07 Oct 1999

Davis, CA

Recreation Hall

Thursday, October 7, 1999 at 7:00pm PDT

The show started with Dean kicking into a beat, then Juan joining in and David adding some great percussion. Ben stood center stage and with fist clenched and raised, sang "I'll Rise." At one point, Ben said that with more songs to choose from means he can only perform fewer songs each night. He then took a poll to see who would prefer a medly of one-minute snipets of several songs, or fewer songs at full length. He acknowledged the vote as a tie. Someone in the crowd decided he would choose the song and screamed out "Freebird". Ben responded by singing "I'm as free as a bird now" in a very soulful voice. During the encore, one woman yelled out, "How was Ireland" to which Ben replied, "Ireland was the bomb, thanks for asking." He proceeded to say how good the beer was, that he had drank too much, and then snickered "Yeah, oppression's a drag." The first encore was performed solo acoustic. Check out a review of the show at SECTION 3.

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