Ben Lee – Joy unison at Prince Bandroom Melbourne, 18/10/2007

October 20, 2007 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Concerts | Leave a comment
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Ben Lee’s show at Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom on Thursday night (18th October) was full of rainbow goodness.For a start, the man wore a silver (or it may have been gold – it was hard to tell under the stage lights) lamé suit.And he rocked out on an acoustic guitar. But not just any acoustic guitar – one the size of a toy guitar you’d give to a very small child. “This guitar isn’t small,” said Ben at one point, “I’m just really really big.” Glad we cleared that up then.The set list was faultless; an even mix of material from new album Ripe, and the previous one, Awake Is The New Sleep.Main set From Ripe – these songs really came alive with Ben’s on-stage energy:American TelevisionBlush (which Ben introduced as “a song about taking someone out of their comfort zone”)Is This How Love’s Supposed To FeelLove Me Like The World Is EndingNumbRipeBirds And Bees (duet with support act Lisa Mitchell)From Awake:Light (a shortened version – “I’ll spare you guys the six-minute sax solo”)Gamble Everything For LoveNo Right AnglesAche For YouInto The Dark (the lyric ‘when I kiss you, that’s the real me’ slays me every time. Come to think of it, so does ‘it’s not a slow dance, this modern romance, feels like we’ve already waited too long’)Other:Cigarettes Will Kill You (launched into early in the set, a refreshing surprise)New Wave (Ben’s acoustic version of the Against Me! track. Ben so loves Against Me! that he covered their entire album, and made the results available on his blog to download for free)EncoreSex Without LoveCatch My Disease (and yes, Ben did point out the interesting choice of song order!)We’re All In This TogetherWhat I love about Ben is that he’s just such a happy character. And he has me convinced that his aim in life is to share the joy through his infectious attitude and his pure pop gems. Which is okay by me. I left the concert on cloud nine, and felt particularly good-natured for all of the next day.So, thanks for spreading your little rays of sunshine, Ben, and for being a slightly eccentric, passionate, earnest, joyful soul, proud to walk to the beat of your own snare. And also for employing a sexy little keyboardist who I very much enjoyed watching/imagining running off into the sunset with.

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