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Tour Board / Birmingham 3rd December 2012
« on: December 03, 2012, 04:38:33 PM »
That was a bit good.

They played for about 2hr10 (none of those strict 11pm curfews in Birminghmm)!

Set list, from memory and from looking at other gigs:

Michael Praytor, Five Years Later
Missing The War
Hold That Thought
Jackson Cannery
Rock This Bitch in Birminghmm
Selfless, Cold And Composed
Alice Childress
Sky High
Erase Me
Uncle Walter
Draw A Crowd
Thank You For Breaking My Heart
Battle Of Who Could Care Less
Do It Anyway

Song For The Dumped
One Angry Dwarf

Rock this bitch was in a country style (and revolved around not saying the A in Birminghmm), Ben screwed up the lyrics to Do It Anyway and so played that bit separately afterwards and told us a story about Elvis.

I think it was the first time they'd played Evaporated since the reunion (am sure Allison will correct me) as Ben had to go over to Robert and Darren and ask them both if they remembered it first.

Album Board / Box set
« on: June 08, 2011, 07:26:42 AM »
Box set coming out - via Twitter - 3 disc set, best of, live and rarities.

Tour Board / London 20th Feb 2010
« on: February 20, 2011, 06:37:45 PM »
Brilliant again, setlist very similar to last night, one very amusing bit where Ben invited the photographers up on stage and they all pulled crazy rock poses for them, including Ben throwing the stool at the piano five times in a row!

Compared to last night we lost Still Fighting It (I think? [I'm wrong, thanks all!]) and gained Sentimental Guy, solo section and encore were mixed up a bit more - no OAD as a second encore, but they'd be going for 2 hours 15 minutes by then! I wonder if the longer sets are a result of a bigger band? Meaning Ben has to do less so can play for longer?

Doc Pomus
You Have To Plug It In (improv - "this was one of Nick Hornby's less great lyrics that we didn't release)
Sentimental Guy
You To Thank
Still Fighting It
Picture Window
Hiro's Song (He enjoyed it so much last night he did it the same way again!)
Annie Waits
From Above (with Kate Miller-Heidke)
You Don't Know Me (with Kate Miller-Heidke)
Saskia Hamilton
Zak and Sara
Bitch Went Nutz
Not The Same
Rockin' The Suburbs

Tour Board / Birmingham 19th Feb 2010
« on: February 19, 2011, 04:47:01 PM »
Well that was bloody good.

Support was Kate Miller-Heidke who was excellenet

Setlist in a not well remembered order:

Doc Pomus
You To Thank
Rock This Bitch (someone asked Ben to show us his bellybutton...)
Still Fighting It
Fred Jones Pt2
Last Polka
Picture Window
Hiro's Song (Ben couldn't remember the chords so just hit out a beat on the microphone)
Annie Waits
From Above (with Kate Miller-Heidke)
You Don't Know Me (with Kate Miller-Heidke)
Saskia Hamilton
Zak and Sara
Bitch Went Nutz
Rockin' The Suburbs

General Board / Brief Ben Mention
« on: November 12, 2008, 03:56:10 PM »
Interview with 2002 Ben/Divine Comedy tour support act Chris T-T (currently touring with Frank Turner):

"Altsounds: You've been on tour with loads of people, who was your most memorable (apart from Frank)?
Chris T-T: Ben folds. Ben Folds was awesome to tour with, and he's really sweet and nice. I came away thinking there is no way he would ever remember me. I did a whole tour with him, but if I saw him tomorrow I bet he wouldn't know who I was, maybe he would vaguely remember."

Album Board / Way To Normal Review (spoilers)
« on: September 24, 2008, 03:35:21 PM »
Here for the full thing:

"Cologne: The whole thing builds slowly, with the strings slowly becoming more prominent until they just soar through at the end and conspire with lyrics to break your heart into pieces."

General Board / BFF Reunion Rant
« on: September 08, 2008, 06:54:33 PM »
Okay everyone that doesn't like negative and cussing should probably leave now.

Lets get one thing out of the way: I was never going to go to the BFF reunion show. I appear to be one of the few UKers that didn't even check flights and hotels, it just wasn't possible. So this isn't the bitter rant of a guy that couldn't get a ticket and can't afford the ones on Ebay.

The whole thing appears to have been one big cluster-f*ck - from the start it was just weird: BFF getting back together to promote MySpace's rip-off of Don't Look Back is a somewhat inauspicious return, but then performing at a rather small venue, selling a whole bunch of tickets to students and leaving most of the fans to scrabble around for far too few tickets. And they knew it would be over-subscribed, they knew people would miss out.

We know that for sure due to the fan club, which added insult to injury by running a competition, not for free tickets, but for the chance to pay for the privilege of seeing them perform. It's just a big 'up yours' to the fans and while some might think it great if they get tickets it's one of the most sickening things of the whole kit and kaboodle for me: "Hey, we know most of you won't be able to get tickets for this, so here's a chance for just a couple of you to do so".

Of course, I remain unconvinced that this is a one-off, but in a way if they do more gigs in the near future it'll be even worse, that no-one has bothered to say "hey, don't spend your lifes savings on tickets from scalpers, there will be more chances". I don't think I could ever enjoy a gig that cost me £250... don't think anything could be that good.

This really wasn't done 'for the fans' at all - it was done for MySpace and just seems hugely cynical and distasteful to me. I'll still watch it though.

General Board / Ben's Bullshit: A Survey
« on: August 13, 2008, 05:36:37 PM »
Okay not to sound like a dot-orger but this has been bugging me:

"That song is about when men and women break up, the girls all have different versions of why the breakup might've happened and the guys, you ask them and they go 'oh, bitch went nuts.'"

So have any men here actually reacted like that in a break up? Is it par for the course for you? I mean yes, clearly I have seen friends in relationships where the bitch really did go nuts but they tend to be the exception rather than the rule. I tend to actually think about where things went wrong and try and work out if and if so where I screwed up... I've never just gone "she went crazy!" and moved on. Maybe if I did I could be working on my second divorce right now.

But seriously, is it just me or do the rest of you think this is one of the most retarded things Ben's ever said? Or at lease, said and kept repeating like he actually believes it.

General Board / Podcastery
« on: August 09, 2008, 08:56:43 AM »
Hi all, this is almost off topic, but myself and AnnaWaits did a podcast that you can get here:

We do talk at length about Ben Folds, the album leak and the Sheffield gig so it's vaguely relevant!

General Board / Josie Long Is Cooler Than You
« on: August 18, 2007, 01:43:16 PM »
So I spent the last couple of weeks up at the Edinburgh festival and saw the brilliant comedian Josie Long. And not only was Cooler Than You playing while people were taking thier seats, but it's mentioned in the hand-written programme you got with the show. I was very excited by this but none of my friends seemed to understand, so I figured I'd post a picture here :D

"There's always someone cooler than you" By Ben Folds I really like the bit in this song that says "life is wonderful, life is beautiful, we're all children of one big universe .. so you don't have to be a CHUMP!"

Tour Board / Wolves (now with recording - see page 3)
« on: January 28, 2007, 03:35:34 PM »
First thing first - Alex: yes I did.

Setlist was simmilar to the other gigs. Solo part was Fred Jones and Eddie Walker. Will post a full setlist when I can get it all sorted unless someone beats me to it.

Crowd were really into it, and there was one heckler who Ben ended up writing a song about. Narcolepsy was aces, as was Underground.

Can't think of much else right now, head still reeling, shall write up a proper piece in minute detail tommorow because I can. And because Anna demands it. And you disobey Anna at your own peril *hides*

General Board / Tim Minchin
« on: July 18, 2006, 12:11:23 PM »
So there's this guy called Tim Minchin and he won the Best Newcomer Perrier at Edinburgh last year. Didn't get to see him, but got hold of his album the other day and it's rather good.

But that's not what's really interesting about him.

First let me explain Minchin's style of comedy. It's musical. But it's not playing funny songs on guitar, nope, it's something far more: playing funny songs on piano.

Now Ben Folds, when performing live, tends to do a few 'joke' songs in his set, Minchin is like a Ben Folds that only plays funny stuff. Since the album is only available via mail order from Australia I'll share one track here to give you an idea of what he's like:

Which also contains a direct reference to Mr Folds, and the subject matter will probably appeal to the people on here..

(This might be better in the musical discovery forum but I figured it might have a wider appeal given the Folds links)

General Board / Ben Folds and the Semi-retarded f*ckwits - Now with MP3!
« on: January 14, 2006, 04:21:12 PM »
Just seen genius comedian Dan Kitson at Warwick Arts Centre, on his new tour - worth checking out, especially as there's a whole 15 minute section on Ben Folds and the Brixton Academy gig, and getting stuck next to a bunch of f*ckwits who insist on singing along louder than the PA system, and being generally annoying.

It's very funny.

Tour Board / Brum Recording MP3s
« on: January 11, 2006, 08:17:17 AM »
Okay here we go - and about time too. Just download these, put them on a disc, and pretend the fan club sent you this instead some shit magazine.

Was recorded on a Sony MD with external mic, it's not a great recording, mostly because I'd got everything set up for a loud band gig, and was surprised by the quieter solo show. Because of that I've also had to boost the volume level a little bit, which means theres a couple of places where you get some distortion, but it's mostly just when the crowd are cheering, and it's only once or twice.

Same deal as last time - a direct download will be offered of a 'highlights' package, along with a torrent of the full show. If you grab the direct downloads, start the torrent, stop it, then bung the files you downloaded into where you're downloading the torrent, and then restart it, you can get a head start on the torrent (it'll start about 20% complete).

I might change the files avaiable for direct download if there's the demand for it in a weeks time or so.

02 Best Imitation of Myself
05 One Down
08 You To Thank (first solo version?)
12 Kate
17 Jesusland (with Jared)
19 Carrying Cathy


General Board / Merry Christmas One and All
« on: December 25, 2005, 04:57:44 AM »
Christmas wishes to all my fellow burber's.
I'd hoped to have the Birmingham gig recording up for you all as a Christmas treat, but I ended up on World of Warcraft last night having snowball fights and doing Deadmines at level 60 (one or two fellow geeks will find that amusing, the rest of you are likely regarding me with a mixture of pity and slight disgust).

It'll be up tommorow though probably so do check back, hope you all get lots of lovely presents and don't forget to watch Dr Who!

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