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Tour Board / Re: Ben Folds UK and Ireland tour - May 2018
« on: November 16, 2017, 01:32:33 PM »
The above article misses a date... Bath on May 24, which is the one I'll be attending!

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Yep, definitely one of the best solo piano shows I've ever seen him play. Given that the tickets were 38 I was surprised that so many people were evidently there as festival attendees rather than fans, and it seemed to go down brilliantly with fans and non-fans alike. The rendition of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head was lovely too. As far as setlist, I can work it out later but basically there was at least one from every album (if you discount Picture Window and Over The Hedge), which was nice.

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Jamie Cullum has had to pull out due to ill health, so it's just a Ben Folds solo show. As a result, a number of tickets (good seats) are back on sale. It's this Sunday and Monday's a bank holiday! I was able to transfer from my restricted seats to Row G, front section. :)

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Tour Board / Ben Folds UK date - Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 30 April 2017
« on: February 24, 2017, 02:44:42 PM »
Just spotted this!  It's with Jamie Cullum - I was never a fan of his "pop" stuff but he's whizz when he's smacking the piano about like his hero.  On sale Wednesday 1 March at 1pm (or now if you're a member of the festival society).

Haven't spotted a thread about this anywhere else, apologies if I missed it.

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Well, the Bristol show was similarly amazing.  Same setlist as above minus The Luckiest, because the show had to start 15 minutes late due to traffic problems in Bristol.  Those problems were so bad that I bet some people still missed some of it - fortunately I live in the centre and can walk everywhere.  He claimed that the concerto was the whole thing (not just movements 2/3) so perhaps that was different from London - having not heard it before I can't confirm.  It was something else, that's for sure.  He's listened to a lot of Gershwin.

The Rock This Bitch element was based on some local toilets (and the big sign for them) that has become a standing joke for Ben, and he mentions it every time he comes here.  The lyrics were written in advance this time rather than being made up on the spot.  That's about it really, was fantastic.

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Tour Board / Re: Ben Folds UK orchestral dates
« on: February 07, 2014, 05:37:54 AM »
Yeah shouldn't be a problem selling them.

Have to admit I'm confused why the London date is so cheap - 30 so less than the other tour dates, and significantly less than the Ben Folds Five Brixton date (which was nearly 50 if I remember rightly).
Brixton was 37.50 plus fees.

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Tour Board / Re: Ben Folds UK orchestral dates
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:59:40 AM »
I too have Bristol second row tickets.  Although in my case it's a 15 minute walk from my flat.  You should be able to sell them nearer the time I reckon Deano.

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News / Re: Ben Folds Five "Live" will be released on June 4, 2013
« on: July 09, 2013, 11:19:49 AM »
Well, this is great.  And I like that two of the songs are from dates I attended (Bristol, London)...

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Tour Board / Re: Brixton - 04/12/2012
« 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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Tour Board / 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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Tour Board / Re: Leeds 01/12/12
« on: December 03, 2012, 06:41:40 AM »
I've heard a few people complaining that the sound was bad in Leeds, so it's nice to hear positive reports...

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Tour Board / Re: Question about show timings
« on: November 29, 2012, 03:40:48 PM »
I have to say, with the Brixton show I'd be expecting "normal" gig timings, so finishing around 11.  The O2 Academy sites usually put up stage times on the day of the gig, or sometimes the day before.

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Tour Board / Re: Philosophy
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:42:22 AM »
As far as I know from old shows, Ben and Co didn't do the Misirlou bit for "Philosophy" because "Misirlou" was used in "Pyser" at least as far back as the WEEA shows. (There are some rare early versions of "Pyser", like the one that opens Spare Reels, where Ben plays a completely different solo during the middle section before "Misirlou" became standard.)  "Misrilou" didn't show up in "Philosophy" until the solo tour.  After that it became standard for solo *and* full band renditions.  However, the coupling of the two resulted in Ben actually concluding at least a few 2008 performances of "Philosophy" with the ending of "Pyser" instead of returning to "Rhapsody." (He definitely did this when I saw him in Adrian, MI that year.)
I think it's fair to say I defer to your greater knowledge.  :)

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