Daveheads, lend me your ears! (And your car, because I’m gonna need a ride.) The boys will, once again, rightfully be back in town.
After the Dave Matthews Band‘s unprecedented touring hiatus in 2011 (which resulted in a four-stop Caravan mini-tour, instead of the road-happy group’s typically packed summer schedule) the Grammy-winning jammers announced they will be embarking on a 39-stop tour across North America. DMB bassist Stefan Lessard tweeted to fans early Wednesday morning, “Start getting excited!”
Kicking off at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 18 in Woodlands, Tex., and wrapping up at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 9, DMB will also make stops along the way at the Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Ala., and their annual pilgrimage to the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., where they’ve headlined 40 shows since 1997. (Check out the full list of tour dates here.)
DMB recently headed back into the studio with Steve Lillywhite (who produced the band’s first three studio albums, Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash and Before These Crowded Streets, as well as the underground fan favorite, the unreleased Lillywhite Sessions) so fans can expect the usual mix of playing the old and testing out the new.
Supporting acts announced for the band’s 2012 summer tour so far include the Avett Brothers, The Head and the Heart, Brandi Carlile, Gary Clarke Jr., Allen Stone, Edward Sharpe, and the Magnetic Zeros, Fitz and the Tantrums, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Blind Pilot, Lettuce, SOJA, Delta Spirit, and Tower of Power.
Tickets for DMB’s summer tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 9.