30 Interesting Things To Know About The Fan-Favorite Dave Matthews Band


Dave Matthews Band, popularly known as DMB, an American rock band formed in 1991, has been the only rock band to have six consecutive studio albums debut at #1 on the Billboard chart. Here are 30 fascinating facts about the band:

  1. The band was formed by David John Matthewin 1991, who was working as bartender at Millar’s bar in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  2. The band’s founding group consists of Stefan Lessard, in the drums, Carter Beauford, as backing vocalist, LeRoi Moore, in the saxophonist and the violinist, Boyd Tinsley apart from David Matthews.
  3. The album ‘Away From the World,’ released on September 12, 2012, is the eighth studio album by the group. It is the only group to have six consecutive studio albums at number one on the Billboard charts on its debut.
  4. On the insistence of his lawyer friend Ross Hoffman, Matthew approached Carter Beauford and LeRoi Moore with his songs, for they were not the best but they played from their heart. They had their regular practice in the basement of Beauford’s and Matthew’s mother’s home.
  5. According to Matthews, the band wasawful, when we playedand didn’t have second rehearsal. There was lack of musical instruments and musicians.
  6. In March 1991, the band recorded their first in-studio demo songs, ‘Song That Jane Likes,’ ‘Recently Best of What’s Around’ and ‘I’ll Back You up.’
  7. The group without a name was often referred as Dave Matthews, when Moore telephoned to book a place. The name stuck with them without anyone ever giving a second thought.
  8. The band had their first public show on March 14, 1991, for the benefit of Middle East Children’s Alliance and also played at Charlottesville’s 1991 Earth Day Festival.
  9. During their early days, they regularly played on every Tuesday night at ‘Trax’ night club till 1993. They had wide fan following for their show locally.
  10. On November 09, 1993, DBM release their first album ‘Remember Two Things,’ which went on to be certified platinum after shipping 1 million copies.
  11. Dave Matthews Band allows audiotaping of its live performance by fans for their personal use. They believe the tape trading among fans will foster interaction.
  12. On May 17, 1994, the DBM released their first ‘EP’ titled ‘Recently.’ The album was the product of shows held in Birchmere and Trax.
  13. DBM’s debut studio album ‘Under the Table and Dreaming,’ released on September 20,1994, was dedicated to Matthews sister, Anne, who was murdered. It was their first commercially successful album.
  14. The acoustic guitar tracks were recorded with Matthews and Tim Reynolds playing the same guitar parts while sitting facing each other with glass in between them. This was done twice for each song.
  15. The band won their first Grammy Award for their second single form their album ‘Crash’ released on April 30, 1996. The Crash was certified platinum 7 and is currently their best-selling album.
  16. October 28, 1997, DMB released their first live album ‘Live at Red Rocks 8.15.95.’ The album recorded at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 15, 1995.
  17. The first single ‘Don’t Drink the Water’ from the album ‘Before these Crowded Streets,’ become more popular and reached No.4 on the Modern Rock Track chart. The song is on apartheid in South Africa and for the Native Americans.
  18. On December 04, 1998, DMB, Warehouse, was opened to give fans an early access to tickets, CD’s and merchandisers. They were the pioneer in internet based ticket sales.
  19. On February 27, 2001, the album ‘Everyday’ was released with new producer Glen Ballard. The album was a commercial success and some of the singles brought huge popularity.
  20. On September 12, 2004, the band played a free benefit show at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The concert drew large crowd.
  21. The DMB had to pay $ 50,000 each to Friends of the Chicago River and to the Chicago Park District to settle a dispute after Boyd Tinsley’s tour bus dumped human waste over sightseeing passengers aboard a boat on the Chicago River. The also paid $ 200,000 to settle a civil lawsuit.
  22. On May 10, 2005, the band released an album ‘Stand Up’ with Mark Batson to be ranked No. 1 on the Billboard Charts with sale of around 465,000. Julia Roberts featured in the video of singles ‘Dreamgirl.’
  23. On April 26, 2006, DMB announced $ 1.5 million challenge grant to create the village for New Orleans Musicians, who lost their home to Hurricane Katrina. The contribution will be matched dollar for dollar through the grant.
  24. A show titled ‘A Concert for Virginia Tech’ was performed on September 06, 2007, in loving memory of 32 faculty member and students who lost their life in shooting spree on April 16 that year.
  25. The show held on June 28, 2008, at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia was the last show with all the original members of the band. The saxophonist, LeRoi Moore passed away on August 19 after a complication after he met with an accident at his farm on June 30, 2008.
  26. The album ‘Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King’ was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Awards in two categories. They ‘King’ in the title refers to Moore, as an honor.
  27. On September 11, 2012, their eighth album ‘Away From the World’ was released. It was their sixth album to be featured as No.1 on the Billboard 200. The album was produced by Steve Lillywhite, who returned to the band after a gap of 12 years.
  28. In 2016 from May 11 to September 04, they performed 45 shows across U.S and a show in Canada to mark their Silver Jubilee celebration.
  29. The band has contributed over $ 8.5 million to charity through it’s ‘the BAMA WorksFund.’ They have also contributed $ 1 million to homeless and children charities in San Francisco, California.
  30. Matthews said, as far as the band is concerned the ‘NAACP Chairman’s Award’ is by far the highest honor bestowed upon them. They were awarded for their work to help fund school system and for countless other concerns in New York City.
  31. The Dave Matthews Band shows how to make money in the music industry. According to Billboard Boxscore, between 2000 and 2009, DMB sold 11,230,696 tickets, which is much more than any other band had sold. Its net worth is around $250 million.

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