Fifteen Years...Fifteen Shows
The first show was November 17, 1998 at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. We stayed at June's cousin, Kevin's. We started the night out at Toronto PM, Doug Gilmour's bar directly across the street from the Gardens. June got drunk...really drunk. She doesn't remember much of the show let alone any kind of certainty about the set list. It was fun. For some reason I remember drinking wine and don't remember the subway ride home.
Then there was Polaris Amphitheater in Columbus, OH in June of 1999. We road tripped with two good, good friends...Birdie and Cameron, and if I recall it all correctly I peed on a van painted with an Ohio State Buckeyes mural, stole a chair from Horseshoe Stadium, and threw up in the venue parking lot. It was super romantic.
After that it became a blur of shows, Toronto, Detroit, Pittsburgh, etc...fifteen years worth. Fifteen shows, and one show at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA that we never made it too. We were getting married in New York instead.
Fifteen shows...fifteen years...and I've never wanted another person to go with. Only once did I manage a show without her...Comerica Park in July of 2000...a last second tag-along with friends. I missed her the whole time. Seeing the Dave Matthews Band all over the country has kinda been our little mutual thing...always has been. Now we've got two girls sneak along with us. Zoey saw her first show last month in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. She danced and danced and sat on my shoulders punding my head like a drum, giggling and squirming to the music like she was born into it. She kind of was.