This was the third time I've seen Ben, and unfortunately the last for awhile, not going to be able to make it out to Cali. The entire set was amazing, I was sitting in the third row and to watch Ben's facial expressions while he poured his soul into his work was a pleasure that words simply can't describe. During one of the songs David wasn't at his drums my friend and I were enjoying some of what comes from the earth, and David made it a point to laugh and interact with us, shaking his drumstick in a tsk-tsk manner. Simply the best concert I've ever seen, bar none.
This show was fantastic! I've seen Ben in Washington D.C. twice. I saw him in Philly in Oct 2000. We saw him in Va beach a week before this, his show there was very short there. This show was awesome. God fearing man is a treat that it appears he doesn't play often. the crowd really impressed me, they were quiet and there was alot of room, the whole back of the theatre was practically empty. When Jack Johnson was on there was like 20 people there, but then again you can't expect west coast fever to spread to Cleveland too quickly. all in all, it was a great show. You could feel emotion from the band that was lacking in Va beach. The setlist was great, they played for a good amount of time. About a year before this, a buddy of mine saw Ben in cleveland at an outdoor venue I don't know the name unforunately, and he was telling me the crowd was somewhat over-excited, in fact, supposedly during waiting on an angel a fan threw a hat on stage and it him in his face, he hurriedly ran off stage and played a short set. true or false? I don't know. All I know is this crowd was great the show was great. The only show I can say I enjoyed more was in Philly which was insane the second night. When I look at all these setlists, I rarely, if at all
see wicked man, and if you look at this setlist there really is a wonderful balance
THIS WAS A GREAT SHOW. JACK JOHNSON IS AWESOME!!!!!! "GOD FEARING MAN", "DON'T TAKE THAT ATTITUDE" INTO "CONCRETE JUNGLE" AND BACK. REALLY A TREAT!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDED GREAT, THE CROWD WAS QUIET AND SMALL. BEN SEEMED EXCITED. GREAT ACOUSTIC ENCORES. "WIDOW OF A LIVING MAN" I HADN'T HEARD THAT LIVE SINCE BENDER ARENA IN D.C. MARC AND CHANTAL KNOW WHERE ITS AT. GOOD SHOW
Imagine a fan being able to have many of his dreams come true. This is what happened to me in Cleveland. I drove down from Michigan checked out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Amazing Hendrix and Lennon exhibits. After the hall I ventured down to the Palace and parked right away. I was fortunate to meet and take pictures with Juan and David before the show. I had first seen Ben open up for DMB at Solider Field and I was so far away. At the palace I was in the front row leaning on the stage. I thought that the sound was extremely well mixed and very distinct especially in the acoustic set. "Glory" was on fire. "Ground On Down" was scorching. The band was really having fun especially David and Ben during Kisses. Loving Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Zeppelin, Marley, etc has made me admire Ben and the ICs even more for their ability to take on a rock classic, mold it, make it their own and yet still maintain the integrity of the song. All of the guys had great solos with David's solo at the end of "Burn One Down" being memorable. Great setlist but they never have a bad one as far as I am concerned. The acoustic set was mesmerizing as Ben seems to bring people to another place. His vocals were outstanding at all points(soft, falsetto, screaming, soul-dripping). He seems so dedicated to giving the audience an out of this world experience as do the Criminals. "Faded" live with the Whole Lotta love middle is a musical journey. It rocks so hard. I can't explain. The show ends with the guys thanking the audience I get high fives from Dean and David and a setlist from a nice member of the crew. After the show was nice as several fans stayed and talked with crew and band. To finish off the surreal day I got to chat briefly with Ben, thanking him for all that he does/he tells me he likes my Pearl Jam shirt and I told him I enjoyed the duet that he and Ed Vedder had in Australia doing "Indifference". I very cool moment. The small things mean so much to the fans. Thank you guys so much. You gotta burn to shine, baby.
Well...needless to say thsi was another phenomenal performance that included a bunch of nice songs. God Fearing Man was a nice opener that was very powerful. Superstition was a highlight amongst many along with Forever. The crowd was good for the acoustic encore too...I Shall not Walk Alone was very moving. I could go on and on but in the end the shows was very nice with many exceptional spots. OH yeah, was able to meet the entire band after the show too--all cool as can be