Dave Matthews Band Prepping Ninth Studio Album, Summer Tour

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Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews Band performs live for fans at the 2014 Byron Bay Bluesfest on April 21, 2014 in Byron Bay, Australia.  

Dates kick off on May 18 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, Texas.

If it's summer, then it must be time for the Dave Matthews Band to hit the road. The group announced the dates for its extensive summer 2018 outing on Tuesday (Jan. 16), which will kick off with a show on May 18 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Texas, and keep the guys on the road through a Sept. 10 gig at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. 

In even better news, according to a press release, the group is putting the finishing touches on their ninth studio album, the follow-up to 2012's Away From the World. No other information was available on the title of the album or a release date at press time. An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association is underway now here

All online ticket orders for the summer tour purchased by May 17 will include a choice of CD or digital download of the new album. General public on sale for the tour will start on Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. local time.

Check out the tour dates below:

May 18 -- The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman

May 19 -- Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion

May 22 -- Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater

May 26 -- Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

May 27 -- Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater

May 29 -- Brandon, MS @ Brandon Amphitheater

May 30 -- Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP - Arkansas Music Pavilion

June 1 -- Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion

June 2 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

June 5 -- Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater

June 6 -- Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

June 7 -- Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center

June 9 -- Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live

June 12 -- Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

June 13 -- Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

June 15 -- Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

June 16 -- Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion

June 22 -- Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center

June 23 -- Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre

June 27 -- Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater

June 29 -- Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion

June 30 -- Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion

July 1 -- Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater

July 6 -- Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 7 -- Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

July 10 -- Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage

July 11 -- Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest

July 13 -- Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 14 -- Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

July 17 -- Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

July 18 -- Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

July 20 -- Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek

July 21 -- Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

July 24 -- Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte

July 25 -- Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

July 27 -- West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

July 28 -- West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds

Aug. 24 -- Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

Aug. 25 -- Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

Aug. 28 -- Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater

Aug. 31 -- Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre

Sept. 1 -- Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre

Sept. 2 -- Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre

Sept. 7 -- Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Sept. 8 -- Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View

Sept. 10 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl