Houston, TX House of Blues 6-17-15

  • 2 Replies
  • 2848 Views
*

Offline Ben_Folds_Fan

  • *****
  • 1286
  • Gender: Male
Houston, TX House of Blues 6-17-15
« on: June 18, 2015, 05:59:57 AM »
1.   Annie Waits
2.   Effington
3.   Phone in a Pool
4.   Not a Fan
5.   Last Polka
6.   All U Can Eat
7.   Concerto/Rock This Bitch/Waltz
8.   Cologne
9.   Hiro's Song
10.  Zak and Sara
11.  Still Fighting It
12.  Freebird snippet
13.  Boxing
14.  Bitches Ain't Shit
15.  Selfless Cold and Composed
16.  You Don't Know Me
17.  Steven's Last Night in Town
18.  Army [preceded by U of Miami drum in lake story]
19.  Landed
20.  Gracie
21.  Rockin the Suburbs
22.  Kate
23.  Brick
24. Philosophy w/ Dr. Pyser

ENCORE
25.  Evaporated
26.  The Luckiest
27.  Song for the Dumped

*

Offline Ben_Folds_Fan

  • *****
  • 1286
  • Gender: Male
Re: Houston, TX House of Blues 6-17-15
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2015, 06:18:08 AM »
Okay for some comments and thoughts on the above show, which was delayed by one night due to Tropical Storm Bill.  Thankfully both Ben and the HoB had the opening.

1.  It was our 15th Ben show--5 BFFs and 10 in various configurations including our 2nd with only Ben on stage with piano.
2.  The crowd was lighter than his last HoB show here in May 2010--some undoubtedly weather related.
3.  Maybe his symphony shows have affected his "timeliness" of coming on stage, but for an 8 p.m. show, he walked out at 8:01 p.m.
4.  His son Louis [and two of his friends] sat off to the side of the stage behind Ben.  They came out when Ben was going to play Still Fighting It.  He polled the crowd To Tell The Truth style to see how many could correctly ID Louis.  I'd say it was about 50 for Louis and 25/25 for the other two.  The three took a selfie which Ben photobombed flipping them off.  You can find it by searching #benfolds on Instagram.  He was then too tickled to do the song just then, but came back to it a couple of songs later.
5.  It was kinda fun to hear Hiro, but it was really rusty.  Be interesting to know how long it's been since he played that one live.
6.  His story leading into Phone in a Pool was pretty funny, throwing in a couple of Ke$ha references for good measure. Was a little surprised that we only got 2 songs off the upcoming album.
7.  I could live the rest of my life without hearing Bitches Ain't Shit again, but for a segment of the crowd it seemed to be popular.
8.  Folks were yelling requests early and often.  He joked that he would play some things that were already on his planned list and we would think he was honoring our requests.
9.  While I didn't get Emaline [now 2 for 15], we did get a great performance of Boxing.  He referenced it was the only one of his songs that's been covered by another artist [Bette Midler]. I realized as I had made my list above initially that I had left Boxing out.  I inserted it where I believe it was played.  It was definitely after Zak and before Selfless because we were standing center back during those 5 [6 if you include the Freebird snippet].
10.  I had read about the U of Miami drum in the lake story.  I knew some of the backstory of Army, but had never heard him tell the story leading into singing the song.  The crowd horn section was terrific.
11.  I absolutely loved hearing Gracie. A dear friend of mine died 5 years ago. He has 2 boys and 1 girl. Her name: Gracie, who will turn 12 this fall. Tears came streaming down as he played the first few notes. Special to me.
12.  When he came back for the encores, he said he would play two ballads followed by one song where he pounded the piano and threw things. I knew that meant SFTD as the closer and hoped it would mean The Luckiest as one of the two ballads. Terrific encore though I'm sure some missed the Not the Same choral parts.
13.  He finished up just about 10:25.  It was a tremendous show.
14.  As we started walking out, the female of a younger couple [pretty much could include any couple there] turned to give me a high five commenting that my wife and I had really seemed into the show. At 55, that made me feel a little younger.  However, this morning, my body is telling me that I am every day of 55 and then some.
14.  AND....at one point when talking about the new album, he said while it was hard to explain, we'd all have to come out in January to hear him play with yMusic!!  Now whether that was a Houston-specific January reference, or just an indication that another fuller tour will begin in January, either way....wooooohooooo.
15.  With Louis and his friends in tow, with our bodies aching and with the tour bus nowhere in sight as we got down to street level, my wife and I decided to forego the hunt for the chance to meet and greet and instead walked home.

*

Offline Sutter

  • ***
  • 119
  • Gender: Male
  • Blue Skies in Ditmas
Re: Houston, TX House of Blues 6-17-15
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2015, 06:47:27 AM »
AFAIK the last time he played Hiro's Song live, he did it at the Princeton concert I went to last year. He did it without piano, just a shaker. Killer setlist though for this show though. Sounds like it was a good one