East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30

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East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30
« on: August 31, 2014, 07:37:28 AM »
1. Annie Waits

2. All U Can Eat
Compared to the "Shit My Dad Says" Twitter page, but says he wrote it way before that was ever a thing. Also said that he took some artistic liberties with it, and that his dad's not actually that big of an assh*le.

3. Jesusland
Talked about how, after composing this song, several Christian publications contacted him for interviews. He said his favorite piece ever written about him was an interview he conducted on the phone from the walk to his house from Studio A in Nashville. At one point in the interview, he spotted a dog running back and forth across the street. It was clearly a lost dog so he ran out to save it. When he got ahold of it, he spent the rest of the day looking for its owners and returning the dog to its home. He said the interview had to be conducted "one minute at a time," and that the guy was probably unhappy because he didn't get all the info he wanted.

4. Eddie Walker
Had a friend in high school who was super smart but otherwise was mentally unstable. When he left high school, his life imploded and he ended up in a halfway house after being diagnosed with schizophrenia. Said his friend would always be uncomfortable, playing songs he wrote on an electric guitar and a microphone but sitting five feet from Ben. He wrote a song that went "Virginia... I want to touch you," dedicated to his girlfriend who had a restraining order against him. Eventually Ben gave up and started just bringing stacks of old pictures to look through so they would have something else to talk about.

5. Best Imitation of Myself
Signed a publishing deal where he needed to write 12 songs a year. The publisher signed him when he was very young and by the time the last years of the deal rolled around, he "wasn't the same person anymore" and didn't write the same songs as he used to. He wrote this song as a passive-aggressive message to his publisher.

6. One Down
The same publisher withheld his pay for years since he wasn't meeting his publishing quota. He began pumping out songs that took no effort to write, such as this.

7. The Secret Life of Morgan Davis
Another song from the publishing deal. Said this one took 30 minutes to right. Talked about how Frally was actually scared at how naturally and quickly the song came to him.

8. Cigarette
The entire first line of the song was a run-on sentence taken from the front page of the Nashville Banner, circa 1993. He didn't publish it in the Whatever and Ever Amen album insert for fear of copyright infringement. Since so much time has passed and the Nashville Banner has since gone out of business, he had no problems stating exactly where the line came from. Ben's lawyer was actually in the audience for the show and he was like, "I think my lawyer is here, are you?" He raised his hand and said "I'm here." Ben goes, "It's okay that I'm doing this, right?" To which the lawyer was completely silent. Everybody was laughing, and eventually the lawyer said he probably had artistic license and nobody would be mad. He segued this song right into Fred Jones Part 2.

9. Fred Jones Part 2

10. Effington
Said he made this song up at a show in Normal, IL. One of the towns nearby is called Effingham. Ben claims he was offered a free burial plot in that town as well, so I'm not sure what the exact story is. He made up the song onstage and got mixed up, accidentally calling the town Effington. The song ended up on an album after some polishing. He claims 90% of the song was made up onstage.

11. Rockin' the Suburbs
One of the most popular radio formats "back in the day" was modern rock, which Ben describes as a bunch of pissed-off, middle class white guys. Lots of nu-metal. He also says a nu-metal band was outspoken about how Ben Folds Five were a bunch of pussies. Said that band heckled him at a show in Japan with BF5. Then he claims he had no press for years until that nu-metal band was in Spin Magazine and called him out specifically, stating "Ben Folds Five are a bunch of pussies." He really messed the song up and in the middle began improving about how he can't remember songs that he wrote, and even played some of the song as a ballad.

12. Landed

13. Zak and Sara

14. Erase Me
He prefaced this one by saying that he often feels an album is shit after he's done writing it, but in retrospect they're often good. He felt this way about Sound of the Life of the Mind. He had the lyrics on a printed sheet with him onstage, which he needed to refer to at least once in the song. He said Erase Me was "written in the key of holy f*cking shit." He seemed very proud of the song and its lyrics. This song was a great surprise, along with the next one.

15. On Being Frank
Started off by saying that some songs you write often have vague meanings, even to the writer. On Being Frank was a song he had a whole idea for. Some people get so lost in relationships that they forget what they themselves are like. They don't know how to be alone. This song is about Frank Sinatra's tour manager who doesn't know how to live alone once Sinatra is gone. He said that he was in Las Vegas with Bob Saget, one of his best friends, and they had dinner with Don Rickles who is 88 years old. Turns out Rickles' tour manager is actually Sinatra's old tour manager who Rickles hired after Sinatra died. Ben talked to him about the song, and when he asked the tour manager if that resonated with him, the guy said "not at all."

16. Steven's Last Night in Town
He had a friend from England named Steven. He was a studio engineer who was very charming but once the charm wore off, he actually came off as a little sinister. Said that he kept saying he was leaving and never actually did. Also brought up that he once told a group of women that he couldn't love a woman with cellulite, and they all "beat the shit out of him."

17. Brick
We all know the story of this song. About his high school girlfriend who had to have an abortion.

18. Not the Same
Said he always likes playing this because he likes hearing audiences harmonize. I would like to think last night's audience did a pretty solid job.

Encore:
19. Philosophy
By request.

20. Army

At least, I think that's the whole set.

Guild Hall is a gorgeous venue of less than 300 seats so the concert as a whole was a rather close, intimate experience. He came onstage with a small cup of scotch and he was definitely a little tipsy already judging on how he was talking, and how much he was talking. At one point he had actually finished the cup and asked one of his guys to get him more. Which he did.

Unlike Westbury this was not a request-laden show, but that is not to say there were no surprises. I cried when he played Cigarette. I'm in love with that song. When I play it at open mics, I often play it in sequence with Fred Jones Part 2, which he did here. It was really cool to see.

I left the little stories he told for each song interspersed in the set. Some of them I had never heard before.

At the end of the show, we kept clapping for him to come back out (even after the encore). He did twice. The first time he just waved. The second time, he climbed up on his piano (using his stool and the keys, respectively, as stairs) and led a little singalong to "All By Myself" which he plays at the end of his shows.

Oh yeah, and another big thing...

HE ANNOUNCED A NEW ALBUM.

Yes, Ben Folds is in the process of writing a brand new album!! I just about pooped my pants when he said it. Can't wait!

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Re: East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2014, 09:01:47 AM »
WHOA WHOA WHOA... First time ever I've seen On Being Frank actually played. Damn.

Also, that magazine he talked about for Jesusland is Relevant, I picked up a copy when the article/cover came out. The article is not bad at all!

New album has been in the works, he wants to get it recorded before he loses RCA A in November
mel (1:10:14 AM): love ben folds or burn!

Re: East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2014, 09:32:11 AM »

11. Rockin' the Suburbs
One of the most popular radio formats "back in the day" was modern rock, which Ben describes as a bunch of pissed-off, middle class white guys. Lots of nu-metal. He also says a nu-metal band was outspoken about how Ben Folds Five were a bunch of pussies. Said that band heckled him at a show in Japan with BF5. Then he claims he had no press for years until that nu-metal band was in Spin Magazine and called him out specifically, stating "Ben Folds Five are a bunch of pussies." He really messed the song up and in the middle began improving about how he can't remember songs that he wrote, and even played some of the song as a ballad.



Awesome setlist!  Thank for the great write up too, I love hearing these stories.  The Nu-Metal band that dissed BFF was Korn.  The Spin article Ben references was the cover article from November 1998 (titled, Korn - Raging Gorilla [sic] War On Rock Wusses).  The exact quote is: "We just want to be heavy," Davis says, as if hearing the word for the first time. "All we want to do is bring heavy back into rock'n'roll. Because godd*mned Ben Folds Five sucks. It's f*cking Cheers music. With us, it's f*cking special.

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Re: East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2014, 11:34:33 AM »

11. Rockin' the Suburbs
One of the most popular radio formats "back in the day" was modern rock, which Ben describes as a bunch of pissed-off, middle class white guys. Lots of nu-metal. He also says a nu-metal band was outspoken about how Ben Folds Five were a bunch of pussies. Said that band heckled him at a show in Japan with BF5. Then he claims he had no press for years until that nu-metal band was in Spin Magazine and called him out specifically, stating "Ben Folds Five are a bunch of pussies." He really messed the song up and in the middle began improving about how he can't remember songs that he wrote, and even played some of the song as a ballad.



Awesome setlist!  Thank for the great write up too, I love hearing these stories.  The Nu-Metal band that dissed BFF was Korn.  The Spin article Ben references was the cover article from November 1998 (titled, Korn - Raging Gorilla [sic] War On Rock Wusses).  The exact quote is: "We just want to be heavy," Davis says, as if hearing the word for the first time. "All we want to do is bring heavy back into rock'n'roll. Because godd*mned Ben Folds Five sucks. It's f*cking Cheers music. With us, it's f*cking special.

Haha, it happened at Fuji Rock Festival 1998. You can read the full article on Google Books.
http://books.google.com/books?id=lgxVa5s7idEC&pg=PA84&lpg=PA84

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Re: East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2014, 01:10:20 PM »
From reading the setlist and the stories Ben blurbed about between tunes this had to be a great show!
I like toast!

Re: East Hampton, NY [[REVIEW]] - August 30
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2014, 07:46:20 PM »
WHOA WHOA WHOA... First time ever I've seen On Being Frank actually played. Damn.

Also, that magazine he talked about for Jesusland is Relevant, I picked up a copy when the article/cover came out. The article is not bad at all!

New album has been in the works, he wants to get it recorded before he loses RCA A in November

Allison can you clarify on what this new set of recordings is planned to be? Certainly not the next BFF record yet, assuming that's still on deck for in the next couple years. Is the concerto being recorded for release? Or is this the next proper solo record all together?