Ben Harpers' career has skyrocketed from the early days of playing the tiny Mint in Los Angeles to the worlds finest concert halls, theatres and festivals including the vast and muddy fields of Glastonbury, England, where he and his band played for more than 100,000 people. In that time, he has established himself as one of the world's most versatile and hard-working musicians - and one of its top concert draws.
Ben has been touring behind his most recent release, Both Sides of the Gun, since March 2006. This past January, his never-ending tour schedule, brought him back to Brazil marking his first appearance in South America since 1998. Ben will return to Australia this April, with headlining performances at both the West Coast and East Coast Blues and Roots Festivals in Perth and Byron Bay respectively.
His 2006 Summer US headlining tour was hailed as one of the top tours of the season and featured special guest Damian Jr. Gong Marley. The two frequently collaborated on the Bob Marley anthem Get Up, Stand Up.
Both Sides of the Gun gained advance praise from Rolling Stone as the four-star work of a "natural-born superstar...finding transcendence in everyday places. Entertainment Weekly called the album stellar. Both Sides boasted the highest chart entry of Harper's twelve-year recording career (No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200).
Ben is a metaphorical founding member of Bonnaroo having performed at both Bonnaroo 2002 and 2003, where he returned with his band The Innocent Criminals.
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals are honored to be part of Bonnaroo 2007.
Live On Stage:
Here's Ben and the boys bringing the funk with "Brown Eyed Blues" off my favorite album of his Diamonds on the Inside....
Let's go with a two-fer today here's "Sexual Healing" from the Live At The Hollywood Bowl DVD....
Want more? Here's a few shows to download (via Dimeadozen)...
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - 2006-10-11 - Palais Nikaia - Nice, France
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - 2003-06-19 - Fleet Boston Pavillion - Boston, MA
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - 1996-02-03 - Fox Theater - Boulder,CO
Check out the Heath Ledger directed video for "Morning Yearning"....
Few more to check out...
Diamonds On The Inside
Welcome To The Cruel World
Head to Ben's official website for more info.