Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Ben Harper & The Relentless7 @ Webster Hall, 5/5/09


To paraphrase Ben Harper last night: "I've heard a lot of requests for Sexual Healing and Burn One Down. I ain't going to play any of that shit anymore. I'm not a human jukebox." He says before busting into a flawless version of Queen's "Under Pressure." That's not exactly an easy song to pull off but they absolutely nailed it. 

This may be a new band for Ben Harper but he still has nearly 20 guitars at his disposal on stage. They led off the night with Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times" and BHIC tune "Better Way" before rolling through all of the songs from the Relentless7 album (with one Fight for Your Mind track for the die hards in the audience) . They took songs from a pretty good album and made them great in a live setting.  It's part of what makes Ben Harper such an amazing performer.  After technical difficulties marred "Fly One Time" he asked the audience whether it was ok to do it again.  They did and it was well worth it.  It's one of the better songs on the album and BH wanted to get it right.  

Setlist:
Good Times, Bad Times
Better Way
Number With No Name
Shimmer and Shine
Lay There & Hate Me
Why Must You Always Dress in Black
Skin Thin
Fly One Time x2
Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart)
The Word Suicide
Boots Like These
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Another Lonely Day
Faithfully Remain
Under Pressure
Up To You Now

4 comments:

HiFi Cartel said...

Awesome show!Ben keeps growing more & more eclectic..
Photos up

JK said...

good pics, thanks.

Mark said...

Well I kind of liked that he decided not to play the same songs on each concert, especially considering these songs are very "old" right now. Still, if I would have been there, I'd have screamed "Like a King!" "Like a King"!
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