Former Dave Matthews Band Violinist Boyd Tinsley Says He Will 'Be Back On Stage Again Sooner Than Later'

Boyd Tinsley of The Dave Matthews Band
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Boyd Tinsley of The Dave Matthews Band performs onstage during AOL Music LIVE! concert at the Roseland Ballroom May 9, 2005 in New York City. 

Seven months after trumpeter James Frost-Winn claimed that Boyd Tinsley sexually harassed him, the former Dave Matthews Band violinist says he's getting ready to hit the stage again.

After a six-month absence from social media, Tinsley began easing back into the spotlight last week with a series of tweets and Instagram posts, in which he said he's prepping a comeback. "I'm back," he wrote on Nov. 13 in his first tweet since May 11, a week before Crystal Garden trumpeter Frost-Winn claimed in a lawsuit that the married father of two sexually flirted with him and made sexual comments, physically touched and sexted with him, claiming that Frost-Winn "owed him" for bringing Frost-Winn into his DMB side project. 

"One more thing before I go," Tinsley added later in the day, "I will be back on stage again sooner than later. I'll let you know when. Spread the word. I may have some recordings to share as well."

Frost-Winn sought legal counsel earlier this year and reportedly tried to settle his claims against Tinsley out of court, initially issuing a demand letter on Feb. 2. That same day, Tinsley announced that he would be taking a break from Dave Matthews Band. After Tinsley's reps reportedly claimed that he was just a "session musician" and not one of Tinsley's employees, Frost-Winn sued the violinist in May for "loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, emotional distress, and humiliation in an amount to be proven at trial."

At the time the lawsuit was filed, band leader Matthews told Vulture, "I have a deep love for Boyd, and he has to deal with his stuff. In many ways I'm sure it would've been a lot easier for him to just say, 'I'm good. Let's go play.' But you can't just throw yourself away, your wellness away, because you play violin in a band. It doesn't make any sense to do that...I can't say, 'I can't wait till he comes back,' because I don't know what's going to happen. But right now being away is better for him. Nobody is happy about this situation. Except that we're happy he can figure some stuff out. I hope he does. But I'm going to miss having that whirling-dervish Adonis-Muppet over there on my right. I know the audience is, too. But we can't serve that desire." A source close to DMB tells Billboard that Tinsley is not returning to the group. 

Tinsley has continued tweeting this week (from an account that features a watermarked photo of Matthews and a reference to the band's name: @bt_dmb, as well as a bio that reads "Violinist for DMB"), mostly shout-outs to his 89,000 followers with messages such as, "I hope you've had a good weekend. Sending out extra love and peace to those who are going through tough times." Another tweet from last week links to a video of Crystal Garden, which Tinsley notes features the "remaining 3 members" of the band, but which does not feature trumpet player Frost-Winn, who is also no longer listed as a member on the band's official website.

On Saturday (Nov. 17), Tinsley posted an Instagram snap from the studio in which he's playing violin, writing, "Here's me in preparation for a new musical project to debut any time now." Tinsley did not specify what the project is.


Here’s me in preparation for a new musical project to debut any time now. Stay tuned. #muchLoVE

A post shared by Boyd Tinsley (@bt_dmb) on

A spokesperson for Tinsley could not be reached for comment at press time.


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