Dave Matthews Band has recently began its 2012 summer tour, which kicked off in Woodlands, TX on May 18. The tour continues throughout the summer, wrapping up at the beginning of September in Mountain View, CA. In total DMB will be touching down in 40 cities across North America.
The tour’s most recent stop was in Hartford, CT this past weekend, May 25 and May 26. On Friday, the concert “drew a near capacity crowd,” according to the Hartford Courant. Saturday, however, sold out of tickets entirely.
“Saturday sold out weeks prior to the show,” stated David English, the Operations Manager of Universal Events. “Saturday always does much better traditionally.”
“Until last year, the Dave Matthews Band was something of a summer tradition in Hartford, appearing at the Comcast Theatre every year since its opening and ranking each year among the season’s biggest shows,” according to the Hartford Courant.
During summer of 2011, the band did not tour in the traditional manner, but instead chose to host four “caravans.” The Dave Matthews Band Caravan 2011 offered a festival style experience for fans with multiple stages offering a full day’s worth of performances leading up to the performance from Dave and company. The Caravan lineup included artists such as Amos Lee, Guster, The Flaming Lips, Kid Cudi, O.A.R., and Damien Marley. According to Rolling Stone the Caravan was designed to bring fans from across regions to one large event rather than have the band travel throughout the country on a more time-consuming tour.
This year, fans of the Dave Matthews Band were ecstatic for the return of the traditional summer tour. There were pre-sale tickets that were available to members of DMB Warehouse Fan Association on February 16. There seemed to be many traditional customers, according to English, who further explained that there was a recurring theme of college aged people who attended the DMB concerts.
Recently, Dave Matthews Band began working on compiling their newest album with Steve Lillywhite, who produced DMB’s three earliest albums including “Under the Table and Dreaming.” This new album is follow up to “Big Whisky and the GrooGrux King” which debuted at No. 7 on Billboard 200 in 2009 and it is Platnum- certified according to Billboard.biz.
According to Billboard.biz, 17 million tickets have been sold for Dave Matthews Band since the group formed and “37 million CDs and DVDs combine” were also sold. It further stated that “over 1 million” tickets were sold on the previous tour, in 2010. As a result, the band earned $61 million. Billboard.biz states, “DMB sold more tickets than any other act on the planet in the first decade of this century, according to Billboard Boxscore, moving more than 11.2 million tickets in the years 2000 – 2009.”
Though tickets have sold out at a few of the venues where the Dave Matthews Band is to play on this tour, most venues still have some tickets available. For a full list of tour dates visit the Dave Matthews Band’s official website.