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Tour Board / Ben Folds Private Performance Dallas, TX 10/23/08
« on: October 24, 2008, 09:10:15 AM »
Just thought I would share my amazing experience at a private performance with Ben and band yesterday morning in Dallas!  I won the chance to sit around the piano for an hour long interview and performance type thing for a radio morning show.  It was a great intimate setting with a living room type vibe and about 20 of us sitting around on couches and stools a couple of feet away from Ben.  Here's a brief recap of the stuff I found interesting  8)

-Ben of course was on piano, Jared on acoustic guitar, Sam was playing a snare drum and a bucket, and Andrew was playing a borrowed set of marraccas.  I'm usually a little bit critical of Sam and Jared's harmonies, but yesterday moring they were spot on and very strong!

-Ben talked about his performance at the Elton John AIDS benefit and how he faced the few hecklers disappointed that he wasn't Elton.  He mentioned that the songs were chosen for him, but in the process of learning them, he couldn't think of two songs that more perfectly suited him.  Ben also said that the producers of the Elton benefit were the same ones on board to produce his musical that will one day see the light of day.   He also played the first verse of This Song Has No Title... what I would have given to hear it in its entirety!  :)

-The radio DJ ( who is a huge fan) that was conducting the interview called Ben out on the "Ba Ba Ba's" at the beginning of Fair sounding like Obama chants.  Ben's reply to this was "Obama '96, ya'll".  Ben then proceeded to play the "Republican Version" and inserted "Socialist", "Bill Ayers, and then "Terrorist" in place of the Ba's.  Loved it!  ;D

-He talked about YDKM coming from a place of intimacy rather than resentment.  Instead of thinking as the song being more of a finger pointing accusation between man and woman signaling the decay of a relationship, Ben sees it more of an expression of a relationship that has reached a place of such honesty and personal integrety that they can admit to one another that there are parts of themselves that they don't share with one another.  There's new life in this recognition, and the couple realizes that in spite of the fact there are parts they don't know, it's not the end of the relationship.  Ben said that Regina's role in the song is not to be the accusational voice, but rather the voice of affirmation.  I think I appreciate this song a lot more now in light of this different dimension.

-Upon request of the DJ, Ben freakin' played Mess.... I'd always appreciated the song, but after yesterday, it's one of my favorites.  Wow.

All in all it was such a priceless opportunity to experience Ben in such an intimate setting.  I was a little disappointed he played mostly songs from the new album, but hearing Mess made up for it.  I'd still do about anything to hear Emaline live...

Here's some shakey video from yesterday:

-Mess (with a second of This Song Has No Title):
-Bitch Went Nuts:
-Bitch Went Nutz (w/ some creative editing by Ben):

Tour Board / 5th Row Center Left Aisle Ticket for BFF
« on: September 09, 2008, 06:26:41 PM »
I've been a long time lurker around here and just too shy to register.  Yes!  I am having to sell my ticket... :(   With such short notice, I could not get my frequent flier miles to cover my airfare (F**k Continental), and Texas to NC was a little too long of a drive for me.   :'(
The ticket is MF Center E 21  (5th row floor center on the left aisle).  More than anything, I really want the ticket to go to a huge fan who I know would enjoy the show as much as I would! 
Edit:  The ticket has been sold!  :) 

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