07.03.01 Milwaukee, WI

Summerfest (Marcus Amphitheater) with Widespread Panic

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals Setlist 2001-07-03 - Summerfest (Marcus Amphitheater) - Milwaukee, WI

BHIC co-headlined the annual Summerfest with Widespread Panic on the main stage. The show marked the United States "debut" return of drummer Oliver Charles and percussionist Leon Mobley. When Ben's guitar shut down during "Ground On Down", the rhythm section showed off their skills with a six minute improvisational jam midway through. Ben later lamented, "There's been a lot of talk about the hardest working man in show business and all that like it's James Brown and everything. And I'm down with that, but I think it's my guitar tech [Tom Tyler]." "Roses From My Friends" was played solo acoustic.

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Comments/Reviews

anonymous's picture

Well, all i can say about this show is "WOW". It was the first Harper show i was ever at and now i am forever changed. I really didn't know much about the band at that time, save what i had heard off of "Live from Mars" and i was really hoping to hear forgiven and ground on down, both which were played and i loved it. Manic Depression was a great jam, and I always love Burn One Down. I thought it was great that the rest of the band got to show their talent when Ben's guitar gave out, and with the help of his guitar tech, Ben came back stronger than ever. Juan Nelson on the bass during that song was some of the greatest bass work i have ever seen. So anyways, if anyone actually reads this and cares, i am still looking for a copy of the show. It seemed to me that the tapers there were more into Widespread, who had a great show too, but i really would like to get the BHIC half of it. I now own a 1939 rickenbacher model 59 lap steel so i can cover tunes, all because of this show. email me at wonicles@usxchange.net if you know of where, or have the show on cd.

Jon

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I loved the jam session when ben's amp went out on Ground On Down. It totally showed how talented the band really is when they can work through shit like that and like the fact that the show was at 6:00, yuk, what a horrible time for a sweet band like ben harper.
I can't even remember the band Ben was supposed to opening for. Figures. (I think i might have been at the Reel Big Fish concert at leinie lodge by then.)
Word to your mother.

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The show was phenomenal. I went there thinking Ben was the headliner, but oh I was wrong. It was a great show and the impact it had on me will be with me the rest of my life. Ben has such a great talent and anyone who has a chance to see him should. I never knew that seeing a band could have that much of a impact on me, but I was proved that when I saw Harper and the Innocent Criminals. The words, the music, I can still hear it as if I was still there, the ten people I went with and everything, I would change none of it. So I'll put it this way, if you have the chance to see him live, don't miss out. It puts a whole new meaning on his music and the message that Ben promotes.

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So, ben plays the marcus. I step in with my old man to section 7, row Q seat 20. Not bad seats, Ben will soon be on his way. I meet up with some tapers cause the bro who lent me the mic had an old ass battery in there and it didn't work. So, i will get a copy out of one of these tapers hopefully(keep jah fingers crossed...unless you know anyone!)

After talking to a first time DAT taper-Oiver, Leon, Ben and Juan step in. Juan is decked in a nifty outfit. Seeing a bald head at the drums looks mighty nicey. Not to mention a bro with no dreadlocks(no hating on david or dean-just a pleasure).

Of course, we have seen these guys before. They weren't the original Ics. But hey-they were the core that brought the ben sound that has been labeled by many traders and Ben enthusiasts as the "Roots" sound.

Yeah, Ben didn't always play a statocaster. Well, on July3rd, Ben didn't go electric but once for Steal My Kisses(at least on conventional guitar which is what he vowed to never play). I am guessing the old band and the fact that last year's summerfest show was so ROCKED OUT, Ben had to represent old skool.

And what a set it was. The sound was a little bassy(as has been every Ben show I went to) and that drew from ben's guitar work and vocals. There were really no flubby tracks here(minus kisses, maybe?).

He started off the show with the ICs classic, "Gold to Me/Fight For Your Mind". There was a "Juan's Bomb" but no sign of So Fresh So Clean anywhere.
A thorough take.
Next comes Don't Take That Attitude to Your Grave. Ben opens the song with two "you say what's mine is mine" prts, the first one being improvisational. After a slamming, jamming, absolutely fucking awesome solo by Leon, Ben flows effortlessly into a spirited Concrete Jungle. The ampitheatre made the "acoustic" songs sound pretty real.
Next up is Kisses. This song has been played everywhere(and very well might continue to be) and tonite it was interesting seeing Leon at the special drum. That song has come a long way since nick rich.
Tom Tyler brings out the acoustic and you see Leon march to the front with the djembe. Sure enough, people are lighting their spleefs, and at the end, Ben makes almost joking sounding improvisation, almost as if he is just dying to put that song away. This leads into Two Hands. Mellow version, very nice.
Here is where the show got really interesting. Ben did a sick ass intro(including singing) and made his way into Ground. It seemed solid, here comes time for Ben's solo. You hear a crackling. Sure enough, Ben's guitar amp went out. I thought, owe boy...Ben gave the signal for the boys to keep playing. Juan and company lead a nice jam. It takes a while, but the amp comes back on but the sound is off. He finishes up proudly and might still be thinking about that one :)
After the song it was time for Ben and Juan talk. I got up and got some tapers email addresses and on my back, the forgiven intro comes in. I didn't really get a chance to concentrare-so i can't give an honest opion-but from the performance, ben was on.
The boys hook yet another dank rendition of jimi's manic depression. Easily surpasses the show from the lienie lodge. insane jam sections.

(ICS leave stage)Ben comes back. Ben pudges through Roses and Walk Away, with the latter getting a certain amount of respect from the crowd-not really even close though)
(IC Bands member come back on)Sure enough, the drum solo can only mean one thing: King. As i had predicted and dreamd-i got it. The fist was an amazing site, and this lead into I'll Rise. The boys ripped throgh it in true style.
Peace and Love,
Zake

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Whoever was in charge of the Summerfest scheduling this year seriously messed up when they booked Ben for 6 P.M. The atmosphere for the concert was horrible, as it was totally light out and I was surrounded by people talking and waiting for Widespread to start. Ben and the ICs overcame, though, to put on a pretty amazing show. This was my third Harper show, my first being last year's Summerfest. It was cool how the setlist included a lot of songs that were not heard here last year, although it did mean that some songs were sorely missed (i.e. The Woman in You, etc...). Gold to Me was excellent, and Fight For Your Mind was awesome led my Juan's bass line. Ben did some really cool scratching on his slide in the breakdown between the two, almost sounding like a DJ spinning records. Attitude/Concrete Jungle was cool, and somewhat unexpected by me. Then came Steal My Kisses, which I thought was severly lacking in energy, probably because they're forced to play it so much; it was the first song that the crowd really reacted to, as most of the people there, at least on the lawn, were being pretty lame during the show. Burn One Down/Two Hands was excellent, and Ground on Down was cool, despite the guitar problems. Forgiven and Manic Depression were very rocking to end the set. Roses and Walk Away were absolutely beautiful, but the crowd did little to show their respect. The ICs came back for Like a King and I'll Rise, the latter being especially evocative and powerful. All in all, I think that last year's Summerfest and this past May's La Crosse show were a lot better, but I think that is hardly due to Ben Harper or the Innocent Criminals, more to lack of respect and recognition on the part of the Summerfest promoters and attendees.

anonymous's picture

Whoever was in charge of the Summerfest scheduling this year seriously messed up when they booked Ben for 6 P.M. The atmosphere for the concert was horrible, as it was totally light out and I was surrounded by people talking and waiting for Widespread to start. Ben and the ICs overcame, though, to put on a pretty amazing show. This was my third Harper show, my first being last year's Summerfest. It was cool how the setlist included a lot of songs that were not heard here last year, although it did mean that some songs were sorely missed (i.e. The Woman in You, etc...). Gold to Me was excellent, and Fight For Your Mind was awesome led my Juan's bass line. Ben did some really cool scratching on his slide in the breakdown between the two, almost sounding like a DJ spinning records. Attitude/Concrete Jungle was cool, and somewhat unexpected by me. Then came Steal My Kisses, which I thought was severly lacking in energy, probably because they're forced to play it so much; it was the first song that the crowd really reacted to, as most of the people there, at least on the lawn, were being pretty lame during the show. Burn One Down/Two Hands was excellent, and Ground on Down was cool, despite the guitar problems. Forgiven and Manic Depression were very rocking to end the set. Roses and Walk Away were absolutely beautiful, but the crowd did little to show their respect. The ICs came back for Like a King and I'll Rise, the latter being especially evocative and powerful. All in all, I think that last year's Summerfest and this past May's La Crosse show were a lot better, but I think that is hardly due to Ben Harper or the Innocent Criminals, more to lack of respect and recognition on the part of the Summerfest promoters and attendees.

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Wide Spread Who????? All right they were o.k. but how many of you actually thought they were opening for ben? every one i spoke to was of the opinion that our hero's, Ben and the Criminals, that it most certainly should have been in that order. Oh well, still a great performance at a great festival. Thanks to ben and the boys for putting on the best show of all time, regardless of venue, location or time. you guys are the best. It was great to see oliver charles on stage again as well. over all a super performance, unfortunately the setlist was not as long as Harper veterans like myself are accustomed to but it was still the best set I've seen since my last Harper experience this past may. keep the crime innocent as always, see you in two years, peace!!!

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I thought the preformance was AMAZING! I was in section two in row L. I have seen Ben before, but I thought this was the best show I have ever seen him preform. It was so amazing when he started playign burn one down....my friends and I were flipping out! But overall, Ben and the innocent criminals put on a preformance that was hard for wide spread to follow!