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Okay ive been a ben fan since seeing him open for pj in hartford in 98. So i drove from central ct over to fairfield expecting a much better venue. So besides that the kids were dumb and i was so happy he didn't play steal my kisses. They all pretty much disrespected him during welcome to the cruel world. This was sad seeing that we got God fearing man one of my hopefuls... It rocked. I sat on the first set of bleachers kinda smaller ones... top row... Faded/whole lotta rocked so damn hard was great.... and glory was great... hopefully ben will just play meadows next time:! awesome show despite drawbacks... Rock on ben
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What a way to start a concert. God Fearing Man absolutly blew me off my feet. Then he played Less which is a song that i dont really care for but when he played it live i gained a new appreciation for it. I was also lucky enough to get there early and stand in the front row. David was sporting a dank silk Jordan shirt and Jordan wrist bands. Now the crowd, obviously disrespectful but didnt let it ruin the show. It was a bad Venue to have a concert at cause there was light shining through the windows and the talkative audience echoed even more but all in all, i thought it was a good show. Not the best ive been too but i had a great time and got to hear a lot of songs i was hopeing to hear.
this was the worst venue for a show. it was a small, crowded gymnasium that was littered with screaming teenagers who were obviously there for reasons other than the music. it was painfully hot, and the acoustics of the gym were horrible. the voices of everyone who was talking reverberated throughout the entire hall and were booming through the quieter songs-including the entire acoustic set. even ben looked upset by it all and, in fact, cut the first set early, denying his guitar for whichever song would have followed "welcome to the cruel world", respectfully thanked the audience and walked off stage early, much to the surprise of everyone else in the band. i beleive that it is fairly safe to say that it is highly unlikely that ben harper and the innocent criminals will ever play at fairfield university again.
the show had numerous highlights too. after all, every BH&IC show is great despite it all. for example, ben played the rare "not fire, not ice" in response to a fan's request, as well as began the show with a moving "god fearing man". other notable plusses were the solo "suzy blue" and the absence of "steal my kisses" which was pleasingly ironic considering that "kisses" is probably the only song that most of the crowd knew.
this was my fourth show this week and probably the weakest of them all, but i still had a blast. i just wish that audiences at future ben harper shows are more considerate and more similar to the crowds that were there when i started going to his shows in '96, quiet and appreciative of the music and poetry that pervades the concert hall.
Well, what do I say about a perfect evening? Let's start with the fact that I arrived early enough to meet some cool guys (one named Ben, with a "Juan Nelson for President in 2004" sign) and get a spot in the front row. Next, let's move onto the show itself, which included so many of the songs on my wishlist it was insane; Attitude/Concrete Jungle and Voodoo Child were especially impressive. Next interesting event occurred during the first encore- a guy standing behind me with an elaborately decorated sign with "Not Fire, Not Ice" on it yelled for Ben to please play his song. And whattdya know, he played it. The guy was moved almost to tears, and I couldn't help but feel the emotion too. Finally, after an intense Faded, David and Ben came down to the edge of the stage. The entire show, I had tried to get Ben's attention by waving a white "JAH WORK" headband I made for him, and right there, after the show, he noticed me. He motioned for me to throw it to him, and after I did, he looked at it and smiled, and threw me his towel with a nod and a wink. He proceeded to leave the stage, headband in hand.I could not have scripted it any better. So, if you see Ben wearing that white headband in the next few shows, you know where it came from. Thank you Ben, Juan, Dean, and David for the most incredible show ever!