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7/July/2002 - 11:18

As many of you know, the Chicago Vic show was filmed by many cameras on stage, as well as a crane. But why, exactly?

Well, Jane_Be_Jane (the article queen) dug this up from the depths of the internet:

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Folds films Chicago set

Thursday, July 4, 2002


By John Everson
Music Critic

Ben Folds fans got a double treat Friday at Chicago's Vic Theatre.

Not only did they get to see the rock piano man play a nearly two-and-a-half-hour set, but they also will be the extras in his fall 2002 live album and concert video. A crane-mounted camera was zooming in and out over the stage throughout the show, and another camera crew caught alternate shots moving back and forth on the stage behind Folds' piano.

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But the wry singer-songwriter took it all in stride including the breakage of two piano strings during the show joking about blowing this, his last chance to correct the mistakes he's made all tour.

At one point, he took questions from the crowd as a technical glitch was corrected, which led ot him to launch into an impromptu version of Wham!'s "Careless Whisper" when he answered a question about what CD was currently in his home CD player (Wham!'s Make it Big, he said).

He also played a stirring cover of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" (while mugging for the cameras and audience with a pair of garish sunglasses). While it was omitted from his set the last time he played in Chicago, this time around he included his biggest hit with Ben Folds Five, "Brick," which stilled the audience with its somber vibes.

On nearly every other song though, from early Ben Folds Five numbers like "Philosophy" and "Kate" to new solo material like "Annie Waits," "Zak and Sara" and his current single "Still Fighting It" (which he explained was written for his baby son), the audience sang along to every word, sometimes almost drowning Folds, himself, out.

The singer took advantage of that, encouraging the crowd to fill in the many layered harmonies on various songs that one man and a piano couldn't recreate alone. It was a phenomenal show; can't wait for the video.

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Me neither John, me neither.

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