As the new year comes around, you’ll find each and every Dave Matthews Band fan updating their phones for a summer tour announcement. I especially fall into this group, and the wait is finally over. The 2016 summer tour dates are out, but that also comes with some bad news. They have announced that they will take a break from touring in 2017. Since Dave Matthews Band started in 1991, they have toured consistently in every calendar year except for 2011.
This will celebrate Dave Matthews Band’s 25th anniversary. In regards to the upcoming tour and the 2017 hiatus, the band has issued the following statement:
“We are excited to hit the road this summer and celebrate our 25th anniversary as a band before we take a break from touring in 2017. We are so appreciative of our amazing fans and want to thank you all for your continued support. See you this summer!” – (via davematthewsband.com)
The tour will commence in Wichita, Kansas on May 11th and continue through “Labor Dave” weekend for a three night stint at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington from 9/2 to 9/4. This has become a growing tradition.
The tour is set to take on the two set format that has been exhibited in the past two years. This will likely again mean one full acoustic set and one full electric. Dave Matthews Band has been one of the hottest acts of the summer since its origin, topping the 2000-2010 ticket sales earnings at $530 million (via Pollstar). Rolling Stone has also called them “the best live act of our generation.”
The Dave Matthews Band features, of course, Dave Matthews on vocals and rhythm guitar, Carter Beauford as a percussionist, Stefan Lessard on the bass guitar, Boyd Tinsley on violin and backing vocals, Tim Reynolds on lead guitar, Jeff Coffin on saxophone and flute, and Rashawn Ross on the trumpet as well as backing vocals. They have been categorized by many as a “jam band,” but with shades of pop. They are known for their illustrious improvisations, as well as their lighting shows.
When it comes to ‘DMB,’ the fans are as loyal as they come, so look out for another memorable summer. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 12pm local venue time on February 19th and all additional information can be found here. For a complete list of tour dates, please see the image below: