Ben Folds Five Play Reinhold Messner Reunion Show

A couple weeks (and change) ago we reported that despite their other projects, Ben Folds Five were reuniting as part of MySpace Music’s “Front To Back” series to play The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner in its entirety at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. We weren’t lying, it happened last night. It was Darren Jesse, Robert Sledge and Tim & Eric bud Ben F’s first performance together in almost a decade. So far we only have the words of hardcore fans to go by, but it sounds like they did a good job of it. Ben’s father even came out for “Your Most Valuable Possession” (in case you forgot, his message on Ben’s answering machine was used on this song on the album). According to the posts we’ve read, they didn’t play “Brick,” and one dude claims there was no encore, but then some other folks explained to him what it means to encore: “Everything after TUBORM was the encore. You know, you go off stage, you get some applause and you come back. That’s what they did.” This is what they played in addition to Reinhold Messner from front to back:

…[I]n some order:
“Jackson Cannery”
“Julianne”
“Eddie Walker”
“Where’s Summer B. ?”
“Selfless, Cold & Composed”
“Battle Of Who Could Care Less”
“Song For The Dumped”

There might be more: You can follow the expanding thread at Scout.com. Also, before you get excited about a full-blown reunion tour, Folds recently spoke to Rolling Stone:

“I kind of doubt it,” he said of future collaborations. “If something natural comes along again … but I’m booked up for the next three years. Darren just put a new record out, and Robert’s got a new baby. I don’t think anybody’s rushing to do that.”

Regardless, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for YouTube clips and see if we can better confirm/deny details from last night.

UPDATE: Indyweek confirmed the post-Reinhold Messner encore/set list:

“Jackson Cannery”
“Eddie Walker”
“Selfless, Cold & Composed”
“Battle Of Who Could Care Less”
“Where’s Summer B.?”
“Julianne”
“Song for the Dumped”

They also have some photos and a more in-depth review, if you’re interested.

[Photo by Emily Shur for Indyweek.com]