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An amazing concert - i was 3 rows from the front and just loved every minute of it. My favourite being 'steel my kisses'. He rocked the house down. Jack Johnson also extremely talented and gorgoeus!
What can I say - it is now 6 weeks after the concert and I am still spinning. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are amazing. I thought I had left rock concerts to my kids (I usually sing in a chamber choir!), but I will be first in line for the next BH tour in Aotearoa.
Higlights for me were - the obvious sincerity and love in Ben's performance, the tightness of the whole band, Juan's massive bass solo, Leon's exuberant solo, the extended percussion jive, the communication before So High, So Low...... obviously the whole thing!
My friend and I have both been inspired to "Make it a better place" in what ever small ways we can. Thanks so much for your commitment to hard work, music and truth.
Once again Ben Harper has not failed to please. His increasing popularity is testimony to the talent he possesses. In 1998, in a small venue in Christchurch there was ample room to be able to dance right in front of the stage. At the same venue in 2000 there were about four times as many people but the number of fans at his recent Wellington concert was substantially more again, with a queue never before seen at a Ben Harper concert in New Zealand, resulting in a crowded venue.Part of the reason for this may have been due to the supporting act, Jack Johnson, another talented musician with exceptional style who too is becoming increasingly popular in New Zealand. Although the concert sustained its greatness and the crowd were brilliant (causing Ben Harper to say he'd had a great time due to the intimacy of the crowd), I maintain that no concert will beat his 1998 concert whereby he did a solo acapala rendition of 'I'll Rise.' This latest concert was still of exceptional quality though and the Innocent Criminals were as great as ever! Although the songs played from the album this tour is promoting, 'Diamonds on the Inside', were good, a highlight of this concert was all the songs played from the legendary first two Ben Harper albums, such as 'Another Lonely Day' and 'Burn One Down'. Also, it could not help but be noticed that the opening song of the concert was'Excuse Me Mr'. At first it may have seemed a rather unusual choice however on reflection it was quite possibly a subtle yet effective reference to the war at present. Overall though, the lyrics, music and energy of Ben Harper combined once again to create an unforgettable concert, backed up of course by the legendary innocent criminals.