For one of the Best artists i have every see live (Belvoir Valley Amphitheatre, Perth 99) i was pretty let down by the proformance of the backing band and the set list. If i had of watched the show at a blues club i would haved been blown away but at the festival it was lost. The crowd never really could get into the songs as most were off his new album, the crowd were chompping at the bit for a classic to be thrown in like 'burn one down' or 'excuse me Mr'. The set started late and finished early with no encore (every other band that day did an encore).
I hope Ben can patch things up with the innocent Criminals as they bring something to the band, some real energy. both times i have seen relentless7 live i have been surprise how little they bring to the band any of them could be replace without noticing, by comparison Santana played before Ben Harper, they had 8 peice band any every member had a big part in making the music and they look like they want to be there.