In January 1996, Dave Matthews Band received its first GRAMMY® nominations, with “What Would You Say” up for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Music Video, Short Form.
Crash, Dave Matthews Band’s second RCA studio album, was released on April 30, 1996. It debuted at number two on The Billboard 200 and was subsequently certified seven times Platinum. Entertainment Weekly praised the GRAMMY-nominated album as “rootsy yet exotic.” “Too Much” was a Top 5 hit at Modern Rock radio, the first in a series of singles from the album.
The Crash tour launched on April 30 at Classic Amphitheater in Henrico, VA. 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. While on the European leg of the tour, DMB opened for Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The group headlined Madison Square Garden for the first time, playing a pair of shows in October.