Original Sinsuality Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's May 10, 2005 concert in Brisbane, Australia
Updated Tue, May 10, 2005 - 2:10pm ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the Brisbane, Australia concert at QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) Concert Hall. Tori set list included Northern Lad, Doughnut Song, Snow Cherries From France, Amber Waves and the covers We Belong (Pat Benetar) and Walk Away Renee during Tori's Piano Bar segment of the show. If you were at this concert 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 Brisbane, Australia on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) Concert Hall. Tori's special guest was Tyrone Noonan and the show started at 8:00PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page and Richard G. for calling me with the set list after the show!
Cars & Guitars
We Belong (Pat Benetar cover)
Walk Away Renee (cover written by Bob Calilli, Michael Lookofsky & Tony Sansone and recorded by The Left Banke and others)
Snow Cherries From France
Bells For Her
Tear In Your Hand
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From Matt Page and Richard G.:
The shows in Australia just keep getting better, and Brisbane got a brillant set from Tori. There were several debuts for the tour, and a great set of covers. Tori told the audience that instead of taking requests for her piano bar segment as usual, she would be doing some covers as a dedication to a woman named Schapelle Corby. She is a woman from Australia who is being held in Bali on drug charges and facing a terrible sentence because of the strict drug laws in that country. Tori said that she would "hold a candle" in memory of her.
Tori also told a funny story about how Tash did not want to remove her shoes at the airport and could have gotten arrested. She also said jokingly something like Brisbane has been waiting for this concert for 11 years and she worried that she would have to call and cancel because of the airport incident.
Tori did an improv before Snow Cherries From France because of some difficulties she was having with her microphone. There were a few technical issues tonight, but her organ appears to be fixed.
The set list was interesting with many song connections and themes that seemed to flow into one another. It is also worth noting that the keyboard that Tori had sitting on the far left of the stage was actually facing the audience.
From Richard Iacovella:
Hey!! Heres my review of the show from tonights Brisbane Tori Show!!
Just back from my first Tori Amos concert - The show itself, well, in all honesty, GREAT!!! Bit dissapointed with the setlist, but still I was happy with what we got. This was truly a show for the HARDCORE fans. It was packed and it was 7:40pm. The support act started at 8pm. I decided to go and watch, see where I was sitting and just prepare myself for what was about to come.
I was sitting in Row P (which is 22 rows back) and I was VERY IMPRESSED. It was definately good seats. It wasn't too close, but it wasn't too far either.
Tyrone Noonan graced the stage. Very very very talented young man. He was also joined by another member of his previous band which was cool and they sang till 8:40pm.
So by this time, I was twitching madly and I was a nervous wreck. The doors closed at 8:56pm and the crowd was amped. The lights dimmed to fade as the crowd ROARED. Tori Amos graced the stage at the Concert Hall in Brisbane, Australia for the 2nd time in 12 years. The show opened with the signature track "Original Sinsuality" - ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!
Then she broke into "Father Lucifer" which was another highlight for me so far. It was so good to hear her sing these songs LIVE. This was followed by "Mother Revolution" which was stunning with the piano. Then came MY PERSONAL HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT - "Northern Lad" - I cried. It was absolutely beautiful and sung with such poise and grace. Stunning.
Good songs followed "Cars and Guitars","Carbon","Happy Phantom"
Tori's Piano Bar - FANTASTIC - She said to us that she would like to dedicate this section to Schapelle Corby (an aussie stuck in Bali) and sung "We Belong" by Pat Benetar and "Walk Away Renee" by an Aussie Rick Price.
So that was GREAT fun! Then came some others, bit more mellowed out, "Doughnut Song","Jamaica Inn","Snow Cherries From France","Bells For Her", "The Beekeeper" - all GREAT tracks, but the audience tended to calm down a bit, which was good and bad at the same time.
Her first standing ovation was after "The Beekeeper" and she ran back on stage and performed "Your Cloud" and "Tear In My Hand" - OMG! IMMACULATE all round!
Her second standing ovation was after the first encore. She then walked back on for "Amber Waves" and "Toast" Both stunning.
Overall, for a first Tori Amos show, I was VERY VERY IMPRESSED. I was a little dissapointed in the fact that none of the favourites were performed, but thats a given. I was SECRETLY hoping she'd do all my favs. But thats Tori and thats what makes her UTTERLY fantastic, live and in the studio.
Overall, A FANTASTIC SHOW! Good work Tori!!
From Barbara White:
After being very excited about seeing tori for the first time i have to say i have very mixed feelings about seeing this amzing person. I think my biggest problem was that i was to anxious seeing her live. every time she was playing a song i found i was trying to guess wot the next song was going to be. which was a shame thiinking about it afterwards.
i feel her stand out performaces were bells for her and donut song....
i thought the lighting was amazing..... expecially during bells for her when she had dots circling her.
i loved the way she ran off the stage she riminded me off a little fairy. the crowd was very happy with her.... at some stage it was deathly quiet with toris amzaing voice and piano echoing through-out the concert hall.....
the only thing if i was to say could have been better is that... yes it was good that she played alot of new music but it would have been great for her to play some of her more well known stuff.... im abit off a fan so i knew all the songs....but i did overhear some people say they only knew like 3 songs.....
It's breaking my heart that Brisbane was my last show on this tour, but at least it was the highlight for me. I was sitting front row, so it had an intimacy that neither of the other two shows quite had. Being that close to her is incredible - the looks she gives you! She teases you and seduces you, comforts and consoles you... I can barely think properly today after having witnessed the show last night.
Father Lucifer was incredible, a perfect rendition, and when she began playing Mother Revolution I nearly lost it with excitement. I know she already played it in Sydney but it is one of my favourites from Beekeeper, and she did an immaculate version. There are no words to describe how incredible Northern Lad was... I don't have words that can convey such extreme emotion.
Happy Phantom was wonderful, far better than I could ever have dreamt it to be. The covers were better tonight, as they were sung with so serious a purpose in mind. Tori seemed genuinely affected by the circumstances, getting rather choked up in Walk Away Renee. That done, she got back into the swing of things. It was interesting hearing Snow Cherries from France live. Her false start (due to mic feedback) was funny. "Should've sung 'I knew a boy who wouldn't share his mic' instead" she joked, before starting it again.
"Bells for Her" seemed to be my song, with Tori making loads of eye contact, staring for long enough to send chills down my spine. This was the only song she played on the Rhodes all night, and thus was directly in my line of sight. She kept throwing my friend and I glances all night, and when she ad-libbed in Tear in Your Hand she grinned at us and threw in "Neil says hi, by the way" (my friend got a Sandman comic signed in Sydney)
I was damn pleased to get so many songs from Scarlet's Walk, Carbon was so much more delicate than the album version, Your Cloud was as gentle and beautiful as it could be and Amber Waves was strong and powerful. I couldn't help but cry during The Beekeeper, as I always do, and her consolatory looks were quite affecting. Toast was a perfect closing number, beautiful and touching as could be, and it is with much pain that I now comprehend that I will not see her live again for quite some time...
As a side note, so many fans showed up for the meet-and-greet that she could not sign things for everyone, so it became a conference styled session witheveryone standing around listening to her. She noticed that many fans had come up from Sydney and told us that the organ doctor had repaired the fault. She said that the repair guy used to own the organ prior to it being sold to the hire company and that they had not had it repaired at all since he sold it to them. "Don'tditch her yet, she's a good one!" he told her, and then she laughed and said "well, he didn't call her heor she, but you know". It was brief, but it was nice to be that close to her again.
From Mathew Thompson:
This was my first time seeing Tori live and I have walked away in awe of the talent she posses.
Her piano playing was astounding, from delicate tinkling to powerful thunderclaps that vibrated right through me. It was well worth the price of the ticket just to appreciate her talent on the piano. And live her voice is spine tingling. At times amazingly high and haunting, at other times throaty and raw. Combine the two and I was almost moved me to tears a couple of times. And then there were the times she played one hand on the organ and one hand on the piano, stradling her seat and singing. AMAZING!!
She looked beautiful in a white flowing dress, almost angelic. She seemed in really high spirits laughing and telling stories about her daughter.
The highlights for me were Father Lucifer, Northern Lad, Doughnut Song and the two covers. I just wish that she was performing a second show in Brisbane. I feel my anticipation and excitement last night hampered my ability to be absorbed in her performance and that at a second show I would be able to appreciate Tori even more.
From cassandra lee:
The concert in Brisbane was my first (and hopefully not last) tori experience, it was a sweet and sour event. I was so happy to actually be there live but the set list wasn't what I was hoping for. im putting this down 2 me only jumping on the tori bandwagon after scarlet's walk came out. The tone of the songs were all quiet similar so at times it was hard 2 differentiate between them. Happy phantom and amber waves were amazing but I was dying to hear crucify and sweet the sting. Tori seamed happy to be there, she looked and sounded beautiful.
From Miss Bunny:
When I secured my tickets I started to pray for Tori to play Jamaica Inn, she did... a very different sounding song live with the organ and piano, but still Jamaica Inn. Its such a beautiful little track that has me hooked. She followed this with Snow Cherries From France...its one of the lovliest songs and the little improv after the feedback was delicious.
As a long time fan I was delighted that she returned to Australia, after I had figured I would never have the pleasure of seeing her live. I feel for the fans who missed out on getting tickets to the tiny venue. It was a real treat and I wish I had the cash to have followed the tour to at least another couple of shows. I was very happy with the set which could only have been more perfect if it included Marianne, Talula, Sugar and Garlands.
The final 3 tracks of the encores were real highlights, Tear in Your Hand I did not expect but when she began playing it it was truly beautiful to hear...Amber Waves was amazing and sounded great, I loved the use of the Organ throughout the set but especially in Amber...and appropriately finishing on Toast.
Father Lucifer was also a highlight, with the finger going up with the line "girls that eat pizza and never gain weight." I was hanging out to hear "does Joe bring flowers to Marilyn grave." And Doughnut Song off Pele was really amazing, after all Pele remains my favourite album and I was happy it was represented.
A great show, Thank you Tori for coming to Brisbane!
From Sue Chamber:
My sister and I were so excited about seeing Tori for the first time ever. The anticipation was peaking during dinner before the show, discussing our set list wish list. We also discussed what Tori would be wearing, we were hoping we would get Bat Wings, so when Tori graced the stage in ballerina pink dress with Bat Wings, we knew we were in luck.
Father Lucifer was awesome and one of the highlights of the show for me. The QPAC concert hall was an excellent venue to see Tori in as the acoustics are really good, It is an intimate space and you feel close to the stage everywhere, it also has only a modest size stage space so Tori and her keys filled the stage perfectly. I have seen other artist such as Ani Difranco there and she even commented during the performance what a good venue she thought the concert hall was. There were a few technical problems towards the end but you couldn't even tell Tori was aware of them, the consummate professional.
Carbon was fantastic, the piano work in it was amazing and it is often hard to believe so much music can come from one instrument......this is certainly not the case when I hit the keys! J Happy Phantom was another personal highlight with a very energetic start and the sarcasm in the Woo Hoos brought another dimension to the song.
Tori's piano bar was very powerful and emotional. The case of Shappelle Corby is highly evocative as it is and during "We Belong" I was very moved.
During the second part of the show - Doughnut song and Bells For Her were stunning. Bells For Her had an extra bonus for us as the keyboard she played was right in front of us! The organ in the beekeeper was very eery and mesmerising.
The first encore rocked, again the piano work in your Cloud and Tear in your hand rocked. In the second encore Amber Waves was very special alternating between Organ and Piano.
Overall the concert was every bit as special as I thought it would be. Tori's voice filled the space and at times you almost don't separate it from the other instruments.
The only downside is we left wanting more. My sister and I were also disappointed because we did not get Yes Anastasia, as this is one of our favourites and I noticed she has been doing it frequently on this tour.
Driving home talking with my sister we both were left feeling a little disappointed and lamenting the absence of Tori in Australia over the last 11 years. The Beekeeper is not my favourite Tori album, and she played a lot of content from it during our concert, understandably. This made me very sad for having missed tours of "Boys For Pele" (Our Favourite Album), Choirgirl, TVAB, Scarlet's Walk. But as the saying goes beggars can't be choosers! I don't mean to finish on negative - but when the end of Tuesday nights show also signals the start of the wait for the next Australian tour.....................
Please Come Back Tori!