Anyone Seen the Bridge?


Anyone Seen the Bridge?

"Anyone Seen the Bridge?" (abbreviated as "ASTB") is a song by the Dave Matthews Band, usually played as segue between two songs at concerts. The song is an instrumental jam played by the entire band, with scat singing by Dave Matthews. Performances of the song today typically are heard between "So Much to Say" and "Too Much," and last around a minute and a half. The song has been very popular during concerts since its debut, and has currently been played live over 300 times.cite web|url=http://dmbalmanac.com/SongStats.aspx?sid=92|title=Anyone Seen the Bridge?|publisher=DMBAlmanac.com|accessdate=2008-01-21]

The song originated from a funky jam performed by the band with guest Mike Doughty from Soul Coughing, immediately after "So Much to Say" at a concert on October 3, 1996. The band liked the jam, and it was performed the following night with Doughty after "So Much to Say," and lasted almost seven minutes. When the jam was first played, the band's crew felt it sounded very similar to the Led Zeppelin song "The Crunge," which features the lyrics "Have you seen the bridge?," so the song was dubbed "Anyone Seen the Bridge?" by the band's crew and the name stuck. At the band's following show on October 6, the band used the song as a brief segue between "So Much to Say" and "Too Much," and it was so popular that it is frequently played at concerts between those two songs up to the present day.

On the band's 1998 album "Before These Crowded Streets", "Anyone Seen the Bridge?" was teased into the jam at the end of the track, "Pig." In 2000, the band played the song several times after "So Much to Say," which segued into a "fake" version of "Too Much" lasting for a few seconds, which then segued into "Ants Marching." Beginning with the band's summer tour in 2000, the band began to segue the song into a variety of other songs after performing "So Much to Say." During the summer tour in 2004, the song opened a show for the very first time. [cite web |url=http://dmbalmanac.com/TourShowSet.aspx?id=453056103|title=07.31.2004, Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL |publisher=DMBAlmanac.com |accessdate=2008-01-21]

ongs segued into at concerts

*"Too Much"
*"Too Much" (fake) » "Ants Marching"
*"Too Much" (fake) » "Stay (Wasting Time)"
*"Too Much" (fake) » "Tripping Billies"
*"Too Much" (fake) » "Halloween"
*"Pantala Naga Pampa" » "Rapunzel"
*"Lie in Our Graves"
*"Stay (Wasting Time)"
*"What Would You Say"
*"Spoon"
*"Warehouse"
*"Ants Marching"
*"Rhyme & Reason"

Live releases

*"Live in Chicago 12.19.98"
*"The Central Park Concert"
*"The Gorge"
*"Live Trax Vol. 1"
*"Live Trax Vol. 2"
*"Weekend on the Rocks"
*"Live Trax Vol. 6"
*"Live Trax Vol. 7"
*"Live Trax Vol. 10"
*"Live at Piedmont Park"
*"Live Trax Vol. 11"

References


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