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Ben Folds and Counting Crows / December UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 21st July 2008 at 7:09 pm
 

PLEASE NOTE: These dates have been postponed until May 2009 – full details here

Counting Crows have unfortunately announced an arena tour for December. Usually this would mean that they are hogging the arenas so decent bands can’t play there, however this time I’ll forgive them as they’re also taking the amazing Ben Folds with them. I may be going to a few of them just for the fact that Ben is a genius in my eyes, so be sure to get your tickets when they go on sale – you’ll even get an early night if you just catch Ben!

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd July) according to See Tickets, or on Friday (25th July) according to NME. So I don’t know when they go on sale, but either way catch Counting Crows and Ben Folds at the below dates:

Tuesday 2nd December – Newcastle Arena
Thursday 4th December – Nottingham Arena
Friday 5th December – London Wembley Arena
Sunday 7th December – Manchester MEN Arena
Monday 8th December – Cardiff International Arena
Wednesday 10th December – Bournemouth BIC
Thursday 11th December – Brighton Centre
Saturday 13th December – Birmingham NEC Arena
Sunday 14th December – Sheffield Arena
Thursday 18th December – Glasgow SECC

 

Monday Movies: 14th July

 
By on Wednesday, 16th July 2008 at 12:11 pm
 

Yes, I know it’s a tad late, but below are my five favourite videos of this week…

Below: Bloc Party: Mercury
I’m undecided about this one at the moment – it seems a bit too much of a divergence from the stuff I love from them. However, I did grow to love Flux, so here’s hoping this one grows on me.
[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=WYdyExUfIbI]

Below: Feist does 1,2,3,4 for Sesame Street.
I’m a bit late to the whole Feist loving – but I do love this track she did for the new season of Sesame Street.
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fciD_II7NI]

Below: Radiohead: House of Cards
Apparently this was filmed without cameras, all lasers and stuff. But it still looks and sounds great.
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nTFjVm9sTQ]

Below: Delays: Keep it Simple
Personally, one of my least favourite tracks off of one of my albums of the year so far, but the video is mildly amusing, not as good as it should be.
[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AIPXYvBxItc]

Below: Ben Folds: Rockin’ The Suburbs
Since seeing Ben on Sunday night I’ve been rediscovering his greatness… this was one of my favourite tracks (well, apart from Not The Same, but there’s not a video of that!).
[youtube:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QlGCTWL6djo]

If anybody has any issues with me posting the tracks or videos, please email me at phil@tgtf.net and I will take them down ASAP. Many thanks.

 

Ben Folds / June + July UK Dates

 
By on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 at 11:21 pm
 

Ben FoldsOne of my favourite ever artists, Mr. Ben Folds has (thankfully) announced a string of UK shows for the summer, in between the major European festivals.

Tickets go on presale for his headlining shows today (Wednesday 9th April) at 9am from here, and on general sale on Friday (11th April) at 9am.

PLEASE NOTE: The Bristol date has just been changed from Monday 7th July to Sunday 13th July.

Tuesday 24th June – Newcastle Academy
Wednesday 25th June – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Friday 27th June – Glastonbury Festival
Tuesday 8th July – Sheffield Academy
Wednesday 9th July – Liverpool Academy
Friday 11th July – Oxegen Festival
Saturday 12th July – T in the Park
Sunday 13th July – Bristol Aademy

 

Live: Ben Folds – Appollo Hammersmith

 
By on Wednesday, 24th January 2007 at 2:02 am
 

It seems that Ben Folds is a rare thing in the music industry – a genuinely talented musician who can hold an audience in his hand, and hasn’t been pushed up to the top on record company spin – he’s made it on his own. After an intriguing set by Clem Snide he leaps onto the stage dead on 9, and promptly plays his way through most of his solo stuff, with a few hidden gems thrown in for good measure.

Now, most of you probably won’t have heard of Ben as he’s quite underground here, so a quick bit of introduction. Nerdy white boy from North Carolina forms a band, the band breaks up, Ben goes does solo albums, becomes massive in the states and increasingly so elsewhere.

Clem Snide started off the evening as a very suitable support: one man and his guitar, and some rather humorous songs. More than capable at holding the audience’s attention, he seemed like a young Ben Folds. Whilst some may question his sanity after his passion filled acapella song at the end of his set, he proved himself to be a capable musician, doing both his own stuff and others (including a cover of Christina Aguilera’s “you’re Beautiful”). He could be one to watch coming up in coming years.

Then Ben made his entrance, with Europe’s “The Final Countdown” blasting over the PA. He then rattled his way through most of his well known songs, and a few special oldies for the diehard fans. “Rock this Bitch” came in quite early whilst Ben played with his kazoo and synth. For those who don’t know, “Rock This Bitch” is the customary part of the evening when Ben plays a song that he makes up on the spot, which is different virtually every show.

The musical maestro continued with a majority of newer songs from last August’s Supersunnyspeedgraphic, which whilst good live, don’t have the same energy as some of his earlier stuff in the Ben Folds Five.

Halfway through the set and his backing band takes a break, leaving Ben to do some slower numbers, including the tragic “Fred Jones Pt 2”, before being joined again by his full band for a triumphant romp through such classics as “Kate”, “Underground” and “One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces”. Included was an extended version of his now famous “Bitches ain’t shit” – a cover of Dr. Dre’s rap classic, with much swearing and humour in a song that really shouldn’t be sung by a nerd like Ben Folds, but somehow he makes it his own. Quick on its heals was a cover of The Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” with Ben using both the traditional piano and his new synth to great effect. He really seemed to be on a roll, with everything going for him – though this could be due to his own admission that “I’ve been sat on my ass for the last two months”

Then came the required sing along to “Army” – one of his biggest hits, Ben got the crowd to split into two to do the brass section of the song, which, with 5,500 people singing along to was quite something to behold. Throughout these closing songs he slowly built the songs up into bigger and bigger renditions, until the end of the set left us all gagging for more. However, as is always the way, the 11pm curfew rapidly swung round and it was time for Ben to leave, and for us to wait another year and a half for him to return to the UK.

Setlist:

1. Theme from Dr Pyser
2. Trusted
3. Gone
4. Synth improv including Freebird (and the theme from the waltons), leading into…
5. Rock This Bitch
6. All You Can Eat
7. Learn To Live With What You Are
8. Jesusland
9. Bastard
10. Still Fighting It
11. You To Thank
12. Losing Lisa
13. Landed
14. Bitches Ain’t Shit
15. Fred Jones Part 2 (Ben solo)
16. Evaporated (Ben solo)
17. Gracie (Ben solo)
18. The Last Polka (Ben solo)
19. Narcolepsy
20. The Ascent Of Stan
21. Army
22. Such Great Heights (Postal Service cover)
23. Kate
24. Underground
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25. Zak and Sara
26. One Angry Dwarf

 
 
 

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