Sheffield 26th February 2011

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Offline Carolyn

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Sheffield 26th February 2011
« on: February 26, 2011, 04:06:48 PM »
Amazing show tonight, there was a lot of energy and the crowd were pretty good. Kate Miller-Heidke was a big crowd pleaser. She has an amazing voice!
He did a long solo section I thought, I think all of them requests. I wish someone had asked for Hiro's Song but can't have everything!

Managed to write down the set list so hopefully I got most of it right:

Levi
Gone
Doc Pomus
'Sheffields got balls' - A nice little song about ben having been in 3 rooms in sheffield and they all have balls (he loved the big mirror ball in the room).
Belinda
Sleazy
You to Thank
Cologne
Saskia Hamilton
Bastard
The piano then broke so the guys did some sweet drumming solo, then Ben joined in on Bass. Very cool.
Still fighting it
Songs of Love with Kate
From Above with Kate
You don't know me with Kate
Effington
Landed

---Solo---
One Down
Someone from the audience gives him a sheet with lyrics so he makes a song with them. He did 2 versions, a less upbeat one then more upbeat. Pretty impressive to watch.
Time
Gracie
The Luckiest
Picture Window

-----Band return----
Zac and Sara
Annie Waits
Philosophy

Army
Rockin' the suburbs
Underground

Re: Sheffield 26th February 2011
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2011, 04:18:03 PM »
Hooray, I am now active.  :)

I have to admit that I am a long time 'lurker' on this site having been a Ben fan for quite some time and been to at least a dozen different gigs over the years.  I first saw BF5 in the Leadmill in Sheffield way back when......at a gig that Ben himself recalls because "some ****** stole my shoe!" (ps it wasn't me, honest).  I have even endured The Divine Comedy in Glasgow in order to see Ben, and was gutted when Counting Crows cancelled after I had bought tickets - even more gutted when there was no Ben at the re-jigged event and CC were decidedly average (thank goodness for The Hold Steady who were a good laugh and played great Rock and Roll). 

Anyway, I have decided to go legit with a login after the blinding gig last week in Sheffield.  What a total triumph of musicianship and ability (and that includes the 'support' act too - Kate MH was simply spellbinding in a sort of Kate Nash with ability kind of way.  Her vocal talent is phenomenal and her quirky songs are extremely funny - why have I never heard of her before?).

I took the whole family tribe to this gig - wife and teenage daughter were Ben virgins, but 17 year old son first saw Ben with me in Manchester Apollo at the tender age of 11 (Bitches ain't sh*t was a bit tricky to explain then ::) LOL).  Anyway, I promised them an excellent gig and we were not disappointed.  As Carolyn noted, the set was varied and well crafted, with the improvisational songs and piano-break interlude as special extras.  Didn't mention the several attempts to cover 'The Best Song In The World... EverTM' - Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas!  I was delighted to hear the band efforts on the close harmony vocal intro at least three times, then Ben played and sang the first verse during the encores.  I would love to hear that the band has mastered the tune by the end of the tour!  (Incidentally, kudos to the 'new' band, they also played a blinder all evening, even managing to turn one of my least favourite LA songs Saskia Hamilton into possibly the liveliest song of the night - I am now converted!).

Would have liked to have heard Selfless, Cold and Composed or Brick, but I guess the piano break and extended solo set had put paid to the running time versus the curfew chucking out time!  Nevermind, we were more than satisfied by this time.

What more can I say - if only the music industry could produce more acts with this degree of passion and ability!

I guess we will only have to wait again for another couple of years for the next tour then  :'( :'(

Re: Sheffield 26th February 2011
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2011, 08:50:15 AM »
---Solo---
One Down
Someone from the audience gives him a sheet with lyrics so he makes a song with them. He did 2 versions, a less upbeat one then more upbeat. Pretty impressive to watch.
Time
Gracie
The Luckiest
Picture Window

Hi, I was that someone in the audience!  :)
I'm still floating about after the concert - each time I see Ben I think he can't beat it - and then he does! Doubt he'll ever beat this time for me though  ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK690Sq4Cfw&tracker=False

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Re: Sheffield 26th February 2011
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2011, 10:08:08 AM »
Hooray, I am now active.  :)

I have to admit that I am a long time 'lurker' on this site having been a Ben fan for quite some time and been to at least a dozen different gigs over the years.  I first saw BF5 in the Leadmill in Sheffield way back when......at a gig that Ben himself recalls because "some ****** stole my shoe!" (ps it wasn't me, honest).  I have even endured The Divine Comedy in Glasgow in order to see Ben, and was gutted when Counting Crows cancelled after I had bought tickets - even more gutted when there was no Ben at the re-jigged event and CC were decidedly average (thank goodness for The Hold Steady who were a good laugh and played great Rock and Roll). 

Anyway, I have decided to go legit with a login after the blinding gig last week in Sheffield.  What a total triumph of musicianship and ability (and that includes the 'support' act too - Kate MH was simply spellbinding in a sort of Kate Nash with ability kind of way.  Her vocal talent is phenomenal and her quirky songs are extremely funny - why have I never heard of her before?).

I took the whole family tribe to this gig - wife and teenage daughter were Ben virgins, but 17 year old son first saw Ben with me in Manchester Apollo at the tender age of 11 (Bitches ain't sh*t was a bit tricky to explain then ::) LOL).  Anyway, I promised them an excellent gig and we were not disappointed.  As Carolyn noted, the set was varied and well crafted, with the improvisational songs and piano-break interlude as special extras.  Didn't mention the several attempts to cover 'The Best Song In The World... EverTM' - Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas!  I was delighted to hear the band efforts on the close harmony vocal intro at least three times, then Ben played and sang the first verse during the encores.  I would love to hear that the band has mastered the tune by the end of the tour!  (Incidentally, kudos to the 'new' band, they also played a blinder all evening, even managing to turn one of my least favourite LA songs Saskia Hamilton into possibly the liveliest song of the night - I am now converted!).

Would have liked to have heard Selfless, Cold and Composed or Brick, but I guess the piano break and extended solo set had put paid to the running time versus the curfew chucking out time!  Nevermind, we were more than satisfied by this time.

What more can I say - if only the music industry could produce more acts with this degree of passion and ability!

I guess we will only have to wait again for another couple of years for the next tour then  :'( :'(

(delayed reply) Brilliant first post doodledog!  Glad you broke through to posting, it took me a few years of lurking before my first as well.  Don't be a stranger!
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Re: Sheffield 26th February 2011
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2011, 10:35:45 PM »
Didn't mention the several attempts to cover 'The Best Song In The World... EverTM' - Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas!  I was delighted to hear the band efforts on the close harmony vocal intro at least three times, then Ben played and sang the first verse during the encores.  I would love to hear that the band has mastered the tune by the end of the tour!
I found a taste...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuxU4_uj00E
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