I was very impressed and had a wonderful time. Erin Hill’s harp playing is nothing short of outstanding and her singing is remarkable. She decided and told the audience that she would go in chronological order which I thought was a great way to perform the show and to honor David Bowie’s brilliant song-writing through the years.
Erin Hill kicked off the 7:00pm first show with “The Man Who Sold The World” from Bowie’s 1970 album of the same name. She went on to do an amazing rendition of “Life on Mars?” from the Hunk Dory album of 1971 which was absolutely brilliant.
From the highly acclaimed and magnificent The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album of 1972, she performed wonderful versions of “Moonage Daydream,” “Starman,” and “Ziggy Stardust.” I thought all three renditions of those songs were nothing short of amazing. As Hill played flawlessly with her hands on her beautiful harp, I especially admired her performances of “Moonage Daydream” and “Starman.” I loved how Erin Hill sang those wonderful, beautiful lyrics, “There’s a Starman waiting in the sky, he’d like to come and meet us, but he thinks he’d blow our minds…”
As Erin Hill moved through David Bowie’s catalog, she provided us with a beautiful cover of David Bowie’s cover of The Beatles’ “Across The Universe” which appeared on Bowie’s Young Americans album in 1975. Up next, came a classic from the 1976 Station to Station , album where she performed a lovely rendition of “Golden Years.” That too, in my opinion, was one of Erin Hill’s best of the night.
Another “cover of a cover” Bowie song happened as Erin Hill played “God Only Knows,” originally done by The Beach Boys on their Pet Sounds album, it was done exceptionally well with Hill’s brilliant singing and amazing harp playing.
Hill would play one song from Bowie’s 2016 album Blackstar, which was released on his birthday and just two days before he died. The song titled “Dollar Days” was, once again, performed brilliantly by Hill, who didn’t seem to tire at all, and her harp playing and singing were amazing all night.
For the encore, Hill gave the audience her wonderful rendition of Bowie’s masterpiece “Space Oddity,” which ended her first show appearance at this little record shop in the heart of Bordentown, New Jersey.
See a copy of that performance below:
As I witnessed Erin Hill’s brilliance, I was also reminded of David Bowie’s brilliance and how much of a creative and talented musician he was. Bowie gave us a lifetime of amazing songs to be cherished forever. If Bowie knew that his songs would be played by a truly talented, beautiful harpist and singer, I am sure he would be smiling and would be very pleased.
1. Squirm 2. Seek Up 3. Seven 4. Fool To Think 5. #41 6. Plastic Girl 7. Crash Into Me 8. Death On The High Seas 9. When The World Ends 10. The Best of What’s Around 11. Dancing Nancies 12. Warehouse * 13. Lover Lay Down 14. Samurai Cop 15. Grey Street * 16. You and Me 17. Pantala Naga Pampa -> 18. Rapunzel —————————– 19. Pig 20. All Along The Watchtower
* Greg Osby -> indicates a segue into next song
I took the River Line NJ Transit train from Bordentown to Camden for $1.60! I met some fellow DMB fans on the train and they offered me a beer from their cooler. I then met up with my DMB friends Elaine along with her friends and Dan and Carol were in the same parking lot too. It was a lot of fun tailgating and the weather was perfect! I hung out in the lawn with Elaine and her friends just prior to the show starting where I went down to my seat in section 203. I then met another DMB friend from Facebook in Peggy Anne!The show kicked off with an awesome version of “Squirm” as the weekend opener! It would be followed by the most unbelievable and amazing version of “Seek Up.” All band members including Boyd Tinsley, Jeff Coffin, and Rashawn Ross really shined and it was the best version I had ever heard. That song flat out blew me away tonight. “Seven” sounded great, as was “Fool To Think” which I have not heard in a long while sounded cool.
“#41” sounded beautiful tonight as did the song debut of “Plastic Girl.” I thought it was very good. “When The World Ends” and “The Best of What’s Around” sounded terrific tonight as well, as did “Dancing Nancies,” which did not segue into “Warehouse” even though it was played after but with the usual intro. Jeff Coffin played another great solo for “Lover Lay Down.”
A new song DMB debuted on this tour that I could hear tonight was “Samurai Cop” which I also liked a lot. “Grey Street”, “You and Me,” and an awesome “Pantala Naga Pampa” into “Rapunzel” ended the set. The encore provided terrific versions of “Pig” and “All Along The Watchtower”! It was an insane set list and an awesome time!
Show # 19: June 25 2016 BB&T Pavilion Camden, NJ
One Sweet World Minarets Belly Belly Nice Big Eyed Fish Bismarck Crush Bob Law What Would You Say Gravedigger The Song That Jane Likes Kill The Preacher Sugar Will You Might Die Trying If Only Don’t Drink the Water Proudest Monkey Satellite Jimi Thing Sexy M.F. ———————- Granny Tripping Billies -> Halloween
-> indicates a segue into next song
I got together with friends Wendy and Beth and I drove down to tailgate. We stopped at Boyd’s Pharmacy in Bordentown, NJ to pick up tailgating supplies (see pictures below). Luckily, we met up with Elaine and her friends again in the parking lot to tailgate. It was a terrific time.
I saw another terrific show, this time with Wendy and Beth next to me. We sang and danced all night! Overall, it was not quite as good as Friday night 1 but it was still awesome! Highlights for me included “One Sweet World,” “Belly Belly Nice,” and an amazing rendition of “Crush.” “The Song That Jane Likes,” and a great version of “Why I Am” rocked the house as I thought about how great LeRoi Moore was and I’m sure he was there in spirit.
In addition, I loved “You Might Die Trying” and “Don’t Drink The Water” tonight as well. I caught most of “Jimi Thing” when Wendy wasn’t feeling good so unfortunately, we had to leave and ended up missing “Sexy M.F.,” as well as the encore of “Granny,” “Ants Marching,” and “Halloween.” I was disappointed. Nevertheless, I am very grateful I could spend two nights in Camden seeing my favorite band and hanging out with all my DMB friends!
Show # 17:
June 27, 2015 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
The Needle and the Damage Done
Grace Is Gone
When the World Ends
Rhyme & Reason
Stay or Leave ———————————-
Don’t Drink the Water
Digging a Ditch
Why I Am
Virginia in the Rain
Pantala Naga Pampa »
The Best of What’s Around
Stay (Wasting Time) ———————————–
The Space Between
Shake Me Like a Monkey
It was a cloudy, rainy, and stormy day. It rained the whole time. I went with Dan, Carol, and Wendy. I drove my nautical blue 2012 Toyota Corolla S.
Highlights in the acoustic set for me included “The Needle and the Damage Done”, “The Stone”, an outstanding “Typical Situation”, and a full-band version of “Stay or Leave”. The electric set featured the opener of “Don’t Drink the Water”, an excellent version of “Crush”, “Rapunzel”, and “The Best of What’s Around”.
The encore was one of the weakest I ever seen with “The Space Between” and “Shake Me Like a Monkey”. Other than that, it was good, but not great.
Stefan Lessard, bass player, DMB Tour 06/29/13, Camden, NJ
DMB 2013 tour poster, June 29th, 2013, Camden, NJ
Dave Matthews, DMB Tour, 06/29/13, Camden, NJ
DMB Tour 06/29/2013 ticket stub
June 29, 2013 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ Opening Act: Mavis Staples
Dreamgirl Drive In Drive Out Joyride What Would You Say Crush JTR Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin cover) #41 Kill the Preacher [partial] * Why I Am Help Myself Mercy So Much to Say Drunken Soldier Hunger for the Great Light Belly Full + Typical Situation Ants Marching (Carter solo intro) Halloween ————————- Oh @ Lie in Our Graves [reprise] –> Pig –> (Dueling Banjos interpolation) Two Step (pre-2007 intro melody and Time Bomb intro; Higher Ground interpolation)
* Carter, Dave, Tim + Dave solo @ Dave and Tim –>Indicates segue into next song
The opener of “Dreamgirl” was a pleasant and wonderful surprise, since I haven’t heard it live since 2005. “Drive In Drive Out” sounded terrific as well.
A song I greatly enjoy but haven’t heard live and in person since the 2004 tour was “Joyride” and it sounded great! I’m so glad they played it.
Other impressive songs played tonight included brilliant versions of “What Would You Say”, “Crush”, and “JTR”, plus an excellent cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times”, which really rocked the house!
“#41” sounded amazing; as did “Why I Am”, “Help Myself”, and a beautiful rendition of “Mercy” with Dave himself on piano.
“So Much to Say” followed and was nothing short of fantastic. In addition, a very impressive version of “Drunken Soldier” was played as I got to experience that song live for the first time.
DMB would play quite possibly the best version of “Typical Situation” I have ever experienced, and for me was one of the best moments of the night.
DMB ended this terrific set with the classic “Ants Marching” leading right into a rocking version of “Halloween”! It was amazing!
The encore was also remarkable, with a delightful version of “Oh”, a reprise of “Lie in Our Graves”, a magnificent version of “Pig”, and then an absolute jamming and rocking version of “Two Step”!
It was an incredible and fantastic ending to this Saturday night, another superb performance by DMB, an outstanding set list, and one of my favorite concerts by them of all-time! 🙂
June 14, 2014 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
1. Bartender * 2. Slip Slidin’ Away + 3. Pay For What You Get ~ 4. Take Me To Tomorrow ~ 5. So Damn Lucky –> 6. (Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)) 7. Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd 8. Minarets 9. Lie In Our Graves
10. Improv Intro 11. Spaceman –> 12. Corn Bread 13. Save Me 14. Write A Song 15. Belly Belly Nice 16. #41 17. Grey Street 18. Say Goodbye 19. Good Good Time 20. Drive In Drive Out 21. Funny The Way It Is 22. Jimi Thing 23. Granny
————————– 24. Crash Into Me 25. Two Step
* Dave And Tim + Carter, Dave, Rashawn and Tim ~ Carter, Dave, Stefan and Tim (song name) indicates a partial song –> indicates a segue into next song
Great set list, Great show! One of my favorites! This show had to be the best so far of the summer. I went with my friends Dan, Carol, and Rob. Had a “good good time” back in Camden and tailgating in the parking lot with all the lovely DMB friends.
I love the two set format!
The acoustic set was excellent from start to finish, opening up with “Bartender”, a cover of Paul Simon’s “Slip Slidin’ Away”, “Pay For What You Get”, and a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me To Tomorrow” were all done beautifully.
“So Damn Lucky” was outstanding, as well as, a great rendition of “Minarets” and a fantastic “Lie In Our Graves” ended the acoustic set. It sounded excellent and loved every second of the acoustic set.
The electric set would also be nothing short of spectacular! The opening with “Spaceman” into “Cornbread” was really rocking and got me dancing! I thought it was outstanding! Only to be followed by a fantastic version of “Save Me” which I also loved.
A pleasant surprise was “Write A Song”, a song I never heard before but I know they have played it on tour before. I thought it was very good. It definitely needs to be put on an album very soon.
Sitting in seat number 41, I was hoping they might in fact play “#41” and they did! I was so happy! It sounded so excellent, with every band member shining on this song and on every song they played this night. The song “Grey Street” was terrific with an extended rocked out jam at the end and “Say Goodbye” was brilliant.
A nice version of “Good Good Time” was played, which I haven’t heard since 2004, and had forgotten how good of a song it is. It’s another song that needs to be recorded in the near future as well. I really liked it.
As usual, “Drive In Drive Out” rocked out, as well as, “Funny the Way it Is” sounded really nice tonight. Once again, an outstanding “Jimi Thing” provided all band members to shine tonight, including Dave, who provided some wild noises and singing of his own to make it a truly epic version. Ending the set with “Granny” was surprising, wonderful and brilliant!
The encore was awesome! After a nice version of “Crash Into Me”, the band performed an outstanding rendition of “Two Step” and it rocked the house! It really jammed and rocked! I loved every second of it.
This was an outstanding performance by DMB, a great set list, and a great show! This certainly was one of my favorite concerts of all-time, if not my favorite. I just loved both sets, acoustic and electric, and thought it was one of Dave Matthews Band’s best shows ever in Camden, New Jersey.
PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ Opening Act: The Head and the Heart
Tripping Billies Save Me Rooftop (Improv Intro) –> Don’t Drink the Water Mercy The Idea Of You #41 Drum Intro –> Spaceman –> Corn Bread Recently (Pretty Pretty Girl/Take Me to the River outros) Grey Street Captain Belly Belly Nice Cry Freedom Crash Into Me Drive In Drive Out Jimi Thing —————– (Blue Water) So Right –> Ants Marching
(Song name) indicates a partial song –> indicates a segue into next song
It was a great show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. It was nice for me to see DMB somewhere else rather than Camden, New Jersey for a change too.
Opening up with “Tripping Billies” and ending the night with “Ants Marching” pretty much says it all. It was a great show and a great set list. Highlights for me included an excellent version of “Save Me”, “The Idea of You”, “#41”, and “Corn Bread”.
The performance of “Recently” was also a real treat with the “Pretty pretty girl, take me to the river outros.”
In addition, I greatly enjoyed “Belly Belly Nice”, plus the old favorites, “Crash Into Me”, “Drive In Drive Out”, and “Jimi Thing” were terrific to end the set.
“So Right” and “Ants Marching” in the encore ended this really fun night at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Overall, it was another solid performance by DMB and enjoyed every minute of it.