LeRoi Moore, 1961-2008

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When Dave Matthews Band took the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 19, they did so without saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a member of DMB since its beginnings in Charlottesville in 1991. Moore died at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center from complications related to his June 30 all-terrain vehicle accident near his Charlottesville home.

Moore had been absent from the touring band for weeks, replaced by Béla Fleck saxophonist Jeff Coffin following the accident while the band played on. Yet his presence seemed to pervade DMB’s first set following his death, from the opening lines of “Bartender” (“If I go before I’m old/ Oh brother of mine, please don’t forget me if I go”) to the final carpe diem of the night, longtime fan favorite  “Two Step.”

Celebrate nearly two decades of LeRoi and DMB with us, folks, and view this gallery of photos. Life is short, but sweet for certain.

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LeRoi Moore, 1961-2008

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LeRoi Moore, 1961-2008

Months after his hospitalization for critical injuries sustained during an all-terrain vehicle accident near his Charlottesville home, Dave Matthews Band founding member and longtime saxophonist LeRoi Moore died this evening at a hospital in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 46.

A moderator of the dedicated AntsMarching.org fan website posted a brief bio of Moore at 10pm this evening, a bit before Red Light Management publicist Ambrosia Healy confirmed Moore’s death with the Associated Press; it seems fitting to me that the fans of a band with such a devoted following would have the news first.


One of many flyers that appeared around Charlottesville following news of LeRoi Moore’s hospitalization. Moore’s death was announced late Tuesday evening.

This column is a place for fandom, and DMB remains a model for sustaining a musical career based on the reciprocal relationship between a band and its fans. I’d love to hear from anyone that cares to post about your fondest thoughts and experiences with the band. For more C-VILLE coverage of DMB, click here for a discographyand here for an interview with Dave himself, recorded on LeRoi’s birthday in 2006.

For me, I’ll leave you with this for now. The final song that Moore performed, according to a setlist on Ants Marching from the band’s June 28 gig at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Virginia, was a cover of "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)," a song written by Sly & the Family Stone—a tune that deals with, among other things, industry pressures, the simple joys of music and honesty. The song includes the lines "Thank you for the party, but I could never stay. Many things are on my mind, words are in the way." Video of this final performance is below:


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