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Dave Matthews Band Schedule Year-Long Break From the Road

"We wanted to give everyone as much notice as possible," band says in statement to fans

May 19, 2010 5:12 PM ET

After rocking sold-out amphitheatres for 20 consecutive summers, the Dave Matthews Band will finally take a long-deserved vacation in 2011, the band revealed to fans in an e-mail today. "We feel lucky that our tours are a part of so many people's lives, and wanted to give everyone as much notice as possible," the band said in a statement. "We're excited to make this summer one of our best tours yet, and look forward to returning to the road in 2012."

Before they take their year-long break, Dave Matthews Band will hit the road for another summer tour; the 49-date trek kicks off May 28th with a pair of shows in Hartford, Connecticut. The tour will also include a headlining slot at this summer's Bonnaroo in June and two shows at New York's Citi Field on July 16th and 17th. The long jaunt finally wraps up September 15th in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The band didn't divulge plans for what they'd be doing on their time off. Matthews' rep also couldn't provide any details to Rolling Stone, but a year-long hiatus leaves open the possibility of DMB hitting the studio, Matthews touring with Tim Reynolds or working on a solo album. If you want to see DMB one last time before 2012, check out one of the shows below.

May 28, 29 - Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
June 1 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
June 2 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 4, 5 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 7, 8 - Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
June 15 - Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
June 16 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 18, 19 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 22 - Columbus, OH @ Huntington Park
June 23 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Center
June 25 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 30 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 1 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 3, 4 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 9 - Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
July 10- Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
July 13- Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
July 14- Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 16, 17 - New York, NY @ Citi Field
July 20 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 21 - Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 23 - Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
July 25 - Louisville, KY @ Churchill Downs Music Festival
July 27 - Atlanta, GA @ Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 28 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
July 30, 31 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - Wichita, KS @ InTrust Bank Arena
Aug. 17 - West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 20 - Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 21 - Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
Aug. 25 - Concord, CA @ Sleep Train Pavilion
Aug. 27 - Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug. 28 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 - Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena
Sept. 3-5 - George, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
Sept. 10 - Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sept. 11 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
Sept. 14 - Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
Sept. 15 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

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