Boyd Tinsley taking break from Dave Matthews Band

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Boyd Tinsley performs with Dave Matthews Band in 2013.

Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley is going on hiatus from the band.

Boyd, 53, made the announcement tonight in a tweet, saying, “I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while. I will miss you guys & my brothers in the band but I’m somewhat worn out & need 2 spend more time with my family & 2 bring more balance to my life. Thanks 4 ur Love. #peaceandLoVE”

It was not immediately clear if Boyd will perform with DMB at tomorrow night’s Super Bowl weekend concert in Minneapolis. His involvement with the new Dave Matthews Band album due this year is also unknown.

(Update: DMB on Feb. 3 issued this statement on Facebook: “Boyd has been a member of the family since the band began and we want him to focus on his health and get better. We support his decision to do this and we’re sending positive thoughts his way.”)

Tickets to the DMB 2018 summer tour just went on sale to the general public this morning.

Boyd, a Charlottesville native, began performing with DMB in 1991 and officially joined the band in 1992. He released a solo album, True Reflections, in 2003. In 2015, he formed the band Crystal Garden, and he spent much of DMB’s 2017 off year promoting that act.


Dave Matthews Band 2018 tour dates, new album announced

The Dave Matthews Band 2018 tour will make 45 stops in support of a new studio album.

DMB released no details about the new album, its first since 2012, other than to say “the band is currently putting the finishing touches on” it. Official word of a new DMB album first emerged in September, when Dave Matthews said he and Carter Beauford had gone into the studio to record music for the project.

The Dave Matthews Band 2018 tour kicks off May 18 in The Woodlands, Texas and runs through Sept. 10 in Los Angeles. It includes two-night stands in Gilford, New Hampshire; Camden, New Jersey; Chicago; Noblesville, Indiana; Saratoga Springs, New York; West Palm Beach, Florida; and Englewood, Colorado. DMB will also make its traditional three-night stand at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Labor Day Weekend.

View our tour dates page for the full schedule. Warehouse members may request tickets to the Dave Matthews Band 2018 tour until Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. ET. A presale for Citi cardholders begins Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets go on sale to the general public Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. local time.

The best tickets for the Dave Matthews Band 2018 tour will cost more money than in years past. General admission pit and some reserved seats will cost $115 before fees. But lawn and other reserved seating tickets will start at $45.50 and $49.50, respectively, depending on the venue. In addition, each ticket purchased by May 17 will come with a copy of the new DMB album, either on CD or as a digital download.

The first DMB concert of 2018 will take place Feb. 3 at The Night Before concert, which is part of the Super Bowl celebration in Minneapolis. That will be the band’s first show since 2016, aside from the Concert for Charlottesville in September. Former keyboard player Butch Taylor rejoined the band for that performance; there has been no word regarding his future status with the band, either in the studio or on tour.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will also perform Jan. 28 as part of the Citi Sound Vault series at Irving Plaza in New York.

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Butch Taylor joins Dave Matthews Band at Charlottesville concert

Butch Taylor performed with Dave Matthews Band for the first time in nine years at tonight’s A Concert for Charlottesville.

Butch Taylor performs with Dave Matthews Band on Sept. 24, 2003.

DMB and Butch took the stage at the charity event the band organized in its hometown, and he stayed on for the entire set. Prior to tonight, Butch’s last performance with DMB was on April 1, 2008; his still-unexplained departure from the band came the next month, a day before the summer tour kicked off.

Butch played keyboards on DMB’s 1998 album Before These Crowded Streets and began performing live with DMB that year. He joined the band on the road full-time starting in 2001, and he also appeared on the 2005 album Stand Up.
DMB organized A Concert for Charlottesville to help the city heal after this summer’s racially charged protests and violence. It is the band’s only performance in what was supposed to be its first off year. Tickets were free and made available primarily to area residents and the University of Virginia community.
Dave Matthews kicked off the show with a solo version of “Mercy,” and Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland showed up to perform a surprise acoustic set. Other performers at A Concert for Charlottesville included Cage the Elephant, The Roots, Brittany Howard, Pharrell Williams, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake.
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New Dave Matthews Band album in works for early 2018

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Dave Matthews Band will return to the studio this fall with the goal of releasing a new album early next year.

That’s the news from Dave Matthews, who spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to promote this week’s Farm Aid 2017 concert. He and Carter Beauford recorded music for the new Dave Matthews Band album earlier this year, and there are several other songs DMB has worked on and performed over the past few years.

“We have a lot of stuff, so my plan is that we’ll put together some music this fall so we can have something out hopefully the beginning of next year,” Dave said. “Hopefully, get it finished before that. I think we have some great music and some stuff that Carter and I worked on that’s added to the pile. There’s a lot to choose from. I just hope I choose wisely.”

There has not been a new Dave Matthews Band album since Away from the World, which was released five years ago today. Since 2015, DMB has performed eight new songs live: “Be Yourself,” “Bismarck,” “Black and Blue Bird,” “Bob Law,” “Death on the High Seas,” “Plastic Girl,” “Samurai Cop” and “Virginia in the Rain.”

In the interview, Dave also discussed the recent protests in Charlottesville, life at 50 and his work with Farm Aid.

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Dave Matthews Band Live 25 vinyl box set announced

Dave Matthews Band will release Live 25, a vinyl box set with 25 previously unreleased live recordings, on July 28.

DMB Live 25The DMB Live 25 vinyl box set comes on five 180-gram LPs with a hardcover photo book. There are only 2,500 copies, which are available to Warehouse members now through a pre-sale. Remaining copies will go on sale to the general public tomorrow, and the cost is $175 plus shipping.

Highlights of Live 25 include the first official releases of three songs: “Doobie Thing,” an instrumental performed only in 1993; “Falling Off The Roof,” a one-off from 2007; and “Break For It,” a 2010 rarity. The box set also features one of the best performances of “Bartender” in history and an early version of “Lying in the Hands of God” as an intro to “What You Are.”

Here’s the full track listing for the Dave Matthews Band Live 25 vinyl box set:

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds cover the Beatles in London

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds played “She’s a Woman” by the Beatles for the first time at last night’s concert in London.

“She’s a Woman” originally appeared as the B-side to the Beatles’ 1964 single “I Feel Fine,” and it was later included on the Beatles ’65 album.  Watch the video of Dave and Tim’s cover:

Last night’s show at Eventim Apollo also featured the first Dave and Tim performances of “Dreamgirl” and “Sugar Will.” Here’s the “Dreamgirl” video: Continue reading

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DMB Live at Red Rocks coming to vinyl on Record Store Day

Dave Matthews Band will release Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95 on vinyl next month.

dmb live at red rocksThe DMB Live at Red Rocks vinyl will be available on Record Store Day, which is April 22, Pop Culture on Wax reports. The album will be available on four 150-gram silver LPs, and there will be 2,500 copies made, according to the site.

Dave Matthews Band originally released Live at Red Rocks, its first full live album, on Oct. 28, 1997. The album captures the band’s Aug. 15, 1995 concert in Morrison, Colorado, featuring all five original DMB members and Tim Reynolds on electric guitar.

Highlights of the album include the opening “Seek Up,” a unique romp through “Two Step,” a lengthy “#36” and the classic combo of “Dancing Nancies” into “Warehouse.”

DMB Live at Red Rocks has sold more than 2 million copies.

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds play ‘Teach Your Children’ with Graham Nash

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds covered the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young classic “Teach Your Children” last night in Washington, D.C. — with help from a special guest.

CSNY’s Graham Nash, who wrote the 1970 hit, joined Dave and Tim on stage to perform the song, which closed out their headlining set at the Stand with Standing Rock concert. Singer and guitarist Shane Fontayne, who has toured with Nash, also played on the tune.

Proceeds from the event, which Nash performed at earlier in the evening, will benefit the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Another performer on the bill, Neko Case, joined Dave and Tim previously in their set to cover Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker.”

Watch the entire Stand with Standing Rock concert below. The Dave and Tim set, which also features a rare “Little Thing” and the new song “Song for Billijo,” starts at the 2 hour, 36 minute mark.

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Europe 2017 tour announced

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Tim Reynolds and Dave Matthews perform in San Diego on Sept. 23, 2010.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds will tour Europe in March and April.

The Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Europe 2017 tour kicks off with two shows in London on March 20 and 21. The 15-concert jaunt ends April 11 in Porto, Portugal. It is the first time Dave and Tim have toured Europe since 2007.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. local time; Warehouse members may request premium ticket packages to some shows and participate in a general pre-sale that begins Oct. 19 at 3 a.m. ET. Check out the full Dave and Tim European tour dates:
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Bob Weir joins Dave Matthews Band on stage in Berkeley

The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir performed with Dave Matthews Band at last night’s concert.

Weir joined DMB on a 13-minute version of Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker” during the show in Berkeley, California. It was the first time Weir had ever guested at a DMB concert, but he did perform with Dave Matthews and Friends in 2006 and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds in 1999.

The second of two DMB concerts in Berkeley also featured the tour debuts of “The Stone,” which opened the show, and “Can’t Stop.”

Watch Bob Weir and Dave Matthews Band cover “The Maker” last night:

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