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Ben Folds Five First Official Live Album To Be Released June 4


ImaVeePee Records/Sony Music Entertainment is excited to announce that the groundbreaking pop trio, Ben Folds Five, have confirmed the release of their first-ever live album Ben Folds Five Live, on June 4. Recorded in 2012-2013 on their first tour in more than a decade, this new set – available on CD as well as double vinyl – is comprised of high-energy live versions of some of the band’s most beloved classics. Soon after the release of the album, Ben Folds Five, along with Barenaked Ladies and Guster will embark on the “Last Summer on Earth 2013” tour. Complete dates are below.

Ben Folds Five Live was recorded while the band was out touring in support of their latest record, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. It was released in September and debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200, making it the highest debut of their career. It is the band’s fourth record and first in 13 years.


Tracklisting for Ben Folds Five Live:

1. Jackson Cannery (The Warfield, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
2. Erase Me (The Warfield, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
3. Selfless, Cold and Composed (House of Blues, Boston MA, 10/13/12)
4. Uncle Walter (Kool Haus, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 10/5/12)
5. Landed (The Warfield, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
6. Sky High (The Barton Theatre, Adelaide AU, 11/16/12)
7. One Chord Blues/Billie’s Bounce (The Wiltern, Los Angeles CA 1/26/13)
8. Do It Anyway/Overture-Heaven on Their Minds (O2 Academy, Brixton UK, 12/4/12)
9. Brick (The Warfield, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
10. Draw A Crowd (Capitol, Port Chester NY, 10/9/12)
11. Narcolepsy (Hitomi Kinen Hall, Tokyo JP, 2/16/13)
12. Underground (Mielparque Hall, Osaka JP, 2/22/13)
13. Tom and Mary (O2 Academy, Brixton UK, 12/4/12)
14. One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces (The Warfield, San Francisco CA, 1/31/13)
15. Song for the Dumped (The Barton Theatre, Adelaide AU, 11/16/12)

The media reaction to The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind was fantastic. SPIN claimed, “Folds sounds invigorated to have a rock band behind him again…there is a weight and a whomp to the songs.” The Onion AV Club hailed “Mind sounds exactly what a mature Ben Folds Five record should sound like: hard-won wisdom and withering observations with an unabashedly sentimental core,” and American Songwriter said the new record brings out “the muscle and mischief of Folds’ best music…it’s perfect, quintessential Ben Folds Five.” NPR has weighed in on the new record a number of times, including a feature on All Things Considered, an appearance on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, a performance on World Cafe and a live interview on On Point.

Ben Folds Five (Ben Folds – piano, Darren Jessee – drums, Robert Sledge – bass) were among the most distinctive and inventive bands of the alternative era, beloved for their kinetic live shows and piano-powered popcraft. The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind made it plain that the years apart have only served to amplify the band’s already estimable gifts.

2012’s “Last Summer on Earth Tour” was met with huge praise. Rolling Stone called it “one of the 10 hottest summer package tours of 2012,” and Entertainment Weekly spotlighted it on their “2012 Summer Must List.” Back by popular demand, this year’s tour is set to kick off June 17th at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX. Ben Folds Five will perform at 28 arenas and amphitheaters across the country as part of the 2013 “Last Summer On Earth” tour. Tickets can be purchased via and

“Last Summer on Earth 2013” tour itinerary:

June 17 – Dallas, TX via Verizon Theatre
June 19 – Denver, CO via Red Rocks
June 20 – Salt Lake City, UT via USANA Amp
June 22 – Santa Barbara, CA via Santa Barbara Bowl
June 23 – Los Angeles, CA via Greek Theatre
June 25 – Saratoga, CA via Mountain Winery *
June 26 – Saratoga, CA via Mountain Winery *
June 28 – Boise, ID via Botanical Gardens
June 29 – Seattle, WA via White River Amp
June 30 – Missoula, MT via Big Sky Brewing Company
July 5 – Columbus, OH via LC Pavilion
July 6 – Cincinnati, OH via The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
July 8 – Lansing, MI via Commonground Festival
July 9 – Chicago, IL via Charter One Pavilion *
July 11 – Toronto, ON via Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 12 – Detroit, MI via DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 13 – Nashville, TN via The Woods at Fontanel
July 15 – Columbia, MD via Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 16 – Boston, MA via Bank of America Pavilion *
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA via Mann Music Ctr
July 19 – Uncasville, CT via Mohegan Sun Arena
July 20 – Holmdel, NJ via PNC Bank Arts Center
July 21 – Bangor, ME via Waterfront Park
July 23 – Lenox, MA via Tanglewood
July 25 – Charlotte, NC via T W Cable Uptown Amp
July 26 – Alpharetta, GA via Verizon Wireless Amp
July 27 – Charleston, SC via Family Circle Stadium
July 28 – Raleigh, NC via Red Hat Amphitheatre
July 30 – Brooklyn, NY via Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell

*= BNL & BF5 only