Pete Nema Indie Music Reviews     Toronto Concert Photographer
Directory  :  Contact  :  Links  :  Site Index  
    Welcome to PETE NEMA 21-Jul-2017 06:42 AM    

Ben Folds

08-Apr-2007 05:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Ben Folds
Koolhaus in Toronto, Ontario Ben Folds April 6, 2007
Photos by: Pete Nema Full Photo Set (10 photos)

Ben Folds arrived on stage slightly ahead of schedule and approached his piano, which had been fitted with a plastic fist attached to the side facing the audience. It turns out the fist had a pneumatic middle finger, so when Ben stepped down on a pump pedal beneath the piano, the middle finger would salute the audience. It was a fitting start to a Ben Folds concert, who is known for sarcastic, humorous, and sometimes offensive lyrics. Throughout the night, Ben put on a display of amazing finger acrobatics, the kind of playing that is required to lay down some of his more complex material, and aside from a group of solo numbers, he was backed by powerful bass and drums.

Ben Folds
Ben Folds
Ben Folds

Included in his 20+ song set list was a slightly extended version of Narcolepsy, a version of Rock This Bitch adapted for Canada, a cover of Such Great Heights by The Postal Service, and an amazingly well-arranged and hilariously inappropriate cover of Bitches Ain't Shit by Dr. Dre (which I've now learned is available on iTunes), a song that manages to work a very high density of offensive lyrics into three verses, and to which Ben got the audience singing along for the thoughtful finish.

Ben Folds
Ben Folds
Ben Folds

Sitting on a small stand to his right was a red synthesizer, and given the way he spoke about and played it, this is possibly a guilty pleasure for Ben. He used it occasionally in his songs, sometimes playing both the synthesizer and piano at the same time. He also used it to amuse the audience multiple times; once with a funny (any worrying) speech about the effect of a 14 Hz note on the human digestive tract, and once during the encore to play a song apparently entitled That Was Nothing that was clearly conceived for a 70's porn movie. (In truth, he was improvising, but made a comment on how a synthesizer can turn any civilized situation into a porn flick).

Ben Folds
Ben Folds
Ben Folds

Ben finished the show by organizing some singing parts for the crowd. Audience participation was surprisingly high and sounded quite a bit better than I would've expected. At the end of the song, he hopped up on his piano to conduct the audience in a style similar to Bugs Bunny in Long-Haired Hare before thanking the crowd and saying good-night.

Trackback

Trackback URL for this entry: http://archive.petenema.com/trackback.php/concert-Ben_Folds-0704
No trackback comments for this entry.
Ben Folds | 0 comments | Create New Account
The following comments are owned by whomever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.