We have to admit half of the stuff he said we really couldn't understand. But we weren't alone. Looking around the crowd during the parts when Matthews was chatting, half the time no one knew what he was saying. He's a bit of a mumbler, but everyone was so excited that they screamed like happy lunatics to whatever he delivered.
It was obvious Matthews loves what he does. You could catch him smiling at his bandmates and just getting lost in it as Tim Reynolds or Boyd Tinsley jammed out. He'd close his eyes briefly and soak it all up -- or maybe he was just thinking about his back pain. It looked like genuine enjoyment.
He humbly and constantly thanked the crowd for being there, pointing out the members of his band and the Lovely Ladies (back-up singers). He looked honored to share the spotlight with all of them.
Despite the old-man back problems, when the show was over, he made his way over to some of his fans in the very front, shaking hands and signing posters before leaving the stage. Drummer Carter Beauford tossed several sets of drumsticks into the crowd and signed a few posters himself before the stage cleared.
Of course, no one left and everyone cheered and stomped their feet, making as much noise as possible. Dave and the guys didn't disappoint. The group returned for an encore, jamming out to two more songs, "Some Devil" and "Why I Am," never parting quietly or without fully pleasing their loyal followers.
Dave Matthews Band Setlist
"So Damn Lucky"
"Slip Slidin' Away" (Paul Simon cover)
"Crash Into Me"
"Rhyme & Reason"
"Stolen Away on 55th & 3rd"
"What Would You Say"
"Belly Belly Nice"
"Long Black Veil" (Lefty Frizzell cover)
"Sledgehammer" (Peter Gabriel cover)
"Why I Am"