The Dave Matthews Band will saddle up with Neil Young and Crazy Horse for a special charity gig in April that will also serve as the launch of Matthews’ 2001 North American tour.
The April 21 show at Charlottesville, Virginia’s Scott Stadium will be the Dave Matthews Band’s first hometown performance since 1994, and proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Bama Works Foundation.
The Dave Matthews Band and Neil Young pairing will be a one-off affair, with an as-yet-unnamed opening act joining DMB for shows running from April 28 in Raleigh, North Carolina, through May 15 in Phoenix.
Grammy-winning soul singer Macy Gray will join the Dave Matthews tour beginning May 18 in San Francisco, and she’ll remain on the outing through a July 15 show in Dallas (see “Macy Gray To Join Dave Matthews Band On Tour” ).
On Tuesday the Dave Matthews Band released Everyday, the long-awaited studio follow-up to 1998’s Before These Crowded Streets.
In keeping with the tour kickoff’s hometown flavor, the Dave Matthews Band has arranged for 30,000 tickets (more than half of Scott Stadium’s 48,000-seat capacity) to be made available exclusively for sale to residents of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties, as well as to students at the University of Virginia.
The Bama Works Foundation was founded by the Dave Matthews Band and distributes funds to various local and national nonprofit groups, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Hope House and the University of Virginia Children’s Medical Center, among others.
For more on the Dave Matthews Band and its new record, check out the upcoming MTV News Online feature, premiering here on Saturday.