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Reports: Boyd Tinsley no longer a member of Dave Matthews Band [Updated]

Posted by Matt Yette in Band Member News at 8:37am on Friday, May 18th, 2018

On what was once looked forward to as a yearly celebration, the eve of Dave Matthews Band's summer tour kickoff, a rather sobering bit of news grabbed the headlines and forced us to split our attention.

On Thursday afternoon, pop culture website Consequence of Sound published a story detailing a lawsuit that had been filed in Washington state on May 17th against Boyd Tinsley. The article goes into detail regarding the allegations contained in the lawsuit, filed by James Frost-Winn, a former trumpet player in Tinsley's band Crystal Garden. AntsMarching.org has chosen not to relay those details, as they can be found and read easily elsewhere, and as they are contained in ongoing litigation, they are as yet unproven.

Speculation about the details behind Tinsley's break from the band ran wild after he announced the night before their pre-Super Bowl show that he would be stepping away from the band for an indeterminate amount of time. Ultimately, the band (and by extension, it's PR arm) have remained silent regarding Tinsley's status, or how it would impact the upcoming tour. As recently as Wednesday, the band tweeted from their social media account, "Please join us in wishing Boyd Tinsley a Happy Birthday!" The lone word regarding the situation seemed to come as a response to the Consequence of Sound article, which quotes "a representative for Dave Matthews Band" as stating the following: "Boyd has been a member of the family since the band began and we want him to focus on his health and get better. We support his decision to do this and weíre sending positive thoughts his way." Things would take a turn just hours later. See below for an update - Ed. note

Late into the evening, multiple sites such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, People and Relix began reporting that another statement by the band had been released, this time with a different tone: "Though Boyd is no longer a member of the band, we are shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them," the statement said. Parsing that statement, it's not too difficult to see that the band is clearly distancing itself from Tinsley, both past and present. What this changes in the dynamic of the band versus where things were on February 2nd are unclear. The facts that matter as far as the tour go remain the same; Boyd Tinsley will not be joining the band on tour this summer. It now sounds like he may never rejoin. We have reached out to the band for comment and will update this story if necessary.

Updated 5/20/18 at 7:50am PST: In the third paragraph, we pointed out the apparent dichotomy between two statements that the reader is led to believe were made just moments apart. Since then, Ants has learned that the original statement by the band's PR firm was in response to a generic question about Tinsley's status with the band, prior to the news breaking about the lawsuit. Consequence of Sound posed this question without context and thus were given the canned response. CoS's article doesn't make this distinction, and instead allows the reader to believe that both statements were made in the context of the lawsuit details.
   
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Ants Podcast 89: Come Tomorrow

Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 8:08am on Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Matt and Joe come together to breakdown these latest announcements and discuss very early analysis.†Thoughts on the recording work, changes from live versions, multiple producer albums, and music industry trends in general.†Plus DJ Yette bumpers in the world premier of Samurai Cop.

While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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Come Tomorrow Tracklist Revealed

Posted by Sean Balogh in Album News at 10:10am on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Hello Friends. Kentucky Derby week is here, and post positions have been awarded. Betting lines have been posted. Thereís a lot of information out there, and yet nobody knows what will shake out come race time (this Saturday). Who would have thought a 144 year old horse race would have so much in common with a new Dave Matthews Band release?

Earlier today, our beloved boys from Virginia continued their pattern of weekly notices about their much anticipated album. We now have a track list. Last week they let us know the title of the album (Come Tomorrow), the release date (June 8th, 2018), and the bonus releases coming with it (thereís too many to include in a parenthetical, there was an email sent out about it, but to make this short they all sound pretty damn good. That #34 from the Gorge has me jazzed). Todayís announcement also indicates the first single, Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin), will be released nationwide next Friday, May 10th. So, once again, thereís a lot of information to parse through and make predictions and all thatís left to do is sit back and wait.

Its been 6 years since the groupís last studio effort, and to say this oneís a bit of a departure from the norm would be accurate. Most notably, this collaboration is just that, a collaboration. Traditionally each record has been produced by just one producer. Steve Lillywhite did 1994ís Under The Table And Dreaming, 1996ís Crash, 1998ís Before These Crowded Streets, and 2012ís Away From the World; Glen Ballard was recruited for 2001ís Everyday; Stephen Harris was nabbed for 2002ís Busted Stuff; Mark Batson produced 2005ís Stand Up; and finally Rob Cavallo was enlisted for 2008ís Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King. Come Tomorrow, however, boasts 4 producers. Cavallo and Batson return, longtime studio friend John Alagia assists, and the band welcomed newcomer Rob Evans to lend a hand as well. Each of the four reportedly tackle individual songs. Some will be obvious (itís pretty safe to assume that Batson will be handling Canít Stop, as that was originally written with him during the sessions that produced Stand Up) while many others remain a mystery.

Impressively, Come Tomorrow will feature 14 tracks. Letís go track by track and break down what we know.

  • Samurai Cop Ė Weíve heard this one before. Debuting at the bandís 25th anniversary show in Charlottesville back in 2016, this oneís now bene played 80 times live in various settings. Of the 80 full plays, 32 have been just Dave and Tim, 10 have been just Dave by himself, and the remaining 38 have been full band. Itís anybodyís guess as to which version will appear on the album in a month. Luckily this one will be out next Friday, so we wonít have to wait long.
  • Canít Stop Ė Somehow, this Stand Up era song made the cut this year. Initially recorded for and then cut from the 2005 album, Canít Stop has now been played in full 75 times. Much derided by hardcore fans but generally considered to be a passable up-tempo song by everybody else, I guess we wait with bated breath to see if this oneís gone through any significant changes in the studio.
  • Here On Out Ė Here we have a simple song debuting with a full backing orchestra on a PBS special in November of 2016. While that one play remains the only public appearance of this song, itís transfixing. Daveís repetitive guitar riff is soothing and relaxing, and the humble vocal delivery brings back memories of the old DMB. You know, the same voice that gave us such delicate tunes as Iíll Back You Up and Cry Freedom.
  • That Girl is You Ė Coming in at fourth on the album is our first encounter with a true unknown. Like, nothing. Well, ok, let me backtrack. We know Mark Batsonís HEARD it. So this oneís probably not produced by him. He said he asked to hear it 4 times in a row, and described it in an Instagram comment as ďa freaking amazing performance.Ē But thatís it so far. Itís possible this oneís a reworked title of the twice-played Plastic Girl, but it seems Dave relented to the quick and vocal dislike from the fanbase on that.
  • She Ė Ok, this one I havenít heard anything about. All Iíve got for this one is the name is similar to Che, a song from Tim Reynoldsí solo album The Limbic System. Itís probably not that song, though.
  • Idea of You Ė FINALLY! This 2006 era song has been visited in the studio and scrapped seemingly every year for over a decade. Boasting 110 full plays and widely regarded as one of Daveís most recent ďclassic dmb soundĒ songs, weíre finally getting a studio cut of it. In another Instagram comment, Batson said he heard versions (plural) of this track including the late Leroi Moore. Featuring that Little Red Guitar used exclusively for Idea of You and Shotgun, the tone of the Veillette Soprano 12 string is enough to make every day feel like a summer evening.
  • Virginia In The Rain Ė To be honest, although this oneís been played 39 times and Iíve heard it live twice, I canít remember a thing about it. Through some relistening today, I realized why. To my ears, itís just flat. Itís been performed by Dave & Tim almost two dozen times, but every performance has included Dave sitting at the piano. The slow, brooding feel of the song is reminiscent of something, I just canít put my finger on what. I guess, to sum this one up, Iím anxious to hear if itís been fleshed out in the studio. I donít envision it being in my top DMB songs, but it does have a lot of potential to work with.
  • Again and Again Ė Unfortunately, it doesnít appear this one is named after the lyrics from JTR. Batson has confirmed this is a reworked title for the song previously known as Bob Law saying ďIt made more sense to Dave as we came down the stretchĒ. Another Dave piano song, this one seems to have originated in 2015 when a musician leaked out the sheet music for three different songs. Those three ended up being Again and Again, Bismarck (more on this one later), and Here On out. This oneís good, itís upbeat, and the lyrics make sense. But itís not JTR, and that upsets me.
  • bkdkdkdd Ė No folks, thatís not a typo. I donít know what it is, but it is accurate. Maybe this oneís secretly Be Yourself (thatís the morning line favorite, but Keen Ice upset Triple Crown winner American Pharoah up here in Saratoga, so anythingís possible I guess. By the way, I wouldíve hit the Superfecta on that race had I gotten out of work in time to place the bet, so if anybody needs some last minute Kentucky Derby tips for Saturday we have a Horse Racing thread). Maybe itís an Afrikaans translation for something (itís not). Maybe itís an old song about worms somebody got from eating some bad take-out in the studio. Maybe itís an allusion to #RoiBombs, an old gag where Leroi would blindly type characters onto band membersí iPhones and the resulting ďphraseĒ would be saved. Batson is being mysteriously coy about this one, only saying itís a ďhidden gem.Ē If you know anything about this one, please quell some fears over in the Come Tomorrow thread.
  • Black and Blue Bird Ė Again, another road tested slow song. With 64 plays (debuting at the Legends on Letterman Show in 2015), weíve heard it. More or less, we know what weíre getting with this one. One notable tidbit on this one though, itís probably much older than we think. Registered with ASCAP, the listed writing credits go to Dave, Jeff, Rashawn, and then Doug Taylor McKean. Astute readers may realize Doug isnít a member of the band. Good job. It appears Doug is a studio engineer the band was working with back in 2013. Rolling Stone published an article in November of that year quoting Dave as saying he was working with Cavallo and McKean on ďsomething that doesnít sound like the past.Ē I guess we got Black and Snooze Blue Bird and Virginia in the Rain out of that session.
  • Come Tomorrow Ė The titular track is, again, unknown. I canít find anything on this one. No writing credit is available publicly, itís not a new title for a known song as best I can find, and thereís not even any indication as to how long this oneís been kept under wraps.
  • When Iím Weary Ė More of that here.

    So, where does that leave us. First, thereís lots of potential here. Of the tracks we know (8 definite) most are at the very least good. Thereís room for improvement on a lot of them, none of them are downright bad, and given the proper time in the studio with creative minds working on them, Iím confident they can be improved.

    Secondly, it appears some of the most anticipated tracks wonít be released, at least for now. Songs like Bismarck, Shotgun, Break For It, and Break Free wonít be on the album, as far as we can tell. Batson has hinted on Instagram that itís possible theyíll be released later, either as a bonus track or some other such release. Heís stated that while everybody really liked Bismarck, for example, it just didnít seem to fit on the album. Reportedly, this album is more of a concept album than a collection of songs. Representing the past, present, and future of DMB, the 14 selected tracks are the most representative and Bismarck simply didnít work in that theme. Thatís fair enough, I suppose. But for now, weíll just have to wait. Thereís just about a month until the whole album is released, and most of our questions will be answered.
       
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  • Dave Matthews Band Announces 9th Studio Album

    Posted by Jen Henson in Album News at 5:37pm on Wednesday, Apr 25th, 2018

    With the Dave Matthews Bandís near constant production of new music the possibility of an album is always up in the air. However, album rumors solidified late 2017 when Dave Matthews mentioned to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he and Carter Beauford had been recording in the studio. He said that he hoped to have ďsomethingĒ out at the beginning of the year. At this point, there was no official news of a 2018 tour or even if the band would get back together after their 2017 break. News of Dave and Carter in a studio gave the Dave Matthews Band community hope that exciting things were on the horizon. On January 15, 2018, the album became official when the band announced that there would indeed be an album released this year and that a free physical copy or download would come with each tour ticket purchased for the 2018 summer tour. A few weeks later Dave Matthews gave a brief interview with Radio One. Dave hinted at what we might hear on the album. He explained that his current songs are about friendship, love of family, love of the world and love of each other. Following that theme, Dave stated that he thought that Black and Blue Bird and Samurai Cop would appear on the upcoming album.

    The bandís social media continued to plug the tour and free album but remained silent on any details. That silence was broken, not by the band, but by Stand Up producer Mark Batson. On March 6, 2018 Batson took to Instagram to share his excitement about the upcoming Dave Matthews Band album. Batson confirmed that he was one of several producers and continued to interact with fans by replying to comments and dropping tidbits of information. Batson repeatedly used the hashtag #WeBeginTheSame leading people to believe that may become the album title. Batson also shared that he had heard songs that featured Butch Taylor and LeRoi Moore, that there would be bonus discs, and that he had specifically heard Idea of You and a song called That Girl is You. Batson described the tracks and Daveís playing as epic, emotional, passionate, and the best DMB this century! The majority of these Instagram posts have been deleted leading many to believe that Batsonís impromptu conversation with the fans was not only unsanctioned but did indeed contain accurate information about the album. Before the posts were deleted, AntsMarching forum user chadizzy1 was able to consolidate Batsonís remarks. Once again, silence followed these posts and the fans were left to wonder what was going on with the album and whether it would be completed before the summer tour began.

    This time that silence was broken by official news. As of today, Dave Matthews Bandís ninth studio album finally has a name and a release date. And no, unfortunately itís not called "What Album?" The album entitled ďCome TomorrowĒ has at least four different producers including John Alagia, Mark Batson, Rob Cavallo and Rob Evans and will be released on June 8, 2018. "Come Tomorrow" is currently available for pre-order which include bonus discs and options to include vinyl copies, DMBLive Vinyl releases and even a Limited Edition Cassette Tape.

    While the contents of the bonus disc were listed in the Warehouse Store, the track list for the album remains a mystery. From what has been revealed by Dave Matthews, Mark Batson and other rumors swirling around the album, it sounds like the tracks will be mostly recognized and road tested material. With the tour and album date so close, so many questions remain. Will the band continue its record of debuting number one albums? When will the first single be released? Will there be a violinst on tour with the band? Itís all speculation at this point. Hop on over to the AntsMarching forums to join in the ponderings while we wait for the next bit of news to be released. In the meantime, everybody sing with me now, ďSave tonight and fight the break of dawn, come tomorrow, tomorrow Iíll be goneÖĒ
       
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    Ants Podcast 88: The Night Before, Indeed!

    Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:14pm on Thursday, Feb 8th, 2018

    Matt and Joe mix it up over "The Night Before" performance, and just how ominous that designation was. Joe went to the show (of course he did), so we have first-hand intel on how the band sounded, and what the reception to the Boyd-less Dave Matthews Band was. We try our hand at broadcasting this one on Facebook Live, but don't worry Periscopers, we haven't forgotten about you. We take your questions as we head into this anxiety-inducing break before the summer tour.

    While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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    Ants Podcast 87: Checkin Out, Boyd?

    Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 1:14pm on Saturday, Feb 3rd, 2018

    On the eve of Dave Matthews Band's performance the night before the Super Bowl, violinist Boyd Tinsley took to Twitter to announce that he will be stepping away from the band for a break. Joe's in Minneapolis for the show (of course), so he and Matt jump on an emergency Skype call to talk this over and try to analyze what this means for Boyd, and the band as a whole, going forward. You won't want to miss this one.

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    Dave Matthews Band confirms Boyd Tinsley's Break from Touring

    Posted by Jen Henson in Band Member News at 12:59pm on Saturday, Feb 3rd, 2018

    Yesterday evening violinist Boyd Tinsley sent shockwaves through the Dave Matthews Band community when he announced that he would be taking a break from the band and touring. In his tweet, Boyd stated that he needed to take a step back to focus on his family and his health.

    This afternoon the band posted from the Dave Matthews Band Facebook page and stated: "Boyd has been a member of the family since the band began and we want him to focus on his health and get better. We support his decision to do this and weíre sending positive thoughts his way."

    This statement comes on the heels of a full summer tour and new album announcement. At this point, it is unclear what the band intends to do about Boyd's position. Although there have been countless musical guests and even a flag bearer on stage with the band over the years, there has never been a guest violinist.

    But we may not have to wait too long to see what plans might be in the works. Dave Matthews Band is headlining tonight's The Night Before [the Super Bowl] Concert in St. Paul, MN. What was a one-off show now holds the Dave Matthews Band communityís attention as we wait to see if anyone will be added to the showís lineup. However, with what may have been an unplanned for decision, a lack of fiddle player tonight may not necessarily equate to a missing violinist on the summer tour. If you have a musician in mind that you think may be able to temporarily fill that gap join the discussion on the AntsMarching Forums.

    Boyd's tweet stated that he needed to take a break "for a while," which definitely doesnít sound permanent. We know from recent tweets that Boyd was looking forward to touring with the band. Out of respect for Boyd and his family's privacy, we wonít speculate on health issues. But we here at AntsMarching do offer thanks to Boyd for all of his years with the band and wish him good health and a speedy recovery.
       
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    Boyd Tinsley stepping away from Dave Matthews Band

    Posted by Jake Vigliotti in Band Member News at 6:01pm on Friday, Feb 2nd, 2018

    Boyd Tinsley is "stepping away" from the Dave Matthews Band. Tinsley announced via Twitter that he was "wrestling with a decision" regarding his status with the band. Tinsley said, "I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while. I will miss you guys & my brothers in the band but Iím somewhat worn out & need 2 spend more time with my family & 2 bring more balance to my life. Thanks 4 ur Love"

    You can see his tweet in full at the link.

    Boyd first appeared with the band as a featured guest in 1991, and then officially joining the band in April 1992. Regardless, Tinsley is regarded as a founding member of the band and a key contributor, including a co-writing credit on the band's first Grammy winning song, So Much To Say. We wish Boyd all the success in his time away; and more importantly, thank you Boyd, for all you've done for DMB and us fans.
       
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    Ants Podcast 86: Back on the Horse

    Posted by Matt Yette in Podcasts at 6:43am on Wednesday, Jan 17th, 2018

    Urgent Podcast Alert!†Major announcements in the Dave Matthews Band World, and itís time for us and them to get back on the horse for tour time.†We have completed our year of #notour punishment and are rewarded with official dates for a DMB Summer 2018 Tour.†And if that wasnít enough, the rumors have been officially confirmed now; this year (summer) will bring a new album.†We couldnít be more excited so we had to call an emergency podcast.†We just had to talk about how the 2018 tour shapes up, venues included (and more importantly excluded), ticket price changes, and of course the new album.†Plus a few Periscope viewer questions.

    While Apple's built in Podcast app is a great app for listening to the Ants Podcast, an alternative that some might enjoy has emerged: Overcast. Overcast is a great, free podcast app that has gained a lot of popularity since its release. If you're looking for another app for your Ants Podcast fix, give it a try!

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    Dave Matthews Band: 2018 Summer Tour Dates! New Album!

    Posted by Sean Balogh in Tour News at 8:12am on Tuesday, Jan 16th, 2018

    WOAH! Good morning, sleepyhead! It's been a while since we've had some excitement come from the Dave Matthews Band camp, and boy did they kick off the rust in a big way! The band announced the end to the longest hiatus of their career this morning so let's break it down.

    First and foremost, there's a new Dave Matthews Band album coming down the pipe. The band's as of yet unnamed 10th studio album will be released "this summer" according to the band's website. We can only surmise it will feature many of the songs we've seen poke their heads out at concerts going back for a few years now. With Away From The World turning 6 this year, Dave and company certainly had a lot of time to tinker with some tunes.

    Now that that's out of the way, let's turn to the important stuff: the summer tour. Once again, our troop of heroes will be crisscrossing most of the country this summer. As had been strongly rumored, the tour will begin on May 18th with a one night stand in The Woodlands, Texas. Swinging through the south includes your opportunity to see these guys in Dallas on May 19th, Austin on the 22nd, Atlanta on the 26th, Orange Beach for their 35th stop total in Alabama on the 27th, a wild ride back to Brandon MS where they assure me they have broadband internet and then ending the month of May in in the home state of Walmart, Rogers, Arkansas on the 30th.

    They don't waste any time though burning through the months of June and July though, as they get back to a lot of their familiar stops for one night stands including Bugettstown, PA, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Syracuse, NY, Bristow, VA, Mansfield, MA, Hartford, CT, a quick jaunt across the border for a weekend in Canada before returning back stateside. June and July also see six two night residencies at the same places you've seen them before. Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NHm BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, Northerly Island in Chicago, the professionally named Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indiana, and lovely Saratoga Springs, New York have all gotten two nights previously before heading south for their routine get-away in sweaty West Palm Beach, Florida.

    Their mid-summer vacation ends sharply though with a two night stand outside Denver, Colorado, followed by a night in Oregon, the typical three nights over Labor Day Weekend at The Gorge, and then three more west coast shows at Stateline, Nevada, Mountain View, California, and Los Angeles, California.

    But wait there's more! Any ticket purchased through The Warehouse, Ticketmaster, or the venue will be accompanied by the option of either a digital download of the forthcoming album or a physical CD.

    Warehouse ticket request period is open now. Did you keep your membership last year for the #notour? Public on sales in February 2nd.

    The Major surprises? There are a handful, like no KC or STL and other misses. But two really take the cake: No Alpine (once again), and reserved ticket prices have leaped from $95 to $115, 21% increase (lawn prices look to have stayed the same.)
       
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