Dave Matthews at Cricket Wireless Pavilion: Observed
Dave onstage at Cricket, probably at least two violin solos into the show. See more shots in our Dave Matthews Band slide show.
A collection of observations from the Dave Matthews Bands' performance at Cricket Wireless Pavilion, time-stamped by solo:
Time: First violin solo (presumed)
As DMB hit stage promptly at 8 p.m., the ticket line is not moving. The reason? A graying gentleman with a backwards Callaway ballcap, sunglasses perched on it even though it's dark outside, is having a problem with his tickets. "Hey, it's not my fault! They're tired, they're screwing up!" he says. To keep things calm with the angry young men behind him he offers to critique their golf swing. They oblige. "We should play!" he insists.
Time: Second violin solo (presumed)
"Can I cut in front of this guy, here's my ID, I'm on the band's list!" a kid yells into the booth at no one in particular. They are unable to accommodate him. No one tells him that if you're really important you have no clue whose list you're on, you just know you're on somebody's list.
Time: Fourth violin solo (actually observed)
The song of the night, "Funny the Way It Is," is played. The crowd seems indifferent, maybe even a little off-put. I really dug the scorching, hair metal-esque guitar solo and thought the song used Matthews' very limited vocal talents as well as anything I've heard from him. I legitimately liked this song, which is on the band's latest album, but it does not seem to be a crowd favorite.
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