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Ben Folds @ Lollapalooza

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Posted by shore On August - 8 - 2009

benfoldslolla @AndyShore One of my fellow photographers told me that he heard the rain was supposed to stop around 4:00, the same time Ben Folds was set to take the stage at Lollapalooza. As I made my way into the photo pit for the absurdly high up Budweiser stage, the rain was still coming down. Luckily, you can count on Ben Folds to brighten up any rainy day. The guy did write an album, that sounds happy was can be, about divorcing his wife.

 

On that note, Folds opened up his Lollapalooza set with “Bitch Went Nuts,” which details an ex turned against him. If you didn’t listen to the lyrics, you wouldn’t know he was saying things like “The bitch went nuts/ She stabbed my basketball and the speakers to my stereo/ She called me cunt” over all those ooh’s and ahh’s. The first half of Folds’ set included a few other tunes off Way to Normal as well. “Dr. Yang” features some masterful work from Folds on the keys and “Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)” which borrows the piano melody from the Elton John song with the similar title and provided the crowd with a sing-a-long opportunity.

 

When I last saw Folds, at Bonnaroo 2008, he told the crowd it would be his last time ever playing “Bitches Ain’t Shit.” As he went into it on Friday afternoon at Lollapalooza I remember thinking he was a liar, but I didn’t care. Rap is hilarious when sung. Other highlights included “Rockin’ the Suburbs,” “Kate” and “You Don’t Know Me,” which slightly lacked without Regina Spektor on vocals with Folds. No matter, it was a great set.

 

Ben Folds Lollapalooza 2009 Set List:

1. Bitch Went Nutz

2. Effington

3. Landed
4. Bitches Ain’t Shit (Dr. Dre Cover)
5. Dr. Yang
6. Hiroshima
7. Rockin the Suburbs
8. Kate
9. Narcolepsy
10. You Don’t Know Me
11. Army

2 Responses

  1. Jack Said,

    Hey. Just fyi Ben played Bitch Went Nutz which is a song he leaked as a joke on the album Stems and Seeds. In your post, you spoke of Bitch Went Nuts which is on the album Way to Normal.

    Posted on August 8th, 2009 at 1:43 pm

  2. clarine Said,

    why this:
    the same time Ben Folds was set to take the stage at Lollapalooza
    were you thinking of piano briefs ? lol

    Posted on July 4th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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