Comments/Reviews

anonymous's picture

It's been a while since I was at the Luther show (I am a luther student), but I'm still amazed by how great of a show Ben and the IC's put on. I wasn't a big fan before the concert, but after seeing him I definitely became hooked and now I can't get enough of his music.
As far as the comments people have made about Luther's facilities or the security situation, I'd just like to say that the security was a volunteer thing by one of the fraternities and they did as well as they could (if you think they were distracting to the show, i'm sorry but they were just trying to do their job), and I thought the accoustics of our Regents Center gym were fairly good, and where else around the area can you find a building to hold a concert of that size.
Anyway, Ben definitely rocked the house and after seeing him I am desperately trying to go to more of his shows. He and the band are truly amazing performers. -Andy <><

meenderman27934's picture

Having never seen Ben live, nor being a huge fan of his music (I have two of his CDs and enjoy most of them both), I was a little skeptical of the show walking into it, but I was blown away by his performance here at Luther! He and the band opened with an amazing set-list (how could anyone in the gym help but not dance to the music?), but as every other reviewer has stated, the acoustic encore was heart-stopping. Everyone shut up and just listened to Ben sing his heart and voice out, and thank God for that! Waiting On An Angel (my favorite Ben song) was astounding, and Power of the Gospel and Walk Away were great as well. But I must say that his cover of Pearl Jam's Indifference stole the show for me. And then ending it all out with an amazing cover of Sexual Healing and finishing with Steal My Kisses (a poor radio tune but great live song) solidified this concert as one of the most amazing concerts I've ever been to, just slightly lower than seeing Dave and Tim's acoustic show here two years ago. After seeing this show, I must recommend Ben's new 2-disc, live release, "Live From Mars." It'll put you right back at this or any other great concert of Ben and the Innocent Criminals.

anonymous's picture

this was my first ben show, and was the most incredible live performance of any performer i have seen yet. we waited at the doors before they started letting people in and it was cold outside and i didn't prepare for that at all, and when we got inside i had to stand in the same place for an hour so i could secure my spot in the front and i felt sick and really wanted to go to the bathroom. but when everything started, all of this was lost in my mind. music just poured into me that is so cultured and real that i'm hooked. he's coming to ames in may and the night before he's in cedar rapids, i got tickets for both. i've never felt this strong about music being so deeply rooted in my heart before. thank you mr. harper, thank you for everything you are. peace.

anonymous's picture

First off thanks to Jack Johnson for rockin' the opening performance and being a cool cat back stage by chillin' with some of us. It is refreshing to meet good people who make good music. Thanks Jack for the "audible memories."
What amazing passion and emotion Ben put into this performance by rockin' the slide and strumin' the acoustic. The Power of the Gospel was unbeliveable and will never forget it. If all artists put that much feeling into their music, the world would be a better place. Thanks to Ben, Juan, David and Dean for making Luther College a better place for at least one night. Keep on rockin'.

Eli's picture

WOW.

anonymous's picture

I'd have to agree with about everyone on this show. This was only my 2nd time seeing him live, but it was even better than the first. Ground On Down as an opener was killer, and favorites included Forgiven and Freedom, but the whole set rocked. As a guitarist, seeing his prowess on the lap steel always blows me away. The acoustic set was so cool, with Walk Away and I Shall Not Walk Alone, which is definitely my favorite Ben song. The vocals on Sexual Healing by Ben, Juan, and Dean were flawless as well. If anyone has a bootleg of this show or just wants to share comments, email me at jbiehn@hotmail.com. Also, if the guy going to Claremont needs a "road trip" partner, let me know. God bless you all and take care, James

anonymous's picture

We are Luther students and we would like to apologize for some of the behaviors and attitudes of the crowd, but keep in mind that they may not be Luther students. We have been Ben fans for years and thoroughly enjoyed the concert. We believe Ben put on a great show and it was great to have him visit small town Iowa. Of course people were rowdy and excited because Ben was so awesome. You have to understand that the concert was held in our school gym and the facility was not intended for concerts. The faculty had to enforce rules with the student security gaurds because we are a small Lutheran College. Any partying that was done was previous to the concert. Ben put on a great show and the focus should be on the music and the performer. We think people should appreciate the opportunity to see him instead of bitching about a few ignorant individuals and circumstantial events. Thank-you for all who came to the concert and enjoyed it. We appreciate positive comments; Was'nt Burn them down the best??

anonymous's picture

Thank you to the people in the crowd who were dancing and totally feeling the music. Thank you to the rest who weren't dancing, but who were at least silent during the acoustic encore (Ben appreciated it and went 6 SONGS!!!!!). This was definitely the best of the 5 Ben shows I've seen. A lot of energy from Ben and the IC all show long. Ben was incredible during his encore.

anonymous's picture

Brandy and Kyrie I could not have said it better than you just have. I agree with you that this crowd was not the typical crowd you would see at a ben show, in fact that was the first thing i told my buddy when we got in line to go in. But i dont think that really matters. I mean, you said that music touches everyone in different ways, and i agree...i mean, even though it was somewhat a different crowd, i didnt even notice once the show started. as far as i was concerned it was me and ben and the IC there in that gym....appears that you can perhaps relate to that fact as well as many others on this board....well...im off
for ever loving jah
davey
ps...im trying to plan a trip from the U of Iowa to the Claremont show...anyone know of any places to get cheap airline tickets?

ngk137931's picture

I wasnt at this particular show but I have to say that Girls peeing during the concert is fucking sick! If people wanted to see that shit there are plenty of Fetish sites on the web for that kinda thing!!! Show some fucking class!!

anonymous's picture

Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals gave us the best we've seen for a while. The energy was purely motivational and gave vibes of love and purity the whole time.
For the guy who was upset with the "four girls", a lot of people really get into the music. We, also, were in that vicinity and saw them peeing. It's odd they chose to relieve themselves there, but it's also important to note that you, perhaps, may have been one of the people that were snickering every time they chose to sing along and gave them (as well as us) little room to move. If they would have left and gone to the bathroom, survey says you would not have helped them regain their spot.
The crowd was not the average "Ben" crowd, and I'm sure that goes a lot to the fact that Luther students got the tickets easier, if not for free. It's always great for people to experience new music, but it's kind of a buzz kill when no one surrounding you even chooses to dance or sing along until Ben starts dancing. Music touches those that let them be touched, and in the presence of such great music, minds should be opened and accepting of all that surrounds them. I definitely look forward to seeing these bands again, and will not foget the way that Ben and Co.'s music reeked love. Thank you, Luther College and Ben and the Criminals for a great time.

anonymous's picture

I thought the show was awesome. That was the first time I had heard Jack Johnson, and I was very impressed. I have Ben a couple times now, and this has been the best one so far. I wanted to hear Burn to Shine, but Steal my Kisses and Sexual Healing were excellent. The acoustic set was the coolest thing I have ever seen. One thing I didn't enjoy: The damn security. The school boys in the yellow shirts and the annoying flashlights damn near ruined a good time. I saw guys getting searched right and left. I coulnd't even smoke a cigarette. Let alone catch a buzz for Burn one Down. But, other than the dorks in yellow, I had a great time. The show was excellent.

anonymous's picture

Ben put on an exellent show and made up for the hick-vibe. i get to luther having never been there before they hold the concert in a auditorium, with horrible acoustics. the whole thing has a high school dance feel to it. the acoustic set was great even though the crowd was getting kind of restless where i was in the stands. an awesome version of voodoo child, i hadn't ever seen the band before but have all his cd i was really impressed by the percussionist. overall it was a great show.

anonymous's picture

My second harper show. I dont know if any show could live up the first time you see Ben.... but it was damn good. I listened to the tape of the show tonight from someone that taped it. it was just as good the second time. I thought the crowd was not as bad as some people are saying....or maybe i was just in a good part of the crowd...Ben caught the vibe and carried on his acoustic set. fabulous show!

anonymous's picture

Well, even though I already wrote on the message board, I have to add my two cents here, too, because I want everyone to know what I thought of the concert last night. I thought that Ben was totally amazing. This was my eighth Ben show, and probably the second best I've ever seen (behind Greek Theatre at Berkeley, that one takes the cake!) I thought that the first set was amazing with Ben doing With My Own Two Hands (by the way, is this a new song, or just one he doesn't often play?) The best part of the whole concert had to have been the Acoustic set and the second encore. It was so cool how everyone quietly sang along with Suzie Blue and Walk Away. Waiting For An Angel and Walk Away were both amazing, and I was so happy that he played Suzie Blue. Also, Sexual Healing was one of the best I've ever seen him do, and it's the seventh time I've seen him perform the song. The ending with Ben and Juan was amazing. I thought that the security did a really good job, especially when they put a big "X" on people's hands if they were doing something that they shouldn't have been, I mean, at least they didn't throw people out right away, everyone got a warning, which was cool because they kept things under control without having to piss too many people off. Steal My Kisses was really good. I only like that song when it's live, and it was AWESOME last night. Especially when Ben was dancing and he got the whole crowd to jump with him. If anyone wants to talk about the concert, email me, I thought it was great and I just can't keep my mouth shut about it!
lilfarleypea@yahoo.com
Ben Love to All!

anonymous's picture

I have seen Ben Harper 3 times now and each time I am truly amazed by the energy and soul he sings with. His guitar playing speaks for itself. One thing though that can't be described is actually seeing Ben live. What I respected about this concert was how the crowd respected Ben during his acoustic set, everyone was silent. This lets people feel the music instead of annoying screams from crowd. No song stands out as being the "best" in my mind. Each song at the time it was being played was amazing. Thanks for a great show Ben.

chrishanderson43851's picture

Hey ya'll
I found the Luther show to be pretty good, not the best Ben show I've seen but definately up there. The first set was pretty sweet and I was so excited to here "with my own two hands" and "one road to freedom." I got a little annoyed with a group of about four wasted women six people back from the center, I'm sure if you were in the vicinity you know who I am talking about, pushing, screaming at all the wrong times, we even caugh one pissing on my girlfriend's leg. With two songs left in the set I couldn't stand them any more and three of us moved to the bleachers to rest our bones, the drive from Eastern Wisconsin had physically done us in.

From that point on the show improved ten fold. "Don't Take that Attitude" and "Voodo Chile" were superb to cap off the average set. Then came the encores which are always my favorite parts and this one didn't let me down. Although I was hoping for "When She believes" ben treated us to a beautiful acoustic set highlighted by Suzie Blue, Power of the Gospel, and a good "walk Away." The final encore was just as great with the cleanist version of "Sexual Healing" that I have ever hear. And of course I was pumped to hear "mamas" for the first time ever live. Ben finished it off with an enthusiastic version of "steal my kisses" which despite it's being played on the radio a lot is an awsome awsome live tune.

The crowd was good. I gotta admit that those four girls really were ruining a lot of the show in the b egining yelling stuff like it was a freaking Beatles show and just being obnoixious. When they were asked to be respectful by a friend of mine they told him that he obviously wasn't a Ben Harper fan and that he should f*ck off. So if you ladies are reading this please enjoy the music but be respectful and don't pee on the floors of an indoor concert especially right up front. Other than that Luther did a good job with the show. The fans were respectful for the most part during the acoustic set and were very appreciative of Ben, Juan, Leech, and Dean's energy.

Jack Johnson is an awsome musician and treated the fans to a great opening set (42 minutes).

Cheers and Love
CHA

anonymous's picture

fantastic show. i thought that the crowd could have been better at times, but all in all, everyone gave ben the respect he so deserved. I thought that the woman in you was just unbelievable. He puts so much emotion into all of his music and i think he out did himself on this one. The acoustic performance was one for the books as well. Power of the Gospel blew my mind and walk away just topped it off. i think i stil have chills

godbless
davey

anonymous's picture

I thought that the crowd sucked for this show. People were rude and annoying. It is too bad that there was no "burning one down." he student workers were way too uptight and were more concerned with who was smoking than with Ben Harper's awesome performance. Ben Harper was excellent. I've seen him a few times and absolutly love his style. He did a great version of "Power of the Gospel" acoustic. I think that Ben Harper is the sexiest man out there and his lyrics speak for themselves. I can;t wait to see him again.

anonymous's picture

This was a fabulous show!!!!!!! Once the audience quieted down, the solo encore was amazing!!! He just kept playing and playing and playing... Concrete Jungle was a nice treat as well. I've seen the Criminals 7 times and this was one of the best!! Jack Johnson was an excellent opening act as well. One Love...

miskeyboo's picture

OH MY GOD!!! The most amazing Ben show I have ever seen! The band was tight and Ben was ... amazing, there is no other word for it!

anonymous's picture

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BEN HAS BROUGHT A MUCH NEEDED FEELING OF PEACE TO THIS PLACE!