The Dave Matthews Band released their 2012 Summer Tour Dates today:
5/18/12 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands TX
5/19/12 Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas TX
5/20/12 Gulf Shores Beach, Gulf Shores AL
5/22/12 Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta GA
5/23/12 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte NC
5/25/12 Comcast Theatre, Hartford CT
5/26/12 Comcast Theatre, Hartford CT
5/28/12 Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain, Scranton PA
5/29/12 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati OH
6/2/12 The Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto ON
6/3/12 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls OH
6/5/12 Comcast Center, Mansfield MA
6/6/12 Comcast Center, Mansfield MA
6/8/12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
6/9/12 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs NY
6/12/12 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh NY
6/13/12 Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh NY
6/16/12 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow VA
6/17/12 Farm Bureau Live at VA Beach, Virginia Beach VA
6/22/12 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville IN
6/23/12 Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville IN
6/26/12 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ
6/27/12 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden NJ
6/29/12 HersheyPark Stadium, Hershey PA
6/30/12 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel PA
7/3/12 Darien Performing Arts Center, Darien Center NY
7/6/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI
7/7/12 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI
7/10/12 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston MI
7/11/12 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre St Louis, Maryland Heights MO
7/13/12 First Niagra Pavilion, Burgettstown PA
7/14/12 First Niagra Pavilion, Burgettstown PA
7/18/12 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre, Tampa FL
7/20/12 Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL
7/21/12 Cruzan Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach FL
8/31/12 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA
9/1/12 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA
9/2/12 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA
9/7/12 Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre, Chula Vista CA
9/8/12 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Irvine CA
9/9/12 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View CA
In my life, I have attended exactly 50 Dave Matthews Band concerts, yes fifty. I only saw them once last year in 2011, and that was just an acoustic Dave & Tim show in Charlottesville VA. I’ve decided that I will attend six concerts in 2012. I’m likely headed to see DMB at Cuyahoga Falls in after ballhawking a Twins vs Indians afternoon Sunday game. The game begins at 3:05, so I’ll probably get to stay and watch some of this game before heading south to Cuyahoga Falls for DMB. It’s only 39 minutes away, and DMB doesn’t take the stage until 8:15, so I’ll have plenty of time to get there. The last time I was at Cuyahoga Falls was in 2009:
Then, I’ll likely head to see DMB at Starlake, I mean, Post Gazette Pavilion, wait, I mean First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, which is south of Pittsburgh. Every time I get used to the venue name, they change it. I’ve seen the most concerts (14) of the fifty there. The last time I was there, I saw the Mayor, Sean Casey:
He was pretty drunk and kept high fiving me every time he went to the bathroom, but it was pretty cool to have an MLB player right in front of you when you’re not expecting it. He was really into the concert too.
The icing on the cake will be heading to the Gorge for a second time. The plane tickets are booked. While there, I will try and ballhawk one, maybe two games at Safeco Field in Seattle. The last time I was there was 2010.
It’s probably the most beautiful peaceful place that I’ve been to.
Here’s a video I shot of the amphitheatre when I was there in 2010:
I usually go to lots of Dave Matthews Band concerts every summer, and after taking last summer off, I can’t wait to get back to a few shows. I love that Dave Matthews Band doesn’t play the same set every night. You never know when they’re going to pull out a song that they haven’t played in years.
In the fifty shows I’ve been to, I’ve seen 159 different songs played, 929 total songs played, and been to 19 different venues.
I’ll get back to baseball talk tomorrow.
Until then, remember,
50 days until opening day, 3 days until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, and 4 days left to win this Dustin Pedroia T-Shirt.