Dave Matthews Band Welcome Special Guests in Johannesburg
Dave Matthews Band just stepped off stage in Johannesburg, ZAF, having completed the third of three shows in South Africa. Following two nights in Cape Town, the group shifted to the birthplace of frontman Dave Matthews for a special show at Coca-Cola Dome.
Kicking the night off with a rare opener of “Too Much,” the first time the popular Crash cut has opened a show by itself since 7/27/2004, the group moved through a set that relied heavily on their popular singles throughout the years. Fan favorites “Don’t Drink the Water,” “Crush” and “What Would You Say” warmed up the crowd early before Vusi Mahlasela made yet another appearance on stage with the band for “Everyday.” The longtime DMB collaborator has opened up all three South Africa shows for the band.
After the traditional “Crash Into Me,” DMB invited Hugh Masekela to the stage. The legendary South African trumpeter lent his instrument to another Crash song, “Proudest Monkey.” Rather than transitioning into “Satellite” as the band normally does following “Proudest” they instead jammed on “Grazing in the Grass,” a famous instrumental composed by Masekela. Late DMB saxophonist LeRoi Moore and current trumpeter Rashawn Ross have teased the tune in “Warehouse” on multiple occasions, most recently at the 11/13/07 show at IZOD Center, but the band has never played it in full.
The show closed with several familiar cuts, including the newer “Rooftop,” the mainstream hit “You & Me” along with a pair of old classics “Jimi Thing” and “Ants Marching.” The encore once again featured the Rodriguez cover “Sugar Man” as well as the powerful “Grey Street” and a finale cover of “All Along the Watchtower.”
Dave Matthews Band will now head to South America for three shows in Brazil as a part of their Summer Break Festival. The first performance comes on December 7 in Sao Paulo.
Here’s a look at the full setlist:
Dave Matthews Band, December 3, 2013, Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg, ZAF
Still Water [partial]
Don’t Drink the Water
What Would You Say »
You Might Die Trying
Crash Into Me
Proudest Monkey »
Grazing in the Grass
You & Me
Jimi Thing »
All Along the Watchtower