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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 / 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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General Board / Can someone help me, please?
« on: October 15, 2002, 12:57:53 AM »
I'm such an idiot when it comes to anything electronic and I need help.  I wanted to check out the link to Ben's performance on the morning show, so I clicked on it.  The media player popped-up and started buffering and downloading.  After what seemed like forever, it started to play, but after 3 seconds, it went back into buffer mode.  Whenever I try to play MP3s or anything else, this always happens.  I can't seem to get a continuous stream.  

Can one of you technical-minded people help me?  What am I doing wrong?  ???

Thanks in advance.

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General Board / Joe Jackson on tour
« on: January 16, 2003, 01:15:43 PM »
For all you Joe Jackson fans out there, Joe will touring with his original band starting in March.  They also have a new album coming out.  Joe and Ben performed one of the new songs on Friday night and it sounded FABULOUS!!!

Here are the dates. Some tickets have already gone on sale.  (We've already got ours for the Bowery Ballroom show.)  You'll notice that Ben has played at many of the same venues.

March

14 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
15 Austin, TX SXSW (venue to be confirmed soon)
16 Dallas, TX Deep Ellum Live
18 Tempe, AZ Bash On Ash
22 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
24 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
27 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre
29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
30 Chicago, IL The Vic

April

1 Pontiac, MI Clutch Cargo's
2 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Club
4 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
5 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
7 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
8 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of The Living Arts (TLA)
11 New York, NY Irving Plaza
12 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
13 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom  

There will also be a European leg of the tour.  Check out www.joejackson.com for those dates.

Who knows, maybe Ben will show up?

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General Board / Question Re: Not the Same
« on: January 20, 2003, 07:38:53 PM »
We all know the story that inspired the song.  But what I want to know is: Is the guy still born-again or did he re-lapse?

Anybody?

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General Board / Thank You!
« on: March 18, 2003, 12:28:39 AM »
I haven't logged on in awhile so you can imagine my suprise and excitement to see all the new tracks from The Bens posted.  Thank you to all those who provided them.  You made me very happy!

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General Board / Joe Jackson
« on: March 18, 2003, 12:36:31 AM »
I know there are a lot of Joe Jackson fans on this board and I want to let you guys know that the new album - Volume 4 is out.

I had an opportunity to see him last week at The Mercury Lounge in NYC.  It was a small, unannounced show that was a album release party/warm-up show before they went on tour.  They were awsome.  If you have a chance to see them, do.  

At one point Joe gave the band a rest and played some stuff solo - on the keyboard.  He mentioned that he always likes to play at least one cover when he plays live and asked the crowd for suggestions.  I screamed out "A Ben Folds Song."  (I was standing right in front of the stage) Unfortunately, my request wasn't taken and he played XTC's Mayor of Simpleton  :(

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General Board / Ben song on TNT commercial
« on: June 24, 2003, 10:40:46 PM »
Have any of you seen the commercial for the movie The Wedding Planner on TNT?  They're playing a Ben song.  But I can't figure out which one it is.  The only lyric I can get goes something like "feel like I'm falling down."

Help!!

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General Board / Ben on the radio
« on: March 20, 2003, 12:47:33 PM »
Pardon me while I do a little dance.  They're playing Jackson Cannery on the radio right now.  Granted I'm listening to WFUV, but I haven't heard a Ben song on the radio since Brick was in the charts.  Yippee!!  

Now, the DJ is reminiscing about the first time he heard the album in the mid '90s and seeing BFF play in a tiny club in New Jersey for $2.  

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News / NYTimes article about forthcoming NYC show
« on: October 07, 2002, 10:13:09 PM »
The New York Times had a piece in the arts section about Ben's upcoming show at BAM.  Here's the link for all you who are interested.

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/10/06/arts/music/06SING.html

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News / Caroline Rhea 10/15 show
« on: October 16, 2002, 12:29:59 AM »
Did you catch Ben? If not, there will be a replay on ABC Family next Tuesday 10/22 at 11:59 PM Eastern.

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News / Ben in NYC
« on: December 15, 2002, 02:03:21 AM »
It seems that Ben has added an extra date at the Beacon.  He'll be there January 9th as well as 10th.  Tix went on sale today (saturday).  


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News / Ben in NYC - 8/20
« on: April 12, 2003, 09:04:46 PM »
I received an e-mail today that Ben is playing Summerstage in Central Park on August 20.  It's a double bill - he's playing with Aimee Mann.  Tickets went on sale today and they are still available through Ticketmaster.

I saw BFF there back in '99.  It's outdoors, and really nice on a summer night - as long as it's not raining or 90+ degrees out  8).

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News / Ben at Cornell
« on: April 10, 2003, 09:15:46 PM »
Here's the article about the show from the Cornell Daily Sun (it's part review/part interview):

Sing Us A Song
A DAZE night out at Bailey Hall

By SOPHIA ASARE, ALEXIS DIFERDINANDO and ANDREW GILMAN

A sold out Bailey Hall moved to the fingers and voice of Ben Folds this past Sunday. From sitting, to standing, to singing, the audience and Folds connected quite easily through the piano's man humouros antics and brimming energy. Apt to play his piano while dancing or chase a tom across stage for an impromptu drum solo, Folds revealed his stunning versatility as well as musicianship. And with songs like "Philosophy," "Annie Waits," "Underground," and a cover of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer," the audience couldn't help but share the rapture with which Folds played. Before Ben took the stage, sister songstresses Tegan and Sara warmed up the crowd with their blend of pop-punky folk. Fortunately, thanks to the Cornell Concert Commission, daze had an opportunity to speak with both Tegan and Ben Folds before the show....

....A Call to Ben Folds

Friday morning the Concert Commission hooked daze up with Folds' cell number for a phone interview with the modest performer. What follows is the story of a man for whom music is as much a profession as it is art. Nevertheless, Ben realizes music is what he does best; it is his calling.

daze: Is your cell your friend or enemy?

Ben Folds: Hmm, Well I guess I'm kind of its bitch.

daze: Do you have a cool ring or do you keep it on vibe?

BF: Nah, I just have the standard ring turned up really loud; I don't have anything special and I'm not into songs as rings either.

daze: How was your time outside the U.S. in Australia and Japan recording and playing live with two other Bens, Kweller and Lee that is?

BF: Ah, the Bens, It was great to play with those guys, and I mean play with them, It felt really good to have a band.

daze: Do you plan on future collaborations with them?

Ben: Well, yea. How do you mean? As a band?

daze: Sure

Ben: Hmm, BK is kinda at a different point than I am; he's just starting off his career; so he needs time to devote his attention to all of that. I loved playing with him though, but there are no plans for that in the near future.

daze: To switch topics a bit, when and where did you write the songs for your forthcoming album? Are they already written?


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News / Opening for Tori Amos
« on: April 30, 2003, 10:57:16 AM »
Ben is opening for Ms. Amos on 2 of her New York City area shed appearances (that's industry-speak for outdoor amphitheatres): August 22 at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) and August 23 at Jones Beach (Wantagh, NY).

There's currently an American Express pre-sale for the Jones Beach date; tickets have already gone on sale to the general public for the NJ date.

Haven't seen anything about any other cities at this point.

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