Friday, June 13, 2008

Ben at Bonnaroo

With a new album due this fall, Ben Folds has been working the new material into his live gigs. There are plenty of youtube videos and bootlegs around of the new stuff, which I've kinda avoided since I don't want a garbled camera phone version to be my first exposure to the songs. But that self-imposed moratorium will end tomorrow since he'll be playing at the Bonnaroo music festival tomorrow and AT&T has got a surprisingly decent webstream available for the whole festival.

Just tonight (afternoon in Vancouver) the Raconteurs rocked the Bonnaroo stage with a blistering set, which by all accounts included Jack going crazy in Blue Veins and throwing his guitar. I missed that part since I only had audio and I didn't really figure out how to fix the video until later, though now I'm totally prepped for tomorrow's performances. According to this Billboard interview, Ben will likely be debuting at least one new song tomorrow. Very exciting. Also, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Gogol Bordello playing tomorrow too.


boyhowdy said...

Thanks for the heads up on this, Fong, though I got to it too late to see the Folds, I was able to find some captured vid of the performance, and I've been enjoying the webcam here and there since then.

Sad, though, to find Ben officially "retiring" his cover of Bitches Ain't Shit at the festival. Those who have never heard his version of the song really should.

Fongolia said...

If that's the last Bitches Ain't Shit, then it went out in a blaze of cover glory. I saw him play it live in 2005 and I guess after three years of singing it at seemingly every show, I don't really mind it being retired. I'll post it in a second, it's great how it turned into this huge crowd sing-a-long!