Thursday, February 19, 2009

DMB Moving Forward in '09

Coming off an emotional 2008 (to say the least), the Dave Matthews Band will hit the road hard this spring and summer, beginning in mid-April, and lasting until early October.

They currently have more than sixty shows set for this year, including a stop here in Cincinnati, as well as two shows in Indianapolis, at "the venue formerly known as Deer Creek."

They have asked several amazing artists to join them on the road this year, and here in Cincinnati we'll be blessed to have The Hold Steady opening for them. Up in Indy they'll be getting a double shot of Old Crow Medicine Show.

Other openers for the tour include Robert Earl Keen, Jason Mraz, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Donavon Frankenreiter, Yonder Mountain String Band, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves, G. Love and Special Sauce, Switchfoot and The Avett Brothers.

Though their new album won't be released until June 2, they are kicking the tour off on April 14 at Madison Square Gardens, with openers, The Roots.

In 2008, the band, its crew, their families and friends, and even their cult-like following, lost a friend with the tragic loss of saxophonist, LeRoi Moore, as well as the departure of keyboardist Butch Taylor.

The late Moore was recently left off the list of deceased artists that was read during the Grammy Awards, and it has caused a stir with DMB fans from all around, who are demanding an apology.

The Recording Academy released a statement basically saying that there wasn't enough time to mention every artist in the video tribute.

Dave Matthews thoughts on the whole thing: "We know what a great man Mr. Moore was. We remember him." Dave also said "The Grammys are not my cup of tea. I won't go unless I have to."

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