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Gone are the days.......

This week I was privileged to see The Head and The Heart open for the Dave Matthews Band not once, but twice.

I have been to many DMB shows, (and by many I mean more than 50 but less than 250) and the general rule of thumb is: you do not go in for the opening act unless you want first crack at the toilets before the drunk masses of young people make their way in to the venue. This was not the case for The Head and The Heart. Although the amphitheaters were not packed for their performance, there was more of a presence than is generally seen for the opening acts.

Night 1 – May 22, 2012 – Atlanta, Georgia.
The Head and The Heart, and Atlanta have a great history. For some reason the shows in Atlanta are always special, and this one was no exception. I have never before seen the pit full for an opening band, but on May 22nd it was full. Dave (Matthews) came out to introduce The Head and The Heart and expressed his love for the band, and how grateful he was that they were opening for him. I was in the upper sections for this show so I had a good view of the entire crowd aside from those on the lawn, and it was really nice to see that many people show up for an opening act. Again the amphitheater was not full, but for an opening act there was a really nice turn out. The set was solid, and as it went on more people got out of their seats and rose to clap, and dance along with the music. Lost in my Mind really got the crowd going, and Rivers and Roads made for one hell of a closer. It was my first time seeing Gone with the full band, and I really loved the build up. Later on during DMB’s performance Dave again mentioned how much he loved the Head and The Heart, their music, and has a hard time holding himself back from calling them all the time, and hopes he does not scare them off. Personally I enjoyed THATH’s 45 min set more that night than DMB’s 2 and a half hour set.

Setlist: Cats, Couer, Ghosts, Gone, Lost in my mind, Winter Song, Down in the Valley, Rivers and Roads

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The Head and The Heart kick of first headlining "bus" tour

The Head and The Heart tour bus

The Head and The Heart have kicked off their fist headlining bus tour and have once again, somehow, found time to do a heck of a lot of promoting as well.

The band has also added two more shows supporting the Dave Matthews Band:

6/27/12 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ (Public on-sale 3/9 10am EST – Here)
6/29/12 – Hershey Park Staduim, Hershey, PA (Public on-sale 3/9 10am EST – Here)

Web Roundup:

The Head and The Heart : Review – – (Canopy Club Show Review) 

The Head and the Heart show charm with a dose of cliche at Vic – Chicago Tribune – (Vic Theatre Show Review) – An honest not overwhelmingly positive review, but not negative either. From what I heard the show was rocking.

Five questions with Josiah Johnson, guitarist-vocalist for the Head and the Heart – (Detroit Free Press) (Written Interview)

Josiah Johnson of The Head & The Heart – Wfpk.Org (Audio Interview) – Discussing the the newly recorded Fuel/Friends Chapel Session, the music, and the tour.

Audio: The Head And The Heart Live From Studio X – (AUDIO)  Interview and performance – definitely worth a listen!

Count to five: The Head and The Heart – (Feature) - 5 Reasons why it is worth seeing The Head and The Heart live!

Live Video: Damien Jurado – – Joined by members of The Head and The Heart worth a listen!  (Audio)

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Dave Matthews taken by Jay Yee

The Head and The Heart to Open for DMB

Dave Matthews Band released their official tour dates today, and The Head and The Heart will be supporting them on at least 2 dates as of right now.

DMB will most likely be on tour promoting their new album, which they are currently recording in Seattle with producer Steve Lillywhite.

Currently THATH are scheduled to open for DMB on:

May 22 2012, at Aaron’s amphitheater at Lakewood, Atlanta, Georgia
May 23 2012, at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina

The complete list of DMB tour dates along with opening acts (for those interested) is available: HERE
Tickets for the shows will go on sale March 9, at 10am EST.

The band has opened for Dave Matthews solo before, so this should be quite a fun show.

Side note: Hopefully we will find a way to give fans an inside look at Dave Matthews’ Kenny Hensley obsession.

***Photo Credit to Jay Yee


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