October 5, 1997
Dave Matthews Band established the Bama Works Haiti Relief Fund to provide long-term support following the January 12 earthquake. Proceeds from a five-song EP, The Haiti Relief Project, benefited the fund.
Named the biggest ticket seller worldwide of the previous decade, DMB launched a European tour in February, shortly after its performance on the GRAMMY Awards telecast. The summer tour featured headlining slots at the Bonnaroo, HullabaLOU and Mile High Music festivals and shows at numerous stadiums – including Citi Field in Flushing, NY, documented on the two-disc Live In New York City released later in the year. Tickets to the run’s closing nights at Chicago’s Wrigley Field sold out minutes after they went on sale.
After a South American outing, Dave Matthews Band returned to the States for an arena tour that wrapped up at Charlottesville’s John Paul Jones Arena. The hometown show was particularly poignant, as DMB had announced plans to take 2011 off from touring.
Volumes 17, 18 and 19 of the Live Trax series and downloads of several historic DMB concerts were released in 2010 plus Matthews and Reynolds’ 2-CD set Live In Las Vegas.