Dave Matthews has such a unique and explicit style of guitar playing. Many of his songs feature creative chord arrangements and incredibly complicated pick patterns. In short, he has crazy fingers.
But like any other great musician, Dave and the rest of the band must practice and keep songs strong in their memories for their performances.
In the past, touring for DMB has been so relentless that songs have been forged and practiced day after day on the road. As new songs are written and integrated into set lists, other songs are left on the sideline.
Songs long considered dead include Heathcliff's Haiku Warriors and Spotlight. Even newer songs fall out of practice with the band.
A classic example of Dave and the boys being unable to fulfil a song request was on 9/8/2002. It was the final night at the Gorge the last stop for the summer tour. It had been over three years since The Last Stop had been played in full. A fan in the crowd held up a sign asking for song, and the crowd began to chant.
Dave addressed the crowd and said that he and Carter had been discussing the tune backstage, and were considering that it should be revived. (At this point, the song hadn't been played completely in over three years) Dave began to tease the song, but then dropped into Tripping Billies instead.
This week's Davespeak comes from a soundboard recording from the 1995 Dave and Tim tour. A fan shouts out a request, and Dave explains that he can't remember how to play the song.