In early 2008, Dave Matthews Band began working in the studio with producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) on its seventh studio album. Guitarist and long time friend Tim Reynolds played on the album, marking his first recording with DMB since 1998’s Before These Crowded Streets.
The group headlined the inaugural Mile High Festival in Colorado in July. Dave Matthews Band – Live At Mile High Music Festival and two other concerts – DMB Blue Note, Columbia, MO 10/22/1994 and DMB Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA 4/26/1994 – were released later that year. Volumes 11, 12 and 13 of the Live Trax series also came out in 2008.
On August 19, 2008, LeRoi Moore passed away from complications stemming from an ATV accident, which occurred just days after the band’s June 28 show at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA. The loss of their brother and founding band member was a devastating one for the group. While both mourning the loss of LeRoi and trying to celebrate his life, Dave Matthews Band soldiered on, finishing the last few tour dates.