Matthews To Tour With Famous 'Friends'

Dave Matthews is taking a few friends out on tour this winter, but they aren't his colleagues in Dave Matthews Band. Instead, the singer/songwriter will hit the road with longtime sideman Tim Reynolds

Dave Matthews is taking a few friends out on tour this winter, but they aren't his colleagues in Dave Matthews Band. Instead, the singer/songwriter will hit the road with longtime sideman Tim Reynolds, Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio, Anastasio-affiliated keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, and rhythm section Brady Blade (drums) and Tony Hall (bass), who back Matthews on his new RCA solo debut, "Some Devil."

The tour begins Dec. 12 in University Park, Pa., and will wrap Jan. 16 in Oakland, Calif. Emmylou Harris and Spyboy will also be on the bill. Tickets will be available for members of Matthews' Warehouse fan organization beginning Thursday (Oct. 9).

Anastasio will be wedging the dates into Phish's previously announced fall tour, which begins Nov. 28 in Uniondale, N.Y., and includes a four-show New Year's run in Miami. Anastasio plays on several cuts on "Some Devil."

Sources say Dave Matthews Band will return to the studio early next year. As first reported here, the group's recent benefit concert in New York's Central Park will be released on CD and DVD in November, followed early next year by a three-DVD/six-CD collection taped Sept. 2002 in George, Wash.

Here are Dave Matthews & Friends' tour dates:

Dec. 12: University Park, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
Dec. 13: Providence, R.I. (Dunkin' Donuts Center)
Dec. 15: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Dec. 16: Boston (FleetCenter)
Dec. 17: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Dec. 19: Hartford, Conn. (Hartford Civic Center)
Dec. 20: Rochester, N.Y. (Blue Cross Arena)
Dec. 22: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
Jan. 12: Seattle (Key Arena)
Jan. 14: San Diego (Cox Arena)
Jan. 15: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
Jan. 16: Oakland, Calif. (Oakland Arena)