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Dave Matthews Band Concert Review (Blossom Music Center; 06.02.18)

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Dave Matthews Band (Photo: T. Patrick Fenner/CleveRock)

Dave Matthews Band concert review Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – 06.02.18

Dave Matthews Band brought the smell of summer (the perfect mixture of weed, overpriced beer, and white chick vomit) to Blossom Music Center during the group’s annual summer outing over the weekend. One of the hardest-working and highest-achieving acts of their time showcased why they are a lock for a 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction (in what will be the band’s first year of eligibility).

This year’s tour is different. Good different. Maybe? Probably? Yes, different in a good way. But, some good things come with a price. Very noticeably absent from the band’s lineup is former violinist, Boyd Tinsley, who had been with DMB since their inception. Tinsley, who stated this past winter that he would be taking time off to focus on his health and family, recently had public accusations come to light about sexual misconduct. The alleged behaviors, once made public, lead to his likely-permanent dismissal. DMB will never be the same.

The difference was not immediately noticeable in the band’s three-hour set. Set opener “Do You Remember,” (which Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds debuted at Farm Aid in 2017), is a new song from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘Come Tomorrow’ (due for a June 8 release). “The enemy’s coming / we should take cover / the odds are against us,” Matthews sings during the chorus. If this song can be used as a measuring stick of the album’s awesomeness level, ‘Come Tomorrow‘ will more than likely mark DMB’s seventh consecutive LP to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. 


Dave Matthews Band opening their show at Blossom with “Do You Remember” – video courtesy of YouTube user Chris Rynerson. (Starring CleveRock’s photomaster T. Patrick Fenner)


“Do You Remember” was the first of four songs from the forthcoming album that Dave & CO showcased on this perfect-weather evening. The other new songs included “Idea of You,” which has been performed live for years, “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin),” which has been played on past tours, and “She,” a legitimately new song.

The Boyd-less band means more work for longtime guitarist, Tim Reynolds, saxophonist  Jeff Coffin (who replaced the late LeRoi Moore in 2008), and trumpet-extraordinaire Rashawn Ross. The trio was up to the challenge and their talents beamed more brightly than on past tours.

The newest member of the DMB family, Buddy Strong killed it on keys. I’m old-school, and a change of the guard never comes easy, but Strong will make any 

Having attended Dave shows for the better part of 20 years, this writer can sympathize with Matthews recent remarks he made during an interview with

View CleveRock’s exclusive photo gallery from the show!

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