Last night I was lucky enough to go see Dave Matthews at Madison Square Garden. Now I think I missed the boat on Dave when I was younger, I just wasn't into him that much. I'm sure I wasn't the only person that ideated a view about Dave. While every person in our high school jammed out to his stuff I only knew a few songs and that's because B101.5 played them on repeat, or atleast it seemed like it. I guess I just never really gave them a chance and now I feel stupid but through the years I kept getting more and more of his stuff. My girlfriend had loads of dmb songs on her computer so I figured I would see what I was missing. Now don't get me wrong, I knew all his big time hits back in the day, and have got a few albums here and there but I was never a huge DMB fan. I've always heard how amazing he is live and bla bla bla. After last night I am now right there with everyone else, he really is amazing. His entire performance was outright stupefying. I honestly had chills during the entire show, every word, every riff, every movement was perfect. The thing that amazed me most was the majority of the things they do are not staged, they're not written down, it's all 'in the moment.' When they played #41, I videotaped for about 9 minutes, now the version I have on my ipod is about 5 minutes, and the live is about 9, so I stopped videoing not only because I thought it was almost over but because my hand was tired of holding my camera up. Ten minutes later, they were still playing #41 and rockin' out to a version I'm sure nobody has ever heard, even them. I was in awe. Pedro and I couldn't stop describing how good they were, we ran out of adjectives throughout the show to even attempt to explain it. So towards the end we just kept saying...wow, or oh my god...But my favorite thing was when he held the mic up to the crowd, and let them finish the lyrics. Not just a few people joined in, the entire crowd did. I can't imagine the feeling that you get when thousands and thousands of people are singing your lyrics back at you at the top of their lungs, jumping, and screaming in ecstasy. The word successful would be an understatement.
So to wrap things up, I'm obsessed. If you haven't ever seen him live, go...Now. Book tickets NOW. Virginia gets to see him soon, and I'm jealous, so maybe she'll be a guest blogger on here about her experience and my little sister is going to see him this weekend, i'm sure she'll write about him so I'll post a link to it as soon as she does, then you'll be convinced to book your ticket.
*update* I've added the #41 video to the top, hope you enjoy. I trimmed it down to about 6 minutes.