Last night, Dave Matthews Band took the stage at Nashville, Tenn.’s Bridgestone Arena as part of their ongoing summer tour 2023. During their performance, which saw a vast array of favorites poured out over one set, the ensemble welcomed country-rock star Zac Brown who assisted in a powerful cover of “All Along the Watchtower.”
The evening began with the enchanting melodies of “When the World Ends,” immersing in the captivated ambiance immediately in Dave Matthews Band’s signature sound. As the night progressed, they continued to treat fans to favorites like “Satellite,” the fresh and dynamic “Madman’s Eyes,” the introspective “Busted Stuff,” the intimate “Pantala Naga Pampa,” and more. Frontman Dave Matthews was equally soulful and joyous, be it newer material like the title track of his recently released album Walk Around the Moon, the pre-pandemic “Virginia in the Rain,” 1998’s “Don’t Drink the Water” or the iconic and unmistakable “Jimi Thing.”
After Matthews’ own “So Damn Lucky,” a special moment arrived when Brown joined the band on stage for a heartfelt rendition of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The rocking performance, perhaps a belated birthday nod to Dylan, marked the first time Brown and Dave Matthews Band have shared the stage since 2012. After the sit-in, the ensemble continued with fan favorites like “#41,” a soulful rendition of The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy),” which flowed into “After Everything,” followed by “Granny,” a pairing of “Kill the Preacher” > “Why I Am” and finally a set closing “Louisiana Bayou.”
For the encore, the band returned to the stage with the hauntingly beautiful “Looking for a Vein” and concluded with the timeless favorite “Grey Street,” providing a cathartic and uplifting ending to an unforgettable night of music.
Last month Dave Matthews Band graced the cover of Relix magazine. Read the cover story on Relix.com here.
Dave Matthews Band
Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
May 26, 2023
Set: When the World Ends, Satellite, Madman’s Eyes, Busted Stuff, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel, Walk Around the Moon, Virginia in the Rain, Don’t Drink the Water, Jimi Thing > Brick House (Commodores cover), Monsters, So Damn Lucky (Dave Matthews song) (Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) interpolation), All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover) (with Zac Brown), #41, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) (The Beatles cover) > After Everything, Granny, Kill the Preacher > Why I Am, Louisiana Bayou
Enc.: Looking for a Vein, Grey Street