Look for Dave Matthews Band to hit the road again in April. A DMB tour is nothing new as the band tours steadily, but this will be the first tour affiliated with a new album in four years. DMB is back in the studio recording with producer Rob Cavallo, who's known for his great work with Green Day ("American Idiot"), Kid Rock ("Rock and Roll Jesus") and My Chemical Romance ("The Black Parade"). The still-untitled project makes the first time DMB and Cavallo have worked together and we say, it's about time. Cavallo's strength is pushing bands to write tight, well-structured songs that sacrifice none of the artist's personality and DMB, like all of us, can often benefit from a good editor. DMB's last four albums have all come in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The album comes out April 14, the same day the tour kicks off at New York's Madison Square Garden (no warm up gigs in smaller markets for these boys!) The tour also includes a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 26. Opener on the three-week outing are The Roots, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers and Jason Mraz. Tickets go on sale for all shows (except for a Nashville stadium show) on Jan. 17.
DMB is still mourning the loss of founding member, saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died this summer as a result of injuries from an ATV accident. He will be replaced by Jeff Coffin on the tour and album.