Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - ahealthyrut

Pages: [1]
Tour Board / Re: Setlists
« on: March 21, 2010, 05:29:28 AM »
Hey Everyone,

I wanted to pass along the setlist from last night's concert in Norfolk.  And yes, Ben did more Chatroulette!

Free Coffee
Annie Waits
Sentimental Guy
You Don't Know Me
Best Imitation of Myself
All U Can Eat
Gone – Before this song, Ben talked about how sometimes he plays universities and professors get upset because he uses dirty words or he opens for people like John Mayer and people in the audience fill out angry comment cards because of the dirty words.  Ben said that he had “naughty word credibility” and then he told us that, after playing Gone, if people had any kids in the audience he would recommend taking them out of the concert because we had the potential of seeing some “seedy shit.”
Chatroulette and Freebird - Like Ben did in Charlotte (and like he alluded to before “Gone”), Ben donned a hooded sweatshirt, turned on his webcam, and projected a live chatroulette session on the screen behind him.  It took a really long time for us to connect to anyone.  So much so, that Ben actually had to close out of his chatroulette session and then log back in.  But we were eventually connected and Ben made up music and words throughout the entire time.  At one point, someone in the audience shouted "Freebird" and Ben played it and changed some words to talk about all the "dicks" that you see on chatroulette.  When Ben stopped the chatroulette session, he clicked save on his laptop so I guess he’s saving all the music that comes out of his chatroulette sessions, which is a cool way to come up with new music.  The audience LOVED this whole experience and cheered very loudly whenever we connected with someone else.
Zak and Sara
Levi Johnston's Blues
Bastard – With Ben directing the audience through the four part back-up vocals
Dr. Yang
Bitches Ain't Shit - Before this song, Ben stood up and asked for requests.  The next three songs, starting with Bitches, are all requests.

Chatroulette, Pt. 2 - At one point, the same guy in the crowd shouted out "Freebird" again and Ben played it again with new words.  Ben also played Hendrix's "Purple Haze" while we waited to be joined by someone online.
Not the Same

It was nice being able to see Ben play solo for a change.  Hearing songs like All U Can Eat and Free Coffee played solo is a nice change of pace and it’s a lot of fun having the audience sing Regina’s part on “You Don’t Know Me.”  And one more thing, the opener, Zach Williams TORE IT UP.  He started with this great song about the seven deadly sins (or something like that) and he also had this great R&B-type song that he basically did acapella with the audience clapping along.  He claimed that he had e-mailed the song to Rihanna but he had yet to hear back from her.

General Board / Re: Random Ramblings III
« on: December 14, 2009, 05:40:15 AM »
Have you guys heard about Galt?  It's a handwarmer being marketed specifically to Eskimos.

Tour Board / Re: DC Show - 9/24
« on: September 26, 2009, 04:32:47 AM »
Here's the setlist:

1.  Zak and Sara
2.  Smoke
3.  All U Can Eat
4.  The Ascent of Stan
5.  Landed
6.  Lullabye
7.  Evaporated
8.  Gracie
9.  Cologne
10.  Effington
11.  Jesusland
12.  Not the Same
13.  Picture Window (Ben Solo)
14.  Levi Johnston's Blues (Ben Solo)
15.  Steven's Last Night in Town

I guess this comes up everytime Ben plays an orchestral show, but I was surprised to see how many older, non-Ben fans were drawn to the performance by the National Symphony Orchestra.  It was interesting watching the gray-haired couple in front of me react to "All U Can Eat."

Woman:  What's he saying?
Man:  I think he's saying, "They give no f*ck."

Just like 89th Key said, Ben briefly forgot the lyrics three times.  Once in "All U Can Eat" (God made us number one because he loves us the best / Maybe he should go bless someone else for awhile / And give us a rest), once in "Cologne" (And if we both might be having the same imaginary conversation), and once in Levi Johnston (Well it turns out we don't believe in abortion).  I say "briefly" because when he forgot a lyric for "All U Can Eat" and "Cologne," he mentioned the lyric he forgot after the song was finished.  It was funny watching Ben stress over this stuff.  After Cologne, he said he couldn't believe he forgot the line about the imaginary conversation because it made up for having the silly story about the astronaut in front of it.  And because Ben played Levi Johnston solo, when he forgot the lyric he just stopped playing, looked up at the ceiling, and said, "Oh what's the next lyric?" 

A roughly ten-person choir accompanied Cologne, Effington, and Jesusland.  The choir sat on the stage with the orchestra and I'm pretty sure I spotted Mr. Reynolds as one of the choir members.

News / Re: details on Ben Folds/Jason Mraz show at GWU on 2/13
« on: February 14, 2009, 07:48:22 AM »
Totally agree with you, Stayclassy, Ben played great last night.  I wrote the setlist down in order and wanted to share that:

1.  Effington
2.  Brainwashed
3.  You Don't Know Me
4.  Annie Waits
5.  Way to Normal
6.  Lovesick Diagnostician
7.  Dr. Yang
8.  Cologne
9.  Bastard
10.  Bitch Went Nutz
11.  Still Fighting It
12.  Zak and Sara
13.  Landed
14.  Not the Same
15.  Army
16.  Free Coffee
17.  Brick
18.  Rockin' the Suburbs

Stayclassy, you hit the nail on the head when you said that the crowd was amazed at the whole altoids cans in the piano thing.  Everyone around me seemed to be in hushed silence when he was explaining how he changes his piano's tone for Free Coffee.  And yeah, the crowd's horn participation for Army last night didn't sound that good because Ben didn't explain the parts before the song.  But, even though it didn't sound that good, Ben still tried to direct the "saxophone and trumpet sides" of the audience and he (and Jared) had a big smile on their faces listening to us stumble through it.  And Alice Childress was played early on in the set, but I guess I didn't write this down.  I think it may have been right after You Don't Know Me.

Tour Board / Re: Cary, NC News?
« on: May 31, 2008, 02:55:30 PM »
Hey, I wasn't at last night's concert but I was searching youtube this morning and found these two videos.  The first is entitled "Ben Folds Mocks a Drunk Guy" and the second one is really cool cuz Ben talks about his father's last ever concert performance and then introduces his father who is assisted onto the stage.

General Board / Re: What is Ben Fold's best album?
« on: May 26, 2008, 05:14:11 PM »
I agree that Rockin' the Suburbs is the best solo record, but as a band, the best album has to be Whatever and Ever Amen.  The self-titled debut loses me during "Sports and Wine" and "Uncle Walter."  But Whatever and Ever is great from beginning to end, even the simple "Cigarette" is fun to listen to because of the chirping crickets in the background. 

Tour Board / 4/9/08 - Norfolk, VA Performance
« on: April 10, 2008, 01:32:12 PM »
Hey everyone!

This is my first post on the suburbs.  Last night I got to see Ben in Norfolk.  I've been a long-time site visitor and, since I always enjoy looking over this site's posted setlists instead of doing my schoolwork, I thought it would be a good idea to post last night's setlist so that other people could look it over instead of doing their work as well.  The list:

1.  Errant Dog
2.  Gone
3.  Landed
4.  Hiroshima
5.  Free Coffee
6.  Losing Lisa
7.  You to Thank
8.  Annie Waits
9.  Brick
10.  Lullabye - Solo
11.  One Down - Solo
12.  Fred Jones, Pt. 2 - Solo
13.  The Last Polka - Solo
14.  Still Fighting It - Band Returns
15.  Narcolepsy
16.  Army
17.  Bitches Ain't Shit
18.  Kate
19.  Rockin' the Suburbs
20.  Underground
21.  Zak and Sara
22.  Effington
23.  Philosophy
24.  Not the Same

I have seen Ben three times before and I would have to say that this was the best Ben concert I've ever attended.  During the show, Ben told a story about how, before every BF5 performance, the band would put "Bruce Hornsby" down on the band guest-list as a joke.  So the last time they played in Norfolk, they were surprised when Bruce Hornsby actually showed up to their show (Hornsby lives in nearby Williamsburg).

A couple of other things I thought were interesting (but I suspect other people already know):  When Ben introduced "One Down" he said that the Andrew mentioned in the song was his brother-in-law from Australia.  Apparently when Ben was writing songs in Adelaide and got stuck on a rhyme, Andrew would start shouting out words for Ben to use.  Also, I didn't realize that Fred Jones, Pt. 2 was based on an actual story about a newspaper editor in Winston-Salem who was fired after 25 years at the paper.

Pages: [1]