Piano man Ben Folds brought his talents to Modesto, CA last evening for a theater-style solo performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts. His set was intimate, playing through stripped-down versions of songs from his own releases (including a bunch from his current offering So There), as well as a handful from his launching pad Ben Folds Five. The grand piano rumbled, and the crowd was extremely attentive and enthusiastic.
Personally, I liked that Ben played the alternative version of “Bitch Went Nuts”, which is a completely different version than you’ll find on his album Way to Normal. To fight online piracy Folds and Co. decided to quickly record all different (worse) versions of the actual songs on Way to Normal, and leak them ahead of time themselves to let pirates focus on the wrong material. Nice move, Benny.
Photos below! by Clay Lancaster (claylancaster.com)