04.17.03 Brisbane, Australia

River Stage with Katalyst, Jack Johnson

I Was There
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"Brown Eyed Blues" was not on the original setlist. Jack Johnson sat in on "High Tide Or Low Tide".

Who Went

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themuss_8849829's picture

even months on now from the concert, the memery still lingers clearly in my mind, from my front row potion I experienced my 1st ben haper concert, he played all of my favorite with much passion and use of the riverstage inhanst his performance 10 fold.

anonymous's picture

High tide, low tide with Jack was the highlight of the night by far... I only wish that song was available to buy in Oz somewhere! It was definately a night I will never forget. It would be great to see some pics from the night.. what a blast yewwwww! tanks benny and jack!

damzero11379's picture

7 years I had waited for this moment.

To see Ben & the I.C. on stage was truly a religious experience , from the refreshing reggae version of "excuse me Mister.",to Juan's masterful bass solo during "Brown eyed blues" right through to the intimate power of my all-time favourite Ben song "walk away", I wept tears of joy.

Thank you Ben for your music and for the joy you bring to so many people through your words.

you are a inspiration to musicians everywhere.

This will be a concert I talk about years from now.

anonymous's picture

I don't wish to add more of the same to this page, but I just have to - this concert was amazingly beautiful. This was my 3rd Ben Harper concert, and absolutely the best.

I found the venue perfect, the full moon hanging above, lighting the smiles on the crowd's face as they danced, funked and grooved for hours to the music of these wonderful musicians. The vibe was awesome !

Thankyou so so so so much for putting so much passion into your music and performances Ben - you are da'man!

chickon8472511's picture

OMG What Can I Say?

I was totally blown away by both the performances of Ben & Jack. It was my frist time to see Ben in concert and let me tell you it was not a dissapoint it was even more spectacular then i even thought possible.

The biggest plus of the night was having the privilege of meeting Ben & Jack backstage after the show. This is something I will never forget. These guys are the best. This would have to go down as one if the best nights in my life. I just cant stop singing the praises of these two fine musicians.

Thank you Ben for making it an awesome night. :D

anonymous's picture

What a night,
Having not had the priveledge of seeing Ben before I was awestruck with his concert.
It was indeed an honour to be there on that night. He is the Eric Clapton of the modern time and there won't be another performer like him anytime in the future. I have seen all the big acts when they come to Australia, but his music spoke to me and the rest of the sell out crowd. His lyrics as well as his voice captivated the crowd and had them begging for more. But after 2 encores and it all seemed over far to quickly and the countdown begins for when he comes back and does it all again.
My only suggestion is that he didn't sing "Drugs don't work".

anonymous's picture

What a night.

It started with Jack Johnson who put on a very entertaining show. He busted out his most famous songs, with a few awsome jams in between. He was pleased with the singing of the crowd who all knew his songs well.

Ben and the innocent criminals soon walked on stage and opend with 'exuse me mister'.
The precussionist was going absoloutly nuts on the bongo's and juan nelsion on the bass was making a definate groove. Woman in you, Ground on down, Temporay remedy, Brown Eyed blues, steal my kisses and welcome to the cruel world were all played, and at very high quality. Juan with his rocking bass solo's, was awsome.

'Burn one down' was very fun for the audience, with a crazy solo on the Dembjie drum and some call and response with ben. It seemed it was fun for him too, because he was cracking jokes and even went and played the drums once.

'Power of the golspel" was certainly very powerful towards the end, as the crowed listend intently and jack and ben did a tune together, before closing with the funky "My own two hands".

harper11's picture

Great Show...outdoor venue maybe not suiting Bens quiter stuff as much as the once mighty festival hall though.

New songs featured pretty heavily and Ben was in fine voice as usual....Juans signing was great also

Highlights for me...amen omen....ground on down.....welcome to the cruel world

anonymous's picture

A full moon provided the most magical atmopshere in which last night, we as a crowd, stood transfixed as one. Silence reigned across the hill as we bore witness to a funky, relaxed musician.

When the house lights dimmed, Ben & the boys opened with their punchy "Excuse Me Mr," & the crowd fell tumbling into the palm of their hands.

Mixing the tempo from old to new, slow to fast, we were hypnotised. As people danced together, the crowd was a sea of smiling faces. Juan with his bass was making the ground vibrate & the percussion had the most hip swivelling, soul shaking beats you could imagine. Ben treated us with his tantalising cover of "Sexual Healing" followed close behind by a definite crowd favourite "Burn One Down." In which we had a blues inspired old fashion sing-a-long! You could practically feel the love throughout. In the encore, Ben suprised us all when he called Jack onto the stage to perform a beautiful, haunting acoustic song. The crowd went crazy, screaming for Jack to wave. This had Ben joking, asking if the person in the crowd was, "the wave police?" A quiet, unassuming, unbelievably gracious & funny man. Closing with their powerful, "With My Own Two Hands," it was over all too soon. I am so grateful to have experienced this man, this music, this message. Thank you.
The support act Katalyst was amazing, however I do feel that provided with a more conducive environment, he would have had the crowd soaring even higher for the boys sets.