DMB Spring Tour Kicks Off In April

As first reported here in November, Dave Matthews Band will return to arenas and amphitheaters for its spring North American tour, which kicks off April 4 in Washington, D.C., and concludes May 24 in

As first reported here in November, Dave Matthews Band will return to arenas and amphitheaters for its spring North American tour, which kicks off April 4 in Washington, D.C., and concludes May 24 in Vancouver. The shows will feature as-yet-unconfirmed opening acts. "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 manager Coran Capshaw told Billboard in November.

Capshaw also said that the band may 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.

Prior to the trek, DMB will hit the studio to work on the follow-up to last year's RCA set "Everyday," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold just shy of 3 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. Album track "The Space Between" is nominated in the best rock performance by a duo or group with vocal category at the 44th annual Grammys, to be handed out Feb. 27 in Los Angeles.

And while bandleader Dave Matthews collaborated extensively with producer Glen Ballard on the material for "Everyday," a band spokesperson tells Billboard.com the new album will be self-produced and recorded with longtime engineer Steve Harris. The set will be released sometime this year.

It has been reported that the band might revisit songs from its aborted sessions with producer Steve Lillywhite, which were widely circulated on the Internet last year and continue to appear in DMB's live setlists. Matthews also unveiled a new song, thought to be called "Where Are You Going," at a series of solo performances last fall.

As previously reported, DMB will kick off the Hallmark Olympic Celebration Series of concerts during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City with a Feb. 9 performance.

In the grand tradition of the Grateful Dead's "Cherry Garcia" and Phish's "Phish Food," the DMB-inspired Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor "One Sweet Whirled" will soon be available throughout the U.S. The frozen treat is comprised of coffee ice cream with caramel and marshmallow swirls.

Here are the Dave Matthews Band's tour dates:

Feb. 9: Salt Lake City (Olympic Medals Plaza)
April 4: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
April 5: University Park, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
April 7-8: Boston (FleetCenter)
April 10: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
April 12: Providence, R.I. (Dunkin' Donuts Center)
April 13: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
April 15-16: New York (Madison Square Garden)
April 19: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
April 20: Kanata, Ontario (Corel Centre)
April 21: Montreal (Molson Centre)
April 23: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
April 24: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
April 26-27: Rosemont, Ill. (Allstate Arena)
April 29: Minneapolis (Target Center)
April 30: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum)
May 2: Selma, Texas (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
May 4-5: Woodlands, Texas (Woodlands Pavilion)
May 7: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
May 9: Albuquerque, N.M. (Journal Pavilion)
May 10: Denver (Pepsi Center)
May 12: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
May 13: Chila Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheater)
May 15: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
May 16: Irvine, Calif. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
May 18-19: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheater)
May 21: Marysville, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheater)
May 23: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
May 24: Vancouver (GM Place)