Chicago May 15, 2015

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Offline Allison

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Chicago May 15, 2015
« on: May 15, 2015, 09:40:32 PM »
Hell of a show and there's much to say but here's the setlist.


1. Beautiful Mechanical  (yMusic only)
2. So There
3. Long Way to Go
4. Not a Fan
5. Effington
6. I'm not the Man
7. Mess
8. Music in Circles (yMusic only)
9. Yes Man
10. I'm drinking my own piss (improv)
11. Erase Me
12. Phone in a Pool
13. Jesusland
14. Capable of Anything
15. Stevens last night in town
16. You don't know me

Encore
17. Selfless cold and composed (solo)
18. Don't change your plans (solo)
19. Evaporated
20. Annie waits
21. Name game improv
22. Army
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2015, 11:40:05 PM »
I'm so glad I was able to share this show with so many friends. 8 states were represented in just our group today at the show. Some of you I am getting to see again. Some of you, I just met for the first time. I truly love our community, even though when we try to explain it to outsiders, we might come off as a little crazy. There are fandoms and there is family. I'm glad to be part of this big Ben family. Thank you all for being your wonderful selves and claiming me as one of your own.

Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2015, 09:00:23 AM »
It was nice meeting you all in person before the show, albeit briefly.  I lurked on here for years before finally registering and posting regularly.  I really should have gotten involved earlier, you all were definitely having fun the first 3 rows!

Doing a mental count while waiting in line, I realized that last night was my 20th show since 1997.  That was the first time since since 2004 where I've heard new songs for the first time at a show.  It was exciting having a sense of surprise and wonder at a show, it's been awhile.  Certainly one of the most unique Ben shows I've seen over the years.  The chronological setlist "storytellers" show in Kalamazoo last year would certainly be up there.  The first Ben Folds and a Piano tour in 2003 was pretty novel at the time, as were the pre-Silverman solo shows in 2004 where Ben played bass.  That was my wife's 11th show and she said it was probably her favorite, but with a Masters of Music I expected her to dig yMusic. 

Thank you for requesting Selfless!!! That's my favorite Ben song and it's a shame it's so rarely played.  Absolutely beautiful.  Grateful to have heard DCYP too.  I think that was the first time I'd heard that live since 1999.  Another beautiful rarity in Ben's catalog.  I knew it would probably be a subdued show given the new material and the setting, but it did feel like a very ballad-heavy setlist.  Thought Ben's voice was quieter than I'd heard in awhile, but also more accurate in the higher register than I remember.

Had great fans next to us and behind us, but my sole criticism from the night were 3 fans sitting 2 rows in front of us.  Whenever the fans in front of them would start singing they would all look at each other, roll their eyes and snicker.  Seriously, have you never been to a Ben Folds show before?  People sing.   ;D

Anyone going to Park West tonight?  Curious to see how the show will change going from a big cavernous church to a traditional rock club.  Last time I saw Ben at Park West was 5/3/99 and Flemming & John opened.  Man, that makes me feel old...

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Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2015, 02:23:48 PM »
Wish we could have had the chance to chat! I hear us about feeling old - aside from Frank you're the only person I can recall dating back to the mid 90s. (I'm sure there are others - chime in)
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Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2015, 06:01:21 AM »
As a new (since 2013) BF fan, I feel immensely jealous of you guys that were around during the heyday of BF5.

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Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2015, 07:33:56 AM »
Wish we could have had the chance to chat! I hear us about feeling old - aside from Frank you're the only person I can recall dating back to the mid 90s. (I'm sure there are others - chime in)

Hey buddy, we did go to that Columbia, MO back in '99 or so.  I don't travel anymore to see Ben, but I'm still here. :)

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Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2015, 04:23:44 PM »
Kyle! Master of The Clubhouse. Good to know you're still kickin' it and active!
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Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2015, 05:44:30 PM »
Ben does well in the midwest from what I observe...In the Pacific Northwest...well it appears to be hit and miss cause he doesn't make it a "must" on any of his past tours. I don't know why but I understand tours need to be profitable so if that's whats needed to keep him touring and releasing albums I support it.
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Re: Chicago May 15, 2015
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2015, 09:54:47 PM »
We are very spoiled in the upper midwest. In the past 10 years he's played 30 times in Wisconsin and Illinois alone.




Edit: it might even be more than that cause I've never traveled further south than Normal, IL to see him.
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!