Dave Becomes a Dad
---The space between the walls of Dave
Matthews' house has gotten a bit more
crowded. The rocker and his wife, Ashley, are celebrating the birth of twin
daughters, according to his band's official website.
--- Ashley gave birth to fraternal twins, Stella Busina and Grace
Anne, last Wednesday in Seattle with Matthews at her side, his publicist
says. The two girls are the first for Matthews, 34, and his 27-year-old
wife, who tied the knot in August 2000 after eight years of couplehood.
--- No further details about the birth, such as the bambinos'
dimensions, were disclosed except that they were "in excellent health,"
but they did arrive a little early. They weren't officially due until next
month--Matthews even built a month-long hiatus into his band's
current five-month, 53-city tour that was supposed to kick in next
Wednesday and last through the end of September.
--- Fortunately for Matthews, he won't be straying far from his family's
temporary home base in Seattle, where his wife is studying
naturopathy, a form of holistic medicine. (The couple usually reside in
Charlottesville, Virginia.) His band plays the Gorge Amphitheater in
nearby George this weekend followed by a show next Tuesday at the
Delta Center in Salt Lake City. After that he's not due back on the road
until a September 29 date at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in
"As we wind the tour down," he told the Detroit Free Press, "I'll be able
to wind up my fatherhood.
(We're guessing with a pair of healthy newborns in the house,
Matthews will be spending many a future night wide awake and
dreaming--of a chance to get back on the road for a few relatively
While Matthews hasn't yet commented on the stork visit, he earlier
said he expected the kids to dominate his life. "I can't wait to have
babies! Nothing else seems important," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I
can imagine it's only going to affect me positively," he added in an
interview with the Detroit Free Press, "so hopefully it does the same for
Not that he has anything to worry about, work-wise. His concert trek last
year was the third-highest-grossing touring act in the world, raking in
nearly $68 million from 63 dates, and his band's latest album,
Everyday, debuted at number one back in March and is the latest DMB
disc to go muliplatinum. A retrospective of their videos came out on
video and DVD this week and the band has another live album due in
---After the birth of the Matthews' twins, please from the DMB internet newsgroup (alt.music.dave-matthews) sent a congratulations card to Dave and Ashley, along with a $donation$ to Bama Works.
Click here to see the card that was sent.