Dave Matthews Brings New Song To 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'
Welcome back, Dave Matthews. Quite honestly, it's like you'd never left.
The Dave Matthews Band lead singer and namesake took last night's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" stage, and alongside The Roots' Captain Kirk Douglas delivered a stripped-down take on "Mercy" from this year's upcoming album.
Though Matthews comes across as subdued, contemplative and tender as he often does when it's reduced to he and a six-string, longtime Dave Matthews Band producer Steve Lillywhite cautioned not to get used to "Mercy" being so lightly flavored.
"It's not just acoustic on the album," he tweeted. "It is not quiet on the album!"
That's actually one question about the band half-answered right there.
Matthews croons softly, hopefully, that for all the mess that's been made of the world around him since 2009's Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King less than a year into President Obama's first term, only peace, love and just mellowing out will see us all through the storm. That's well and good, but in 2008, DMB lost forever some of the raucous funk when founding saxophonist LeRoi Moore died in 2008 from complications following an ATV accident. It's anybody's guess these days whether Dave Matthews Band will ever sound the way it did on Big Whiskey without Moore's full tone and electrifying solos.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon