« on: May 01, 2014, 05:53:29 AM »
Great show by Ben last night and a good crowd to match. Second time seeing Ben with a Symphony-first time was with Boston Pops back in 2008. Pretty much the same setlist as then but there were a few changes (no Belinda which wasn't released at the time of the show but I still remember the disgusted looks on one of the Pops players when he sang about big breasts:). Rock This Bitch had a very elaborate setup in which Ben spent probably about 10 minutes getting different parts of the Orchestra to play different parts--that was pretty cool and unique. You could tell from the faces of some of the players they enjoyed the spontaneity. The 3rd movement of the concerto was played and I have to say it sounded pretty good. It had a bit of Rhapsody in Blue in there to my ears. Ben did say it would be on an album coming out next year. The setlist was something like this (I know it is not 100% percent accurate): Effingham, Smoke, Jesusland, Picture Window, 3rd movement of the concerto, Fred Jones Part 2, Steve's Last Night in Town, Landed intermission, Zack and Sara, Cologne, Annie Waits, Rock This Bitch, The Luckiest, Brick, OAD (orchestra leaves) Army and Rockin' The Suburbs. We got the stories about Cologne, Steven and history of RTB. Ben talked about the parts of a concerto and about "shooting you whole load" on parts of it--pretty funny stuff. He also talked about the difficultly of playing concertos with "rock" band aids on his fingers and how wearing a tie is tough to try to play muted notes. I'll probably think of something else later but I've got to run for now!!! Cheers!