Dave Matthews had a big head playing to 25,000 fans at River's Edge Fest in downtown St. Paul hist last time in town in 2012. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Dave Matthews had a big head playing to 25,000 fans at River's Edge Fest in downtown St. Paul hist last time in town in 2012. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

After soaking up a gorgeous Twin Cities summer night in 2012 as one of the headliners of Live Nation’s quickly unplugged River’s Edge Festival, the Dave Matthews Band will be stuck indoors again when it returns to our amphitheater-lite metro area in the heart of next summer. The Virginian hippie-rockers have booked a July 1 date at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Tickets for most the group’s summer tour are scheduled to go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster on Feb. 13, but the DMB Warehouse Fan Association will start offering pre-sale tickets this Thursday. The local prices have not been named, but seats to other shows are going for around $50-$100.

DMB’s last time in a local arena was at the X in 2010, and the one before that was at Target Center in 2005. Never ones to run through the hits and call it a night, the guys are promising two sets at each of their summer gigs. They’ve been working on a follow-up to 2012’s “Away From the World” but won’t be promoting a new album this time out.

Midwest fans who prefer catching the band outdoors might want to take note of the July 25-26 dates at Alpine Valley Amphitheater in East Troy, Wis.

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