After nearly 25 years in music, the Dave Matthews Band kicked off their latest European tour with a one-off performance in Abu Dhabi on 8 October 2015 at the Du Arena, Yas Island. The Abu Dhabi show is the group’s first ever live appearance in the UAE and was set for one night only.
The set list in order of performance was as follows:
One Sweet World.
Don’t Drink the Water.
You & Me.
Kill the preacher tease.
Why I Am.
Death On The High Seas. (Only part of their repertoire in 2015)
Space Between. >
What Would You Say.
DMB played to an intimate crowd of 8000 loyal fans who loved the show. The crowds excitement was contagious and the excitement built from the moment they heard the first notes of the evening with One Sweet World. It was clear from the on stage energy, enthusiasm and the music that after nearly 25 years they still enjoy playing together as a group. Dave Mathews played the gracious host to his fans and entertained them with popular tracks like Crush, The Space Between, What Would You Say, and Why I Am in spite of feeling the heat and humidity of the early October night in the Emirates. The violinist, Boyd Tinsley has an amazing energy pacing the stage bringing a very distinct sound to the bands music, with Tim Reynolds electrifying the audience with his flying V guitar, while Rashawn Ross gave accentuating notes with the trumpet. Stefan Lessard enjoyed himself thoroughly while supporting the group on his bass. Jeff Coffin, originally from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, fills an integral role as the bands saxophonist and finally, as a finale to the main set, Carter Beaufort introduced the much awaited track, Ants Marching with the beat of a single drum. The encore produced another crowd pleaser, All Along The Watch Tower, thus ending the evening on a high note.
In spite of some very high humidity and heat the band were consummate professionals and played right the way through till 11:30 the evening. They coped amazingly well considering the temperatures they had to deal with while performing. DMB gave a performance to remember, with great songs. Considering the band never know what they’re going to play until “a couple of hours before they get on stage” it was a wonderful mixed bag for the loyal DMB fans that attended the evening. Some of the old favourites may have been missing like Say Goodbye, Two Step, and Crash Into Me, but fans were not disappointed and got exactly what they came for.
The show was organised by Flash Entertainment, who did a fantastic job of hosting the event. We can certainly rely on them to bring high calibre performers to the UAE, and I look forward to seeing who else they are able to lure to the Abu Dhabi shores.
You can find the full link to all my photographs from the evening on the Glamroz website.