was just a year ago.
I have been thinking alot about Dave as this is when the annual pilgrimage to the Gorge happens– something that has been going on for about 15 years now– again, crazy when you sit and think about it for a moment. This will mark my 57th show, with the 58th coming when the band concludes it’s last show in the US for a year.
58 shows.
A titch ridiculous if you consider how much the tickets are and what is exactly involved in all of it– but I can tell you without a doubt it has brought me countless moments of joy that few other things in the world can bring…. With that being said, I am very glad that the band is taking a year off and I intend to get a number of things accomplished within the next year– exactly what– well, I will save that for another post at another time :).

Enjoy the weekend– and look for more soon!

LeRoi Moore is no longer on the sax-a-phone….

Listening to Loving Wings and thinking about what a huge talent LeRoi was and will remain so because of all the tapes and digital recordings that we have of him in that space that he used so well to help define what the Dave Matthews Band really is.
To lose such a wonderful talent to such a crazy thing like 4 wheeling on your own property makes you really think just how totally precious life really is.
LeRoi was a member of the band that I have the highest amount of respect for– the one band that I have seen almost 50 times, had the pleasure of working with many years ago and one which is so inspirational to so many artists.
LeRoi is the one guy that just does his thing and does it so well–and now not seeing him up there, well, its got to be like Zeppelin playing without Bonzo–but the band seems to want to finish this tour and then see where things lie.
My thoughts and prayers are with the band and Moore’s family. What a tragic loss for the world…

Dave Matthews and the Dalai, departing to the Deep South ’cause its time to turn the lights out in Seattle

What a day today was.
The way that life just seems to pass by, almost as you’re a spectator of a train just cruising through life.
I met the Dalai Lama today
well not really met, but to be in the room with someone so treasured and respected, it was nothing short of amazing

…more later

Dave Matthews and the Dalai, departing to the Deep South 'cause its time to turn the lights out in Seattle

What a day today was.
The way that life just seems to pass by, almost as you’re a spectator of a train just cruising through life.
I met the Dalai Lama today
well not really met, but to be in the room with someone so treasured and respected, it was nothing short of amazing

…more later