11 Feb 2000

Columbus, OH

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

with Corey Harris

Newport Music Hall

Friday, February 11, 2000 at 7:00pm PST

Ben unveiled his new, black double neck, double six string Gibson guitar for the first time on "Burn To Shine." At the beginning of the first encore, someone in the crowd yelled for [Lynyrd Skynyrd's] "Freebird." Ben replied, "You know you shouldn't ask for that shit unless you really want to hear it." He proceeded to sing a line from the song as the audience response died down. Unfortunately, the crowd was fairly loud during the slow songs. After "Manic Depression", Ben did the Dr. Evil pinky gesture before diving into the crowd.