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Dave Matthews Band plans N.J. stops on 2012 summer tour

matthewsDave022411_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The biggest ticket-selling band of the past decade, the Dave Matthews Band, will be returning to New Jersey during their first summer tour since 2010.

The tour kicks off in Woodlands, Texas on May 18, and will be stopping in New Jersey for two shows at the Susquehanna Bank Center on June 26 and 27. Brandi Carlile is listed as the opening act for the June 26 performance. The tour includes a number of two-night stands, and finishes up on Sept. 9 in Mountain View, California.

Dave Matthews Band is working on a new album which is set to be released this year, according to DMB Warehouse. Steve Lillywhite will be producing the as yet untitled recording. The last Matthews album, "Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King," released in 2009 and topped the Billboard charts.

Billboard reported that Dave Matthews Band was one of only two groups in history to see five consecutive studio albums enter the chart at No. 1. They have sold over 17 million tickets and 37 million CDs and DVDs combined since they began.

The band earned $61.2 million and sold more than 1 million tickets on its 2010 tour, and sold more than 11.2 million tickets between 2000 and 2009.

Though they weren’t on an extended summer tour in 2011, soundspike.com reported that Matthews and his band headlined major festivals in four cities. According to the Press of Atlantic City, the band celebrated their 25th anniversary by playing Atlantic City for the first time at Bader Field over the weekend of June 25 to 27 in their Caravan event.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 9 at 10:00 a.m. ranging from $40.50 to $89.90, according to Live Nation. A list of tour dates is available here.

 

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