Dave Matthews Band Sets 2014 Summer Tour
This article first appeared on Billboard.com.
One of live music's most storied acts has announced yet another mammoth tour.
The Dave Matthews Band will embark on a 42-date North American tour this summer, beginning on May 16 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, Tex. Titled "A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band," each night will feature two sets from DMB, ranging from full-band performances to more scaled-down approaches.
The first presale, reserved for members of the Dave Matthews fan club, Warehouse Fan Association, begins on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. ET.
Next up, Citi card members can take part in a presale on Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. local time. This presale includes all dates except for Aug. 29-31; the Citi presale for these dates is set for Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. local time.
Finally, all remaining tickets for shows, aside from Aug. 29-31, go on sale to the public on Feb. 7. The Aug. 29-31 shows go on sale to the public on Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. PT.
"I was talking to [drummer] Carter [Beauford] about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together," said Matthews via press release. "It's how we started -- in the basements of Carter's and my mom's houses. Our shows are loose, but we started thinking that maybe this summer we should make them looser and bring some of that feeling to the stage. It seems like the opposite of a safe plan, so why not?"
"Everyone was really psyched about the idea, so we've been busy figuring out how to turn it into the best possible experience for our fans," added Beauford.
Last summer, DMB's 22-week tour grossed $40 million, with more than 712,000 tickets sold for 47 performances.
The band is expected to release a new studio album later this year, helmed by producer Rob Cavallo, who worked on 2009's Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King. When their last studio set, 2012's Away From The World, debuted atop the Billboard 200, the Dave Matthews Band became the first group to have six consecutive albums start at No. 1.
See the full list of tour dates at the DMB website.