Dave Matthews Band's Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (RCA), has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in June 2009, marking the band's fifth consecutive studio album to enter the chart in the top position - thus tying Dave Matthews Band with Metallica as the only two groups in chart history to have five consecutive studio albums bow at No. 1.
While in Southern California for two shows at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre (9/9 & 10) and a night at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine (9/13), the band will perform on "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
" (9/14) and "Ellen
" (9/16). Dave Matthews
will be interviewed on "Tavis Smiley
" on September 14th. The October 3rd season premiere of "Austin City Limits
" will feature Dave Matthews Band
- for further details, please check your local listings.
Dave Matthews Band has been selected as the official band of ESPN's college football coverage, from last week's kickoff to the conclusion of the BCS National Championship Game on ABC January 7th. The group has provided 10 songs - seven from Big Whiskey - to be utilized on game and studio telecasts across multiple platforms.
With Big Whiskey, Dave Matthews Band pays tribute to its late saxophonist, LeRoi Moore, who passed away after recording had commenced. In a four-star review, Rolling Stone declared it "their most electric album yet" while The New York Times said, "His death catalyzed the latest sea change in the band's music." USA Today noted: "By turns sweet and sobering, grieving and grooving Big Whiskey wields a sharper edge." Lead single "Funny The Way It Is" spent 12 consecutive weeks at No. 1 at Triple A radio - an all-time record for the band - and was a Top 20 hit at the Modern Rock format.
Dave Matthews Band is Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass), Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar) and Boyd Tinsley (violin). With over 15 million tickets sold, it is the highest-grossing American act of all time. The band will wrap up its 2009 summer tour of the U.S., Canada and Europe on October 3rd with a headlining performance at the Austin City Limits Festival.