Without any marketing or promotion, Live at Red Rocks debuted at number three on the Billboard chart and was instantly certified platinum. The band was on the road from mid-April through December, touring North America, Europe where DMB opened for the Rolling Stones on numerous dates in addition to playing a mixture of headline shows and festivals and Brazil.
The tour also marked the first year featuring keyboardist Butch Taylor as an official touring member.
Dave first approached drummer Carter Beauford, an accomplished musician who had played in a jazz-fusion band called Secrets, along with John D'earth and future DMB keyboardist Butch Taylor.
By the fall ofthe band was ready to return to the studio with Steve Lillywhite to record their next album.
The summer tour, which featured a new stage set and lighting design by longtime lighting director, Fenton Williams, was epic. Next, Dave approached saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a frequent performer at Miller's and other venues around Charlottesville. The band returned to the road following recording sessions with producer Mark Batson in preparation for the follow-up to Stand Up.
David J. The band introduced a new sound system, which helped take their live show to a new level, and also began capturing multi-track recordings of its shows. The recording process was documented by film crews, and short clips were soon uploaded to www.
It debuted at number two on The Billboard and was subsequently certified seven times Platinum. The concert was conceived as a way to help students, faculty and other members of the community move forward in the aftermath of the tragic events that had transpired there in April.
Another highlight was the Grammy Awards on February 26,