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Ben Harper & Relentless7 @ Lollapalooza

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Posted by shore On August - 9 - 2009

benharperlolla @AndyShore Ben Harper & Relentless7 was one of the shows I was most looking forward to this weekend at Lollapalooza. I saw them last November, and really enjoyed it. I also did a cover story with the band for College News, and really enjoyed talking with them. They could not have been nicer guys. Their album, White Lies For Dark Times, has been on heavy rotation lately. I have always liked Ben Harper’s voice, and this band showcases it better than the Innocent Criminals ever did. The raw, gritty rock sound provides a great vehicle for his voice.

 

Ben Harper & Relentless7 opened their Lollapalooza 2009 set with my favorite song off their debut album, “Lay There and Hate Me.” The song has just the right amount of soul, a catchy riff and the back up ooh’s that are impossible not to sing along with. I also caught “Shimmer and Shine,” the band’s first single, from the photo pit. As I worked my way into the crowd, the opening notes of Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” rang out. After the fun “Why Must You Always Dress in Black,” came another cover. Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” was a cover I had not yet heard that band do.

 

Drummer Jason Richardson is fun to watch and great on back up vocals. Jason Mozersky is a nice compliment to Harper on guitar and dropped several impressive solos during their set and Jesse Ingalls keeps the groove going all the while. Ben Harper always had the pipes to front a rock band, and now he has one. With the Innocent Criminals, there was always songs I would skip on an album. With this band, I like everything they offer up.

 

Ben Harper & Relentless7 Lollapalooza 2009 Set List:

1. Lay There & Hate Me
2. Number With No Name
3. Shimmer & Shine
4. Good Times Bad Times (Led Zeppelin cover)
5. Why Must You Always Dress in Black > Red House (Jimi Hendrix cover)
6. Fly One Time
7. Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
8. Boot Like These
9. Up to You Now

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