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Dave Matthews Band: Audio Interview Outtakes, Video Premiere, Tour Photos and More

August 3, 2007 6:26 PM ET

The Dave Matthews Band is in the midst of a full-on national tour, which wraps up in L.A. in early October. When Rolling Stone Associate Editor Austin Scaggs sat down with Matthews to chat about his summer plans and Live Earth, they wound up discussing movies and Matthews' newborn son, too. Read the full Q&A here and check out the audio clips below for choice outtakes. Plus, don't miss photos from the first night of DMB's tour and the band's new video for "When the World Ends" from his Live at Radio City CD/DVD.

Matthews discusses "the boy," as he affectionately calls his new son, August.

Matthews talks about his favorite films.

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