Great News! Earlier today Big Concerts announced that Dave Matthews Band would be touring South Africa later this year. The band will be playing at the Grand West Arena in Cape Town on the 30th of November and at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg on the 3rd of December.
I first discovered Dave Matthews Band in the mid 1990′s (thanks to my good friend Ian). They’re one of my favorite bands of all time and definitely on my top 10 list of acts that I want to see live before I kick the bucket – finally I have that chance.
Following the announcement this morning South Africans went berserk on Twitter and Facebook and because word of this spread so fast, all the Golden Circle tickets for both shows have been sold out already. Limited tickets are still available for both the Cape Town and Johannesburg shows via the Big Concerts website though, so move your music loving arse if you want to see them live.
Dave Matthews was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1967. His family moved to the USA when he was only 2 years old, but came back to South Africa in 1977. After he graduated at St Stithians College in 1985 he left South Africa to avoid conscription. He worked at IBM in New York for a while before eventually joining his mom in Charlottesville, Virginia. He had already started playing guitar when he was 9 years old and people urged him to record and perform his own music. Eventually the Dave Matthews Band were formed in 1991.
Dave Matthews Band have released 8 studio albums and 18 live albums since 1993. Their music has elements of rock, jazz fusion, folk rock, bluegrass, funk rock, world music, alternative rock and country rock. The band have sold more than 30 million records worldwide. The current members of the band are Dave Matthews, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Boyd Tinsley, Jeff Coffin, Rashawn Ross and Tim Reynolds. Former members include LeRoi Moore (who was a founding member of the band and died in 2008), Peter Griesar and Butch Taylor.
The band is one of the hardest working acts in the world have played some of the biggest venues on planet earth. In 2010 alone Dave Matthews Band played 92 shows on various tours. In 1999 they played in front of 400,000 people at Woodstock. They also done massive shows at Giants Stadium, Red Rocks and Central Park. Just take a listen to their song, “Two Step” to give you an idea of how awesome they are when it comes to performing live
I’m glad that Big Concerts finally secured this awesome act. Let’s hope Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters hear about Dave Matthews Band’s awesome live show experiences in South Africa and get their rocking butts here before you can say “Plane”.
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