Dave Matthews Band wrapped up a two-night stand at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Friday night and, after welcoming guitarist Eric Krasno the previous evening, marked their MSG finale with a number of surprise special guests, including guitarist Warren Haynes, who helped the group dust off a classic Neil Young cover for the first time in years.
After opening with “One Sweet World” and fitting in tour debuts of live staples like “Granny” and “Crush,” plus a run of “When I’m Weary” featuring just Matthews and keyboardist Buddy Strong, the band got the sit ins got started with jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, who made his DMB debut on the classic “Warehouse” and Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer.” A few tunes later, guitarist Mark Whitfield, who sat in with the band this past summer, returned to the stage for “Captain.”
The DMB hit “Crash Into Me” was then followed up with Haynes emerging to lend his guitar and vocals to Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer,” marking the first time Dave Matthews Band had covered the expansive cut since June 2015. It was also Haynes’ first guest spot with DMB since June 26, 2015, when the collective covered another Young song, “Down By the River.” The Gov’t Mule frontman then stuck around for “Tripping Billies.”
To close out the set, Matthews and company were joined by Faddis, Trey Anastasio Band saxophonist (and former Lettuce/Shady Horns bandmate of DMB trumpeter Rashawn Ross) and jazz saxophonist Ron Blake for the band’s signature run of “Jimi Thing” into a partial cover of Prince’s “Sexy M.F.” The night and DMB’s MSG run then rounded out with an encore of “So Right” and “Grey Street.”
See the full setlist below, along with fan-shot video from the evening. Next up for Dave Matthews Band is a trip to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, tomorrow night.
Dave Matthews Band
Madison Square Garden New York, NY
One Sweet World, Granny, Everyday, Seven, Do You Remember, Crush, When I’m Weary*, Warehouse**, Sledgehammer**, Digging a Ditch, Don’t Drink the Water, Captain~, Crash Into Me, Cortez The Killer^, Tripping Billies^^, She, Jimi Thing%
Enc: So Right, Grey Street
*Dave and Buddy Strong
**with Jon Faddis
~with Mark Whitfield
^with Warren Haynes, last time played 6/10/15
^^with Warren Haynes
%with John Faddis, Ron Blake and James Casey