Dave Matthews Band continued their 2018 fall arena tour on Friday night with a performance at Boston’s TD Garden. The show saw (and heard) the veteran rock band continue to mix in new material from their latest studio album, 2018’s Come Tomorrow, in addition to selections from their 25-year-old catalogue including the surprise return of a seasonal deep cut.
The night began up with Dave and his band running through “Everyday” and “Funny The Way It Is” before going into Come Tomorrow track “That Girl Is You”. They continued with some of their older material from 2002’s Buster Stuff with the tour debut of “Bartender”, followed by fall tour staple “Grey Street”. After the newer “Again And Again”, Matthews took his Boston audience outside of the DMB realm for a few minutes with a cover of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer”, which has already been played twice on the fall tour thus far. The second half of the set was filled with a mix of the more popular fan-favorites, including the audience interaction-friendly “Warehouse”, “The Space Between”, “Where Are You Going”, and “Crash Into Me”. The set would come to a close with the classic live pairing of “Pantala Naga Pampa” and “Rapunzel”.
One of the biggest surprises of the night came during the encore when Dave came back out to the stage with just drummer Carter Beauford and guitarist Tim Reynolds for a stripped-down version of “Christmas Song”. The holiday-friendly tune initially appeared on their 1993 debut album, Remember Two Things, and hadn’t been played by the band in more than 300 shows. Needless to say, the song’s return was well-received by the fans in the audience, as heard in the video below.
Dave Matthews Band – “Christmas Song” – 12/7/2018
Dave Matthews Band will continue their fall 2018 trek at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday, December 11th. Tickets for remaining four shows on the band’s 2018 schedule can be purchased through their official website.
— TD Garden (@tdgarden) December 8, 2018
Setlist: Dave Matthews Band | TD Garden | Boston, MA | 12/7/2018
Set: Everyday, Funny the Way It Is, That Girl Is You, Granny, Bartender, Grey Street, Again and Again, Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel cover), Come On Come On, Say Goodbye, Warehouse, Belly Belly Nice, The Space Between, Louisiana Bayou, Where Are You Going, She, Crash Into Me, Pantala Naga Pampa > Rapunzel
Encore: Christmas Song, All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan cover)