So last night my wife and I went to see Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds at Radio City Music Hall. I first saw Dave & Tim at the Jefferson Theater, a second-run movie house and occasional music venue, in Charlottesville in 1993. What a difference 14 years makes.
Since its inception in 1998 I've been a member of the Warehouse, the Dave Matthews Band fan club. The primary motivation for paying my $30 every year is for preferential ticket access and seating assignments. This isn't always guaranteed - last summer we had pretty crappy seats for the DMB show on Randall's Island. (Rolling Stone recently ran an article called "The New Fan Club Ticket Scam" - DMB wasn't mentioned and I don't think they do anything shady.) Anyway, it paid off big time last night. Third row seats.
I knew these were going to be great seats but I didn't find out until we were on our way to the show that they were so great that on eBay on craigslist.org seats like these were going for a few thousand bucks! Would have been some nice cash but I'm glad we went. Dave & Tim do so few acoustic shows these days.
I had seen the setlist from the previous night at UMass and it turns out it was literally a warm up for the Radio City show. Dave announced that the Radio City show was being taped for a DVD (so don't worry if you couldn't get tickets, you'll get to see it anyway). The setlist was almost identical between the two shows - though not in the same order. The downside of the taping was that they started exactly on time and we missed most of the first song.
Dave was in full force with his Davespeak (banter between songs). I've included some highlights interspersed in the setlist below:
- When the World Ends
- Stay or Leave
- Save Me
Davespeak: Dave talks about his guitar tech Monk wearing a Yankees hat which at first brought cheers and then boos from the crowd. "I hope no fist fights break out. Actually, that's not completely true."
- So Damn Lucky
Davespeak (serious): Dave talks about an article from The Nation that tells the story of Jon Town, a US military specialist who was injured in Iraq and discharged without medical benefits because he was deemed to have a pre-existing condition.
- The Maker
- Old Dirt Hill
- Ayhee (new song inspired by the Koi San people of South Africa)
- Out of My Hands (Dave admits to faking the piano)
Davespeak: Talks about his appearance on House and how his stomach was growling so loud Hugh Laurie could hear it; scene was so boring one of the cameramen fell asleep.
- Still Water >
- Don't Drink the Water
- Down by the River
- You are My Sanity
- Lie in Our Graves
- Encore (we unfortunately had to leave)
- Some Devil
- Grace is Gone
- Dancing Nancies
- Encore 2!!
- #41 (can't believe I missed this)
- Two Step
Security was pretty relaxed about cameras - I guess because everyone has a camera phone. I was able to get this decent video clip from Crash. Enjoy!