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« on: September 12, 2011, 07:26:16 AM »
Me too!!  Though not quite as young.

News / Re: New Ben Folds Five song released!
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:38:39 AM »

another new one!

Thanks for the link.

Cracked me up when reading the blurb on that site about the song only ever having been performed by BFF once before in April 2000 at Scranton U with the parenthetical "don't ask me how he knew that."

Shoulda been playing Benvivor back in the day.  Right, James?

News / Re: New Ben Folds Five song released!
« on: August 18, 2011, 06:25:25 AM »
Andy and all, thanks for all the work with this clip and the lyrics, etc.

A newly exciting time to be a BFF fan.  :P

News / Boxing--#16 on Sports Illustrated's Best Sports Songs List
« on: July 14, 2011, 01:05:25 PM »
In the current double issue of SI, there is an article listing the 25 top sports songs .

BFF's "Boxing" weighs in at Number 16 with the following commentary:

A different look at Muhammad Ali, from later in his life. This is a poignant imagined conversation between the Champ and Howard Cosell as Ali's career is winding down: "My intention's become/Not to lose what I've won/Ambition has given way to desperation." "Boxing might have been a strange subject for a romantic waltz," says Folds. "But when something that's not normal gives me a chill while I'm writing it, even now, I don't question itI'm thankful."

View the whole list here.

Tour Board / Re: Kansas City, MO - 7/10/2011
« on: July 12, 2011, 06:59:01 AM »
Here be the setlist!

3. Gone (Ben breaks piano string)
10. Uncle Walter (For Jpar!)
11. Still Fighting It


18. Selfless Cold and Compossed
19. Smoke
20. Brick
21. The Last Polka


22. You Don't Know Me
23. Annie Waits
24. Landed
26. Jackson Cannery (on guitar!)
27. Emaline (half guitar half piano)
28. Hiroshima (bridge in Japanese)
29. Zak + Sara
30. Underground


31. Army
32. Rockin' The Suburbs


I tend to agree with your assessment and cannot imagine a show with all of the songs I excerpted from the entire list much less the other 20 or so that were performed.

Hoping that a boot of this one shows up.

One other question for the starter of this thread:  are you the Kyle that had the Clubhouse back in the day?

News / Re: Six days to go...
« on: June 23, 2011, 06:04:57 AM »
That is an awesome story.  And I can only imagine how sweet it is to get something that you've been eyeing for so long.  Congrats.

News / Re: Six days to go...
« on: May 26, 2011, 12:51:51 PM »
Although I cannot currently locate it, it would have to be the September 13, 2001 New York City ticket that I got Ben to sign in New Orleans on September 21, 2001.

As you may recall, for obvious reasons, that NYC show was canceled as was my wife's and my trip to NYC for our birthdays.  

For my birthday present, my wife had planned an overnight trip to New Orleans on Friday the 21st to see Ben at the House of Blues [a show notorious for its crowd heckling and Ben's response thereto].

After the show, we met Ben outside the venue and I got him to sign the ticket to the NYC show as I explained how we were supposed to have gone up there and seen that show. We had a pretty cool conversation about the morning of the 11th and a few other things.

Andy, if I can ever figure out where I've put the ticket for "safekeeping" I'll see if I can manage a picture of it to post.

In the meantime, Happy 10th Burbsiversary.  And I hope all is well in your world.

News / Sing Off Renewed--Added to NBC's Fall Schedule
« on: May 16, 2011, 02:23:15 PM »
After two years of being a December replacement "series," NBC announced today that "The Sing Off" will air on Mondays at 8 eastern/7 central beginning in September. 

Stories I've read indicate that Ben and Shawn Stockman will both be returning, but there are mixed signals concerning Nicole--who will be joining Simon Cowell's new X Factor on FOX also this fall.

I've got mixed feelings about this news because I think the show was a perfect 2-3 week filler.  Not sure it's got the legs for a 13-15 week run against original programming on the other networks.

But it's still awfully good exposure for Ben.

Tour Board / Ben Announces New Tour--Two shows a night
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:24:16 AM »
Saying he could no longer decide between a full band and solo show, Ben Folds announced today [Friday 4/1/2011] that he would begin a new tour this summer. 

The unique aspect to the tour is that he will play two shows a night at the same venue: the first will be with full band and the second will be just Ben and his piano.  Details are still to be worked out, but fans will have to have tickets for each show as each venue will be cleared out between the two.

"If you think my solo gigs have sucked, then just come for the full band show," said Folds.  "And if you're one of those people who can't stand seeing me with anyone but Darren and Robert, you can pay just to see me.  If you like it all, then belly up to the buffet and see me twice in one night."

General Board / Re: La Zona Rosa, Austin, TX (3/10/2002)
« on: February 15, 2011, 08:25:56 AM »
That was indeed a fantastic show.  My wife and I had seen him two nights earlier in Houston and thought the set list was less than stellar.  And we would have made the trek to Austin but this particular show was on a Sunday night and it would have been too hard to get to work the next morning.

You can see all the setlists from the 2002 solo tour here:

How rare some of what he played that night in Austin here:

And a discussion about the 3/8/02 Houston show:

Tour Board / Re: Madison 1/27/11
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:17:11 AM »
Thanks for sharing the recording!

Tour Board / Re: Champaign 1/25/11
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:12:48 AM »
Emaline is my favorite song ever. I've only been to 3 shows, so eventually I'm sure I'll hear it live. Thanks David.

Took me 9 to get to see it and got it at my 10th as well.

Tour Board / Re: Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom Feb. 1st 2011
« on: January 31, 2011, 07:10:34 AM »
Hope the bad weather doesn't mess up your trip.

General Board / Re: Happy 9th Boweryversary
« on: December 09, 2010, 12:40:46 PM »
Just wanna clarify one thing.  So if the Bowery show was Ben's very first piano only show, was the show at Belly Up Tavern his first show with the new supporting band? (Snuzz, Milliard, and Bogios?)  I've always wondered about that.

Correct.  Belly Up was July 16, 2001 about two months before RTS was released.  JBJ, TIB, my wife and I were all at the show but none of us ran into each other that night.  They played about a week's worth of shows, then took about 7 weeks off before starting a tour in September 2001 with Snuzz, Millard and Bogios.

Bowery on December 9, 2001 was a replacement show of sorts for the September 13, 2001 NYC show that got canceled for obvious reasons.  Not entirely sure why Ben did the solo piano thing that night....I think there is some story to it....but at any rate, he did, they recorded it and the rest as they say is history.

General Board / Happy 9th Boweryversary
« on: December 09, 2010, 08:35:32 AM »
Twas a mere 9 years ago this evening that the intrepid greyseal and her still anonymous partner in crime The Bowery Bandit not only took in Ben's first piano only show at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC but also recorded it, subsequently sending it around the internets for all--even Ben himself--to enjoy.

Of course, the only reason he did that show [and the one the night after] in the first place is that his original NYC tour date of September 13, 2001 got canceled--I still have my ticket to that show which I got him to sign a week later after the HoB show in New Orleans.

Whether the Bowery show represented a good or bad turning point for Ben's career remains to be determined. But there is no doubt of its significant influence over the course of the last 9 years of his career. The Ben and a Piano tours. The BFL disc. The audience sing-alongs that for all we know may have very well inspired his enthusiasm for acapella.

So for all that you did that evening greyseal, thanks.

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