A fan asked, and Dave obliged. After performing a partial version of “Whiter Shade of Pale,” Dave switched guitars and performed Let You Down for the first time since July 13, 1997. The band has performed 1,556 shows since then. Here’s the story below.
I still can't believe Dave played "Let You Down" last night for the first time in 18 years and it was because of me. Long story short: Some friends and I were talking with Dave's voice coach before the show. He made a comment at the end of our conversation, something along the lines of, "when the crowd's energy is through the roof, the band really feeds off it." I said, "If Dave wants to see diehard fans go through the roof, you should practice 'Let You Down' with him. We'll go nuts." He leaves a minute later to go backstage. Dave comes out about 30 minutes later to start the show, intentionally messes up Whiter Shade of Pale, asks for a new guitar, and plays LET YOU DOWN! His vocal coach found us after the show to give my friend a signed setlist. I asked him if Dave & the band had been practicing that song. He replied, "No. You made the suggestion, I walked backstage & told Dave that 5 hardcore fans want to hear Let You Down. Dave's response was 'they want to hear THAT…HERE?!' and Dave then picked up a guitar, went to a private room, practiced it a few times and then played it for you guys." I thought for sure I would never hear Let You Down. The last time they had played it was 18 years ago….July 13, 1997. Nineteen Ninety SEVEN. I wasn't even a fan yet. I can't believe that he not only played it, but that I was the reason he broke it out. Coolest moment of my crazy DMB fandom for sure. Thank you Dave! ✌️ #DMB Deer Creek N1 #127 #letyoudown
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