Here are the rankings using this way of reckoning with the maximum, actual, and difference in parentheses : 1 3. The fan-named has always been considered a separate song in the community. Back then, it was different. A barely formed version of this song debuted on at the end of the 1996 Dave and Tim tour, and throughout the next year it was reworked and played almost every night of the before taking its final form in the studio. Here's what the rankings look like this way with average rarity in parentheses : 1 3.
The band and Dave are aware of the Last Stop contingent. The Stone has remained a popular selection for Dave and Tim to this day - Along with Don't Drink the Water, Crush was the highlighted song of the tour. Are the band's recent setlists as varied as they were in the early days? The most obvious difference is the introduction of the songs from Before These Crowded Streets: - This introductory track was born in an acoustic setting as an outro to in , replacing the full band solo-laden jam. . This intimate performance has been mixed from the original multitrack tapes. We made a big deal about the rarity index value for back when that show was the rarest of all time; its score is a meager 3. Furthermore, they have never and probably will never play all of their songs as infrequently as would be required for a tour's average rarity to approach its maximum average rarity—to do that, they'd essentially have to fail to repeat a single song all tour until they had played every song in their repertoire.
The difference in crowd involvement - or distraction, is remarkable between the 1997 and 1999 tours. Remember, though, that a show's rarity index number is only good for comparing a show to others from the same tour. Quality of song selection is obviously not possible to quantify objectively, but it does seem possible to do so with setlist variation. This version of Crush was cut into a music video and was also released as its own single. In simpler terms, the maximum average rarity is what the average rarity index for the tour would be if the band played 100% different setlists every night of the tour, to the greatest extent possible given the size of their catalog at the time. On even fewer occasions, he remarked about how quiet they were.
It opened the most shows of tour 10 out of 40 , though occasionally Dave stopped after a few bars to retune. These were the last Dave and Tim performances of Stay until the in early 2017. While it was only three out of four years, when the first true tour started on , it also was really the first year that their names were big enough to support this type of tour. Also prior to this tour, Tim's solo selection was had been limited to one of around seven songs. Something that comes up often in discussion about Dave Matthews Band is ranking things: which songs are best, which shows are best, which tours are best, etc. Does count from 1996 onward, or only from 2000, 2001, or 2002? Just because a show has the highest rarity index number for its tour does not necessarily mean it was the best show of the tour.
They also began a series of live releases in late 1997 at this point today they have released 97 full shows , the radio was still playing hits from their previous album between plays from the current. While details and recording dates of any studio sessions seem a closely-guarded secret, you can assume that even if they weren't actively in the studio in the winter, the decision not to tour was due to the album sessions. Many people consider these two tours among the best the band has done, which is good evidence that rarity and, by extension, variety isn't everything. A two song encore with closing was fairly standard during that stretch of the tour. That's for you to decide. Maximum Average Rarity: 1 1. After that, unless you were at a radio taping, , or in the at the in Cincinnati, you would have only seen this on a Dave and Tim tour until.
Finally on December 9th, a day after they closed this landmark run with two shows in Worcester the latter fittingly released as the initial entry in the Live Trax series , they announced that would be released on January 19, 1999 - the day the tour was to begin. The was released on the By the People: For the People Soundtrack which is worth going as far out of your way to track down as necessary. The single rarest show of all time is , with a rarity index of 5. While the song is full of orchestration and important parts are driven by the rest of the band, there wasn't the empty space that Rapunzel contained when they weren't there. Stray Observations Please note that the data above features only tours with 20 or more shows whose setlists are known. You can get the latest version of it from the.
Then on the aforementioned 2. The performances from late in the 1999 tour are notable because after Dave started playing a 12-string on the tour for , a song that they began covering mid-way through the tour. It was played just one time in the first three weeks. A common observation about the band's setlist variation is that they don't vary their setlists as much as they used to. Percentage of Catalog Played To overcome the size-of-catalog problem, let's rank the tours by the percentage of the then-current catalog that was played on the tour.
It was played at every show of the 1999 tour after the first week and with a few exceptions it was played in the first act pre-Tim solo 1. Here are the rankings with total different songs played in parentheses : 1 116 2 110 3 107 4 99 5 97 6 96 7 88 T-8 78 T-8 78 T-10 72 T-10 72 12 71 13 68 T-14 61 T-14 61 16 57 T-17 56 T-17 56 T-17 56 T-20 50 T-20 50 22 44 23 42 24 41 25 39 26 37 T-27 34 T-27 34 T-27 34 30 33 31 31 There are some problems with this way of comparing tours, namely that the band's song catalog has grown greatly in the 27 years they have been playing together, so it is not really fair to compare a 1994 tour to a 2015 tour. Our website assigns each show a rarity index number, which represents how often the average song in that show's setlist was played on the tour. For example, if a show has a 2. At times seems annoyed by demands for it, other times accepting and acknowledging it.
Dave comments on a fan request during a show in 1999 that they tried it, but without Carter's backbeat it just didn't work. Conclusion So what's the takeaway here? This tour he played close to twenty different songs alone. Depending on which of the above methods you use, you'll believe that the tours with the most varied setlists are either from 1994, 1995, 2013, or 2015. The most recent major tour whose average rarity index value is less than 2 is 1. After these flawless performances complete with super-smooth segues into the reprise outro, it has not been played by Dave and Tim since the latter also released on Live Trax vol. In an odd way, he has been the author of the story. In fact as of this writing, Dave and Tim have played this more times than the band themselves 30 to 18.