Returning to the magestic setting of the Paléo Festival for the fourth time, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals were the highlight of the night. More than 30,000 fans watched the band deliver a solid tour-ending performance. As the band took stage after midnight, Juan's djun djun came loose from its stand. Fortunately stage technician Josh Arroyo was quick to fix the problem and the show was quickly underway. Unfortunately, the slowdown combined with a late start time left a few fans sleepy despite attempts to invigorate them. Nevertheless, Ben greeted the chanting crowd and said the festival might just be one of the best in the world. He returned to the percussion kit and danced around for "Steal My Kisses." Juan stole the show with his funky bass jams and skats. "Manic Depression" was simply off the hook. The tempo grew constantly faster and harder as the band held down the rhythm. It highlighted a hard-rocking set that enveloped the ear-piercing crowd... Placebo played the same stage earlier. Black Uhuru and more performed on the other stages. Most of the festival was aired on local radio and television. Couleur 3 broadcast "Burn One Down (cut)", "Gold To Me", "Fight For Your Mind", "Glory & Consequence" and "The Woman in You (cut)" the night of the show. RSR1 aired "The Woman in You (cut)", "Steal My Kisses", "Manic Depression", "Ground On Down" and "Forgiven (cut)" on October 25, 2001.
Thursday, July 26, 2001 at 7:00pm PDT