Before its spring tour has even started, the Dave Matthews Band is looking ahead to a two-month U.S. summer tour, due to kick off with a pair of shows July 5-6 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The latest seri

Before its spring tour has even started, the Dave Matthews Band is looking ahead to a two-month U.S. summer tour, due to kick off with a pair of shows July 5-6 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The latest series of dates, announced yesterday (Feb. 19) to the band's Warehouse fan club, is mostly made up of multiple night stands at outdoor venues, and is set to close with a Sept. 6-8 series in George, Wash.

As previously reported, DMB will kick off a North American arena/amphitheater tour April 4 in Washington, D.C., that will keep the act on the road through a May 24 finale in Vancouver.

Both legs of the tour avoid the enormous stadium dates that have been commonplace in past years. "We've been in the stadiums for a while, and now we've made a conscious decision to downsize and make it easier on everybody," the band's longtime manager, Coran Capshaw, revealed last November.

Capshaw also said that the band might visit Europe sometime this year. Eight international concert dates were called off last November in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

The DMB album track "The Space Between" -- from its latest RCA album, "Everyday," is nominated for a best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal Grammy. The band is slated to perform at the 44th annual ceremony, set for Feb. 27 in Los Angeles. "Everyday" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

Bandleader Dave Matthews, meanwhile, will be honored Feb. 26 by Rock The Vote with the organization's Patrick Lippert Award. As previously reported, Matthews will share the award, which will recognize his charitable efforts with the band's Bama Works Foundation, with Destiny's Child. Nelly Furtado, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Glenn Lewis will perform at the ceremony at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.

That same day will see the release of the "We Were Soldiers" soundtrack, for which Matthews teamed with Johnny Cash to record the song "For You." The Sony set also includes new songs from Train, Five For Fighting, India.Arie, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and country duo Montgomery Gentry.

Here are Dave Matthews Band's summer tour dates:

July 5-6: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Mars Music Amphitheater)
July 8: Atlanta (HiFi Buys Amphitheater)
July 9: Antioch, Tenn. (Amsouth Amphitheater)
July 11: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltell Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
July 12: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Pavilion)
July 13: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 16-18: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Centre)
July 20: TBA
July 21: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Park Stadium)
July 23: TBA
July 25-26: Hartford, Conn. (ctnow.com Meadows Music Theatre)
July 28-29: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
July 31: TBA
Aug. 2-3: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion at Starlake)
Aug. 5-6: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre)
Aug. 8: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 10-11: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Aug. 26-27: Maryland Heights, Mo. (Riverport Amphitheatre)
Aug. 29: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Centre)
Aug. 31-Sept. 1: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley Music Theatre)
Sept. 3: Bonner Springs, Kan. (Sandstone Amphitheatre)
Sept. 6-8: George, Wash. (Gorge Amphitheatre)

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