On April 14th, Dave Matthews Band returns with its first studio album in four years – and they’ll celebrate with a show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden that evening. The date will mark the beginning of the band’s spring tour, which will include a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (April 26th) and wrap up in Las Vegas on May 9th. Along the way, Dave Matthews Band fans will be treated to the group’s first-ever live performances of songs from the new album. An online ticket request period begins today and continues through January 4th at:
Tickets go on sale to the general public on January 17th – except for the Nashville show, which goes on sale January 16th. Please check with your local venue or ticket retailer for details. See below for the full itinerary and supporting acts.
The band’s yet-to-be-titled album is being produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and will be released by RCA Records. The record is the follow-up to 2005’s Stand Up, the fourth consecutive Dave Matthews Band studio album to enter The Billboard 200 at No. 1. Formed in Virginia in the early 1990’s, Dave Matthews Band has sold a collective 35 million units (CD and DVD combined). With over 15 million tickets sold, the group has been named the top-drawing American band in the world by Billboard.
“Their set delivered the goods at Rothbury, and few would argue they didn’t make the festival their own,” said The Detroit News of Dave Matthews Band’s headlining performance at last summer’s first-ever Rothbury festival. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praised the group’s show there as “nothing short of inspired and inspiring” while The Oklahoman said: “this is a band that stretches out and thrives in the open air and under the stars.” “Mr. Matthews’ trade is to stir up a mélange of approaches – from rock and folksy pop to bluegrass and smooth jazz – to make doubt positive, make loss a gain, and make depression a celebration,” observed The Dallas Morning News.
Dave Matthews Band is Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass), Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar) and Boyd Tinsley (violin). Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, the fifth original founding member, passed away during the band’s summer 2008 tour. Joining the group on the road this spring will be Tim Reynolds on guitar, Rashawn Ross on trumpet and Jeff Coffin on saxophone. They are also featured on the new album.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – SPRING 2009 U.S. TOUR
4/14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden The Roots
4/15 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center The Roots
4/17 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena Old Crow Medicine Show
4/18 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena Old Crow Medicine Show
4/20 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center Old Crow Medicine Show
4/22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion The Avett Brothers
4/24 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre The Avett Brothers
4/25 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt Stadium special show – support to be announced soon!
4/26 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
4/28 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park The Avett Brothers
4/29 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park The Avett Brothers
5/1 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Avett Brothers
5/2 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center The Avett Brothers
5/5 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion The Avett Brothers
5/6 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion The Avett Brothers
5/8 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena Jason Mraz
5/9 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena Jason Mraz