|Dave Matthews Band|
Bowie realized that "Dave Bowie" didn't resonate the same amount of royalty as the musician's former name. "Dave Bowie" conjures images of a singer touring an oldies circuit based in Branson, Missouri. The name-change was soon dropped, and the anticipated album, Dave Bowie and the Groovers, was scrapped, the master tapes destroyed.
It may be a misguided rumor, but it does say something about the name "Dave." Dave is devoutly a blunt and earthy name. It evokes a working-class attitude - nothing fancy or elaborate. Dave is the name of the guy who started the Wendy's fast food chain - not a rock star who plays before sold-out shows at arena concerts. Not unless your last name is Matthews.
| DAVE MATTHEWS BAND |
Saturday, July 19
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
16765 Lookout Rd.
Although DMB is one of the top money-making touring acts in the world, one has to wonder if history will be kind to the band's music. It's been more than 30 years since David Bowie released Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders of Mars, but the album continues to turn-on millions of new listeners. It's hard to imagine that in 30 years' time, teenagers will discover "Crush" by DMB and feel the same way we do about Bowie. Indeed, the safe bet is that Dave Matthews is more likely to end up on the oldies circuit. •