Photo by Andrew Scott Blackstein
Last night, Dave Matthews Band kicked off their tour at the newly constructed Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The ensemble dusted off a handful of rarities, including the first “Break For It” performed with a full band since 2010.
The night before, the group played a private show in Austin. It marked the first time since 2005 that they played without Rashawn Ross, their longtime trumpeter, who has been playing with Lady Gaga during her recent Vegas run. However, Ross was back in time for the official tour kick-off last night.
The single set performance got underway with “Warehouse,” followed by a track off the band’s 1998 LP, Before These Crowded Streets, “Don’t Drink the Water.” Next, Dave Matthews Band picked up fan-favorite “You & Me” ahead of a rare live performance of “Madman’s Eyes,” which has only been played a total of five times since debuting on tour last year.
Next, they performed a favored take on “Grace Is Gone” and “Grey Street” before dusting off “Break for It,” played for the first time with a full band since Sept. 5, 2010. Then, they busted out another rarity, this time “Shotgun,” last performed on May 11, 2016, at Dave Matthews Band’s concert in Wichita, Kan. They followed with a segued pairing of “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel.”
The 21-song set continued with “Satellite” and “Funny the Way It Is.” Another bust out came next, “Break Free” was played for the first time with a full band, since Nov. 27, 2018. Then, Dave Matthews Band continued with “What Would You Say” and “Crush.” 2002’s “Where Are You Going” was followed by “The Only Thing” and “The Space Between.”
The band delivered “Dancing Nancies” off Under the Table and Dreaming before Matthews offered a skillful solo on “Kill the Preacher.” Finally, for the last song of the set, they played “Why I Am” before breaking into the first song of their encore, “Sister,” featuring Tim Reynolds, Carter Beauford and Ross. Then, the rest of the band joined in on “Ants Marching” to close out their Austin stand.
Following last night’s show, Dave Matthews Band will continue their tour tomorrow night at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
Dave Matthews Band
Moody Center– Austin, Texas
May 11, 2022
Set: Warehouse, Don’t Drink the Water, You & Me, Madman’s Eyes, Grace Is Gone, Grey Street, Break for It*, Shotgun^, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel, Proudest Monkey > Satellite, Funny the Way It Is, Break Free&, What Would You Say, Crush, Where Are You Going, The Only Thing, The Space Between, Dancing Nancies, Kill the Preacher% > Why I Am
Enc.: Sister, Ants Marching
* First full band performance since Sept. 5, 2010
^ First full band performance since May 11, 2016
& First full band performance since Nov. 27, 2018
% Dave solo