For the first time in their twenty years of touring, Dave Matthews Band has announced that they will take a year off from touring in 2011. The band is known for their annual summer-long tours across the US and Europe, featuring lengthy improvisational renditions of their songs. 1991 was the last year that the band was not on tour. Needless to say, there has never been a better time to see Dave Matthews Band than before their year-long hiatus.
Dave Matthews Band has been on tour promoting their latest platinum album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (2009). With only thirty dates left of their 2010 summer tour and four of the shows already sold out, the band decided to close their summer tour with a grand finale: two concerts at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Dave Matthews Band will perform back-to-back concerts on Friday September 17 and Saturday the 18 at the historical ballpark that the Chicago Cubs have called home for 95 years. Jason Mraz will perform in support of both Chicago shows.
About this summer’s tour, Matthews has said, “”I’m really excited about playing this year and not having a real plan other than trying to make the most of it and hopefully bring the best we can to the stage.” As for the decision to take 2011 off the road, Matthews said he’s pondered the idea throughout the past 20 years, but it never seemed like the right time. “Right now,” he said, “I think the band, in our relationships with each other and with the music, we’re in the best place I can remember us being. For that reason I thought I’d take a year off to sort of recharge my creative juices.”
Wrigley Field is only hosting three artists this summer, Elton John, Billy Joel and now Dave Matthews Band, after the experimental ballpark concerts last year were said to have been very successful for neighborhood business. While Dave Matthews frequently visits Chicago while on tour, this will mark the first time the band will play at the Cubs’ stadium. Though the band is worshipped on an international level, the city of Chicago has a bit of vendetta against the band after a 2004 incident involving their bus driver dumping 800 pounds of raw sewage into the Chicago River. Perhaps the two-night summer tour finale will finally put the hard feelings behind them. Dave Matthews Band tickets are now available!