As Ben Folds readies the release of his third solo album, he's also getting ready for Ben Folds Five's first performance in almost 10 years.
Folds, bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee will reunite for a one-off gig in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sept. 18 to perform 1999's The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner in its entirety. The gig is being taped for the first episode of MySpace and NowWhat.com's "Front To Back" series.
Twelve days later, Folds will release Way To Normal through Epic Records. The album was produced by Dennis Herring (The Hives, Modest Mouse). In typically cheeky fashion, Folds put a fake version of Way To Normal on to the internet earlier this summer. The real version will feature 12 new songs and a guest appearance from fellow piano aficionado Regina Spektor on lead single "You Don't Know Me."
Here's what's on Way To Normal:
"Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)"
"The Frown Song"
"You Don't Know Me"
"Bitch Went Nuts"
"Kylie From Connecticut"