Dave Matthews Band announces new album, Irvine date
Here's a cocktail party tidbit: No act sold more tickets than the Dave Matthews Band did for the period that stretched from 2000 to 2009. That little factoid comes courtesy of Billboard, which notes that the band sold 11.2 million in that span. Today, the band has revealed that a new album and an extensive U.S. tour are on the horizon. The group will play the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on Sept. 8.
Pop & Hiss advises getting there early to catch soul up-and-comer Allen Stone. Tickets, according to a Live Nation statement, are slated to go on sale March 9. A pre-sale will be offered via the Dave Matthews Band's fan club. While prices for the Irivne date haven't been revealed, tickets for other dates are generally running $40 to $75, not including surcharges.
The band recently went into the studio with veteran producer Steve Lillywhite, who the group collaborated with on its first three studio albums. A release date has not yet been set, but the tour is set to launch May 18 in the Woodlands, Texas.
The new album will be the band's first since 2009's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King," which lost the album of the year Grammy to Taylor Swift and her "Fearless." "Big Whiskey" received largely favorable reviews, as it presented a more rock 'n' roll side of the Dave Matthews Band.
-- Todd Martens
Image: Dave Matthews. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times