Original Sinsuality Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's April 6, 2005 concert in Washington D.C.
Updated Thu, Apr 07, 2005 - 2:59am ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the Washington D.C. concert at the Warner Theatre. Tori set list included Take To The Sky, Yes, Anastasia, Mother Revolution, Snow Cherries From France, Goodbye Pisces, Putting The Damage On and the covers Boys In The Trees and Madonna's Like A Prayer! If you were at this show and want to send The Dent a review, please email Mikewhy at firstname.lastname@example.org with your review or comments. You can also post your review of the show on The Dent's Original Sinsuality Tour Forum. It would be nice to get as many different viewpoints about this show as possible!
Tori performed in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at the Warner Theatre. Tori's special guest was Matt Nathanson and the show started at 8:00PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page for calling me with the set list after the show!
Take To The Sky
Boys In The Trees (Carly Simon cover)
Like A Prayer (Madonna cover)
Marys Of The Sea
Snow Cherries From France
Bells For Her
The Power Of Orange Knickers
Putting The Damage On
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From Matt Page:
Tori performed another great show tonight in DC. She followed her written set list closely, although she was supposed to begin the second encore with Another Girl's Paradise, but did The Power Of Orange Knickers instead. When Tori began cover Like The Prayer, the audience exploded in disbelief and amazement, and started screaming in joy. It was very well received!
At one point during the show someone yelled out "I love you" and Tori replied something like "love you back". Then some guy yells, "I love you more" to which Tori replied, "I bet you do" and then began playing Take To The Sky. Before singing Boys In The Trees, Tori mentioned that she drove around the DC area and saw Mr. Smith's bar where she used to play and waved. She also mentioned Rockville, MD and said she remembers playing Boys In The Trees over and over in Rockville.
Tori messed up during Snow Cherries From France and started singing an improv to the music of that song, saying she screwed up and did not have time to properly rehearse because of having to do "too much fucking radio" and asked the audience to forgive her "brain fart".
Tori really nailed the ending of Yes, Anastasia, singing very high and clear.
From Thomas Kercheval:
This was my first Tori show, but I've been a fan since the first album, which, like so many of you I'm sure, just burrowed its way into the deep areas of my soul that only an elite group of music has ever penetrated. However, for reasons not worth getting into, I just seemed to miss her everytime she toured in the area where I lived, and, to be honest, my passion for her music waned a bit with some of the albums after Pele. I bought everything, but at times I thought she'd become a bit self indulgent and sometimes the music would strike me as a bit too bloated, for lack of a better word.
Anyway, The Beekeeper album really reignited my love for her unique gift, and this concert tonight will I'm sure inspire me to rethink a lot of her catalog that I might not have paid as close attention to as those first three albums.
Following the sets of earlier shows, I knew she was changing things up a lot each night, which I love. As you can see by the set list, this performance was no exception. The Warner Theatre was the perfect setting, beautifully ornate and intimate. When the curtain rose, and there stood Tori, there was quite simply a magic there that just can't be captured on a recording. Even before she'd played a note, I just knew this would be something special.
Those of you who've seen tons of shows will probably be uttering a big "Duh" right now when I say that she was simply stunning. Voice was perfect, playing was perfect, not a note missed (that I could tell) and she had total control over the room, even though she rarely spoke to the crowd. And the way she switched between piano and organ, and often played both at the same time, was just jaw-droppingly impressive. The talent this woman has is just immense.
"Josephine" was a welcome surprise, but the first BIG surprise was "Yes, Anastasia." Wow, the solo rendition of this breathed totally new life into the song for me. Her voice was incredible, and the unique songwriting structure that's her trademark really shone through when the song was stripped of everything but its raw emotion. The "Like a Prayer" cover brought huge cheers. I've always thought that was a beautiful song waiting to be discovered, and Tori unearthed it tonight. It was both humorous and moving at the same time, if that makes sense. People laughed when they recognized it, but then, as Tori made it her own, the crowd was taken in by the beauty of the song itself and the performance.
But NOTHING could prepare me for the last three songs that closed the first part of the show. "Mother," "Bells for Her" and "The Beekeeper." Wow. What a combo. A one-two to the body and then a big knockout haymaker. It was just intense beyond words. In fact, a girl sitting next to me was just about sobbing throughout the first two of these songs. It really touched me, actually, because this girl was trying very hard to hold it back - she wasn't one of those drunken fools you see at shows who make idiots of themselves (yes, there were some here), and she wasn't a Tori sheep who simply cries at the sight of her "idol." She was crying because the songs obviously meant something so dear to her; perhaps helped her through a dark time, a time she might have been remembering. She was just quietly having a moment of her own, and, without hopefully sounding like some sort of flower child here, it wasreally beautiful. That's what music should do - touch people in that sort of way, and that was a completely pure display of the power of music and specifically Tori's music.
"The Beekeeper" was incredibly haunting, moreso than on the album with the new arrangement and use of the organ. Just an unbelievable song.
Anyway, to wrap this novel up, as the show was about to end, I had one bit of disappointment. Nothing from "Pele," which is an album that perhaps means more to me than any of Tori's albums, as it was an album that really helped ME during a darker time in my life. I'd seen that she'd played "Not the Red Baron," "Horses," "Twinkle" and others the last few shows, and I was disappointed that it looked like I wasn't going to hear anything from that album. But when "Orange Knickers" ended, and she was still at the stool, I thought there was a shot. And when the opening chords for "Putting the Damage" on made themselves known, well, it was a perfect ending for truly one of the best - and definitely the mostunique - shows I"ve ever attended. Why else would I be up at this hour writing a ridiculously long review?
I can't wait to catch her with the full band. Thanks, Tori. I'm back in the fold.
From Adrian Terry:
There is so much to say and I can only hope I can get it all down properly. It has been two hours since the concert ended and I'm still flying. This was my 9th Tori show and I have to say that I have never come out of a concert feeling this much euphoria!
First, a few disclaimers for anyone who's interested in daily tidbits. The tickets for this show were EXTREMELY hard to come by. My amazing boyfriend won us 6th row end seats on Ebay barely a week before the concert. And thank goodness, because I wouldn't have missed this show for the world. I took my first solo MARC train ride to meet my boyfriend in DC, (he works there), and after dinner at Union Station we took a leisurely stroll the ten blocks or so to the venue.
The Warner Theater is not only gorgeous on its own, but it was the best venue I have ever seen Tori at, even moreso than Merriweather Post out in Columbia near to where I live, which holds a special place in my heart. This place was meant for her. The acoustics, the architecture, the comfy seats...everything was perfect. Some very nice gals sat in front of us and we talked with them before the show and during the intermission before Tori came on. The one thing that bothered me was the staff at the Warner. While effective in keeping the peace and pace of the show, they were talking too loudly during the performance and kept flashing a too-bright flashlight in people's faces for no reason at all.
But, that aside, I have to say this was the BEST Tori show I have ever been to. I'm sitting here sipping my Cherry Coke and nibbling on Mint Oreos, (an amazing combo), and I'm still grinning from ear to ear. I'm using facial muscles I haven't used in forever. I think that's why this show has effected me so much and so well. Life has been so hectic and overwrought for me lately, not bad mind you, but just a lot to handle and juggle. And just when I need her most, there's my Tori again to save my life.
Now then, on to the show itself. It started promptly enough at 8.02 or so with Matt Nathanson, who was adorable and wonderful. Excellent stage presence and catchy songs. I enjoy a guy who comes out and hammers a guitar passionately and has a joyous take on being included as the opening act to such a tour. Kudos and Thumbs up Matt! I've got to find his CD.
Tori's show didn't start till almost 9.15, which worried me since I was afraid the show might be cut short like the one in Fairfax was back in 2002. But, DC came through this time, and since the Metro runs till after midnight, I guess there was no strict curfew on the venue.
As for the setlist, I'll go song-by-song and do my best to keep the personal anecdotes short.
1 Original Sinsuality - The show theme and opener. A little longer than the album version, and more passionate. Very nice way to get started. Short and to the point.
2 Angels - I LOVE this song and have been playing the daylights out of it on my IPod. I had a feeling this song might show up given its subject matter. It's so true and so powerful in its simplicity. It was split between the organ and the piano. Tori switches back and forth so marvelously and flawlessly. It set the tone for the first half of the show, which seemed to be somewhat political in nature. Go figure in DC. :)
3 Take To The Sky - Speaking of flying...I never get tired of this song. I could see a glimpse of a younger Tori standing up to generations of wrongdoers with each verse. The audience really came alive here too. It rocks now and always will.
4 Josephine - Kinda surprised to hear this one, but with the political theme it fits quite well. Napoleon's story is interesting to remember in our current climate. This song has such beauty, even in its sadness. There's a lesson to be learned in it, no doubt.
5 Yes, Anastasia - This is one of those songs I play and sing along very loudly with when I am feeling challenged. I had never heard it live before tonight. And despite the fact that Tori only plays the last part of the original 9-minute opus, the power is not diminished. Given my current life status, I was charged when Tori looked straight at me with the line "We'll see how brave you are" each time. It didn't feel like a challenge from her, it felt like encouragement.
6 Mother Revolution - A classic case of a song not hitting home until it's performed and experienced live. The organ came back to pair with the piano for this one. The two instruments are so complimentary to one another. Like old friends, or long lost cousins. Reminded me of the pairing in 1996 with the harpsichord. I'm really digging this song now.
7 Rattlesnakes - I'm sure most of Tori's fan have heard this one before, but this was my first time. Love the Rhodes' sound. The melancholy quality it brings amidst its gorgeous tone. Loving it. The song was more drawn out than I expected, but it helped drive home the dark emotional backstory.
8 Boys In The Trees - I have limited exposure to Carly Simon, but this song is a real gem. I'd never heard it before, but I adore the lyrics. Gonna be tracking this down for myself soon. I love finding new songs to love!!
9 Like A Prayer - OMG!!!!!!!!!!!! Short story time. I have loved two women in this life outside of my family: Tori and Madonna. On this night of all nights to hear this amazing song of one from the mouth of the other...I can't describe it. I was holding myself so tightly while she played. Tears sprung up, but joyful ones. Perfect subject matter for Tori to tackle in a song. It suits her so well. With Madonna caught up in the Kabalah stuff as of late, I find myself turning to Tori more and more. And here, she brought my love of one woman to herself. Like the joining of the two Marys she talks about...for me, this was one of those life-defining moments. I couldn't be happier...
10 Marys Of The Sea - OK, if anyone doubted Tori's professionalism, let it stand that the lights and screen went out on stage for about 10 seconds in this song, and she didn't flinch. The song was flawless. She added an extra chorus or two. Very dramatic switching between the instruments.
11 Snow Cherries From France - Tonight, I was in the first audience to ever get to hear this song, to my knowledge. The improv when she forgot the lyrics was priceless. She is the greatest performer around, I'm convinced. She made up lyrics on the spot about her day. So cute to watch her throw glances back at the sound booth.
12 Jackie's Strength - The first single to be performed in the show. I was noticing she isn't playing a lot of her big hits. Not that I'm complaining at all, just an interesting tidbit, Anyway, lovely, lovely performance. It seemed to build on the theme set up by "Marys Of The Sea." It struck me as being about closeness and relationships, whether it be a holy figure, a husband, a mother or a best friend...the power of devotion is alive and well.
13 Mother - I had never heard this song in a show before and it was, along with "Like A Prayer," the highlight of the show for me. I remember when I was first getting into Tori's music in my senior year of high school in 1995. I was at a sleepover party at a friend's house and we were all in her basement with the candles burning and listening to the "Little Earthquakes" album. For some reason, "Mother" sticks out clearly in my mind from that time. For a few minutes tonight, I was with my old friends again, in Jessi's basement and my whole life was in front of me...
14 Bells For Her - GORGEOUS version on the Rhodes. The tones sounded just like bells in a steeple. Despite the whispering of some of my audience neighbors, I was gripped by this. The closeness between women friends is amazing to me.
15 The Beekeeper - Very long, emotional version of this song. Tori seemed to evoke the child within, scared of losing her mother, facing one's own mortality, losing a brother. Once again, she has the strength to meet life head on, and in turn inspire us, the audience to do so as well. Don't be afraid.
16 Goodbye Pisces - The first song of the encore, and the first time this was performed on this tour. Just before this song, after Tori left the stage at the end of the main set, a gaggle of people bumrushed the stage, and the staff of the Warner, along with some older audience members, jumped up and went on alert. No need, the people just wanted to be that much closer to their goddess...It was so poetic, watching these people leaning over the edge of stage as Tori sang this sweet song. From our 6th row end seats, my boyfriend and I could still see clearly and try to catch Tori's eye to smile and wave and thank her for tonight.
17 China - I want to cover this song someday. It perfectly sums up the distance that creeps into relationships over time. I've loved the illusions and metaphors since I first heard the song. I'd never heard this one either, if you can believe it, so I was beyond the happiness pale at this point. I remember my first boyfriend leaning on me the first day we were together, and this song was playing in the background on a stereo. Tonight was a night of memory.
18 The Power Of Orange Knickers - This and "Parasol" are my favorite songs on the new album. So great to hear it by Tori solo on the piano. Love the wordplay. Felt like an emotional ice cream after the banquet that was this show.
19 Putting The Damage On - A special surprise to end with. I haven't heard it in a show since 1996. I was imagining the Brass in my head as she played. There is so much ache in this song. But, again, the beauty within the sadness shone through. I didn't want it to ever end.
So, there you have it. I've been writing for almost an hour now. I just don't want to let go of tonight. I feel re-energized. I feel blissful. And I feel a little less alone. :) As I'm writing, I'm smiling over my shoulder at my T-shirt purchase this evening. The white tour shirt with the apple on the cover, evoking the Garden of Eden, Mount Olympus and Snow White. I'm counting the seconds till they announce the Summer tour dates.
Tori, if you ever get to read this, you are my angel and I love you. Thank you from the bottom of my worn out heart for tonight.
From Jason Schlemer:
This show was great!!!. It was a sort of odd mixture of songs, often having a political theme running through them of course. There is one good thing about having Tori play my hometown: She is political. There is one bad thing about Tori playing my hometown: She is political. While many of the songs a la "Mother Revolution", "Take To The Sky", "Angels", and many more fit so well into the vibe of what D.C is known for, politics, the downside is that sometimes I think Tori doesn't quite realize that most of the people in the crowd are not involved in politics and are as regular as the crowd in Clearwater, Boston, Detroit, etc. So sometimes I don't think there is as strong an emotional connection as some of the other cities get. However, that is not to say that tonight's show was not supreme. Tori appeared in a pink shimmery top and a very flowing light pink skirt that was somewhat transclucent. Original Sinsuality and Angels were very similar to the previous shows. As she said her hellos, . A girl shouted "I love you" and Tori said "Love you back" just as a guy yelled "I love you more" and she sexily and quizzically paused and said "You probably do". She then went right into "Take To The Sky" and played it as usually except near the end she must have said "This house is like, is like, is like, is like, is like..." 15 to 20 times or so before belting out the end. "Josephine" was excellent as always, and she knew all the words!. "Rattlesnakes" was the usual version like 01'. It was one I could have done without but, can't win em all.
She strongly played "Yes Anastasia". The whole performance of the song was fierce. It was the fiercest of the whole night. And with the exception of Dallas or Austin 03', it was the best "Yes Anastasia" I have ever heard. The piano was really accented and heavy. Very forceful. Of course "Mother Revolution" was excellent. It is one of my faves from the new record, particularly solo like this. She added the organ on it, which was different then the radio solo performances. I loved it! It was a major highlight for me. The covers: what is there really to say! Both were awesome. "Boys In The Trees" is one of my faves and I was honored to hear it since it is one of her rare covers. She said she drove by Mr.Smith's yesterday, a bar she used to play in Georgetown. "Some of you probably know I cut my teeth in this town." she said. She said she waved hello to the girl in the window from way back when and then said "This is song I used to play over and over back in Rockville""Like A Prayer" was a major surprise. I guess someone requested this. I honestly thought she was going to play "Live to Tell" but she started playing and began singing "Life is a mystery....". The entire theatre went nuts. She even rocked out some while playing it. I love "Like A Prayer" and I feel really fortunate that I got to see the one and only Tori Amos perform it. "Marys of the Sea" (another fave of The Beekeeper) was good, just like the other performances for those who have heard Clearwater.
Let me say I hate "Snow Cherries From France" on TOAL. Hate it. We're not friends. It just never worked out. After hearing it live, we are more than friends now. I LOVED IT! It was one of my favorite moments of the whole night. She sang the first line and then looked at the audience blank and was like "How does it go?" She was laughing. She then kept playing the song and to the tune of "Snow Cherries" sang something like (paraphrasing here) "went past Jefferson today and saw the cherry blossoms [this week is the beginning of the Cherry Blossom Festival, a big D.C thing every April] thought I would be clever and sing this song. I have never done this before and I didn't rehearse as much as I should because I was doing radio all day, all fucking day, so I am having a brain fart." She stopped playing and grabbed the lyrics hidden inside the Bosey and said "You don't see this here" then began singing the song as it is. And it was quite beautiful. Her whole improv was set to the melody of "Snow Cherries". It was really funny and nice. I liked seeing her so silly. She seemed like a little girl and was really cute. I hope someone booted it (along with Like A Prayer). She went into "Jackie's Strength" and I could tell she was struggling to remember the words. There were quite a few pauses. I felt bad for her at one point because I thought she was gonna completely blank out, but she got it and made it through.
The rest of the show was pretty standard. "Goodbye Pisces" seemed really brief and over before you know it, but nice to hear since she hadn't played it yet. "China" a blast from the past was flowing and emotional. Orange Knickers also seemed to be over before you know it. "Putting the Damage On" was beautiful as always. I personally thought the show felt a tad short, but that is probably just me. I wished she would have talked more. I like it when she talks. It's very personable and interesting and funny a lot of the time. The nieces and nephews were there. I didn't see Mom and Dad as was sitting in the middle so probably not close enough, but I am sure there were there. Tori Amos looked absolutely stunning in her dress. Very striking and her hair is very long and flowing. She really is a striking and beautiful women. She looked like a goddess tonight in her dress with her hair curling down her back. Overall, a good show. My only complaint is that the crowd cheered everytime she started a song as if the didn't know it or it was rare. I can understand it for the covers or for a rare song, but there was a lot of yelling everytime she began and it became annoying after awhile. Hoping that she will open up a little more as the tour progresses (except it is so short!). I am looking forward to NYC and Philly, but there is no place like home, no matter how good the setlist!
Her entrance was awesome... lights went down, curtain went up and she was standing under a single beam of light in front of her bosey. She wore a white and pink dress, very flowing and beautiful.
Original Sinsuality - beautiful live.
Let's see, angels was a great second song where she went between the bosey and the organ, sometimes both at the same time. just stunning and she had a lot of passion, head bowed not looking at either board while she played... totally into it. To me this was the politically charged song of the night and you could hear it in her voice...
mother revolution was with the bosey and organ, also stunning.
Like a prayer blew my mind! I dare say she did it better than Madonna... honestly, my mind is still blown...
Bells for Her - this song does it to me every time. Just lovely.
She didn't do any improves BUT she forgot the second line to snow cherries... just giggled and kept playing while improving the lyrics about how she thought she'd be clever about singing about snow cherries (the Cherry Blossom Festival is going on right now in DC) and how she didn't rehearse as much as she'd like to because she was doing "fucking" radio all day.
Goodbye Pieces - incredible. I almost wish that she'd reversed China and Pieces for continuity... but I loved the airy sound of the melody.
There is so much more to say... but no words. By far one of the best Tori concerts I've been to.
From Lorraine Eakin:
Wow! If Atlanta was the "show for the South," this was definitely the show for our nation's Capitol. Her setlist was a mixture of the political (Angels, Mother Revolution), the historical (Josephine, Yes Anastasia, Jackie's Strength), and the personal (Mother, Bells for Her, Take to the Sky). I think she did a lovely job incorporating her personal experiences growing up here with the collective experience of living in and responding to our history and politics.
The audience was very loud and interactive - lots of clapping and spontaneous cheering in the middle of songs. But I think it came from genuine excitement and appreciation (and not pure obnoxiousness) so it didn't bother me - it was very high energy, and I think Tori fed off that. Well, okay, there may have been a few obnoxious people...
Josephine and Yes, Anastasia were, for me, the crux of the show. I've been waiting to see Anastasia for 14 shows, from Syracuse to Atlanta, and it finally happened in my backyard! What an amazing song - no bootleg can capture what it's like to see her perform it. I almost feel she steps out of herself when she performs it - it's eerie, but amazing at the same time. And Josephine is a lovely complement; I think it was perfectly chosen to proceed it.
Mother Revolution is played mostly on the piano, with the chorus played on the organ. I'm still coming to terms with the organ. It still feels a bit jarring to me...time will tell if I come around to it.
Just before Tori's Piano Bar she said, "Some of you know, I cut my teeth singing in this town. We drove by Mr. Smith's and I waved to the redheaded girl, who wasn't a redhead yet, who was in the window. I fell in love with some songs then. And this was a song that I would play, somewhere in Rockville, for hours and hours and hours." - I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist of it. Boys In The Trees was a great, Tori-esque song, and I loved it. I never expected it to be followed by Like A Prayer! That was a real treat. I thought it was really funny she chose to do that song, and I kept giggling, especially when she'd juxtapose the words or skip a section. I remember her saying in an interview that Like a Prayer was her favorite Madonna song. Lots of fun!
The remainder of the set was very emotional, but pretty mellow too. Snow Cherries From France made her first appearance, and Tori blew the first verse, which was great, because she launched into an entirely improvised verse about how she wanted to be clever and do this song after seeing the cherry blossoms, but she didn't have time to rehearse. Then she asked us not to watch what she was doing and pulled the lyrics out of the Bosey! After that she nailed it, and it was lovely.
I got a little sentimental during Jackie's Strength, as my best friend Jackie is getting married next summer. It was a lovely version - she took her time and seemed to get very emotional herself at the end. It doesn't seem a surprise that Mother would follow Jackie, but I was knocked off my seat when she began it. Everyone has "that Tori song" that goes beyond being your favorite song - it's a part of your makeup, a part of who you are. You may go months or years without listening to it, and other songs capture your fancy, but "that song" is still in you. That's what Mother is to me. I haven't seen it since my first show in Delaware in '98 (how lucky to see your favorite Tori song at your first show!) and it was a really special moment for me. The last bits of the song (when she draws out the "mother...mother...the car is..heeeeeeeerrre") were crystal clear and brought tears to my eyes. It was a more bass-y version than usual - it sounded like she only played the song with her left hand. Very powerful!
The rest of the show was a bit lost on me - lovely and enjoyable, but nothing like what had preceded it. I kind of felt like Goodbye Pisces is the new, lesser version of China (even the same imagery), so to see her follow it with China was kind of like saying "Okay, that was the fake version, here's the real version of that song right here".
The 2nd encore was identical to the 1st Clearwater encore. Even so, I stayed til the end. I have this paranoid fear that if I leave a show early she'll decide to do another encore and end with, like, the Wrong Band or Gold Dust or a cover of Nuthin but a G Thang, and I'll miss it. C?est la vie. The show overall was much more than I expected, and Yes Anastasia alone was worth the price of admission!
my boyfriend and i were running late and we missed the opening act. we were still on the metro at 8:30. we were scared we wouldn't make it. they didn't check us because we didn't have a bag or anything with us. everything was in our pockets and i just had a book. when i walked in i noticed a table with cell phones with tickets attached to them, so they were taking phones away.. but they never checked me. (i did see some people with their phones/camera in the theatre, but they snuck them in. i also saw people being told to put their stuff away DURING the concert..)
so we went inside to sit in row L and it was SO CLOSE. it seemed closer than the last show when we were 5th row. aww man it was soooo close..and the theatre itself was so beautiful and all. it was a really intimate setting.
tori started with original sinsuality. it was surreal. she came out wearing this translucent flowing light pink outfit by Bora Aksu. her new body guard, smitty, was at the right of the stage for most of the concert.
the next song was angels. at the booksigning, a guy that was in line with me told me about a close friend of his who died and that the song angels came out years after his friend's death, but he felt that the song really helped him deal with the death of his friend. at the signing when he talked to tori, he told her about the story and he asked her if she could play that song for him at the dc show and she told him she would, and she did. she remembered for him. this song was beautiful, too. she did this little leg cross thing during the song that was funny.
she talked a little bit, saying how she was surprised to come to dc and how it felt like SUMMER TIME. yes, it got up to around 90something yesterday!! someone screamed "i love you" and she said "love you back" and some guy said "i love you more" and she said "i bet you do.." and i thought it was great.
she played take to the sky. did the whole smacking piano thing and the audience had to annoying-ly clap along, but it still was a good performance.
next was josephine. this was a treat.
yes, anastasia was probably my favorite of the night, seeing as how i have been waiting for this song!! it seemed shorter than the original, but maybe that's just me. it was awesome, especially when she got to the 'we'll see' line when she holds it out..
mother revolution was next, and tori played the bose. and the organ for this one, and sometimes she played both simultaneously. it was awesome. this was a worldwide debut of this song..
rattlesnakes, tori moved over to the left of the stage and i had a perfect view. it was beautiful, something about this performance was different than the last time i saw rattlesnakes..
tori came back over to the piano and spoke about the town, rockville, mr. smith's bar..it was nostalgic for tori. she seemed very comfortable and it was like home.
the piano bar started and tori played carly simon's 'boys in the trees' and then madonna's 'like a prayer' these were fun songs.
next was marys of the sea. she played the bose. and the organ for this one too. during this song, the light went out on stage. i dont know if it's because smitty stood in front of it (just kidding!), or what. but she still played through it like it was no thing.
she started playing snow cherries from france, and she forgot how it goes, so she improvised a bit and then started over. she said she rehearsed it and promised she'd play it, since she saw the cherry blossoms in dc and all.. she played the song and it was very pretty. i think this was another debut..?
jackie's strength..not much to say about this, it was a great performance.
mother was very surreal.
bells for her, tori came back to the left of the stage. this was very eerie feeling for me, but i loved the performance of this one.
she then turned, still on the left, and played the beekeeper. this was amazing.
she did the whole 'send this message to michael' thing during the song. very touching.
the first encore was goodbye to pisces (another debut!) followed by china. i liked the placement of these two songs. i think they relate somehow. there was something special about china..
the second encore was the power of orange knickers, where tori shook her head during the 'shame on me' part, and then the last song of the night was putting the damage on. wonderful.
the entire concert was wonderful and i was blown away.
anyway. it was really hard trying to walk out of the venue because it was so small, i never felt so close to toriphilles in my life!!
i'm glad i got to experience this show with all who went!
I know you guys are all big-time Toriphiles or whatever, and so am I. But let's be brutallyhonest here: The Warner show was NOT great.
1. The Warner Theatre people did not open the doors untilclose to8 p.m., the START time of the show. So people cued up for a mile just to wait to get in the doors, only to disocover thatby the time you made it into the theater, the opening act had finished its set (8:30 p.m.). They should have opened the doors at 7 p.m. It makes no sense to start the show at 8 and open the doors at 8. NO SENSE. When I asked management about this I was told that it was the band, not the venue, that had delayed the opening. I am open to hearing other explanations.
2. The set list was awful (although I have to admit that "Orange Knickers" sounds much better live than it doeson the album). With the kinds of songs that she is performing on this tour, she might as well have called this the "Original Obscurity" tour. She did not even play the single from "Beekeeper". Again, nonsensical. She did sound AMAZING, though, and I am glad to have caught her again on one of her "raw" tours (just her and the Bosendorfer, etc.). But I have to say that this may be my last Tori show (and this is my 6th or 7th).
3. She was not very chatty or into the audience, as she has been in past shows. Also, a couple of times it soundedas ifshe had a backing tape going (weird noises, echoes, choruses that perhaps only someone who was seated in the front row -- I was --could hear). But the WORST part of the show was the fact thatshe allowed miscellaneous people to "rush the stage" during the last four songs. Not only was this extremely annoying, but it was also extremely dangerous. There was a PREGNANT BLIND WOMAN next to me WITH A SEEING EYE DOG; they almost got crushed in the stampede. I do not understand why she condones this behavior; perhaps she wants her fans "in the back" to see her up close. But allowing this rush to the stage only endangers the people in the front. If she wants this kind of fan behavior, then she should play general admission shows at venues that are perhaps less civilized than the Warner Theatre. Again, it made NO sense (to me) to endanger the lives of the people in the first 3 rows and allow this ridiculous behavior. Not to mention that I do not appreciate standing in line for HOURS to get my tickets, and then standing in line for an HOUR again to get into the venue, just for Tori to decide that she is going to allow people to overtake my seat. Talk about putting the damage on.
From Richard Handal, H.G. as posted to various Tori mailing lists: