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Ben Folds Five
Here’s the big news, Ben Folds Five are officially back in the room! Many people thought this would probably never happen and that when they released their last album “The Unauthorized…
The thing about Miller-Heidke is that she has this amazing voice that echos and chirps and vibrates throughout the grand Orpheum Theatre. You don't normally associate this kind of classical sound to pop songs or even rap, yet those were the kind of songs that Miller-Heidke was pulling off on stage.
Of course, judging from the massive positive feedback, the highlight of her set has got to be their cover of Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady." Trust me, you've never heard of a cover like this.
Songs on her set was mostly from her latest album, Nightflight, including "The Tiger Inside Will Eat The Child", "Humiliation", and "Beautiful Darling." There was the odd cover, as mentioned above, and the single "Words", from her debut 2007 self-titled album.
My favorite song last night was "Sarah", also from the new album. This song was something that happened to Miller-Heidke, about how she and her best friend, Sarah, going to Livid Festival in 1997 to see Ben Folds Five. Sarah went missing and turned up a few days later with no memory of what happened.
Kate Miller-Heidke is currently on tour with Ben Folds Five, until her Toronto date on October 15th. I am assuming she'll also be playing with Ben Folds when they land in Australia.
Ben Folds Five, as you know, called it quits twelve years ago. Sure, they reformed here and there to do one or two performances, but with this new album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, which just came out September 18th, and this tour, it seems like maybe the band is serious about staying together.
Ben Folds told this great story about their first gig in Minneapolis at the 7th Street Entry. If you live around here, you know that place is tiny, so I had this vision of their grand piano taking up 90% of the stage. It was the first time the band came to Minneapolis and they had no idea how cold it was. It was snowing, negative 60 degree (at least that's what they said!), and they were moving the piano outside. They had "jackets" on but it was so cold, they ran back inside - leaving the piano in the middle of the street! Lessons learned.
Anyway, I honestly didn't even know about the new album, but it seems like maybe the first half of their setlist last night were from The Sound of the Life of the Mind. My notes said the songs that sounded great live from the new album was "Hold That Thought", "Erase Me", and, of course, the latest single, "Do It Anyway."
Things started to pick up when Ben Folds Five set into their big hit song, "Brick." You would think the crowd would stay standing up for this hit song, but it's really a bummer song and the audience was in complete silence. That's the thing about the Orpheum crowd, sometime they'll stand and sometime they'll sit. It confused Ben Folds, who mentioned it a few times (he didn't know if he should sit or stand at his grand piano!)
All the old songs, which appeared near the end of the set, were clearly crowd favorites, including the sing-along "Song for The Dumped", "Kate", "Best Imitation Of Myself", and the closer, "Army." The former was probably my highlight; Ben Folds even medley in "Eye of the Tiger"!
Encore songs were "Underground" and "One Angry Dwarf & Two Hundred Solemn Faces"
I have to say, I'm not really that knowledgeable with Ben Folds Five, but I was pleasantly surprise that I knew a lot of their songs. I wondered about this, and throughout the years, I must have heard them on the radio, listening to an album once*, hearing other musicians covering Ben Folds, or background music. Whatever the case, they're great songs.
Ben Folds Five is currently on tour in support of his PledgeMusic album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind.
Ben Folds Five at the Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis (09/29/12)