Concert Review
Indiana Daily Student
September 6, 1999

Added September 7, 1999

The September 6, 1999 edition of the Indiana Daily Student (The newspaper of Indiana University) reviewed Tori's concert in Indianapoilis, IN on September 5, 1999. Thanks to Charlie Poole for sending it to me. The review is favorable but includes several errors.

Indiana Daily Student Monday, September 6, 1999

Concert Review
Amos mesmerizes crowd
Brett Wallace

Indianapolis is truly blessed that a lively, talented performer like Tori Amos makes sure to stop here on every tour.

Her Sunday Deer Creek performance was a picture of all Amos brings to the stage. Amos stretched the confines of the traditional piano by moving off the bench as much as possible, giving off waves of vibrant energy to a crowd more than willing to receive.

With bright, colorful lights flashing against a tinfoil-style backdrop, Amos roared through her 75-minute set, letting her emotions nearly pour off the stage and out of the speakers. The crowd was ralatively small for the venue (the pavilion was full but the lawn stood nearly desolate), but those in attendance lapped up Tori's performance.

The screams of high school girls, the cheers of young men and the applause of older fans debunked the stereotype that Amos only appeals to angst-ridden young women.

Whether performing songs as part of a quartet or simply a solo artist, Amos' graceful voice and sensual stage presence dominated the audience's full attention.

With a setlist including "Professional Widow," "Crucify" and "Putting the Damage On," Amos performed songs spanning her nearly decade-long career.

The highlight of the set came with a mind-blowing version of "Past the Mission." With brilliant piano runs and stunning vocal range, the song incited a standing ovation from most of the crowd.

"I'm having so much fun doing this," Amos remarked afterwards.

Notably omitted from the setlist was Amos' rape confessional "Silent All These Years." While the song is a landmark in her rise to stardom, it was almost better that she didn't play it, because the ballad would have dulled the energetic pace of her performance.

The only problem with the show was the choice of setting. While some artists prosper under a star-filled sky, Amos' intimate performance requires a much more personal effect than that available at the cavernous Deer Creek.

Still, not even that could dampen her one song encore, "Precious Prince," which led to an audience eruption. The crowd's jubilant reaction to this masterpiece was testament to the fact that Tori Amos is more than welcome in Indianapolis again.

Due to publication constraints, Alanis Morissette's performance could not be reviewed.

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