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Tour Board / Re: Ben Folds UK and Ireland tour - May 2018
« on: November 19, 2017, 10:37:58 AM »
Some off the beaten track venues there - Win for Norwich though! Sometimes it's good having a mother in law who has priority booking because she practically lives in the venue. Second row!

How good was that show tonight?! A strange mix of an audience, which has hopefully attracted some new fans, but Ben's playing was tight as. His voice is also probably the best I've heard in a long time. Can't remember the set list though for toffee! It was raining too, which on the tent made it sound like a warm crackly vinyl. Perfection!

Album Board / Re: Ben Folds orders his solo and Ben Folds Five releases
« on: September 25, 2015, 06:09:31 AM »
Dead right on WtN though - I hate that album with the exception of You Don't Know Me. I think he was hard on Silverman, or I have really bad taste as that's my favourite album ever.

Album Board / Super Deluxe version
« on: September 14, 2015, 09:24:01 AM »
Did anyone else buy this or was it just me?! Still, the print is cool, number 1 of 300 - now probably rendered worthless as I had to open the thing to get the download code...And why the HD DVD audio? Like anyone can actually play these things in 2015! Love the album though - I think this is probably my second favourite thing he has done after Silverman.

Tour Board / Re: 2015 Tour Dates
« on: March 21, 2015, 02:26:03 PM »
Add London to the list! 15th August at the Royal Opera House.
Holy crap it's eye wateringly expensive.
Just as well I'm an idiot then...

Tour Board / Dublin Feb 2015
« on: December 12, 2014, 01:18:28 PM »
show just announced in Dublin on 21 February

Here's hoping for a smattering of UK dates too...
Maybe the new album will be released around then too?

Tour Board / Re: Ben Folds UK orchestral dates
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:24:26 AM »
This is what happens when I don't check by for three days. Damn it! Got tickets for London but pretty far back.
It does seem crazy that the tickets are cheaper for a thirty odd piece orchestra than a three piece dirty rock n' roll band. Maybe it's because it is being promoted directed by The Barbican and not an outside promoter, so the cost is lower. Not complaining, mind!

Tour Board / Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« 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.

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

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

Tour Board / Re: Merchandise
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:43:18 PM »
A couple of tour t shirts which are nothing special (was hoping for the classic 'kiss my ass' from 1997 - mine bit the dust years ago)
The posters are quite cool though. Limited edition for each date of the tour - they are £15.

Tour Board / Re: Nottingham
« on: November 24, 2012, 03:56:41 PM »
Matt Lucas? Shit, no! I liked bitter ruin, very Kate bush. I see the similarities wih Kate miller heidke too.

News / Re: Ben Folds Photo Exhibition - Manchester
« on: November 24, 2012, 03:46:09 PM »
I think I am accredited to photograph the launch and am also very conscious that I am going to come across as a blubbering idiot. I'm just going to have to hold back and only take five bags full of goodies for them to sign... I'll have a wife and a ginger two year old with me. Please say hi, it will make me feel loved!

Tour Board / Re: Bristol
« on: November 24, 2012, 03:40:57 PM »
It looked as though Darren was really enjoying it, which is good to see. I didn't realise how much those guys were missed over the last decade until last night.
Thanks for the kind words on the photos Allison, I was snapping likes demon! I have found the full set of my pics floating round the net under my alter ego...

Tour Board / Re: Bristol
« on: November 23, 2012, 06:38:12 PM »

That. Was. Brilliant. Started off a bit slow, very jet lagged and a few duff notes. Alice Childress could have been played faster as could have Sky High, but really - once they got warmed up they blew the roof off. It just occurred to me that I saw their last UK show at the Royal Albert Hall back in 99 and their first since then in Bristol. And it compared well. No matter how good I thought Ben was in concert solo - the three of them is a million times better. Can't imagine what Brixton will be like when they are over jet lag. Come on Brixton...

Pics up too:

Set list:
Missing the War
Hold That Thought
Jackson Cannery
Erase Me
Alice Childress
Sky High
Draw a Crowd
Uncle Walter
Do It Anyway
Emaline (they didn't play wason the setlist though...)
Tom & Mary

There was one other at the end of setlist that is way out of focus on my pic of it. Damn, wish I knew what that was.

Top night!

News / Ben Folds Photo Exhibition - Manchester
« on: November 08, 2012, 02:10:52 PM »

Ben Folds AND photos - two of my favourite things...COMBINED!

Anyone going? I've got that week off work - don't leave me hanging people!

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