You may be asking yourself, what gives this guy the right to think he knows so much about the Dave Matthews Band? Well… let me give you a little history about my DMB beginnings. Plus… I never said I was an expert or anything.
My oldest sister (by 7 years) listened to DMB when she was in high school, which was in the late 90’s when DMB was really getting big. I never listened that much, but I at least knew who they were and could recognize a few songs. It wasn’t until the summer before my sophomore year in high school that I got my first taste of the Dave Matthews Band.
A friend of mine had been listening to them, and he invited myself and another friend to one of their concerts in Hartford. That date was August 31, 2003 (yes, I remember the date of my first concert). That is a night that will live in infamy for me. I fell in love with the first chords of Everyday, and it was like a door was opened to this whole new world.
Since then I have been to 28 shows (29 if you count that one), and I haven’t looked back. Future posts and future pages will reveal more about my travels, but the Dave Matthews Band has taken me across the country. I have been from Connecticut to Wisconsin to Colorado to Las Vegas and Tampa, with plenty of stops in between. I have seen some famous concerts, several of which have been released live. I have also been to Farm Aid, which will inevitably be a post all to itself.
I have collected over the last 6 and a half years more than 1,500 songs. I own every single officially released album from the band, and most of the bonus discs to go along with them. I also have a tour shirt from each tour I’ve been to (with the exception of the 2003 tour, which makes me bitter). I also have calendars from the last 4 years, a poster or two, some pictures, a blanket and… a drumstick. Yes, that is my prized possession and will once again get its own post.
More recently, I have taken my girlfriend to her first ever DMB show (April 18, 2009), and then 5 more shows after that. She is officially in love with DMB as well, which makes me very happy.
So basically I just verbalized my obsession for the first time in my life. You know what, oh well. Who shouldn’t have something they are this passionate about? I’m proud of liking the Dave Matthews Band. I’m proud of what I’ve done. Yes, I’ve spent quite a lot of money, but it’s been well worth it.
Hopefully this is enough evidence that I am at least somewhat qualified to have my own blog about the band. Once again, I don’t claim to be an all-knowing being, but I definitely like the band, and this is where it should show.