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Tour Board / Paper Airplane Tour Riviera Theater 10-29-17
« on: October 28, 2017, 11:05:38 PM »
Set List:
1. Phone In A Pool ("Nice inclusion of "I F*cked up the words").
2. Annie Waits
3. Uncle Walter (cool story about a drunk construction worker that worked with his dad, always telling a ten year old Ben Folds what he would do if he was president...basis for the song)
4. Bastard (with 4 part harmony)
5. Still Fighting It (Three part harmony with opening act Tall Heights).
6. So There
7. Landed
8. Not A Fan (story about a fan at a BF5 show that snuck into the back with a knife and said he wasn't a fan of them but his girlfriend was....hence the song. As Ben said, "I don't think he and his girlfriend were really on the same page").
9. Capable of Anything
10. You Don't Know Me
11. Steven's Last Night in Town
Paper Airplane Set
1. Magic
2. The Ascent of Stan
3. Philosophy
4. Verbal Request for Monster Mash...he cracked up and played the first two chords.
5. Effington
6. The Luckiest
7. Zak and Sara
8. Silver Street
9. Kate
10. Jesusland
11. Narcolepsy
Encore:
1. One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces
2. Army

Lots of crowd involvement with the backing vocals tonight, and the crowd was way more into the show than the last show at the Riv with Ymusic where everyone was talking through the whole show.

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Transcription / Piano Players Question
« on: November 27, 2016, 10:43:23 AM »
Hi All,

Just a quick question, I am a below average piano player and I am trying to find an easier Ben song to play. So far, I am doing pretty well with Claire's Ninth, just wondering if there were other pieces that others found easier to play. God, I wish I could get the bridge section of Don't Change Your Plans down, just cannot seem to that section.

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Tour Board / Elgin, IL 11-5-2016 Ben Folds and a Piano
« on: November 06, 2016, 11:41:56 AM »
I did the VIP package, which was worth it. The Masterclass session was very cool and just meeting him at the piano was like a once in million opportunity. I felt like a nervous little kid though. For the masterclass I asked Ben what made him go back to the piano arrangement (heard at the end of the Silverman DVD) to turn that into So There. Interestingly, he said that piece was  going to start off his last three albums, but he could never tie everything together for it. I guess that would explain why at the end of the DVD he says, "...that's it" aka I'm stuck at this point. He said he keeps musical phrases for later use and gave up on the piece for a little bit because he began to associate it with failure...hard to believe Ben is human after all huh? He said he pulled it out again with Ymusic and it just finally clicked. The other questions were surrounding his music education and about trying to help some frustrated musicians in our group who were getting stuck writing songs. Ben's advice was actually pretty cool: if you aren't happy and just getting frustrated with it...not everyone is cut out to be a singer-song writer. If you go do something else with your life, that's fine, and if you try something else and get pulled back into music, that's a sign to stick with it. He said then you need to go pick up your sword again and go fight the beast. When I went up to get my picture, I also asked him about the 9:00 Don't Change Your Plans version, and he said it did exist at one point but is gone forever as the mix tape was edited, cut and thrown away. He said the piece was way too long and his producer had to cut it because the album was too long already. Reinhold was supposed to be one continuous piece of music that flowed from song to song. He even got up and played the piano reminding how Army should have flowed directly into Regrets with that chord progression. Really cool. I'm not a big fan of the soundcheck for two reasons, first, he ended up playing some of the songs during the paper airplane segment, second, it's just kind of weird having him play like two bars of a song and then moving on to something else. Sports and Wine was really cool though.

Soundcheck:
1. Carrying Cathy
2. Army
3. Adelaide
4. Sports and Wine (Stunningly just sat down and played this easily like he plays it every day.)
5. Levi Johnston's Blues
6. Underground
7. Do It Anyway (had to pull out the note book to look)
8. Gracie
9. The Luckiest
10. Hiroshima
11. Cologne

Set List:
1. Phone in a Pool
2. Annie Waits
3. Last Polka
4. Late
5. The Ascent of Stan
6. Bastard (4 piece harmony crowd help)
7. Bitch Went Nutz
8. Effington
9. You Don't Know Me
10. Landed
Paper Airplane:
1. Where's Summer B
2. Fred Jones Part II
3. Gracie
4. Piano Concerto Snippets (for some reason lots of Classical Music requests?)
5. Not the Same
6. Cologne
7. Fur Natalie Klein/Rock This Bitch (Requested Beethoven's Fur Elise....obviously turned into a Rock This Bitch)
8. The Luckiest
9. Ymusic Unreleased Song (Jpar on his 80th?? Show (Congrats Man!) requested something new, so he went in the back, got his phone and played a recording directly off his phone into the microphone...sounded really good, typical Ben lyrics though which were more comical than serious).
10. Emaline
11. Come On Eileen (Dumb, just repeated it over and over for a minute).
12. Underground

Encore:
13. Kate
14. Zak and Sara (EPIC)

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Opener Dotan was actually pretty interesting....normally a six piece band with just two guys. If the crowd wasn't talking so much you probably could have actually heard them.

Set List:
1. Ymusic Selection
2. So There
3. Capable of Anything (Ben mentioning Bugfest 2016 also known as too many people talking during the show).
4. Not A Fan
5. Effington (Ben screws up the words and then says "I'm f*cking up.....in f*ckington :)
6. Phone in a Pool
7. Mess
8. Ymusic Selection
9. Rock This Bitch in Chicago
10. Not the Man
11. Chicago "The Windy City" is not so Windy today (pretty much Ben rehashing past Chicago shows...mentioned solo piano shows at the Vic :)
12. Jesusland
13. Erase Me
14. Song for the Dumped
15. Steven's Last Night in Town (Just awesome, clarinet solo probably could have gone on for twenty minutes and no one would have cared).
16. Landed (Solo)
17. You Don't Know Me
18. Army

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Transcription / Transcript Challenge: Break-up at Food Court
« on: September 14, 2014, 11:36:17 AM »
Just wondering if anyone out there worked out the chords of the Break-up at Food Court demo from the Best Imitation of myself or if someone wrote up sheet music? I love the music, and I want to try to finish the lyrics on my own.  :)

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Album Board / 55 Vault
« on: December 03, 2011, 09:10:51 AM »
Anybody else out there think that "I knew that Cha' Could" was the pre-cursor for X-Fire by the Bens? Bass and drum pattern sound almost identical. Also anybody out there hammering out a transcription for Break-up at Food Court? That is my favorite unreleased track, just a great piano jam.  Really a shame that he didn't finish it. Unless he really meant to sing about Abe Lincoln  ;) Maybe I will have to come up with a second and third verse on my own ;D

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