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Tour Board / Re: Leeds 01/12/12
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:52:56 PM »
Sound quality was very much dependent on where you were standing - the venue has an upstairs, so the area below that (by the mixing desk) traps the sound and gives a very boomy feel.  Head further towards the mosh pit and the room opens up and so the mix becomes much better. 

Sadly, another issue on the night was the abundance of lager-swilling neanderthals who were not at all interested in listening to the slower stuff and chatted all the way through Thank You For Breaking My Heart  >:(.  Thankfully the sheer intensity and poignancy of Brick shut them up!  ;D

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Tour Board / Re: Leeds 01/12/12
« on: December 01, 2012, 03:40:05 PM »
No complaints at all!  OUTSTANDING GIG!

Absolutely brilliant to see The Five in action again - they were every bit as energetic and capable as I remember them way back when in Sheffield.  Set list I will leave to somebody else, but seemed to be pretty much as elsewhere, although sadly without Kate / Emaline / Tom and Mary.  However, we did get a real bonus with Magic, and the extended playout on Narcolepsy was awesome!

Happy and hoarse now!  \m/ \m/ \m/ \m/

PS I have also now seen the signed trainer (see original post)- great piano doodle as well as the signature!

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Tour Board / Leeds 01/12/12
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:24:42 PM »
Hi All, just getting into the groove ready for Saturday - can't wait, and I believe that the band's jet lag has now worn off too  ;)

I am afraid that I don't post much, but am absolutely made up that my Ben Odyssey has now gone full circle.  After the Sheffield gig last Feb I posted the following:

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   Re: Sheffield 26th February 2011

I have to admit that I am a long time 'lurker' on this site having been a Ben fan for quite some time and been to at least a dozen different gigs over the years.  I first saw BF5 in the Leadmill in Sheffield way back when......at a gig that Ben himself recalls because "some ****** stole my shoe!" (ps it wasn't me, honest).          I took the whole family tribe to this gig - wife and teenage daughter were Ben virgins, but 17 year old son first saw Ben with me in Manchester Apollo at the tender age of 11 (Bitches ain't sh*t was a bit tricky to explain then  LOL). 

 


Well my son is now all grown up and studying bass guitar at Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  As luck would have it, Ben was in Manchester at an art gallery today and Alasdair got to meet him.  He related the shoe story (which Ben remembered) and as a result got Ben to sign his trainer - see photo.  What an excellent sport and all round good guy!

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/A80Nj8XCEAAYALP.jpg:large

So Leeds will be another epic family outing - we can't wait!

PS Ben, if you're reading, we've GOT to have Selfless, Cold and Composed  \m/

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Tour Board / Re: Sheffield 26th February 2011
« on: March 04, 2011, 04:18:03 PM »
Hooray, I am now active.  :)

I have to admit that I am a long time 'lurker' on this site having been a Ben fan for quite some time and been to at least a dozen different gigs over the years.  I first saw BF5 in the Leadmill in Sheffield way back when......at a gig that Ben himself recalls because "some ****** stole my shoe!" (ps it wasn't me, honest).  I have even endured The Divine Comedy in Glasgow in order to see Ben, and was gutted when Counting Crows cancelled after I had bought tickets - even more gutted when there was no Ben at the re-jigged event and CC were decidedly average (thank goodness for The Hold Steady who were a good laugh and played great Rock and Roll). 

Anyway, I have decided to go legit with a login after the blinding gig last week in Sheffield.  What a total triumph of musicianship and ability (and that includes the 'support' act too - Kate MH was simply spellbinding in a sort of Kate Nash with ability kind of way.  Her vocal talent is phenomenal and her quirky songs are extremely funny - why have I never heard of her before?).

I took the whole family tribe to this gig - wife and teenage daughter were Ben virgins, but 17 year old son first saw Ben with me in Manchester Apollo at the tender age of 11 (Bitches ain't sh*t was a bit tricky to explain then ::) LOL).  Anyway, I promised them an excellent gig and we were not disappointed.  As Carolyn noted, the set was varied and well crafted, with the improvisational songs and piano-break interlude as special extras.  Didn't mention the several attempts to cover 'The Best Song In The World... EverTM' - Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas!  I was delighted to hear the band efforts on the close harmony vocal intro at least three times, then Ben played and sang the first verse during the encores.  I would love to hear that the band has mastered the tune by the end of the tour!  (Incidentally, kudos to the 'new' band, they also played a blinder all evening, even managing to turn one of my least favourite LA songs Saskia Hamilton into possibly the liveliest song of the night - I am now converted!).

Would have liked to have heard Selfless, Cold and Composed or Brick, but I guess the piano break and extended solo set had put paid to the running time versus the curfew chucking out time!  Nevermind, we were more than satisfied by this time.

What more can I say - if only the music industry could produce more acts with this degree of passion and ability!

I guess we will only have to wait again for another couple of years for the next tour then  :'( :'(

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