Good news, yes?
yeah. Anyone know how much>
Amazing show. Will have to try and get tickets for this.
Haven't listened to them for absolutely years but this'll be a great nostalgia trip
all back together. Sledge is one of the most intelligent bassists out there IMO, musically at least.
O2 Leeds 1st Dec
O2 Birmingham 3rd Dec
£27.50 for the non London shows.
BEN FOLDS FIVE ANNOUNCES FIRST UK DATES
REUNITED BAND TO TOUR THE UK IN NOV/DEC
INCLUDES LONDON XMAS SHOW
AS YET UNTITLED ALBUM SET FOR AUGUST RELEASE
This winter original members of Ben Folds Five (Ben Folds, Darren Jessee, Robert Sledge) will return to the UK for the first time since Christmas 1999 playing 8 shows in the UK and Ireland.
The tour is scheduled to begin in Bournemouth on November 23. Ben, Robert and Darren first got back together last summer to record three new songs for a career retrospective 3-CD set released in October of last year. Finding it to be fun and feeling that old magic, the three original members decided to go the distance and record a full new album at Ben’s Nashville studio earlier this year.
The reunited band will debut this summer in the States playing just 4 major gigs in June at Mountain Jam in upstate New York, Chastain Park in Atlanta, the Bonnaroo festival, and wrapping up at Milwaukee SummerFest. Following the upcoming August release of the album, Ben Folds Five will play a full North American tour in September-October, drop down to Australia and then begin the UK/Ireland run of dates.
BEN FOLDS FIVE TOUR
November 23 Bournemouth O2 Academy
November 24 Nottingham Rock City
November 26 Dublin Vicar Street
November 29 Manchester O2 Apollo
November 30 Glasgow O2 Academy
December 1 Leeds O2 Academy
December 3 Birmingham O2 Academy
December 4 London O2 Academy Brixton
Tickets go on sale on Friday 4th May at 10am GMT at www.artistticket.com
and www.ticketweb.co.uk 0844 477 2000
I have fond memories of their albums. I never got to see them live first time round, so will go.
I turned some friends onto BFF, but were aghast when I suggested that they should next listen to some Andrew Gold, Billy Joel and, errr, early Elton John.
...i am so excited by this
really great band, my uncle was a fan and gave me loads of tapes and CD's in the 90's, they were one of the first real 'indie' bands I got into. Not really followed his solo stuff, but will be a great nostalgia trip. In fact my uncle (bass) me (drums) and brother (piano) have played a couple of tribute sets!!
There's a new record. And if you were a big enough fan to play tribute sets, I'm amazed you never gave the solo stuff a go... do it! Do it now!
the solo stuff has been on a downward curve after rockin' the suburbs... and then he went electro-zany and it makes me want to hurt mys-
ANYWAY BFF YES
my brother is a diehard fan (can play all the songs) and he really doesn't like the solo stuff either so I haven't heard his latest stuff.
how people who liked the Five don't like the solo stuff. It's a bit different, but not that much. There's no growling bass but other than that it's still a mixture of the quiet and raucous, the beautiful and occasionally the silly...
and nowhere near as good.
is still one of the best gigs I have ever been to.
I can't see how a show at Brixton Academy at three times the price, over 12 years on can be better, but I might go along just to make sure. Or I might have a little day trip to somewhere else. Hmm...
I'll resort to the old "if you haven't heard it, Spotify it" gambit. :)
didn't that one end in a strop after they ran out of time without completing their set? Even a slightly off-par BFF gig is better than pretty much anything ever.
I freely admit to losing all objectivity over this news. Massively excited.
but also general tone, especially Silverman onward, you're not allowed to be throwing out 'WRONGs' at me.
I'm a colossal fan. I have every release he's put out in any form bar an annoying elusive Japanese special edition, and I'll probably keep buying his stuff 'til he stops. But: his solo stuff has been on a steady decline. His live performances , however, more than make up for that. It's the new material on *record* I find specifically worse.
but I really love the new stuff. OK, there's the odd (relative) dud on recent stuff such as "Hiroshima", but even that same album also had "Cologne" and "Kylie From Connecticut" on it, for instance...
pen wonderful, wonderful songs, and he still writes lyrics beautifully, especially when he does his stories about characters.
Didn't get into them until after they broke up, so this is one reunion tour I can get fully behind! :D
Look at me primed and ready to buy tickets today.....
*reads webpage again*
Tickets go on sale next Friday... what a ballbag.
Was ordering for myself and a mate, was all ready then re-read. Personally it's better next Friday as I'm off from work.
of which I am one.
it looks like the november 23 bournemouth o2 academy date is now in bristol instead.
I take it this is a reputable website? Not used it before. (The tickets one I mean not drownedinsound.)
it is fine - have used it lots of time
Got meself a couple for Brixton.
2) Wallet pain
£10 discrepancy between London and the rest of the UK is pretty unprecedented. Usually a couple of quid isn't it?
got a lump in my throat when they played missing the war as the second song.
it took them a while to get going, but once they did they completely owned it. this blog is pretty much spot on; http://thestoryandthetruth.wordpress.com/2012/11/25/on-ben-folds-five/
i was ever so slightly disappointed they didn't play emaline and i'm not super keen on all the new tracks but overall the set list was pretty perfect. if i had enough money i'd try and get to one of the london dates too.
and yes it was brilliant. Initially only a Brixton date had been announced and I made a plan to go to that with friends. But when they added one that I could walk to... it would have been rude not to. Really happy I'm going to see them again.
I guess Emaline got dropped because they could see how they were doing for time. They did a full two hours and the Academy has a strict curfew. And is a shit venue, but there was no way I wasn't going for this.