Ben Folds and Cake hitting Vegas stage
When you think of 1990s alternative rock, you probably think of heavy, grungy guitars, angsty lyrics and bombastic vocals. But there was another side to ’90s alt-rock that was quirkier and nerdier. Both piano-based trio Ben Folds Five and funky rockers Cake had huge hits in the ’90s that stood in stark contrast to the heavy rock elsewhere on the radio.
BFF scored major airplay with singles “Song for the Dumped,” “Battle of Who Could Care Less,” “Army” and especially the tender ballad “Brick.” Cake’s catchy, brassy hits include “The Distance,” “Never There,” “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” and a surprising effective deadpan take on Gloria Gaynor’s disco classic “I Will Survive.”
So it makes perfect sense for Cake and BFF leader Ben Folds to team up for a co-headlining tour, a bit of a counterpoint to all the ’90s hard rock nostalgia tours making the rounds. Both have continued to make music since their ’90s heyday, with Cake readying a new album for release in December and Folds working on projects ranging from film and TV soundtracks to classical compositions. They’ll be joined by offbeat trio Tall Heights, who continue the tradition of quirky alt-rock into the ’10s.
Hard Rock Hotel, 8 p.m. Sept. 10, starting at $49.50 plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster