Setlist Psychic: Dave Matthews Band 'Come Tomorrow' Tour

June 8th is an exciting day in Dave Matthews Band (DMB) history. It will mark the release of their ninth studio album Come Tomorrow. This album has been six years coming and was recorded with several different producers. The track list was just revealed a few weeks ago, and it includes familiar songs that Dave Matthews has been workshopping live since 2006, 2015 and 2016.
Leading up to the release, DMB will embark on a lengthy tour which kicks off Friday (May 18) in The Woodlands, Texas, and wraps up September 10th in Los Angeles. It's been a couple of years since Dave Matthews and his group set off on a full tour, so we analyzed our data, did our research, and put forth our (usually) accurate psychic feelers to predict what the Charlottesville jam band has in store for you all on this tour. Check it out!

From Come Tomorrow

This tour is in support of their upcoming release so you better believe the setlist will be filled with live debuts and tons of new material. Some of these songs won't come as that much of a surprise though, and here's why:
"Samurai Cop" is their first single release off the forthcoming album. The recorded version was released last week, but DMB live debuted the song back in 2016 and has since been played about 74 times.
"Samurai Cop" - Dave Matthews Band
"Again and Again" is the 8th track on the new album, and according to our setlist date, it's already been played 27 times but under a different name. Fans will recognize this song as "Bob Law," it was first played by Matthews on piano.
"Can't Stop" is the second track off the new album and one that's been around for over a decade. Fan's first heard DMB perform this song as a setlist-staple during their 2006 summer tour. It's been played only once since 2015 but my psychic senses are telling me that it will become a setlist-staple once again.

Obvious tracks

With an average setlist of 20 tracks, the band will need to strategically pull other songs from their vast catalog to fill in the blanks. Here's what we're feeling might make the cut.
"Ants Marching" - Off their prolific debut album, 1994's Under the Table and Dreaming, this is probably the band's most definitive and recognizable track. It's also their most performed song, it's been played 1000 times and almost always on all their setlists.
"Jimi Thing" is a nostalgic, feel good track that will always be part of the live DMB set. It's a close second to their most-performed song and it's also off their debut album. In fact, they love performing songs off this career-making LP so you can expect more than two tracks off of it in their setlist.
"Jimi Thing" LIVE - DMB
"All Along the Watchtower" - If you're wondering about covers, this Bob Dylan song is high on their list. They played it several times on their last tour, so there's a high chance they'll throw this one in at several stops on this run.
"Two Step" - This is one of DMB's singles off of their second release Crash, and their most played song off of it. They will probably include this track, but I also feel like they will start playing "Crash Into Me" more. It's not even in their top-ten most played songs, but with the resurgence in popularity thanks to 2017 award-winning film Lady Bird, I'm going to bet Dave Matthews will be feeling this one more.
"Crash Into Me" - DMB

Song's they probably won't play + oddities

In order to avoid disappointment, here are some tracks you probably shouldn't anticipate hearing. They will be more of the deep cuts because we can't tell which songs off the new album aren't live-worthy since it's not out yet.
"Help Myself" - This is a track off their live album The Central Park Concert. It was performed a lot in 2004 but hardly since. The last time they played it was in 2013.
"Where Are You Going" - This popular track was featured in the film Mr. Deeds, and classic DMB 'wounded heart' lyrics are all over this song: "I am no Superman/I have no reasons for you/I am no hero, oh that's for sure/But I do know one thing/Is where you are, is where I belong." In any case, the band last performed this song in 2016, but it only has been played a few times on each tour since its release. Maybe it will get played for a handful of sets.
Neil Young Covers - Back in the day, DMB used to do a handful of Neil Young + Crazy Horse covers, including "Cortez the Killer," "Hey Hey My My," "Down by the River," and "Rockin' in the Free World." Unfortunately, the last time they covered Neil was in 2015. That wasn't that long ago, though, and maybe for the sake of the new tour, the band will bring their 'Neil cover legacy' back.
"Cortez the Kill" Neil Young + Crazy Cover by DMB
"Spoon" is a song that Matthews did with Alanis Morissette on background vocals and Bela Fleck on banjo. It's an amazing track, but it's only been played live 22 times. The last time it was played, however, was this year with Tim Reynolds in Riviera Maya, and it got some play in 2017 with Reynolds as well. DMB last played it together in 2015, and while there's a slim chance Morissette or Fleck will join them on the stage, maybe they will pull it out of their hats at a show or two. Note: Sometimes they have Brandi Carlile sing the parts when performed live.
Head back to our blog next week for tour kickoff highlights and put our psychic abilities to the test! Check out the full tour itinerary below.
Dave Matthews Band 2018 Tour Dates:
05/18 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
05/19 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion
05/22 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
05/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
05/27 – Orange Beach, AL @ The Wharf Amphitheater
05/29 – Brandon, MS @ Brandon Amphitheater
05/30 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
06/01 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
06/02 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
06/05 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
06/06 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
06/07 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
06/09 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
06/12 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
06/13 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
06/15 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
06/16 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
06/22 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
06/23 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre
06/27 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
06/29 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
06/30 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
07/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater (Summerfest)
07/06 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/07 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/10 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
07/11 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/13 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/14 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
07/15 – Quebec City, QC @ Quebec City Summer Festival
07/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Theater
07/18 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/20 – Raleigh, NC @ Coastal Credit Union Park
07/21 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
07/24 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
07/25 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
07/27 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
07/28 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
08/24 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08/25 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08/28 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
08/31 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/01 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/02 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/07 – Stateline, NV @ Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
09/08 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
09/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

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Last updated: 16 Jan 2019, 01:55 Etc/UTC