Dave Matthews Band will launch an extensive North American tour tomorrow, with the first of two shows at The Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT. The group will headline the closing dates of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN (6/13), the HullabaLOU Festival in Louisville, KY (7/25) and the Mile High Music Festival in Commerce City, CO (8/15). This year's outing will include numerous stadium shows, including Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA (7/9), Pittsburgh's PNC Park (7/10), two consecutive nights at Citi Field in Flushing, NY (7/16, 17), and Nationals Park in Washington, DC (7/23). The group will play a special free show for fans on August 17th show atUSANA Amphitheatre inWest Valley City, UT.Other highlights include three Southern California dates (8/20, 21 & 23) and Dave Matthews Band's traditional Labor Day weekend stint at Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA (9/3, 4 & 5). The tour will conclude on September 15th at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. See below for a full itinerary or visithttp://www.davematthewsband.com.
In the past decade, Dave Matthews Band was the biggest ticket seller worldwide, selling upwards of 11 million tickets to 547 shows from 2000-2009, according to BillboardBoxscore. In fact, it was the only group to exceed 10 million in attendance for the period. The band has sold over 17 million tickets since its inception. With preparations underway for its 20th consecutive summer tour, the group recently told fans that they will be taking next year off. "We feel lucky that our tours are a part of so many people's lives," Dave Matthews Bandsaid in a statement posted on its website earlier this month. "We're excited to make this summer one of our best tours yet, and look forward to returning to the road in 2012."