DMB's Moore seriously injured
CHARLOTTESVILLE–- Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore remains in serious condition at UVA hospital following an all-terrain vehicle accident on his farm outside Charlottesville yesterday, according to a statement on the band's website. He was spending some time at home following the band's Saturday show at Nissan Pavilion near Manassas.
"We cannot release any additional information," says hospital spokeswoman Megan Rowe, "but what's on the website is accurate and up-to-date."
Rowe says "serious" condition is defined as, "vital signs may be unstable, and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill."
Calls to the band's management were not returned at the time of this post.
Reached for comment, frequent DMB collaborator and jazz trumpeter John D'earth says he had not yet heard of the accident and said he was too shaken to comment.
Moore is a founding member of Dave Matthews Band, having been recruited from a jazz combo that frequently played downtown bar Miller's, where Matthews was tending bar. Moore was on hand at the band's first show, a 1991 private party at Charlottesville's "pink warehouse" building on South Street. Since then, Moore's saxophone, along with Boyd Tinsley's fiddle, and Matthews' distinctive vocal delivery, have come to define the DMB sound.
Last year, Moore got to step out of his bandmates' shadow in a commercial for Honda trucks, in which he jammed on the deck of a tempest-tossed fishing boat, meant to exemplify Honda's slogan "Rough meets smooth."
The band says they will continue on their tour in Moore's absence. Jeff Coffin, saxophonist with frequent DMB openers Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, will fill in for Moore, beginning with tonight's show in Charlotte.