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14/March/2005 - 15:11

Ben Folds with WASO programme coverChris has once again returned with a little review of the WASO shows, and a seriously high-quaity scan of the evenings' programme (PDF, 2.67MB).

He writes:

Well what can I say? When you have one of the most talented alternative rock musicians coupled with a world stage symphony orchestra you are in for a unique experience - and that's exactly what 9000 fans over two shows witnessed on the weekend in Kings Park. Despite the odd mistake here and there, Ben seemed really comfortable on stage playing with a fully fledged orchestra and was his usual talkative self. Despite being rather abstract in parts, the arrangements were exceptional. Ben had a team of composers working on the songs since late last year and I think even he was blown away how good his "shitty songs" sounded when backed with an 80 instrument strong orchestra. Some notable tracks for the night included 'Narcolepsy', 'Lullaby', 'Smoke', 'Brick' and 'Philosophy'.

The only difference between the two shows was Ben's solo songs. In both concerts Ben played two solo songs however Saturday's show featured 'Gracie' and 'Not the same' whereas in Sunday's concert Ben played 'All u can eat' and 'Not the same'.

The whole experience was capped off by a brilliant lighting display which changed for every song. Random images were projected on to the canvas of the sound shell in various arrays of colour as Ben belted out his songs to the huge crowds camped out on the grass in front of him.

Judging by the multiple camera angles which were being used the DVD which is due for release later this year will be nothing short of spectacular.

He also mentioned that on Sunday Ben took up a request for "Rock this Bitch", and had the orchestra join in by yelling chords at them! Rumours abound that recordings have been made, but we'll have to wait and see.

Incidentally, I'm thinking of starting a section devoted to these two shows. If you have anything you'd like to share - photos, setlists, reviews (or a recording ;)), then please get in touch!

Thanks, again, to Chris!

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