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Tour Board / Portland - Roseland Theatre (8/27)
« on: August 28, 2005, 11:37:50 AM »
Another setlist:

1. Bastard
2. Gone
3. Zak & Sara
4. Jesusland
5. Still Fighting It
6. You To Thank
7. Careless Whisper (w/Rufus)
8. Landed
9. Bitches Ain't Shit
10. Lullabye (solo)
11. Plans (solo)
12. Underground (solo)
13. Annie Waits
14. Philosophy
15. Late
16. Not the Same

17. One Angry Dwarf...

Tour Board / Seattle Show
« on: August 27, 2005, 10:23:05 AM »
Hi everyone!  Long time, no see.

Here's the Seattle setlist, and I'll be writing up show stuff tomorrow after we get back from the Portland show.  For now, just know it's a good story!

1. Bastard
2. Gone
3. Zak & Sara
4. Jesusland
5. Still Fighting It
6. You to Thank
7. Careless Whisper (w/Rufus)
8. Landed
9. Bitches Ain't Shit
10. Narcolepsy
11. Late
12. Not the Same

« on: March 11, 2005, 07:42:09 PM »
greyseal streaks the 'burbs

miss you guys.

« on: May 18, 2004, 09:38:11 AM »

General Board / our fearless leader has a double life?!
« on: November 26, 2003, 12:40:11 AM »
please tell me i wasn't the last to know.

When someone loves pop culture this much, quality is an afterthought, an extravagance that can only be afforded to imaginary people who have heard everything.

General Board / it may be 11pm but...
« on: September 11, 2003, 10:04:17 PM »
...allow me to wish Ben Folds Fan a happy birthday!

I just got in, otherwise my birthday wish would have occurred far sooner...after all, he is probably sleeping soundly now.

in any case, fan, you know we love ya.  happy happy birthday!

Tour Board / Seattle Recap
« on: March 23, 2002, 05:51:26 AM »
Hi, my name is greyseale.  I went to a Ben Folds show the other day.  It was in Seattle.

First, it was, as my boss Heidi would say, "frickin' ass cold" out.  Just frigid for Seattle in March, to be honest.  All of us waiting out front were shivering and jumping up and down to maintain body heat.  It wasn't quite as cold as Indianapolis (20 below 0F), but it sure felt that way <g>  I got a wonderful front row center balcony seat with some really nice people from NY.  They saw my recorder and we started talking about show recording and Ben's apparent attitude about it.  (They informed me that I could download a Ben Folds NYC bootleg show on the Internet.  This is the second time someone has said this to me, and I didn't know what to say to that without being "dig my site."  I just thanked them for the info.)

1)  Ben came out, and commented that they're "cheap bastards" and didn't spring for heat.  He launched into "Eddie Walker," and as soon as he finished, two guys came running out with these space heaters.  Ben started laughing, saying, "I was just kidding!"  They set them down and ran offstage, after which Ben giggled, "It's kind of hot in here..."  Of course, because it was funny, we all laughed heartily <g>

2)  He did the first verse of "Purple Haze" again.  This time I got it recorded right.

3)  He sampled his teen creation, "Having Two Dicks Is Cool."  You'll just have to hear it.  ;)

4)  He said he thinks they'd almost "pawned" "Girl" off to DeLaSoul.  He performed it in a very overwrought manner.  When he sang the line, "...'cuz you're dreamin' 'bout somebody else," he indicated a tear rolling down his face.  Hee!  The audience did "I'll be there" for him, and remarkably well.

5)  I don't think I've heard a better "Philosophy" solo, like ever.  I know I said that about Chicago, but this blew that straight into the cosmos.  He went from the normal deal to the mic on the strings, to "Pyser," and then did a ton of other stuff.  Shit.  Maybe I'm exaggerrating, I don't know, but I'm listening to it right now, and I haven't changed my mind yet <g>

6)  Ben had us do "Not the Same" and spent a bit of time organizing the harmonies.  He seemed to be playing much more precisely than usual, I noticed, but maybe it was where I was sitting.  I'm not sure.  He certainly was singing better than I've heard the entire tour, maybe since I've seen him live at all.  I think he's been sick at most of the shows I've seen since the beginning of the RTS tour, so maybe he is finally healthy <g>

That is about it.  I don't know if any of you read my little post about it over on .org, but the character of the Portland and Seattle shows were pretty different.  Portland was great and unbelievably just FUN, and Ben was definitely in some kind of GREAT mood.  

Seattle was much different.  The audience was absolutely silent during the slower numbers and the singing wasn't racous or screamish, as was Portland.  Don't get me wrong, Portland singers were terrific, but something was different about Seattle.  Maybe a track could end up on the live album thing along with the others!  He mentioned he was recording and that it could be "immortalized on a CD."  

In addition, Ben was playing extremely meticulously, and his singing, like I said, was really TOP FORM.  These are, of course, just my impressions.  You can decide for yourself soon ;)

Thanks for reading all of my droning.  Y'all are the only ones who'll listen to my Ben-blather :)

Tour Board / Yes, Portland DID get
« on: March 21, 2002, 05:59:43 PM »
Ok, well, I guess I have to sit and think for a minute.  I'm still only on about 5 or 6 hours of sleep for the 48 hour period of time wherein I saw Ben twice, so forgive me if this is a little convoluted.  When we (my brother and I) arrived at the Crystal on Tuesday, I was sort of looking around for MrsB.  I walked down the line saying, "Kelly?  Is there a Kelly here?"  Everyone looked at me like I was a moron, and so I just retreated into line with Tad.  I was sure she was there, so I figured I'd better call the cell.  Woo!  We moved up into line, and were pleased to meet her friend and someone called, "McChicken Girl."  Thankfully, it wasn't that cold out.  

After they opened the doors, we made our way upstairs to the ballroom and MrsB and her friend claimed a GREAT spot right in front of the piano bench.  Since I was slower getting in, I was stuck sort of behind them, and next to some grey-sweatered guy (GSG).  Tad and I fooled around with my MD for a while, and he used my brother's ID to get up into the 21+ section of the balcony.  

I felt bad because I kept kicking GSG, but practically everyone near the front had plopped down on the floor.  So everyone stands up and GSG turns to me to ask if I planned to sing loud.  My eyes darted to meet MrsB's, and wondered if he was asking me TO sing loud.  It turns out that GSG hates people who sing, and wants to move if this is the case.  I sort of gave him the Scully-eyebrow, and mentioned that while I am not a loud singer, I have been known to get caught up in a Ben song and sing along.  I also mentioned that "I'd heard" that Ben encourages audience participation because of the live album mic'ing.  Then he offered to give me a copy of the recording that he planned to make if I was quiet.  (Gawd, I hope this guy doesn't post to this board <g>)  I didn't really believe he'd actually follow through, but I told him not to worry.  

Neil came out, and started playing his set.  GSG and his cronies all started muttering one-to-another, for no other reason that I can see, but that people seemed to be enjoying Neil's music (GASP!).  They were talking loudly about how "lame" this audience was, and how they'd never seen such enthusiasm for an opening act.  They didn't clap, they just stood there with arms crossed, having a conversation about how this isn't as good as "Death Cab's."  While I'm sure all the surrounding folks might agree that Death Cab for Cutie is a great band, some of them might have actually enjoyed Neil's music, and considered it pretty annoying to hear their constant blather during an acoustic guitar set.  (read:  ME)  Ok.  Thus endeth the bitchy section of my report.  I'm sure MrsB thinks I'm a raging bitch because I may have told GSG to move over and quit crowding me at some point.  I am normally a doormat, though, so I'm glad I've developed some intestinal fortitude <g>


Tour Board / BF & P/RTS Tour Photos
« on: April 14, 2002, 02:35:02 PM »
hey y'all, i'd like to archive some tour photos on my page, which i'm in the process of completely overhauling. if you have anything you'd like to include, just email me. i would happy to link out to your site if you prefer that. let's have a place where people can go for tour photos :)


Tour Board / seattle and portland
« on: September 26, 2002, 06:54:31 PM »
got this in my email today:

With his baby grand piano, BEN FOLDS returns to the Moore Theatre, November 5. Opening the show is DUNCAN SHEIK.

Be one of the first people to get tickets through this exclusive Internet presale available only to House of Blues Members

This HOB presale begins Thursday, September 26 at 9:00am (that's tomorrow) and ends Friday, September 27th at 10:00am.

To get your presale tickets, just click here:

Tickets go on sale to the general public Sept. 27 at noon. Don't miss this chance to get your tickets before everyone else.

Thank you from your friends at House of Blues.

so i got some. ben's site has portland on the 7th, too! time ;)

i'll tell you what, maybe, just for one day HOB can be my "friends"...

~annie, way more excited than you may think ;)

Tour Board / Are YOU Recording a SHOW?
« on: October 06, 2002, 05:19:44 AM »
I'm not even sure if this will work, but let's try it anyway.  I can keep a running tally on an actual page if we get any "signups."

If you are planning to tape any of the upcoming shows, please post here!  If more than one taper is attending, you may be able to collaborate or meet, or whatever.  Hey!  It worked for us at Bowery!

For your convenience:


9/26 dublin ambassador theater
DEANO (possibly on the trail)

9/27 dublin ambassador theater  
DEANO (possibly on the trail)

9/29 bristol academy
DEANO (possibly on the trail)

9/30 birmingham academy

10/1 glasgow barrowlands

10/3 manchester academy
YONNERMARK - from .org boards
DEANO (possibly on the trail of a second)

10/4 london shepards bush empire

10/5 london shepards bush empire  


10/10 englewood, nj  john harms center

10/11 brooklyn, ny  bam opera house

10/12 brooklyn, ny  bam opera house

10/13 princeton, nj  richarson auditorium - on princeton university campus

10/16 washington, dc  warner theatre

10/17 geneseo, ny  suny geneseo - kuhl gym

10/18 philadelphia, pa  electric factory

10/19 storrs, ct  univ. of ct - jorgensen center

10/20 baltimore, md  john hopkins univ. - university rec center

10/22 lexington, ky  univ. of ky - singletary center for the arts

10/24 new orleans, la  tulane university - mcallister auditorium

10/25 gainesville, fl  the palace

10/26 pittsburgh, pa  carnegie mellon univ. - rangos ballroom

10/31 williamstown, ma  williams college - lasell gym

11/3 walla walla, wa  whitman college - cordiner hall
GREYSEAL (??)  If a ticket comes through, I'll more than likely attend this show...if not, then I won't

11/5 seattle, wa  moore theatre

11/6 portland, or  crystal ballroom

~annie, your neighborhood bootleg junkie  :-*

« on: October 29, 2002, 10:15:25 PM »
.org sayz...

HOB IN ANAHEIM, 11/12?! says so. "...opening for Ben Folds"



Tour Board / ben playing coachella
« on: February 19, 2003, 03:35:27 PM »
frank maynard has ben playing coachella in indio, ca.

i will be there...ohhhhh, yes i will.

~annie, eyes bugging out at the lineup

Tour Board / EVIL stealing of report
« on: August 25, 2003, 09:24:41 PM »
ok, sean wrote about this on .org, but i couldn't put it better than he.  and since i was with him, he didn't care that i posted it without further adieu, new york city!

*exhales deeply* wow. just wow. what a week. I've been waiting to write about this concert. My experience didn't just last for the day of the concert. It was a whole five days. I'm trying to avoid repeating anything that has already been said. I was SOOOO glad to have Annie, Barb, Leia, Kelly, Don and Juils stay with me. It was a frikkin' blast. I hope we get to do it again sometime. So here's my take on the Central Park concert:

I woke up, got myself ready and headed to the hotel to pick up the crew. They had decided to stay in a hotel the first night. We drove over to the local Barnes and Noble and got breakfast with Kelly's discount. (thanks, Kelly!). Then we headed to my apartment and then took the train to the Staten Island Ferry which took us into Manhattan. From there we caught the subway to Penn Station where we searched for and met up with Juils. From there, it was straight to Central Park. We got in line and met up with several other .orgers, including John (ZipDaze) and Talya (RushmoreOST). We stand in line for a good two hours and then go into the concert. We wait for a while and during this time a tall dude looking like Robert Sledge comes over to us, and lo and behold, it's Brian (RobertSledge)!!! We also met up with Adam (ajpiano) and a girl who flew in from South Korea to see the show! Crazy! Ben started right on time at 6:30PM and of course rocked the whole place. Music Choice was also there and had the cameras in our face the whole time. Ben played for about 90 minutes and then Aimee Mann came on not long after and was surprisingly good. After the concert, we went back to Penn Station so Juils could get her bags, we had a late quick dinner and Ashley headed back to New Jersey. The rest of us headed back to S.I. and had a little post-concert soiree if you will.

as for the soiree, just thank your lucky stars i didn't have a computer nearby this time.  there may be some incriminating photos of me, don and leia.   :o

~love annie

Tour Board / PNC show, 8/22
« on: August 24, 2003, 01:22:51 PM »
this is just the first of a couple of posts i'll be making re: the little jaunt i took to the big city (aka new york).

re: PNC show  

this one will be in the memory books for me, since it signals the end of the famed greyseal request curse. i can only attribute it to the sheer volume that juils over at the .org is able to produce when yelling, and the addition of "right f*cking now" to a cardboard sign reading ".org wants kalamazoo!"  (before you think we're rude, just recall a certain "spare reels" video) we first made it on wednesday for the central park show.  more on that later :)

it was great to meet some other ben fans at the show and to finally get a chance to talk to joe a little bit.

it was tori's 40th birthday, and at the beginning of the first encore, ben came out to sing "happy birthday" to ms. amos.  he did the beatles, "you say it's your birthday" deal with typical ben inflections and intonation.  

ben singing to tori was a trip, and hearing that one little verse of "kalamazoo" just made it pretty damned magical.

more soon!

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