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Tour Board / Re:Covers You'd Like To See Ben Do On His Next Tour
« on: September 06, 2003, 07:01:50 PM »
From Winston-Salem town in Carolina
Rode a boy with a six pack in his hand
and his daring life of crime
made him a legend in his time
east and west of the Rio Grande.


-- The Ballad of Bennie The Kid

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Ben's Old Five / Re: How many times did you see Ben Folds Five
« on: October 27, 2002, 08:53:12 PM »
Saw them once in June, '99.  I had an opportunity to see them in October of that year but turned it down because it conflicted with the Yankees being in the world series.  :(  

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Ben's Old Five / Re: And You Were Not The Same After That...Part 2
« on: October 25, 2002, 12:53:55 PM »
I've been posting a bit here and there, so I'll share:

Would you believe that I, too, was introduced to BFF on MTV?  It was late one night (the only time they show videos) and there it was.  I'm not sure what song it was (maybe Philosophy), but it just hit me.  Some months later I was reading the NYTimes and there was an article about BFF and how great they were.  The critic particularly liked Battle of Who Could Care Less- the Robert Smith reference (I was obsessed with The Cure back in the '80s).  Well, that did it for me - I went out and bought WEA.  LOVED IT.  I had an opportunity to see BFF on the RM tour.  It was a great show.  Ben had a great connection with the audience.  I've seen him w/piano twice (Bowery Ballroom and Roseland).  I also had tix for the Irving Plaza show that was cancelled due to 9/11.  And I'll be at the Beacon in December.

I came to this board because of a set-list.  During the Roseland show my husband kept a set-list in order to remember the show better.  Remembering the elaborate set-lists Grateful Dead fans used to keep, we thought that there might be people who would be interested.  I did a google search which led me here.  My first post was a set-list.  My husband enjoys Ben just as much I do, and he's also posted here.  He's Bloviator and I'm Bloviatrix.

And that's my story. :)

Oh, and WE were not the same after that...  

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Tour Board / Re: Solo Tour Setlist Thread
« on: June 14, 2002, 12:00:35 AM »
Here's the setlist for June 13th at Roseland in NYC:

Eddie Walker
Zak and Sara
Annie Waits
The Luckiest
Best Imitation of Myself
Where's Summer B?
Mess
Philosophy
3 songs Benn shit out for contractual obligations:
  Morgan Davis (?)
  1 Down and 3.6 (?)
  I'll Be Back (?) (.6 of a song, written with a boy band in mind)

The Ascent of Stan
Army
Narcolepsy
Kate
Ultimate Sacrifice (?)
One Angry Dwarf.... (rap intro)
Fred Jones, part 2
Selfless, Cold and Composed
Battle of Who Could Care Less
Rockin' the Suburbs
Not the Same

Encore
Evaporated
Brick
Song if the Dumped (in minor key)

Ben mentioned he's taping shows on this tour for future live album.

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Tour Board / Re: Ben at the Beacon
« on: January 11, 2003, 06:34:52 PM »
Well, we got lucky.  They had standing room tix available, and they were in the orchestra.  Actually, we were fairly close to the stage.

Anyway, I couldn't keep a set list this time, but here is some information about the show:

Dennis Elsas introduced Ben.

Ben opened with Boxing.  The set list was different.  Some of the songs he played friday night, that weren't on thursday's set list were Annie Waits, Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, and Eddie Walker.

Joe Jackson joined Ben onstage for Fred Jones pt 2.  Then walked off.  After Steven's Last Night, since Ben was sitting at the drums, JJ re-joined him.  They did 2 JJ songs -- a new one (Joe has gotten back together with his original band and has recorded an new album, to be released in March) and Different for Girls.  It was SO cool to see 2 of my favorite musicians on stage together.  I was getting chills.  Please tell me that someone else on this board was there and able to record the show.  I would love copies of those songs.

Ben did 4 songs for the encore: Tiny Dancer, OAD, SFTD (minor key) and Brick.

All in all, it was a fabulous show.  Might I dare say, better than the night before?

And for all of you keeping track of Ben's wardrobe, thursday night he wore a red button down shirt and last night he wore a royal blue one.  Both nights he wore brown pants.  Couldn't make out the footwear.

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Tour Board / Re: Ben at the Beacon
« on: January 10, 2003, 04:35:43 PM »
I got an interesting e-mail this afternoon from the Joe Jackson web site.  It seems that Joe will be joining Ben at tonight's show.  They'll be doing 3 songs together -- 2 of JJ's and one of Ben's.  So, my dear husband has run down to the Beacon to see if there are any tix still available for tonight's show -- cross your fingers.

Someone must have been reading my mind, because last night, after Ben told his "Army" story I thought to myself "wouldn't it be cool if Ben and Joe did something together?"


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Tour Board / Re: Ben at the Beacon
« on: January 10, 2003, 12:51:34 AM »
Oh, I forgot, some girl came up from the crowd during SFTD, threw down a black t-shirt on the Baldwin and gave him a peck on the cheek.

After the lights went on, she actually jumped back onstage to reclaim the t-shirt, to a chorus of boos!

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Tour Board / Ben at the Beacon
« on: January 10, 2003, 12:35:46 AM »
Just got home from the show (Jan. 9).  It was great -- of course.

Ben apologized for cancelling his earlier date, but he explained, that contrary to popular belief, he did not have pneumonia, but rather, he was trying to grow a mullet and hadn't come in yet.  To quote:

"A mullet isn't grown, it's EARNED!!"

Here's the set list:

Don't Change Your Plans
Zak and Sara
Silver Street
Emaline
Philosophy w/misirlou
 segued into Chopsticks
Where's Summer B.?
Careless Whisper
Video (stopped during first stanza)
Morning After
Video
Fred Jones pt.2
Mess
Army (incl. some Bill Clinton impersonation "on the eve of my election")
Kate
Narcolepsy
One Angry Dwarf...
Freebird/Hava Nagila medley
Steven's Last Night in Town (w/drum solo outro)
Not The Same
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Tiny Dancer (much Elton-like mugging)
Song for the Dumped in minor key (with Japanese translation)

Ben also explained the difference between British rock song writers and American rock song writers: the latter write autobiographically. He then told the story of how he dropped out of college and was sitting in his room at his parents' house listening to Joe Jackson's I'm The Man album. His Dad came in and asked him what he's going to do with his life next, and he answered, "I think I should join the Army."  His Dad said, "Are you high?" and walked out, leaving Ben to ponder "How did he know?" and to be paranoid for the next few weeks.  (I had to laugh because I think I've gotten high listening to that very same album in a college dorm room.)

Ben joked about growing a mullet, but insisted although he's sung about it a lot, he never really did, although he recently had tried the mustache.  But since he couldn't grow the "Burt Reynolds" type, he scrapped that idea.

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Tour Board / Re: NYC Shows 1.9.03 & 1.10.03 4cd
« on: January 24, 2003, 12:36:58 AM »

Quote



Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (Burt Bacharach cover)



Actually, BJ Thomas recorded it; Burt *only* wrote it.

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Tour Board / Re: NYC Shows 1.9.03 & 1.10.03 4cd
« on: January 22, 2003, 10:28:36 AM »
How about at least giving us the setlist for 10-Jan-03?

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Tour Board / Re: Best bands live (minus BF/BFF)
« on: July 30, 2003, 07:38:13 PM »
I'm going to refine the parameters to bands/individuals I've seen multiple times.  This way, I'm judging consistancy.


1)The Connells.  I've seen them about 15 times over the years and I've only been to one bad show - Beacon Theater, opening for The Replacements in '91.  The sound was lousy.  When Doug starts crooning Manilow, it's hysterical.

2) Joe Jackson.  Saw him twice on this tour with the original band, plus countless other times.  I love how he's always doing variations of his classic songs.

3) The B-52s.  It's like a luau gone wild.

4) INXS.  Michael Hutchence was a rock god.  He had amazing stage presence.

5) Peter Himmelman.  He's very chatty and makes up spontaneous lyrics to songs.  Last time I saw him, he invited someone up from audience to accompany him on bongos.

Other:  I just saw Springsteen for my first time last week (I had tix in '85, but couldn't go because I was out of the country), but he's amazing.

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Tour Board / Re: Covers You'd Like To See Ben Do On His Next To
« on: October 13, 2002, 06:43:22 PM »
Joe Jackson's "Fools In Love"
Billy Joel's "Piano Man"
Elton John's "Border Song"

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Tour Board / Ben at summerstage
« on: August 21, 2003, 10:52:20 AM »
Last night I had an opportunity to see Ben at Summerstage, which is the venue of my one and only BFF show back in '99.  Ben did a double bill with Aimee Mann and because the crowd contained people who weren't there for Ben, I didn't think the energy level was as high as it was at other shows.  There was a woman near me who was making fun of Ben as he did his "conducting" on Not the Same who was really rude.

Anyway, Ben talked about his EPs.  He mentioned that the night before he finished work on the 2nd EP and played a track from it.  The best way to describe the song is "Ben does social commentary" - basically how Americans are fat and wasteful and care only about themselves.  It reminded me a bit of Randy Newman.

As Ben broke into The Luckiest we suddenly heard cheers and saw a couple in an embrace.  People started clapping and whooping it up as it became apparent that the guy had just proposed to his girlfriend and she accepted.  It was really quite sweet.  Awwwww..... (of course, there were people screaming "say NO!")

The set list was pretty much his usual.  I was hoping to hear him do In Between Days but the only track from Speed Graphic was  Give Judy my Notice.

Gorgeous evening.  I can't wait to see him again.

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Album Board / Re: Philosophy..what's yours?
« on: February 02, 2003, 02:07:17 AM »
Don't forget what the Python boys say:

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

or, on a more serious note

Always look on the bright side of life.

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General Board / Re: Ben folds mention in BK review in NME
« on: September 04, 2002, 09:08:50 PM »
I've been following Ben Kweller's career since he was in Radish.  Sha-shais a really strong album.  It's on heavy rotation on my CD player.  NME may have disliked it, but there are pleny of critics who felt otherwise.  Kweller crafts some strong pop songs.  I found 3 of the songs to be "Ben Folds-like" (it's the piano) but it's not derivitive.

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