DMB Tour To Kick Off In Hometown
As tipped here last month, the Dave Matthews Band's tour in support of its forthcoming RCA album "Everyday" will visit a larger number of stadiums than ever before. The first leg of the trek will begiAs tipped here last month, the Dave Matthews Band's tour in support of its forthcoming RCA album "Everyday" will visit a larger number of stadiums than ever before. The first leg of the trek will begin April 21 in the group's hometown of Charlottesville, Va., and will hit such storied stadiums as L.A.'s Dodger Stadium (May 22); Chicago's Soldier Field (July 6); and Dallas' Texas Stadium (July 15, the final date of the tour's first leg). As previously reported, DMB will on May 5 be among the myriad of artists playing the 32nd annual New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival.
"Right now, it makes sense for us to play in bigger venues," Matthews tells Billboard in its Feb. 17 issue. "We've made the presentation more extravagant, but we haven't lost any of the spontaneity, because we're working with the same people we always have. We're growing together."
The April 21 opener at Charlottesville's Scott Stadium will benefit the band's Bama Works Foundation, which distributes funds to select non-profit organizations. Tickets to that show will go on sale March 3; all other announced shows go on sale during the weekend of March 10. Tickets to select shows will be available via a lottery system to members of the DMB fan club, Warehouse, prior to public on sale dates.
"Everyday," due Feb. 27, is led by first single "I Did It," which is No. 8 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart this week. The album was produced by Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith), who took over the project when the band decided to scrap work on material put to tape with Steve Lillywhite behind the boards at the band's Charlottesville studio.
The video for "I Did It," shot in Miami by Dave Myers ('N Sync, Kid Rock) will debut Feb. 15 on MTV, MTV2, and VH1. The full album will be premiered Feb. 22 on the SFX Radio Network.
In addition, the band will appear Feb. 24 on "Saturday Night Live" to premiere "I Did It," which has yet to be performed live. DMB will also play the song Feb. 26 on "The Late Show With David Letterman," the same night that Charlie Rose will follow-up his "60 Minutes II" interview with Matthews with a one-hour episode of his PBS series.
Here is the first leg of the Dave Matthews Band's tour:
April 21: Charlottesville, Va. (Scott Stadium)
April 28-29: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion)
May 1: Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Pavilion)
May 2: Greensville, S.C. (Bi-Lo Center)
May 5: New Orleans (New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival)
May 8: Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)
May 9: Birmingham, Ala. (Oak Mountain Amphitheatre)
May 11: Houston (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion)
May 15: Phoenix (Desert Sky Pavilion)
May 18: San Francisco (Pac Bell Park)
May 22: Los Angeles (Dodgers Stadium)
May 26-27: Las Vegas (Sam Boyd Stadium)
June 3: Detroit (Comerica Park)
June 6: Atlanta (Turner Field)
June 9: Washington, D.C. (RFK Stadium)
June 11: East Rutherford, N.J. (Giants Stadium)
June 16: Foxboro, Mass. (Foxboro Stadium)
June 20: Buffalo, N.Y. (Ralph Wilson Stadium)
June 22: Philadelphia (venue TBA)
July 6: Chicago (Soldier Field)
July 11: Boulder, Colo. (Folsom Field)
July 15: Dallas (Texas Stadium)