Dave Matthews Band: Ten Biggest Moments
On February 26, 1997, Dave Matthews Band won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by Duo or Group for “So Much to Say.” It’s their only win in 14 nominations. Even so, it proves that DMB can not only sell millions of albums, sell out stadiums all over the world, and earn rave reviews from critics, but they can win awards too. DMB is one of the few artists that are a success no matter what you use as a measuring stick.
Needless to say, Dave Matthews Band has experienced a bunch of big moments throughout their career. Musicolgy-101 has whittled their long list down to ten. Below is the definite list of the ten biggest moments in the career of the Dave Matthews Band. These moments range from the band’s inception to their upcoming summer tour. Keep in mind not all of their big moments are positive.
>> Legal Inspiration
In 1990, lawyer Ross Hoffman convinces a shy bartender by the name of Dave Matthews to record a demo and to approach drummer Carter Beauford. That went so well that Matthews was able to muster up the courage to approach LeRoi Moore. Soon they were jamming with Stefan Lessard and finally Boyd Tinsley—otherwise known as the original lineup of DMB. Of course, the world might have been robbed of the opportunity to ever see Dave Matthews Band live had it not been for the encouragement of one thirsty attorney.
>> Independent Platinum
Dave Matthews Band released their first album, Remember Two Things, in 1993. The independent live album made a huge splash on the college charts and eventually earned a Platinum certification from the RIAA. Granted, the certification wasn’t awarded until 2002 but it’s still a huge deal for an indie album.
Crash dropped in 1998. Oddly, it’s the band’s last album not to reach number one. It is however the bestselling album of their repertoire. For better or worse, Crash is the DMB album most familiar to casual fans.
>> The Lillywhite Sessions
DMB has always been good to their fans. They let supporters record their live shows, and in the case of The Lillywhite Sessions, they caved into pressure and released a scrapped album. In 2000, DMB and producer Steve Lillywhite recorded a bunch of songs. These songs, which were quite dark, were later shelved and the band’s relationship with Lillywhite terminated. The following year, the songs were leaked onto the internet. After a fierce internet campaign launched by fans, Dave Matthews Band officially released The Lillywhite Sessions. Fans clamored for its released because the band’s most recent studio album at the time, Everyday, was derided as too slick and too mainstream.
In August of 2004, Dave Matthews Band was at the center of a real crappy situation after 800 pounds of human waste from Boyd Tinsley’s tour bus was dumped onto 109 passengers of a sightseeing boat cruising the Chicago River. The bus driver ended up taking the fall while DMB settled a civil lawsuit out of court for $200,000.
>> Live Trax
Dave Matthews Band and their Website released their first “Live Trax” volume in November of 2004. It was a recording of the band’s concert at the Centrum Center (now the DCU Center) in Worcester, Massachusetts. As of Jan. 31, 2013, DMB have released 28 Live Trax volumes. The band’s other live series, DMBLive, started in 2008. Over the years, the band has released recordings of their concerts at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco; the Bayou in Washington D.C.; and the Revolver Club in Madrid, Spain.
In March of 2005, Dave Matthews Band played Australia for the very first time. The highlight of their tour was playing the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival (also known as the Bryon Bay Bluesfest). In April of 2014, the band is headlining that festival again as well as its sister event, the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival.
>> Aug. 19, 2008
June 28, 2008 was the last time all five original members of the Dave Matthews Band played together. On June 30, LeRoi Moore was injured while driving his ATV on his farm in Virginia. He was expected to make a full recovery but died on Aug. 19. Unfortunately, this big moment is also the band’s saddest.
>> 20th Anniversary
In 2011, Dave Matthews Band celebrated their 20th anniversary by not launching a summer tour. Instead, they hosted and headlined four music festivals called “The Dave Matthews Band Caravan.” The four festivals were held in Atlantic City; Chicago; Governor’s Island in New York City; and The Gorge in George, Washington.
>>2014 Summer Tour
Dave Matthews Band tours every summer so what makes their upcoming 2014 jaunt so special? Well, it has the band playing two sets a show, they’ll be playing acoustically and electrically, and they’ll be joined by a plethora of big time artists. The band’s 2013 summer excursion has DMB playing 47 shows and grossing $40 million. In 2014 they’ll be playing 42 times from May 16 (Woodlands, Texas) to Sept. 6 (Irvine, California).
Dave Matthews Band will visit cities all over North America including Dallas, Saratoga Springs, Toronto, and Raleigh. Dave Matthews Band has three concerts scheduled in Berkeley, California from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24. And as usual, Dave Matthews Band performs at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington over Labor Day Weekend (Aug. 29 through Aug. 31).