Brixton - 04/12/2012

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Brixton - 04/12/2012
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:43:20 AM »
Time for me to start getting excited again after my first dose in Bristol.  Who's in?

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012, 10:41:24 AM »
Flying in for this concert all the way from germany. I am definitely in!!!

Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2012, 11:53:14 AM »
I'm going. Really looking forward to it as my view of the band at Bristol wasn't great.

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2012, 11:56:28 AM »
I am in! Not working this one, so camera at home, purely for fun. Bring it.

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2012, 04:39:22 PM »
Hell yes.

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2012, 03:45:39 AM »
Literally.  Cannot.  Wait.

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2012, 12:46:05 AM »
Set List

Michael Praytor
Missing the War
Hold That Thought
Jackson Cannery
*Quick comment about how good it was to be back in London, and that this was where they first felt understood - they could do interviews and mess around, and the press would realise that they were messing around (although they still didn't laugh as it wasn't funny!)*
Selfless Cold and Composed
Erase Me
Rock This Bitch (about talking too much and then about the last gig Ben went to in London, Rage Against The Machine in 1997.  He wanted to grab some food so had a burger, and the next day mad cow disease was announced - that was the last burger he ever had!)
Alice Childress
Sky High
Draw A Crowd
Landed
BoWCCL
Uncle Walter
Thank You For Breaking My Heart
Brick
Emaline
Do It Anyway (with Jesus Christ Superstar adlib)
Song For The Dumped
Kate
Underground
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Magic
Army
"Let Elliott Smith make a rap album. Let Harry Connick Jnr make a glam rock album. Listen to music for what it is not what its wearing.  Or buy some skate shoes and write music reviews" ~ Ben

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2012, 12:52:05 AM »
Aamzing show, felt they were really tight both playing and on harmonies from the off (Michael Praytor has never been my favourite form teh new album but I might go back and relisten after hearing it live).

Surprised they finished about 10 minutes before 11 - could have queezed one more in!  I'll also be interested to see what the set list for tomorrow night is like - the UK sets have all been very similar, but Ben always used to mix it up quite a lot when doing two dates in London (back in the day when I would be able to go to both shows!) so I wonder if there will be much variation - anyone going that can keep a set list?

Anyway, a brilliant night and, after being a fan for about 14 years, my first BFF gig!

J...
"Let Elliott Smith make a rap album. Let Harry Connick Jnr make a glam rock album. Listen to music for what it is not what its wearing.  Or buy some skate shoes and write music reviews" ~ Ben

Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2012, 03:29:23 AM »
Aamzing show, felt they were really tight both playing and on harmonies from the off (Michael Praytor has never been my favourite form teh new album but I might go back and relisten after hearing it live).

Surprised they finished about 10 minutes before 11 - could have queezed one more in!  I'll also be interested to see what the set list for tomorrow night is like - the UK sets have all been very similar, but Ben always used to mix it up quite a lot when doing two dates in London (back in the day when I would be able to go to both shows!) so I wonder if there will be much variation - anyone going that can keep a set list?

Anyway, a brilliant night and, after being a fan for about 14 years, my first BFF gig!

J...

It was a great show. I'm going again tonight so will keep a track of the set list for any changes. Still hoping for Evaporated...

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2012, 04:19:10 AM »
Good show indeed, odd they finished early though, I'd gone to the back before the encore as needed to get away quick and figured I'd miss the last song but nope!

Also after seeing them in Birmingham Academy the night before, it highlighted what I'd always suspected about the difference between these modern, purpose-built venues and old halls like Brixton. The sound was 10x better in Birmingham. You don't notice after a few minutes anyway but it was quite surprising.

Still: MAGIC!

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2012, 10:09:46 AM »

It was a great show. I'm going again tonight so will keep a track of the set list for any changes. Still hoping for Evaporated...

Enjoy tonight mate, and look forward to hearing tomorrow how it went.

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2012, 03:26:41 AM »
Yep, my comparison of the Bristol and Brixton (4th) shows: Bristol, much better sound (and better view because I was down the front), Brixton: sound was pretty bad in the first half, but it was the better show.

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Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2012, 06:50:28 AM »
Finally a print review for the tour...Simon Price in the Independent on Sunday on the Brixton show:

Standing up for two hours to watch a guy sitting down at a piano is a strange situation, and it's a rare Brixton gig where the stalls envy the balcony, but Ben Folds Five were always proudly anomalous.

Distinct from the kitsch easy-listening revival that was going on in the mid-Nineties, BFF turned the complex, mellow sounds of Seventies AOR and Fifties jazz into a young man's thing. Their classic second album Whatever and Ever Amen was a quietly radical record, bringing suspended fourths and diminished sixths into a world of moronic majors and minors, bringing "Take Five" rhythms to a "Teen Spirit" generation.

Folds also (re)established the piano as an instrument you could rock with. Not that he cared for the rock mentality: a purveyor of what he once called "punk rock for sissies", Folds has always had a delicious line in hostility towards alternative cliché. Witness the weary sarcasm of the opening to "Underground" ("Hand me my nose ring, lead me to the moshpit ..."), the viciously funny Nu Metal satire "Rockin' the Suburbs" ("You better watch out, I think I'm gonna say 'fuuuck!'"), and the impossibly eloquent title of "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces".

Looking suspiciously less bald than he did in 2001, Folds, after a decade solo, is back with his band: deft drummer Darren Jessee and unobtrusive bassist Robert Sledge, and it's a wonderful thing to be hearing again the joyous "Jackson Cannery", the wistful "Alice Childress", the heartbreaking "Brick" and the jubilantly vengeful "Song for the Dumped". It's no hardship, either, to hear material from comeback album The Sound of the Life of the Mind which, Folds admits, sold "fewer copies than there are people in this room".

He's an unexpectedly flamboyant stage presence these days, standing to conduct the audience participation, and improvising – as he does on every night – a song called "Rock This Bitch" about the venue itself. In this case, he recalls seeing Rage Against the Machine here in 1997, eating a hamburger, then finding out about mad cow disease the next day.

He's nevertheless glad to be back. London is, he says, "one of the first places we felt understood". And London still understands.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/ios-pop-review-mumford--sons-secc-glasgowben-folds-five-brixton-academy-london-8395810.html


just found this one for Birmingham:

also The piano-rock, rock, pop-rock – whatever you want to call it – singer/songwriter from South Carolina is back.

Basically, if a trio of middle-aged men can pull off a double bass on stage and still look good then they’re doing well.

It was the return of the Ben Folds Five – with Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge – at Birmingham’s O2 Academy last night, 13 years since they first split up.

Folds himself has gone on to a fine career since – the brilliant Landed was the only solo song meshed into last night’s set – as the band focused on their previous hits.

Missing the War, Selfless Cold and Composed and The Battle of Who Could Care Less were belted out with the gusto of the 1990s.

New album The Sound of the Life of the Mind was well represented but old favourites Narcolepsy, Evaporated, One Angry Dwarf & 200 Solemn Faces and Brick - arguably the band’s biggest hit - were gratefully received.

Pianist Folds’ geeky deviation from the plot is part of the charm and his mid-set story about Sonny Bono and Elvis’ verbal sparring after briefly messing up one track went with the flow.

Finishing on Army, one Folds performed at solo gigs, underlined its popularity with audience and band. As if it was needed.

By Nick Mashiter http://www.expressandstar.com/entertainment/2012/12/04/review-ben-folds-five-at-o2-academy-birmingham/