European Plugged '98 Tour
Tori performed in Frankfurt, Germany on June 23, 1998 at the Alte Oper during the European leg of her Plugged '98 tour. This was the second time on this tour Tori had played Frankfurt. The first was on June 9, 1998.
Many thanks to Michael Heiker for being the first to give me this set list. Tori performed Doughnut Song, China, and Alamo solo. This was the first time on the tour that Tori played Alamo.
No 2nd Encore
June 29, 1998 - I decided to fly to the concert (from Berlin) in the afternoon, so I couldn't see Tori at the "meet&greet" at 4pm. So Micheal showed Tori a photo of mine ( that one with Tori and me in Berlin) and asked for Alamo (thank you very very much Michael!). She didn'have the lyrics although Matt P. gave it to her in Hamburg. The lyrics were handed to Joel. Tori mentioned me before playing Alamo. I wasn't able to move or to think or do anything else when she played the song. I almost couln't say thank you and I wouldn't have done if Michael didn't tell me to do this. Cruel was also very good this evening and Jon Evans gave his best feelings to the song. I also remember the dancing crowd of people during Rasberry Swirl (only because of you Matt D.) It was a pity that you weren't there Matt P.!!!!!
June 23, 1998 - So, I'm sure that you already have the reviews pouring in....
The show was incredible. It was really intense and emotional, seeing as she was saying goodbye to all the German Ears with Feet. The audience was great and there was a lot of energy at the show... She played a string of The Doughnut Song, China, Alamo, and Jackie's Strength which was amazing... I think that this will definately be one of her better shows. Oh, also, during the first encore of Raspberry Swirl, a certain boy (hiya Matt) started dancing and created a huge wave of people up to the front stage, all dancing and singing. Apparently, she was going to play Cooling as the last song, but with everyone up front, she couldn't...
From Michael Heiker
June 23, 1998 - Here is the Setlist for the absolutely fantastic concert in Frankfurt on 23rd June 1998:
The original Setlist looked like this...:
Oh my God ! It was so fuc**** excellent ! Tori even mentioned before the Doughnut Song that "there were a bunch of people following us on the tour since Berlin" and that some people would think these guys are "fucking stupid". But Tori and the band will miss these guys. And that we are welcome in USA... I mean.. these guys were like ME, Eric with a 'c , Jenny, Christoph, Rurik and much more (sorry for the missing names..). Needless to say that we were like flying birds at that moment - totally amazed of Tori. It was also the FIRST TIME Tori played ALAMO ! She even said something like: "This Girl came all the way from Berlin to Frankfurt only to see the Show" before she played Alamo for Jenny (sorry..I just had to name you..). It was so beautiful.
As Tori played Raspberry Swirl one Guy (Hi Matt !) couldn't sit anymore and went up in front of the stage dancing around all the time. Tori had a huge smile on her face. That was really the point when I and many more came / ran to the stage and just danced totally wild. It was like a wild Sea of People "swirling" around the stage. It really looked like Tori had extremely much fun. SHE JUST ROCKED THE WHOLE PLACE !!! This was the wonderful end of a Tour that will be forever burned in my and so much others heads ! FOREVER ! I really try to get the vacation and then in gods name.. fly to USA !!!
June 23, 1998 - Mike, I don't even know where to begin. This must have been one of the best shows I've ever attended. Tori just gave everything, probably 'cos this was her last "real" show in Europe. I'm quite sure Eric or Michael have posted setlists already, so I won't do that. I'm also pretty sure most people will consider this one of the best shows on her tour so far. Ok, first of all, Tori wore pinkish stiletto sandals (sorry, people will know by now I have a thing for her shoes). I was sitting in the front row, so I had a really good view of her facial expressions this time. Every single song was done so brilliantly, I won't go through them step by step. She did a little dance sitting down, during iieee... kinda swaying to the music, it reminded me of Indian belly-dances. Doughnut Song, China, and Alamo were the ultimate tear-jerkers. Alamo was played per request. Cooling was requested, yet not played. Her setlist showed, that the 'secret time' songs and the last encores were open. Since the Devlins didn't open, I expected her to play longer. The one thing I will brag about (and I'm going to do this for the next 2 years), is we basically got everyone to dance to Rasberry Swirl and the rest. I could never understand how people can just stay in their seats for a song like this, and at that point I didn't care if I was making a fool of myself attempting to dance (altho some looked more ridiculous than me ;). Tori loved it though, and soon the entire front was filled with dancing people, not to mention everyone else was standing by then. This is what I expect a decent rock concert to look like. Fabulous. I'm quite sure that this and the fact this was her last proper show, prompted Tori to give us 4 encores total. During PT, she actually groped herself... like she was scratching up to her groin. She kept smiling and looking at the crowd... this must have been a perfect semi-ending to her Euro tour. She was obviously really happy and having a good time. The only problem I had was that later on, at the meet 'n greet, there were just too many people, who basically squished everyone standing in front. That's all I can write for now. If I remember anything else, I'll let you know.
Sabrina emailed me more comments later...
Some other things, which came to me, in my 4 hours of sleep. At one point during Cornflake Girl, Tori forgot part of the lyrics, and started singing something like "and I don't know what I'm singing, but I remember this song". It was really sweet. Did I mention she was smiling during every song? Another thing, Doughnut Song wasn't just the piano, but with the band. I don't remember Steve playing a solo during this one. There was also a minor change in lyrics, when she sang "never gain wait with a doughnut hole". This show wasn't that bassy, and Tori's voice really stood out. So did the piano. One remarkable thing I never really payed attention to, was the way she would carry her voice from one mic to the other, when changing from the Kurzweil to the Bosey, and you can't even hear a break. I've said this once, and I'll say it again... to anyone reading this and planning on seeing Tori this summer, dance to Rasberry Swirl. You should have seen Tori's huge smile, when Matt did his strange dance to the front of the stage.. *lol*. I think it must be great for her to see her fans enjoy the music so much. This was the only show that made me both cry and dance, and I'll never forget it.
From Eric (with a 'c') Thelen
June 23, 1998 - Hi Michael and hi fellow Toriphiles,
I suppose today's setlist has already arrived - but here it is again nevertheless with a few comments:
It has been a really special show - Tori's last one in Germany for this tour (17 songs - Alamo for the very first time).
Black Dove (January)
This was an additional show in Frankfurt where Tori had already performed two weeks before. She tried to make as many changes as possible compared to the setlist from two weeks ago.
For the first time we saw question marks ('???') on the original setlist for secret time and for the second encore. Tori had lots of requests, because it was the last show for many of us. She did a fascinating version of Alamo for a girl from Berlin that she had already seen at some other shows. When asked for Alamo, she asked back if somebody could provide the lyrics for that song again. Joel (Agent Orange) was supposed to come out again later in order to pick them up. The lyrics were handed to Steve Caton and the piece of paper with the lyrics on them was brought out by Tori when she started the show, dropped on the floor and picked up again and put on the piano before the song. Hearing and watching Tori play that song tonight was an absolutely amazing experience.
The Devlins did not play tonight (reason unknown...) - Tori was scheduled to start the show at 8:15pm and should play until 10pm. The show started a little later (around 8:22pm) and ended shortly after 10pm - so today we got a few more minutes of her. Which might be due to the very positive audience reaction. After the main set everybody in the house gave Tori a standing ovation. During Raspberry Swirl many people came to the stage to start dancing. They remained there for the second encore - maybe the reason for the choice of Precious Things and She's Your Cocaine in order to keep people moving and dancing. In a more quiet setting, Tori might have chosen to play another piano only song.
Before introducing the band as always, Tori commented about the German Ears With Feet. I hope to be able to hear the exact words when parts of the show will be broadcasted on a German radio station (July 26th, HR1). I remember it like this: 'So this is our last show in Germany. There has been a bunch of people following us during our entire German tour starting in Berlin. Most of you may think this is stupid, but these people have been wonderful and we will miss you a lot. You know who you are. If you ever get bored, just come to the States and find us there.' Some of us might actually follow this suggestion...
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