Dave Matthews Band and Dave Matthews Biography
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The Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in early 1991, when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some songs he had written on tape. Instead of simply recording himself with a guitar, he opted to bring in some instrumental help to give his musical ideas more depth. Dave found assistance in drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who were both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music scene. Based on the recommendation of distinguished local jazz guru John D’earth, 16-year-old musical prodigy Stefan Lessard came on board to play bass. Completing the band was keyboard player Peter Griesar, who left the band after a couple of years, as well as the talented and classically trained violinist, Boyd Tinsley.
The first official gig for the newly conceived Dave Matthews Band was May 11, 1991, at a private rooftop party in Charlottesville. Its first public show was at the city’s 1991 Earth Day Festival. Local weekly gigs soon followed, and within a little time, word of the band’s contagious new sound spread like wildfire throughout the region. Clubs started to fill up, tours began to cover more territory, and the fan base grew at an incredible rate.
On November 9, 1993, DMB released its first album, Remember Two Things, on its Bama Rags label. The album was recorded live at The Muse Music Club on Nantucket Island, in August of 1993. The album debuted on College charts as the highest independent entry, and went on to be certified gold by the RIAA -- a significant accomplishment for an independent album. Meanwhile, the band kept touring and its fan base continued to grow. By allowing fans to tape shows for their personal use, DMB created a highly interactive community that continues in spirit today.
During the first part of 1994, Dave Matthews Band recorded its RCA debut, Under The Table and Dreaming. Just before the album’s release on September 27, 1994, Dave Matthews Band hit the road for their first official national tour. The tour lasted well over a year and included sold out theater dates across the country, a trip to Europe, and two summers playing on the main stage of HORDE. By the fall of 1995, when the band returned to the studio to record its next album, Under The Table and Dreaming had been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.
Crash, Dave Matthews Band’s second album for RCA, was released on April 30, 1996, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The band continued with a steady schedule of touring throughout 1997, headlining sold-out amphitheater dates across North America. DMB, though elevated to the level of national pop stardom, continued to do things precisely as it had from day one: organically, with a grass roots mentality.
On October 28, 1997, Bama Rags/RCA label released an official double-disc live Dave Matthews Band album, entitled Live at Red Rocks 8-15-95. Without any marketing or promotion, Live at Red Rocks debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and was instantly certified platinum. The album provided fans with a high-quality and reasonably priced alternative to the over-priced, ill-produced, and illegal live DMB CDs that were beginning to flood the bootleg black-market. The overwhelming success of Live at Red Rocks, combined with the band’s tremendous touring achievements, proved that Dave Matthews Band had grown from a grass roots phenomenon to one of the hottest bands in America.
On April 28, 1998, RCA released Dave Matthews Band’s third studio album, Before These Crowded Streets. The critically acclaimed recording debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart; it was the band’s strongest debut to date. DMB spent the following year and a half on the road, selling out stadiums, arenas, and amphitheaters across the country.
On January 19, 1999, Bama Rags/RCA released Live at Luther College: An Acoustic Performance by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. Tim Reynolds was a guest guitarist on all of the Dave Matthews Band albums, and toured with the band as a guest musician. Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds toured as an acoustic duo during the winters of ’96, ’97, and ’99. The second in a series of live Dave Matthews Band-related releases, Live at Luther College debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA . As with Live at Red Rocks, the success of this second live album was based solely on word-of-mouth buzz.
The third installment in this ongoing live album series, Listener Supported, was released by Bama Rags/RCA on November 23, 1999. The album was recorded live at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena in September 1999, and a video of the performance, also titled Listener Supported, was released at the same time. The double-disc album was quickly certified double-platinum, and the video has sold over a million copies as well.
The band spent much of 2000 on tour, finishing as the top-grossing touring band in the U.S. In the fall, Dave Matthews joined legendary producer Glen Ballard in Los Angeles to fine-tune song arrangements for a new album, and the pair wound up co-writing 12 new songs in a matter of days. From this explosion of creative chemistry came the band's new album, Everyday, released February 27, 2001. Matthews plays electric guitar for the first time, and Ballard helped the band focus and tighten their arrangements, resulting in their strongest and most finely-crafted album yet. The band will tour throughout 2001 in support of Everyday.
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The Great Mattews | Reviewer: Luis Martinez | 2/6/13
He is simply GREAT. So complex and so gent... #41, Cortez, and many others great songs... make me feel like I´m living at the music´s wings... just great... wonderful, his voice, his lyrics, his musicians... so jazzy, so him... WONDERFUL, thanks a lot my friend keeps on going giving us this great moments of travel music´s dreams ... so hot, so high... Try it and enjoy it.
Amazing | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/09
I am sitting here writing a paper about Dave Matthew's and the themes in his music, and I find myself unable to put his music into words. I feel like i should just turn in his C.D. and let everyone hear the music, because his music is just so complex and amazing that I can't describe it it a paper.
Hartford 06/06/09 | Reviewer: davematthewsfan123 | 6/7/09
Hartford 2009. Simply phenomenal. There is not a better word for it. #41 was the best it's ever been. Funny the Way It Is was an AMAZING opener. Great job DMB, 5 stars!
Best live: Live at Radio City Music Hall
Ya gotta give them a chance..... | Reviewer: Sean | 3/13/09
My fault everybody. I accidently submitted my last post before I finished. I will continue it now.
So oe day my friend, my girlfriend, and I were drving home from this party and we were all tired. So my buddy puts on this CD and it was acoustic and relaxing and beuatiful in every sense of the word. He was dropping us off and as I was getting out of the car I said, "Dude, who was that? That was so good. I need you to copy that CD for me." His answer, "That was Dave dude." SInce then I have become one fo the biggest DMB fans you will ever meet. I don't listen to anything but Dave now. Haha so the moral of my story is that everyone should give Dave Matthews an open minded chance....you won't regret it.
Ya gotta give them a chance..... | Reviewer: Sean | 3/13/09
I was one of those guys who listened to a variety of music from country to rock to classic rock to punk. But if you asked me to listen to Dave Matthews I would shut you down. One of my best friends has been a DMB fan as long as I can remember. I remember sitting in his car fro 10 minutes because he always tried to show me these apparently amazing Dave Matthews songs. I would always say there not my style and I would leave it at that.
FANS | Reviewer: derek hovis | 11/26/08
There is just something special inside all dmb members and fans, the love and respect we all share for music and each other. God bless Leroi he will live forever through records thank you for all you gave us. I saw dave this year in memphis(Sledgehammer!!!!!!). its amazing all the feelings dave's lyrics can bring out in us. I dont think its possible to have a favorite.
DMB continues to mark there spot at "Deer Creek" | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/27/08
I just got back from a two day concert at what is now Verizon Wireless Music Center but used to be "Deer Creek". It was worth the 12 hour drive...in fact I would do it every weekend. This is the third year I have been to Deer Creek to see DMB and I have to tell you that it has definitely in the upper echelon of venues. I never realized how many people traveled from all over to see Dave Matthews in Indy. We actually ran into a couple from the UK that flew in just to see the show. The chemistry this band has in indy is unbelievable and unlike anywhere else. DMB AT DEER CREEK IS A MUST!!!!
INCREDIBLE band | Reviewer: LicensedPoet | 7/6/08
I just saw DMB at the Charlotte Verizon Amphitheater and it was possibly the best concert I have ever been to. This group has an incomparable sound and stage quality. Can't wait for Live Trax 2008.
Amazing! | Reviewer: Sweety | 5/24/08
D.M.B is really amazing, I love them and just when I thought that I pretty much knew them I came across this song. They just keep getting better.I love everything about this band they are really great.Whenever I get sometime to myself I listen to D.M.B and nomatter how bad my day was it just seems to make things better.
Late Bloomer Revisited | Reviewer: Barry Elder | 3/17/08
I, like the previous poster, "Late Bloomer", am in my 50's. My children have always exposed me to new sounds and groups (they are in their 20's). Some I really like ('Godsmack', 'Rage Against The Machine', grunge and metal bands, etc. To date my very favorite is Dave Matthews, on so many levels. Is it Jazz/Rock Fusion? I don't know but I do know that if I meet a DMB fan anywhere on Earth, I have met a beautiful, thoughtful and caring person I can trust. So is the message Mr. Matthews conveys to those who really listen, we all have the potential of being beautiful, thoughtful and caring, all we need to learn is trust.
DMB is amazing! | Reviewer: Jamie | 1/21/08
I have seen Dave Matthews Band twice. I have also seen Dave Matthews play with Tim Reynolds once. I highly recommend to everybody to see at least one live show of Dave playing with Tim Reynolds. They're absolutely amazing together.
I love the lyrics, I love singing and dancing to the sweet music. And I hope by the time I'm 25, I will have seen them at least ten times. [Shall probably be successful seeing as how I'm only 18 and have been averaging one a year for the past three years.]
But please, check out Dave and Tim Reynolds. You won't be disappointed! =]
radio city | Reviewer: Josh | 11/30/07
I must recommend the dvd with dave matthews and tim reynolds at the radiocity music hall....the best thing ever addiction would be an understatement
i<333dmb | Reviewer: Hope | 10/25/07
dave matthews band is by far the best band of this generation. i have lots of albums and i went to a concert this august. they sound even better live !! their music has real meaning and i could listen to dave all day !!!
Great show at the Hollywood Bowl | Reviewer: Jess | 10/2/07
My first Dave Matthews concert and loved it! The only thing I missed was hearing my favorite song "Crash Into Me". Great show last night on Oct 1st!
Saw DMB just last night | Reviewer: Beth | 9/26/07
4th time at a DMB concert at Cricket Pavilion in PHX. Full moon, perfect weather, sitting in the grass. Absolutely phenomenal combination of variables as a backdrop to one of the best performing live groups there is today.
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