The Dave Matthews Band sounded pretty close to fully formed on their 1994 debut, ‘Under the Table and Dreaming,’ but their follow-up album, 1996’s ‘Crash,’ is the record where they become the Dave Matthews Band we know today. Their first album is wobbly, tentative and basically a gateway to their concerts, which were quickly developing a reputation as must-see events. ‘Crash,’ which celebrates its 17th anniversary today, began focusing on the songs.
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‘Before These Crowded Streets,’ the Dave Matthews Band’s third album, was their first to reach No. 1. More importantly, it’s their first record to reach some sort of balance between the band’s live shows and its oft-neglected songwriting. Prior to ‘Before These Crowded Streets,’ which celebrates its 15th anniversary today, the group pretty much treated their albums like the Grateful Dead treated theirs: as stripped-down vessels designed for onstage exploration. Afterward, they became fully formed works that occasionally found new life in concert.
The Dave Matthews Band’s fourth album was supposed to be their fourth with producer Steve Lillywhite, who helped steer the group to fame and its first No. 1 with 1998’s ‘Before These Crowded Streets.’ But the album they made with Lillywhite (which included some of the darkest material they ever recorded) was eventually scrapped, and they headed back into the studio with Alanis Morissette’s producer Glen Ballard.
The Dave Matthews Band have announced their summer 2013 in support of their latest album, 'Away From the World,' which came out last year. Like most summers for the past 20 or so years, Matthews will spend three months on the road playing career-spanning sets in outdoor amphitheaters for sun-kissed audiences.
Dave Matthews Band have pledged a donation of $1 million to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, announcing plans to set aside proceeds from their Nov. 30 gig at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., for the cause. That show, the first of two nights at the arena, is also the opening night of a three-week North American DMB tour that is scheduled through a Dec. 22 gig in Philadelphia.
With another No. 1 in their back pockets, courtesy of the just-released 'Away From the World,' Dave Matthews Band continue to do what they do best, and that's bring their traveling road show to fans across the country. DMB have announced a month-long East Coast trek that launches in late fall. DMB will hit the New York City area on Nov. 30 and remain on the road right up until the holidays, wrapping this leg of dates up on Dec. 22 in Philadelphia.