In the wake of this week’s announcement of the 9/11 release date for DMB’s upcoming album titled Away from the World, the band made sure last night’s Bethel showgoers know what to expect by playing 4 of their new songs. It’s no secret that DMB throws memorable shows at the original site of Woodstock and that they did once again. Now that the studio versions of “Mercy” and “Gaucho” are released, it’s easy to see how much potential these jams have as DMB keeps evolving them with every play. Even though last night was the third ever play of “The Riff” since its debut 3 days ago, you could still hear the electric crowd belting the lyrics along with Dave. Show started very strong with “Grace is Gone”, “Minarets”, and “Seek Up” and then continued with that same energy through the “Rapunzel” closer. Highlight had to be the rare “For What It’s Worth” interpolation into “Jimi Thing” while the crowd sang “Stop, hey, what’s that sound.” Also, the encore not only opened with a tease of “Little Thing” which hasn’t been play for 33 shows, but also included the first combo of “So Much To Say” segueing into the “Grey Street” finale. As for the 2012 summer tour, it takes off the East Coast for the Midwest and West Coast starting next weekend up until the closing show in Irvine on 9/9 just before the album release.
-Cooper (Guest Post)