Ben Folds Five to Play at New York Comic-Con

From left: Ben Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge

The reunited trio is touring behind its first new album in 13 years, which was released last week.

Ben Folds Five is set to perform on the opening night of New York’s Comic-Con.

The show, set for Oct. 11 at the IGN Theater inside the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan, is part of the alternative rock band’s reunion tour to support The Sound of the Life of the Mind, its first new album in 13 years. Presented by WD, the concert is free for VIP and four-day Comic-Con ticket holders with entry provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This is an awesome way to be kicking off this year’s edition of New York Comic-Con,” said Lance Fensterman, group vp and show manager for NYCC, “and it is definitely a statement about the type of high-quality programming and entertainment that we plan to deliver to our fans on all fronts.”

BFF reunited last year to record three new songs for the compilation The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. This was their first new material since 1998’s The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. The band noted that when the trio -- singer-pianist Ben Folds, bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee -- got together for the compilation their time together was creatively productive, generating excitement for the idea to make a full album. “We really found ourselves very interested in making another sound,” Jessee said.

The trio gave its first concert in more than a decade at New York’s Mountain Jam Festival in June and followed that up with performances at U.S. summer festivals including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee Summerfest and the Old St. Patrick’s Church Block Party in Chicago.

Ben Folds Five recorded three albums during the 1990s, led by Whatever and Ever Amen, which went platinum on the strength of the single “Brick.” Folds continued as a solo act through the 2000s.

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