Last August, the [url id=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/dave_matthews_band/artist.jhtml”]Dave Matthews Band[/url] lost one of their key members when LeRoi Moore died due to complications from an ATV accident. Now the group is back with their new album, Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, but they insist that just because Moore is gone doesn’t mean he’s forgotten.
In fact, the band, along with producer Rob Cavallo, made sure a little piece of Moore lives on with this release. “All of us were obviously devastated by Roi’s passing, ’cause we were all finally enjoying each other again,” Matthews told MTV News. “But Rob was interesting because he only knew Roi for a short period of time, but they had a good chemistry — Rob was really devastated that we didn’t have Roi.”
So Cavallo, along with the band, found a way to include Roi on a few of the songs. “Rob was really looking forward to piling that dude on top of himself … but he did say how grateful he was that we had those early sessions,” Matthews said. “We didn’t force him on anything, but there was a lot of times where he was playing that thing … so it’s there now.”
The guys also paid tribute to their fallen friend and bandmate in the title of the album. “Groogrux” isn’t just some random person or idea — he’s Moore. “It’s a nickname for LeRoi, it’s a nickname [for] myself,” Carter Beauford explained. “Now it’s officially a name for Dave [Matthews], Stefan [Lessard] and Boyd [Tinsley], ’cause for the past 18 years they have been in the Groogrux academy. It’s a vibe. It’s a certain energy.”