Houston, TX Cullen Performance Hall 4-16-16

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Offline Ben_Folds_Fan

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Houston, TX Cullen Performance Hall 4-16-16
« on: April 21, 2016, 08:37:06 AM »
On the 19th anniversary of our first time seeing Ben [with the Five at the long-ago-shuttered Urban Art Bar], my wife and I caught Ben's show with yMusic this past Saturday night on the campus of the University of Houston. It was our 16th time to see him in one iteration or another and I've got to say it was our least favorite show....and that whatever I'd rank 15th [probably opening for John Mayer in 2007] would be way ahead.

There was very little energy from the stage, from the audience, from anywhere.  His two symphony shows here [2006 and 2014] each had way more energy and enthusiasm.  And if I'm not mistaken, this was just the 3rd show of the current tour. Very disappointing.

Here's the setlist:
Beautiful Mechanical (yMusic)
So There
Long Way to Go
Not a Fan
My Philosophy (improvisation after someone called out "My Philosophy"; not to be confused with him actually playing "Philosophy")
Effington
Free Bird (improvisation)
Iím Not the Man
Phone in a Pool
Mess
Music in Circles (yMusic)
Evaporated
Erase Me
Song for the Dumped
Capable of Anything
Rock this Bitch
Stevenís Last Night in Town
You Donít Know Me

ENCORE
Army
Not the Same

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Re: Houston, TX Cullen Performance Hall 4-16-16
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2016, 02:38:38 PM »
yMusic was an awesome thing at first but he's played the same setlist at virtually every show for the past year now. It's time for him to shake it up. They've gotta be bored doing this same old schtick. Hope he switches gears soon. I felt a similar lack of energy at the Paramount in NY and that happened back in November.

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Re: Houston, TX Cullen Performance Hall 4-16-16
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 02:44:42 PM »
This setlist has been updated in the archives: http://thesuburbs.org.uk/tour/20160416/Houston
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!