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Dave Matthews Band Soundcheck New Songs for 2012 Tour Kickoff

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The much-beloved Dave Matthews Band begin their summer 2012 tour, their first in nearly two years, tonight in Texas. An eager fan grabbed video of two new songs during a soundcheck that took place last night — see them (and the tour dates) below.

The two new tracks are ‘Mercy’ and ‘Sweet,’ probable candidates for an unnamed, forthcoming fall album. ‘Mercy’ — which the band performed on ‘Jimmy Fallon’ last month — has love song written all over it, with Matthews’ signature sing-whisper in full effect. ‘Sweet,’ if you can hear it over the conversation in the footage, sounds, well, like Matthews at his sweetest — and then the weight of drums comes in.

The DMB tour bus will be wending its way all over the country with dates up the East Coast and Midwest through mid-July. The band flies out West for a string of September shows in Washington and California. Head over to their website to grab tickets.

The Dave Matthews Band have a subculture all to their own, an organized legion of fans, antsmarching.org. A surreptitious ant by the username of “specialanthony” posted to the forum his eavesdropping on the soundcheck and recorded a spate of video bootlegs, as well as this set list spoiler: ‘You Never Know,’ ‘Ee Hee,’ ‘If I Had It All,’ ‘Grace is Gone,’ ‘Beach Ball,’ ‘Mercy’ and ‘Sweet.’

Of course, it’s not just DMB that you’re getting on their 2012 tour. Two romping, stomping Diffuser.fm favorites will be opening: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at the two Texas shows, and the Avett Brothers for three gigs in Washington.

If you’re sick with anticipation, fear not: Director Sam Erickson has put together a five-part documentary, called ‘Hello Again,’ covering the band’s 2010 tour. Watch part one here.

Listen to Dave Matthews Band Play ‘Mercy’ During Soundcheck


Listen to Dave Matthews Band Play ‘Sweet’ During Soundcheck

Dave Matthews Band 2012 Tour Dates

5/18 — Woodlands, Tex. | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
5/19 — Dallas, Texas  | Gexa Energy Pavilion w/ Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
5/20 — Gulf Shores, Ala.  Hangout Music Fest
5/22 — Atlanta, Ga. | Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood w/ The Head and the Heart
5/23 — Charlotte, N.C. | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ The Head and the Heart
5/25 — Hartford, Conn. | Comcast Theatre w/ Mariachi El Bronx
5/26 — Hartford, Conn. | Comcast Theatre w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
5/28 — Scranton, Penn. | Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountainw/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
5/29 — Cincinnati, Ohio | Riverbend Music Center w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
6/2 — Toronto, Ontario | Molson Amphitheatre w/ Blind Pilot
6/3 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio | Blossom Music Center w/ Blind Pilot
6/5 — Mansfield, Mass. | Comcast Center w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
6/6 — Mansfield, Mass. | Comcast Center w/ Carolina Chocolate Drops
6/8 — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center w/ Lettuce
6/9 — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. | Saratoga Performing Arts Center w/ Lettuce
6/12 — Wantagh, N.Y. | Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre w/ Fitz and the Tantrums
6/13 — Wantagh, N.Y. | Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre w/ Fitz and the Tantrums
6/16 — Bristow, Va. | Jiffy Lube Live w/ Gary Clark Jr.
6/17 — Virginia Beach, Va.  Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach w/ Gary Clark Jr.
6/22 — Noblesville, Ind. | Klipsch Music Center w/ Gary Clark Jr.
6/23 — Noblesville, Ind. | Klipsch Music Center w/ Delta Spirit
6/26 — Camden, N.J. | Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Brandi Carlile
6/27 — Camden, N.J. | Susquehanna Bank Center
6/29 — Hershey, Penn. | Hersheypark Stadium
6/30 — Bethel, N.Y. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts w/ Delta Spirit
7/3 — Darien Center, N.Y. | Darien Lake Performing Arts Center w/ Brandi Carlile
7/6 — East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Center
7/7 — East Troy, Wis. | Alpine Valley Music Center w/ Brandi Carlile
7/10 — Clarkston, Mich. | DTE Ene rgy Music Center w/ Brandi Carlile
7/11 — Maryland Heights, Mont. | Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Brandi Carlile
7/13 — Burgettstown, Penn. | First Niagara Pavilion w/ SOJA
7/14 — Burgettstown, Penn. | First Niagara Pavilion w/ SOJA
7/18 — Tampa, Florida | 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre w/ Tower of Power
7/20 — West Palm Beach, Fla. | Cruzan Amphitheatre w/ Tower of Power
7/21 — West Palm Beach, Fla.  | Cruzan Amphitheatre w/ Tower of Power
8/31 — George, Wash. | The Gorge Amphitheatre w/ The Avett Brothers
9/1 — George, Wash. } The Gorge Amphitheatre w/ The Avett Brothers
9/2 — George, Wash.  The Gorge Amphitheatre w/ The Avett Brothers
9/7 — Chula Vista, Wash.  Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre w/ The Allen Stone
9/8 — Irvine, Calif.  Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ The Allen Stone
9/9 — Mountain View, Calif. Shoreline Amphitheatre w/ The Allen Stone

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