DMB unveiling new songs on summer tour


NEW YORK -- Spring may be on its way, but Dave Matthews Band already has its eyes set on summer. The rock troupe's three-month summer tour will begin May 30-31 outside Pittsburgh and will feature material from its next studio album, to be produced by Rob Cavallo.

DMB has finished preproduction for the project and hit the studio this week to begin recording with Cavallo. The album will also feature contributions from longtime collaborator Tim Reynolds, whose last guest appearance on a DMB studio effort was 1998's "Before These Crowded Streets."

The band hasn't released a new studio album since 2005's "Stand Up," which bowed at the summit of The Billboard 200.

Fan club members can participate in a tour pre-sale starting at noon Thursday, while the public can purchase beginning March 29. Opening acts for the trek include Willie Nelson, the Black Crowes, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, O.A.R., Michael Franti and Spearhead, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Paolo Nutini, Gomez and Ingrid Michaelson.

The eco-friendly band will also continue to work with Reverb, the organization that has helped "green" tours by DMB and other major acts of late. "We're talking to the organizers about ways of taking our efforts even further than last year," bassist Stefan Lessard said.

Before the summer dates, Matthews and Reynolds are set to perform at Jack Johnson's fifth annual Kokua Festival in Hawaii April 19-20. They are also slated for an April 11 benefit concert for the Dalai Lama/Seeds of Compassion in Seattle.

Here are Dave Matthews Band's tour dates:

May 30-31: Burgettstown, Pa. (Post-Gazette Pavilion)
June 3-4: Camden, N.J. (Susquehanna Bank Center)
June 6: Bridgeview, Ill. (Toyota Park)
June 7: St. Louis, Mo. (Busch Stadium)
June 9: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music)
June 10: Scranton, Pa. (Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain)
June 13-14: Hartford, Conn. (New England Dodge Music Center)
June 17: Darien Center, N.Y. (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center)
June 18: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
June 20-21: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
June 24-25: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts)
June 27: Hershey, Pa. (Hersheypark Stadium)
June 28: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge)
July 1: Charlotte (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
July 2: Raleigh, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion)
July 4: Charleston, S.C. (Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park)
July 5: Rothbury, Mich. (Rothbury Festival)
July 7: Atlanta (Lakewood Amphitheatre)
July 9: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Amphitheatre)
July 11-12: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Cruzan Amphitheatre)
July 22: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center)
July 25-26: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
July 29: Columbus, Ohio (Crew Stadium)
July 30: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)
Aug. 1: Louisville, Ky. (Louisville Slugger Field)
Aug. 2: Memphis, Tenn. (AutoZone Park)
Aug. 5: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 7: Virginia Beach, Va. (Verizon Wireless VA Beach Amphitheater)
Aug. 9-10: East Troy, Wis. (Alpine Valley Music Theatre)
Aug. 13: Oklahoma City (AT&T Bricktown Ballpark)
Aug. 15: The Woodlands, Texas (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Aug. 16: Dallas ( Center)
Aug. 19-20: Los Angeles (Staples Center)
Aug. 22: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre)
Aug. 23: Phoenix (Cricket Wireless Pavilion)
Aug. 25: West Sacramento, Calif. (Raley Field)
Aug. 27: West Valley City, Utah (USANA Amphitheatre)
Aug. 29-31: George, Wash. (Gorge Amphitheatre)
Sept. 5-7: Berkeley, Calif. Greek Theatre)