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Link Dave Matthews & Friends, Wednesday, 12/17/2003
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

Set 1: Bartender, Lie in Our Graves, Satellite, Typical Situation, #40, Where Are You Going?, Dancing Nancies

Set 2: Dodo, Trouble, Up and Away, Solsbury Hill, Gravedigger, Up On Cripple Creek, Oh, American Tune, Stay or Leave, Oh, Sister, Some Devil, So Damn Lucky, Hey Bulldog, Grey Blue Eyes, Spanish Moon, Save Me, Sweet Up and Down

Encore: Everyday[1], Bathtub Gin[1], Fool In the Rain

[1] Trey and Dave acoustic.

Notes: Emmylou Harris & Spyboy opened. The first set was performed acoustic by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds (no Trey). “Everyday” and “Bathtub Gin” were performed acoustic by Trey and Dave Matthews. Trey teased “Stash” during the opening sequence to “Dodo.” 

Musicians: Trey Anastasio, Dave Matthews, Ray Paczkowski, Tony Hall, Brian Blade, Tim Reynolds

fluffhead108 , attached to 2003-12-17 Permalink
fluffhead108 Wow, I had no idea Dave & Friends shows were on here. Well, this was a whole different time in my life, but I was there and it was a great show.

In 2003 I liked Phish but hadn't yet become a full fledged fan, and was just coming down from being a huge obsessed DMB fan. By the end of 2003, I was convinced that Dave & Friends was a better act than DMB proper, so I suppose in a sense this was a pivotal step towards my abandoning DMB and embracing Phish.

Anyway, these guys just rocked. Fun, energetic, loose. I don't remember much of the details, but firmly remember the Sweet Up & Down closer. SU&D was a DMB song that got scrapped (a damn good tune), and hadn't been played or heard from in over 3 years. So for them to bust into it here....I basically lost my shit. Started going crazy and freaking out. Good stuff!

The encore was exactly what it looks like: Dave took a couple lines in Gin, and the entire arena sang the guitar line from the Gin solo. Fun experience. Then the whole band came out and dropped the Zeppelin cover, which basically brought the house down. Trey teased Gin right at the beginning of Fool In the Rain, which even my fledgling Phish ears picked up.

I doubt I'd like this show much these days. I don't plan on ever relistening to it. But when it happened, I thought it was one of the finer shows I'd seen, and I can see now that it captures my musical life at an interesting time: 6 months later I would all but swear off DMB for good and move towards Phish. 18 months later, I was a true Phish Phan. And we of course know that this change occurred just in time for me to not be able to see any Phish shows due to the break-up. Thank god for the reunion!
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