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Published: 2010/12/17

Dave Matthews Band Delays Hiatus For a Night

Though Dave Matthews Band played what was officially billed as its final pre-hiatus show almost a month ago at Charlottesville, VA’s John Paul Jones Arena, the band returned to the stage last night. The current DMB—including touring members Tim Reynolds, Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin—played a private show for the Altria Group at Arlington, TX’s Cowboys Stadium. Altria Group is the the parent company for Philip Morris. DMB bassist Stefan Lessard confirmed the show via Twitter.

The group’s setlist relied mostly on singles like “Don’t Drink the Water,” “Funny the Way It Is,” “Satellite,” “Crush,” “Crash Into Me” and “Ants Marching.” The group is scheduled to take the rest of 2010 and 2011 off the road.


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gregg December 17, 2010, 11:16:20

“The devil went down to Arlington…to catch a Dave Mathews show”

Kdub December 17, 2010, 11:44:11

wow…grab that cash with both hands and make a stash! way to go DuMB!

norm December 17, 2010, 12:23:40

you people that rip DMB for doing this are so self-righteous and dillusional(and i’m not a huge DMB fan). if you were offered a million dollars to play a two hour concert, YOU WOULD DO IT TOO! get off your high-horse.

Lilly White-Penis December 17, 2010, 13:23:40

Wow, what a bunch of corporate whores!
This absolutely disgusts me. And the argument that “If you were offered a million dollars, you would do it too..” Is complete BULLSHIT. I hate to break it to you, but these guys are already millionaires and have been for over 10 years. They could make that money EASY playing for a packed stadium full of fans.

Nick December 17, 2010, 14:05:03

I’d bet those guys donated every last cent from that gig to charity. Love that band’s music so much,crossing my fingers for the Gorge next year.I don’t think they can stay away from that place..

Ray December 17, 2010, 14:25:49

Wow. Not sure the socially-conscious DMD did their homework: Here’s a report on this company. Here’s a snippet: Altria was named one of the “Top Ten Greenwashers” in 2003 by the Earthday Resources for Living Green. The company was cited for its use of nature photos in its advertising to create the image that Altria is committed to, among other things, protecting the environment. The report claims, however, that in actuality the company’s products pose significant risks to public health and the environment. As parent company of Philip Morris and Kraft, Altria contributes to environmental degradation through the known impacts of tobacco and through the less known use by Kraft, of genetically engineered ingredients, according to Earthday Resources for Living Green. Source: Earthday Resources for Living Green

Jerry Fitzpatrick December 17, 2010, 14:29:49

Got to keep in mind that fans work for many corporations. Don’t you wish yours would hire your favorite band…

MPEG Fred December 17, 2010, 16:14:36

Playing corporate shows and fund raisers for Republican criminals (like Trent Lott) rightfully killed Blues Travellers career. The same will probably happen to DuMB

Smia December 17, 2010, 16:20:06

Apparently the gig was to pay for their entire road crew’s salary for the next year while they are on hiatus. How greedy. You people can keep hating all you want, but can’t accept the success of an unbelievable band.

agentofchange December 17, 2010, 16:29:04

Altria Group? Phillip Morris? Large Tobacco Corporations?

Trevor December 17, 2010, 17:25:47

Smia, why do people (right-wingers mostly) label honest questions about how money is earned as being “resentful of success?” All we’re trying to understand here is why a great band that we all love (or we wouldn’t be reading this post) would choose to perform for a business whose corporate practices would seem contradictory to DMB’s apparent political and socially-conscious ethos? It’s great that they may be doing this to pay for the crew, but they could have made the money another way that wouldn’t look so hypocritical. That’s all. Quit it with the “hatred of success” BS.

smilenow December 17, 2010, 19:04:19

Wow love dmb band but his fans suck maybe they had respectful adults at this show that were bigger fans than the disrespectful kids that dont even pay attention to the show on his regular tours

Hypocrisy lives here December 18, 2010, 01:07:50

Want to ensure I understand. We are mad at DMB for playing a private concert for a large tobacco company, but we are perfectly ok attending their concert ourselves, stoned out of our minds? Hmm, think DMB needs to upgrade their fan base.

genia December 19, 2010, 18:09:56

Anyone who is a fan of DMB knows….the money raised from this concert went to …..........CHARITY............ How sweet…take money from the greedy and hand it over to the needy. God….I love this band!!!

genia December 19, 2010, 19:45:59

I follow Fonz (Stefan Lessard) on Twitter….and I’m not seeing where he posted …anything …about this or any concert.
From the looks of his tweets he and his family are off skiing somewhere.
There Was a Stefan Lessard fake who has been taken down….....ooops

Scoobs December 21, 2010, 19:54:06

DMB donated their checks to the crew to pay their salaries for next year. That’s why they took this gig.

JKuss80 December 17, 2010, 09:37:25

Headline should read: “Dave Matthews Band continues to set the standard for selling out by playing a pre hiatus gig for big tobacco suits.”

welting December 17, 2010, 10:11:45

Wow, jambands, you guys really need to get some security on your comments, and also I just lost the last shreds of respect I had for DMB

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