European Plugged '98 Tour
Tori performed in Plymouth, U.K. on May 26, 1998 at Pavillions during the European leg of her Plugged '98 tour.
Richard Handal kindly phoned me again from England to give me this set list.
Silent All These Years
From Christopher D. Parkes
May 29, 1998 - Bonjour! I visited the "Dent In The Tori Amos Net Universe" site today (very nice site!) and upon seeing the tour review section, I thought I'd throw in my one penny's worth for the Plymouth gig.
In short, it was fantastic. I saw Tori at the Exeter University concert during the Dew Drop Inn Tour in 1996 That performance was GOOD, but nowhere near as good as this one.
The doors opened at 19:00, and it was some time before anything happened on stage. The Devlins were rock solid (emphasis on the rock!), and delivered about 45 minutes worth of good songs and the ole Oirish charm. Then there was a half hour break to allow the Bosendorfer to be wheeled on stage, and then, when Tori arrived, BABOOM!
The gig kicked off with Black Dove, then Cruel (which featured that whoop on one particular note), and then Cornflake Girl (where the "trouble" began). After she sang i i e e e, she invited the audience down. I'm going to admit now that I was among the first down there (the skinhead in glasses, if anyone can remember :-) and managed to place myself a mere three metres away from Tori. (happy sigh) Pretty Good Year was a dead ringer for the "original". Being that close to someone you practically worship was a very special feeling indeed. I think the crowd who accumulated at the front behaved quite well, but I don't think that we were the most popular people after all has been said and done. I spoke to this guy afterward, and he said it had been spoilt by the crowd coming to the front, but something inside me tells me that it was worth it, although my conscience tells me otherwise. I mean, I got to see her sing Silent All These Years and Raspberry Swirl (the one where everyone tried to clap along) was the bomb-that bassline, that chorus, her voice... :-) Can you imagine?!
I think the highlight of it all was how well Tori played the crowd (which, incidentally, were very enthusiastic and responsive-TWO encores?! Cool!). At times, she was being intimate and focussing on one particular person, but she never seemed to shut anyone out. The major trip was when she ran along the stage touching everyone's hands, and amongst all the chaos, she squeezed mine! She didn't single me out, of course, but it felt incredible...
From Richard Handal
May 28, 1998 - Some info from Richard:
From Ken Tough
May 28, 1998 - Tori and the band did Pretty Good Year for (I think?) the first time on the tour. It rocked, of course. During CfG, a few girls came up to dance and were quickly whisked away by security with a bemused wave by Tori. Later, she said "any of you that want to come down and dance are welcome, as long as the ones in front can still see. I don't know what that's all about." Well, of course half the audience piled down there and those of us in front (row centre, grrr) couldn't see any more, and the audience had to stand after that. Oh well.
God had some pretty brilliant drumming, and Caton's guitar seemed still to be alive after the apparently unsuccessful strangling he gave it :)
Tori came out shortly after 9:00 and finished the main set at around 10:15. The whole thing was over by about 10:35.
All in all, the audience was extremely respectful, although poor Joel was doing double duty up there on the stage when the crowd was hanging over the edge dancing. It was refreshing during SATY that during the silent pauses, there was absolute and complete silence. The crowd did try to clap along to one song (I can't remember which exactly) at which point Tori stuck in a brilliant 1 1/2 beat pause to throw everyone off and stop them clapping. (I don't blame her for not liking it.) Anyway, it was absolutely brilliant of course.
Most songs were, in approximate order:
Black Dove (January)
SATY (solo. wow.)
Tori didn't do much talking during the performance, but did mention that "Many of you will know we recorded the album very near to here. A lot of the people who helped are here, the farmers, builders and stuff. hi!"
From Helen Dickens
May 28, 1998 - I went to the Plymouth gig last night so I thought you may like some feedback. I havn't written a review before so I hope it is OK.
Sorry I didn't get the complete set list but I am sure someone else did.
It was a most excellent concert and the atmostphere was really good. The performance was brilliant, really good performances from the band and a very professional sound conveying much energy.
Tori seemed quite positive and relaxed and talked about how the album was recorded 'just down the road' in nearby cornwall and how she was going to live there when the tour finishes. Tracks from the choirgirl hotel were very well recieved and she also played a many songs from 'Little Earthquakes' and under the pink.'pretty good year'was played the first time with the band on the tour with the bass player playing double rather than electric bass. There were reworked rearranged versions of waitress and horses which translated well to a live format. The highlights of the set for me were Raspberry swirl and Precious things.
An excellent gig and good to see Tori playing in our part of the world.
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