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Dave matthews was a young boy who was talented from an early age. At the age of 7, he picked up the guitar and attempted lessons, but realized he did best just figureing the guitar out on his own. This independece later formed the unique sound of the dave matthews band. When moved to virigna, dave worked in a bar, wehre many muscicians came in and played. Durin this time, dave had already vreated a couple of songs and recorded tehm to a cassete at home. But dave was frightened of asking other people to hear it. But in time he realized that the music he wanted to make, needed more than just him. So he asked a drummer, Carter Beuoford, a saxaphonist, Lerou Morre, a 16year old boy wonder basist, stephan lessard, and a keyboradist, Peter Glenn. They all very excitedly accepted the idea of forming a band, and got together acouple of times week.

The song they were working on was Tripping billies, and the rest of the group made the song come alive so much more than just dave alone, but something was still missing. Someone suggest a string section, so dave asked a local violenist, to coem abourd and give it a try. More than willingly, Boyd tinsley joined the band. Boyd completed the band, and the songs came alive.

They began to enjoy and love the music the were cerating. Allthoguh everyone in the band ecept for dave, were jazz players, when they played with dave, they created a music of there own, different than jazz. In other words, you could dance to this music. Well the finished recording were everything dave had hoped they would be. The quality of the material, was obvious, and they felt they were finally ready for a live performance. Dave has often confessed that he is terrible at naming his songs, so sometimes he woud just give them numbers, like #41 or the song that jane likes only beauce a friend named jane like the song. By the time of the first gig, many songs were only named by numbers. The first gig was only friends and family. The band arrranged to play on a roof of a friends apartment. The band had not made up a name yet, so decided to call themselves the dave matthews band, until something came about, but nothing ever did. Daves dancable songs and comfortable conversation with the crowd, made the night a hugge success.

The first public gig came a month later, where the band woudl play along with other bands. The Dave stole the show away. Immediately after, barand club owners came righ tup and invited them to play at there places. The band kept plaub at clubs, and then bigger clubs, and the bigger clubs. The bands reputaion just kept growing. When the band would play, it was a huge local event, and everyone would come to hear them. Daves fans, would record the concerts, and tehn spread them on the intgernet and more. When the band would go out to other cities and play the crowd would already know the lyrics to the songs.

Tim reynolds would play before the band in concerts with dave, and soon bacame known as the 7th member of the band. Later, dave and tim would tour alone all over the us. As the band spent more time on the road, peter glenn decided that the road and band life was not for him, so he left. This bothered the band, and they never did replace his position.

The band was now a regular attrraction. They got themselves a manager, Steve lillywhite who scheduled performances weeks ahead. The dave matthews band, was know for there live performances. Whereever they went, they not only pleasesd the crowd, but kept them coming back for more. During this time, the band, had created a independent album called "remember two things" this album was very important and apprectiated by the fans, b/c before the album, all they had were bootlegged tapes. Now they had a cd. After another year of touring, and spreading the name, the band hit the studios again. Only this time, it was under a label, RCA. No longer was the band independent, but now they were a full fledged band with a label and all. RCA also reproduced the orginal album, remember two things, for distribution in stores. The new albuum was under the table and dreaming. There fans favorite, Ants marching, would be the bands single, on the new album. Tim reynolds helped out in the recordings.

The band was now plauing to thouldsands of people per show. Shows were selling out completely just about every time. The cd was very succesful with 3million copies sold, and the year ended on a high note. For the next few years, the band toured and stopped for only 3 months in 6 years. During the 3 months, they didn't rest but made their next cd, Crash. In less than 2 months after its release the cd sold more than a million copies. This would be the last "studio" cd for a while. The band was tired of people making money off boot legged tapes of their live shows so they made a live cd, Live at Red Rocks. This cd was so popular it sold a million copies in less than a month and it satisfied the fans being the first high quality live concert recorded. They toured some more after this release and dave decided that their next cd was not gonna be a studio secession but another live one because Red Rocks was so highly praised. But dave was going to put a twist to this one for the band was not going to play with him but his long time friend Tim Reynolds would accompany him. The cd would be named Live at Luther College and would be known as one of his greatest cds to date. After the popularity of Luther grew larger and larger, The band was asked to play in Woodstock 99. Many riots broke out, fire was set to lots of things and the band wasn't use to violence at their shows, but all in all it was an enjoyable experience. The band layed low for the next few years justd oing shows and solo events. During those years, daves music writng went down. Not down in quality, but in the mood of the music. The bands next studio albuim, before these crowded streets, was for the most part, a lower and darker album. Not like the bands usual, "eat drink and be merry" attitude. But the album was stilla huge suiccces. The mood did not change, and finally it reached its lowest point, when the band was working on another album, and all just realized, something wa missing, there was no pop to there music any more. The band needed something new, and everyday was it. The album everyday, was under a new producer, so basically it waa like a new start. And you can tell, the new cd is not like the bands otehrs. It shows the maturity not only of Dave but of the rest of the band as well. The album is not like his others but he believed that the band needed change. His fans were shocked by the new cd, not that it was bad but that it was a different side of the band that no one had seen.

The Band is now in a world of there own. Playing music like no one has heard. The shows are just as original as their music. They have torus of over 30 different venues, all sold out!! The dave matthews band has been one of the most succesful bands, not beacsu they look good, or say the right things, but becsue they know how to put on a show. They know how to please a fan. Documentary