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Tour Board / Re: Thoughts on AMAA/VIP/Soundcheck stuff
« Last post by Fongolia on June 13, 2017, 09:50:29 AM »
I've never done either of the upgrades - because I'd rather go to three shows at 50 instead of one show at 150

Unless he only comes to town every 20 years! I always have to travel and spend a few hundred bucks a show as is
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Tour Board / Re: Thoughts on AMAA/VIP/Soundcheck stuff
« Last post by Allison on June 13, 2017, 09:20:18 AM »
Price Ranges in the US at least

AMAA: 270
Luckiest: 150
Regular Ticket: 50


I've never done either of the upgrades - because I'd rather go to three shows at 50 instead of one show at 150
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Tour Board / Thoughts on AMAA/VIP/Soundcheck stuff
« Last post by Fongolia on June 12, 2017, 10:57:57 PM »
I've read through a scattering of older posts I can find that mention the VIP/MasterClass experience. Seems like hit or miss in terms of whether people thought it was worth it, though a large part of those feelings seem tied to the exorbitant cost. Scrolling through the pre-sale site, they don't even list prices and it's like "if you have to ask, it's probably out of your price range".  I've seen Ben several times now: right up at the stage, way at the back, with and with the Five, with and without symphonies. I met him once with a bunch of other Burbanites in that Chapel Hill pizza shop at the 2008 BF5 reunion where I got a photo, signed CD, and mumbled some nonsense at him. I feel like I've read enough articles, interviews, etc. that I've heard most of the stories and answers before to common AMA questions (and don't have much original to ask myself). The CID Entertainment aspect is somewhat off-putting, like there's no hiding that it's a straight-up business transaction.  Yet, he's coming to Vancouver for the first time since 2001 and I can virtually guarantee I'll cave and do this since I'd rather regret doing it than regret not.

Anyway, have any of you gone? Were you awed? Underwhelmed? Somewhere in between?  I doubt it'll sway me either way, but I'm genuinely curious since there's so little info out there about these.
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General Board / Re: Slam Book
« Last post by Bruno on June 06, 2017, 07:55:39 AM »
1. What was the first BF/F song you ever heard? Zak and Sara
2. In what order did you obtain the BF/F CDs you own? Songs for Silverman, Ben Folds Five, Whatever and Ever Amen, Rockin' the Suburbs, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, Super Sunny Speed Graphic, the LP, Way to Normal, Lonely Avenue, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, So There.
3. When was the first time you saw BF/F live? May 2006 - Niagara Falls, NY
4. How many times have you seen BF/F live? 3- 2 solo, 1 with yMusic
5. Most recent show? with yMusic in NC in 2015
6. Other bands or musicians you love? Billy Joel, The Beatles, The Lilac Time, Steven Page, Todd Rundgren, Gabriel-Era Genesis, Hotel Lights!
7. Do you have a Ben related website? I do not.
8. Favorite member of the five including Ben? Probably Ben, but Darren is nipping at his heels.
9. Favorite member of Ben's touring band excluding Ben? Lindsay
10. Have you ever met Ben/had something signed by Ben? How many times? Once, in Niagara Falls.
11. Did you contribute to Crystal's pressie to Ben? No, I'm a newbie.
12. Where did you grow up? Where do you live? Jamestown, NY
13. What do you do? (student, profession) I'm a logistics and equipment manager for a live-streaming tech company... I'm also a singer/songwriter.
14. Farthest you've ever travelled to see BF/F? Wilmington, NC... I lived in NC at the time though.
15. How long have you been a BF/F fan? Sixteen Years
16. Is Ben or BFF your favorite musician/band, or one of many? One of many
17. Five of your favorite BF/F songs Lullabye, Boxing, Piano Concerto, Hold The Thought, Missing the War.
18. Males: You want to be Ben, true or false. False... but I'd love to be able to play piano half as good as Ben.
  Females: You want to be Frally, true or false.
19. Your favorite B/FF song at this very moment. ONLY ONE. We all know it could change at any second. So There
20. Working on a theory here. Did/do your high school activities include marching band or cheerleading? Any others you care to mention? I taught myself how to play an array of instruments in high school, focusing mostly on piano. I started writing songs early on. I took music theory classes and I was in an a cappella choir.
21. What did you/are you/will you study in college? I studied audio production and music.
22. Single? Attached? Married? Kids? Married, no kids.
23. If you could have dinner with a character from a BF/F song, who would it be? Steven... he sounds like he's got some stories.
24. Why did you choose your screen name? If it's your real name, why did you prefer to use it? It's a nickname that has kind taken the place of my first name.
25. Too many questions in this list or not enough? Just the right amount.
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General Board / Re: Slam Book
« Last post by PonchoRavioli on June 05, 2017, 11:34:33 PM »

1. What was the first BF/F song you ever heard? Brick
2. In what order did you obtain the BF/F CDs you own? WAEA, Self Titled, Naked Baby Photos, Everything else in chronological order of release.
3. When was the first time you saw BF/F live? June 1997
4. How many times have you seen BF/F live? 55
5. Most recent show?  Columbus Symphony April 2016
6. Other bands or musicians you love
Beatles, Guster, Jukebox the Ghost
7. Do you have a Ben related website?  No
8. Favorite member of the five including Ben?  Ben
9. Favorite member of Ben's touring band excluding Ben? Lindsey
10. Have you ever met Ben/had something signed by Ben? How many times? Yes, 6 times
11. Did you contribute to Crystal's pressie to Ben? No
12. Where did you grow up? Where do you live? Cleveland
13. What do you do? (student, profession) Production Manager
14. Farthest you've ever travelled to see BF/F? Baltimore from Cleveland
15. How long have you been a BF/F fan? 20 years
16. Is Ben or BFF your favorite musician/band, or one of many? My favorite
17. Five of your favorite BF/F songs  I'm not the man, battle of who could care less, evaporated, mess, sentimental guy
18. Males: You want to be Ben, true or false.   false
19. Your favorite B/FF song at this very moment. ONLY ONE. We all know it could change at any second.  I'm not the man
20. Working on a theory here. Did/do your high school activities include marching band or cheerleading? Any others you care to mention? Nope
21. What did you/are you/will you study in college?  Business
22. Single? Attached? Married? Kids? Single, no kids.
23. If you could have dinner with a character from a BF/F song, who would it be? Morgan Davis
24. Why did you choose your screen name?  Fictional character I created.
25. Too many questions in this list or not enough?  Just enough.
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Album Board / Re: The Unauthorized Explaination of Reinhold Messner
« Last post by ASentimentalGuy on May 27, 2017, 05:14:25 PM »
Love it.  I always thought that Narcolepsy was a metaphor for missed opportunities as well so I'm glad I'm not alone here.  Like, he missed these moments in his life not on purpose, not cause he's stupid ("I'm not tired"), it's just who he is ("I just sleep").  Sad actually, but yeah I think you're spot on.
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Album Board / The Unauthorized Explaination of Reinhold Messner
« Last post by Bruno on May 26, 2017, 04:25:21 AM »
After I received my vinyl copy of Reinhold in the mail, I decided to write this blog post outlining the potential story this album tells.

Am I off my rocker or does this hold up?

Read here:
http://mikebrunacini.wixsite.com/mikebrunacini/single-post/2017/03/23/The-Unauthorized-Explanation-of-The-Unauthorized-Biography-of-Reinhold-Messner
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General Board / Re: The Supreme Topic of Bootlegs
« Last post by Zeek on May 21, 2017, 05:53:03 AM »
It's been awhile.  My request for the Freaking Out DVD still stands :D

Here you go!

https://mega.nz/#F!pzYHhZaL!INC7rEhmn0YH-LX2X__bVA

This seems like as good a first post as any.

This is a perfect first post.  Thanks!  \m/
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General Board / Re: The Supreme Topic of Bootlegs
« Last post by moonshapedpuddle on May 19, 2017, 04:24:17 AM »
It's been awhile.  My request for the Freaking Out DVD still stands :D

Here you go!

https://mega.nz/#F!pzYHhZaL!INC7rEhmn0YH-LX2X__bVA

This seems like as good a first post as any.
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General Board / Re: Slam Book
« Last post by Sutter on May 17, 2017, 06:17:04 AM »
1. What was the first BF/F song you ever heard? The Bitch Went Nuts
2. In what order did you obtain the BF/F CDs you own? Way to Normal, Songs for Silverman, Reinhold Messner, Whatever and Ever, Ben Folds Five, Rockin' the Suburbs, the Sound of the Life of the Mind, So There
3. When was the first time you saw BF/F live? April 2014, Princeton NJ
4. How many times have you seen BF/F live? 5 - 3 solo, 2 with yMusic
5. Most recent show? with yMusic in Huntington NY, November 2015
6. Other bands or musicians you love Elton John, Billy Joel, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Laura Nyro, Huey Lewis
7. Do you have a Ben related website? Nope, though I tried to make a BF-themed Tumblr called sports-and-wine
8. Favorite member of the five including Ben? Uhh... Robert
9. Favorite member of Ben's touring band excluding Ben? No idea
10. Have you ever met Ben/had something signed by Ben? How many times? Nope, but I did talk to him from the front row a few times
11. Did you contribute to Crystal's pressie to Ben? No, I'm a bit late to the party
12. Where did you grow up? Where do you live? Long Island, NY
13. What do you do? (student, profession) Three days away from graduation, about to start looking for an IT job
14. Farthest you've ever travelled to see BF/F? Princeton, NJ
15. How long have you been a BF/F fan? Four years
16. Is Ben or BFF your favorite musician/band, or one of many? One of many
17. Five of your favorite BF/F songs Silver Street, Where's Summer B, Magic, Don't Change Your Plans, Sports and Wine
18. Males: You want to be Ben, true or false. Ehh... I envy his songwriting ability, but false
  Females: You want to be Frally, true or false. This is an awkward question in 2017, isn't it?
19. Your favorite B/FF song at this very moment. ONLY ONE. We all know it could change at any second. Ah crap. Sports and Wine
20. Working on a theory here. Did/do your high school activities include marching band or cheerleading? Any others you care to mention? Yes, I was the drum major of the marching band, played euphonium, tuba, a little trombone, some jazz, was involved in theatre including musical theatre, etc
21. What did you/are you/will you study in college? IT with a minor in music
22. Single? Attached? Married? Kids? Attached, no kids
23. If you could have dinner with a character from a BF/F song, who would it be? Hmm... Zak and Sara
24. Why did you choose your screen name? If it's your real name, why did you prefer to use it? it's my real name, it's what everyone called me in high school
25. Too many questions in this list or not enough? I thought too many but I'd be willing to answer more
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