Good news for those of us who came of age in the '90s, Dave Matthews Band has announced that they're going on tour this summer. The 41-city tour will kick off May 18 in Texas and wrap up the first week of September -- tickets will go on sale March 9. DMB is the highest-grossing concert tour band of the last decade and the Summer 2012 shows could be the icing on that already very, very rich cake. Some say it might be their most lucrative tour yet.
The tour is loosely pegged to a new album that the band has been working on, but a release date for the record has yet to be confirmed. Frankly? Not really that interested in any new Dave. Appreciate the gesture -- that the tour coincides with newness -- but, no thanks. No need. Everything sounds the same anyway, so let's just jam out to "41" and pretend like we're in junior high again.
It's not that their latest albums haven't been good -- Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King was pretty solid -- it's just that all the songs and albums have started to sound the same to me. And they're all great! Just, can't tell them apart. The only way I know it's a new song is not because of its new melody or sound or cadence, it's because I don't already know each and every word.
So if I go to see them this summer, I'm not necessarily interested in hearing songs I can't belt out the lyrics to. If I'm going to pay a $100 or so for a ticket, then $8 for each lukewarm Miller Lite, you better believe I'm going to want to sing slash scream at the top of my lungs.
A new album is nice and all, it's just not really necessary in order to sell concert tickets.
Are you interested in seeing the Dave Matthews Band this summer?
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