NEW YORK — With the rain pouring down and a melodic voice resounding through the streets, hundreds of fans braved the storm to hear songs from the [artist id="814"]Dave Matthews Band's[/artist] new album, [article id="1609626"]Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.[/article]
Outside of the "Today" show studio, fans were lined up for two blocks surrounding Rockefeller Center, some of whom had been waiting since 11 the night before. Before going on air, Dave joked with the crowd, asking them to bring him a "ham sandwich with cheese and coffee," because he was unable to sleep the night before.
The concert began with an old favorite, "So Much to Say," and the fans were almost louder than Dave Matthews as they sang along. To introduce their new CD, DMB played the new single "Funny the Way It Is," which some say pays tribute to saxophonist [article id="1593146"]LeRoi Moore, who died in August[/article], with the line about a "soldier's last breath."
When the band began playing their older favorite "Crash," the rain suddenly turned into a downpour, but the umbrellas were put away as the crowd embraced the soothing music and cool shower. After playing another oldie, "Ants Marching," Dave threw his guitar picks in the crowd. He later had to track down one of those picks to play an encore song, "Alligator Pie."
To thank his fans for sticking out the storm, Dave shook hands with crowdmembers before heading back inside.
The Dave Matthews Band will begin their summer tour July 8 in Bridgeview, Illinois.