Original Sinsuality Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's May 31, 2005 concert in Dublin, Ireland
Updated Tue, May 31, 2005 - 10:38pm ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the second Dublin, Ireland concert at Vicar Street. Tori set list included A Sorta Fairytale, Crazy, Ireland and the covers New Years Day (U2) and 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) (Simon & Garfunkel) during Tori's Piano Bar segment of the show. The huge surprise in addition to the tour debut of Ireland was the fact that Damien Rice joined Tori on stage to sing The Power Of Orange Knickers! 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 Dublin, Ireland on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 at Vicar Street. Tori's special guest was Tom McRae and the show started at 8:30PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page and Richard G. for calling me with the set list after the show!
A Sorta Fairytale
Barons Of Suburbia
Bells For Her
New Years Day (U2 cover)
59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - (Simon & Garfunkel cover)
Sweet The Sting
Cool On Your Island
The Power Of Orange Knickers (with Damien Rice singing on stage!)
Tear In Your Hand
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From Matt Page and Richard G.:
This was the highlight of the two Dublin, Ireland shows and will be remembered as one of the best shows of this tour! The huge surprise of the night was when Damien Rice came on stage (who happens to be Irish), sat on stool, and sang The Power Of Orange Knickers with Tori! He did a great job. The other exciting thing was the tour debut of "Ireland", which certainly came out at an appropriate time.
Tori was really amazing tonight. She performed a really blisteringly powerful version of Little Amsterdam where she was growling and completely ferocious.
Tori said something funny about editing. She said her dad is in charge of her publishing and as he put together a music anthology of Tori's work, he left out certain songs like "God". Tori said that he was like the American President in that he is good at editing things.
Before her piano bar segment, people kept yelling out for Tori to sing some of her songs, but Tori did the covers as usual. She made a comment that she might have to go back to performing in bars for money of people keep stealing her music. No one laughed, and then Tori added, "That was supposed to be funny."
Tori did an improv before Ireland that was really good. If anyone has lyrics, please send them to The Dent. She performed Ireland on the same organ that she uses to perform The Beekeeper, which brings to two the number of songs she performs on that particular instrument!
On her written set list, Tori had Putting The Damage On for the last song of the first encore, but did Hey Jupiter instead.
Finally, Tori seemed to be using only the venue's lighting during the show and not her own.
the second night was more of a crowd pleaser. no crucify but hey no-one's perfect. tonight was much bouncier than the last in that she picked the more well known songs on her previous albums. this was a fun night no doubt, tori letting us in on family business and her dad's funny little ways. playing to the crowd a u2 cover and getting damien rice on stage certainly played up the irish theme. i have never seen tori before. i have now seen her twice, two nights in a row and they were completely different sets. my love for tori's music will always be with me and i hope to see her again soon.
as a footnote i'd like to congratulate her on not letting anything show even though she was wearing a very loverly layered skirt - my boyfriend was a bit disappointed. did she see him trying to check out her bits and make the decision to wear trousers the next night? only tori knows....
If it's possible, I think tonight was even better than last night. she came out wearing a very unusual blue top, the top half was knitted with a high neck and the bottom half of the top looked satin or something. She was wearing short white trousers.
Tonight when she was saying hello to us, she was saying that people are good at leaving information out. She said 'American presidents are good are editing out. Well my Dad could be an American president. As you all know he's a minister and also my publicist. Which is a good thing; they don't steal from you. But when I was putting together my anthology he was editing out, he was leaving out Cruicfy, God, Father Lucifer. And I said, Dad what are you doing. And he said, I just thought I'd help.' Then she went into Father Lucifer which was very well recieved.
When she was about to start the Piano Bar people were shouting up songs for her to sing (her own songs) and she said, no this is where we play other people's songs. She said that the song she was about to play, noone had ever requested when she was playing in clubs and then said, I wonder why. She played New Year's Day, which was better than the original (I think so anyway!). Feelin' Groovy was also very well recieved.
After The Beekeeper she ran off, then came back for her first encore hand in hand with Damien Rice. He sat on a stool at the front of the stage, singing with her with his eyes closed the whole time. It was brilliant! And will probably never happen again, so it was really brilliant to be there. When they finished the song, she got up and hugged him. Then she sat back down and said 'I wasn't going to play this, but I like you'. So she played Hey Jupiter for us.
Her last song was Ireland. She played a little improv before hand. Then she just sang 'sha na na na' and everyone screamed! I thought it would be cheesy if she played it, but it wasn't at all, it was so good and obviously very fitting.
I went up to the front of the stage to try and get another set list, but by the time I got there, they had all been given out. So I shouted out, do you have anything else and he gave me her insence, which smells so lovely. I thought he was giving me a bottle of piss at first!
I was just going to review Monday night's concert and enjoy Tuesday but it was such an amazing experience that I just had to put down a few thoughts.
For me it was the best I have ever seen Tori. It was really emotional and I wasn't expecting that. I want to thank the randomness of ticket selection as my seat was perfect. On Monday I was off to the side and so missed a lot of her interaction but Tuesday I was at the third table back right in front of her and it was magical.
Her covers were beautifully judged with the crowd pleaser of U2, who are playing three sold out nights to almost a quarter of a million people in Dublin next month and the light and breezy 59th Street Bridge Song. I thought I was going fall off my chair when Kildare man ( so yes he's a local!) Damien Rice came out to duet on the Power of Orange Knickers. He sat there so shy on his stool with his eyes closed.
My highlight was Hey Jupiter, so many thanks to the persistent fan who asked for it. She said she wasn't going to do it, but because she liked us she would. I will never forget her singing, ' I go from day to day' ' stunning, with her voice soaring.
The banter was fun too. She hit the nail on the head when she said to a woman earlier in the day that she was sad to be leaving Ireland and when the woman pointed out that she had a house here, Tori said she knows that as she is still paying for it. House prices are a hot topic here! She also opened the Piano Bar section by saying that she would be playing for Congressmen, lobbyists, their mistresses and lads but they would never requested this, whereby she launched into New Year's Day. Her comments on her parents editing out all her religious songs ' God, Crucify, ect., because her Dad was a Minister was hilarious. She then went into Father Lucifer. I didn't know her parents did all her publishing.
Other highlights for me were the sultry version of Sweet the Sting and the absolutely haunting Beekeeper. The last encore had the lovely Tear in Your Hand and then the end song was Ireland with a new introduction ' we loved it! Her outfit for those interested was a royal blue top, knitted from neck to shoulder with the sleeves slit and tied around her wrists, white knickbockers (yes!) and high silver sandals.
So thank you Tori, it was so special and your welcome back anytime. To those of you who still have to see her ' your in for a treat!
After arriving late in Dubin(about 7:00pm), checking into my hotel, and spending what seemed like eternity finding a taxi, I finally arrived at Vicar Street round abot 8:00 pm. The venue is unlike any other I have been to, a small stage running lenghtways along the gig room, a number of small tables each seating 4 persons packed together on the flat floor, bordered by raised seating areas on all sides overlooked by a standing/seated balcony. I remember thinking that that is the place to be should you want to video the gig.
Atmospheric dimmed lighting greeted me on entry and enhanced the feeling of intimacy, also aided because you can quickly walk to the bar, buy a drink and bring it back to your table. From here you can lap up the pre-gig vibe, whilst there are many fewer dyed-red heads compared to Tori's peak during the 90's, the majority of the audience are still female denoting the make up of Ms Amos' fan base.
All of a sudden the lights dim and Tom MaCrae appears on stage accompnied by a long haired bloke with a bouble bass. Half a dozen or so melancholy songs delivered with some pain, with some angst and with some light hearted banted with hecklers later, the support is gone.
And then La Tori............
Tori made a low key entry, wearing a light blue top, white pants and with her flaming red hair proving very striking under the someimes harsh stage lighting. The sound on trhe first 2 or 3 songs wasn't great and it was interesting to see Tori gesticulating at her 'peeps' to make adjustments. The vocals just weren't clean enough and for someone blessed with such a voice this clearly wasn't good enough.
By the time she got to Fatheer Lucifer though, introduced as one of the songs her father didn't want to be on the greatest hits cd thing (religious stuff), the sound had been remedied and the power and indeed the beauty of Tori's vocals was available to all punters.
There were 4 piano/keyboards on stage arranged into pairs. For Bells For Her Tori moved to the left hand side of the stage and this was the first song of the evening for me that connected emotionally. Intense, moody, it took me back to 1994, the first time I saw Tori live when she also played it, but last night a new arrangement allowing a fresh perspective on the song. It's wonderful how music can evoke long forgotten memories............
Other highlights were New Years Day, dare I say it better than the original it was striking how the melody stood out in Tori's version, unlike ole Bono's go. Then.........
Cool On Your Island, emoted (is that a word?) in such a way that I lost track of where I was at one point, focussing on Tori at the organ. Everyone should own a copy of this song - so underrated, so overlooked, so good,
All too soon the main set finished with Tori bounding off stage before returning a couple of minutes later with Damien Rice appeared for the first encore. Damien sat on a stool at the front of the stage and performed more as a back up singer than as a duetist (real word?). The performance was very close to the album version. Then..........
Wow! (Wow again) That voice, those high notes reminescent of the way she used to sing Winter, the performance, fucks sake Tori!!! The best song of the evening, perfection, orgasm-type emotions spring to mind.....
A couple more songs then Tori ran off stage as though she was been chased by a pack of rabid badger/wolf hybrids, I've never seen her move so fast!
Then off to Temple Bar to drink and party, Tori is great, partying is great, Dublin is brilliant!
From Erin Halliday:
On the Tuesday, we all gathered outside Vicar Street in the afternoon in the freezing cold. We were treated to great entertainment by the girl with the luscious voice (thank you!) and her guitar. All of Tori's peeps arrived with their suitcases and coffees and Penguin bars. When we'd been there for two hours with no word, we were beginning to panic (especially since my sister and I had been the only two who'd missed out the day before), when Tori's Chrysler appeared outside the venue. Phew! We got news that she was running late and that there'd be no 'tea and scones inside' for us today! It was an amazing atmosphere. I know that people have written all kinds of numbers, but there were really only about twenty or twenty five of us there, maybe thirty at the most. When the bouncers came out and told us to line up we were all nearly turning blue! Tori finally came out (she'd been sound-checking with some competition winners from a radio station) at around 5 pm.
We'd all become so friendly that everyone was really great - having their time with Tori and then moving back out of the way so that the next people could meet her. I got some lovely pictures. When I met her she was the sweetest of sweet. She was so nice to me. She asked me how I was straight away, shook my hand over the barrier and my sister took my photograph with her. I've just finished my M.A. degree in Creative Writing, and I'd printed out my thesis and had it bound for her. I asked her could I give it to her, explained that it was the manuscript for my first book, and I couldn't believe it - she said that yes, certainly I could give it to her, she said "Thank you for that, I'll check it out." Then she signed my copy of Piece by Piece and talked to me and my sister about how good a sister she must be for letting her sign the book with my name. She asked us were we coming to the show that night, and when I said that we didn't have tickets yet, she replied "well, don't worry - we ALWAYS keep a few back, you'll be fine." My sister talked to her about how she'd seen her eleven years ago the last time she toured Ireland and Tori said that it had been a LONG time. She said that she preferred playing the intimate venues, and that she'd enjoyed last night. I said "last night was phenomenal" and she said, "Oh, you were at the show? I'm glad you enjoyed it." She is exceptionally pretty face-to-face. She looks straight at you with you piercing blue eyes and it feels as if she's looking right into your soul. When she talks to you she makes you feel so relaxed and calm, as if she would continue talking to you for hours and hours. She spent so much time talking to me, I couldn't believe how relaxed it was. Her hair is incredibly red in the flesh, and she wears more make up than I thought she did, but she's so cuddly and sweet and just incredibly loving and giving. I'm so glad that I met her.
That night I got a ticket from a girl whose friend wasn't coming (thanks to Dor for her help and sympathy when I didn't have a ticket, and Wesley from Kildare who was going to sacrifice his to me if I hadn't found one - you are all so sweet). Obviously my seat wasn't as good, nothing could have beaten the front row the night before!
Overall, Tuesday's show was full of surprises - A Sorta Fairytale was a big shock when she played it - the venue filled with screams of joy at its intro. Crazy was an enormous surprise too. I'd said to my sister on the way down in the car from Belfast that the tracks that I really wanted to hear off the new album were Barons of Suburbia, Jamaica Inn and The Beekeeper. When she started playing Barons of Suburbia I was so happy! It sounded nothing like the album version - half of it on the organ, slowed down, and half of it on the Bse. Incredible. Tori had vast amounts of energy on this night. A bouncer on the way in had told us that she had "a bit of a sore throat" but I can't believe that - her performance was extremely energetic and she was pushing her voice to its limits, especially doing both Little Amsterdam and Father Lucifer in the first four tracks! Bells For Her is one of my all-time favourite Tori songs and it was an exquisite rendering of the track on the organ that night.
Tori chatted so much - she was so happy at this gig, she seemed really up-beat and comfortable in her white trousers and funky blue top, she was full of beans. I don't think that this made the gig better than the night before - Monday is still the best Tori gig that I've ever been to. Let's just say Tuesday was something COMPLETELY different. Everything surprised me. Let's count the things that I wished I had been sitting next to my sister for to gasp at: 1) her white trousers, 2) A Sorta Fairytale, 3) Tori comparing her Dad to an American president, 4) New Year's Day, 5) 59th Street Bridge Song (so hilarious - she sang it in a wee girly voice, in such a funny way, it was fantastic - everyone sang along!) 6) Jamaica Inn (my favourite song off The Beekeeper), 7) Cool On Your Island, 8) Damien Rice dueting with her onstage.
Sweet the Sting was so sexy and sultry - she gave a little shake at "shake, shake, shake me sane" and was really digging the vibe. Cool On Your Island - what can I say? I almost had a heart attack when she began its introduction - there was no-one else around me who knew what it was and there I was screaming my head off in disbelief! Arguably the best thing on Y Kant Tori Read and the reason that everyone should own a copy: it's been in my Tori top 5 since I first heard it. She sang it beautifully. At the end I shouted "Thank you", it was such a treat to hear that live, I never thought that I would.
At the end of the Beekeeper (the only overlap between this and the last night's gig along with Original Sinsuality as the tour's opener) Tori created this mind-bending sound with the organ and her voice. It was almost like white noise - she got her note to resonate with the organ and increase in volume and intensity until it felt as if your head might burst with it. It was phenomenal, and really grabbed everyone's attention.
When Damien Rice left the stage, Tori sat down and pointed to the organ and said something like "Treats for the Press, cus I like you guys." But her re-verb was already on, so it was hard to make out. Then she turned it off and said "I don't think I wanna do this song, but here goes." The lines "I go from day to day, I know where the cupboards are, I know where the car is parked, I know he isn't you" were breathtaking as they always are live, and she did have a little twinkle in her eye that might have been a tear as she kept the "ho-oo-ooh" harmonies repeating. She expressed her sadness at leaving Ireland and I think we all felt it.
There was a strange atmosphere in the audience that night that was a little uncomfortable compared to the previous night - perhaps Tori's frivolity had passed onto us, but people all seemed to be talking, and going to the bar, and walking about and not paying enough attention. I spent the gig trying to listen over people talking and look over people standing up to take photos and getting up for the bar, and waitresses collecting glasses walking in front of you and people's friends coming over to them to chat, and having to stand up every time someone wanted to pass. It was not good! I tried not to let it affect Tori though - I still heard every word and watched every movement and gave her back as much love and appreciation for every song that I could. For the final encore she did Tear in Your Hand, and it was so sweet - the whole venue began singing "yay da-da dye da, yay da-da dye da" with her at the start and sang along for a while, which must have touched her.
The introduction to Ireland (which we KNEW she must do) was gorgeous - but she began it by singing a line from Virginia, which made me think that she was about to play Virginia. She sang "you can't remember your name, your name..." and sang about Brigit etc. It was great. Both nights will stay in my memory forever. I can't wait for the London shows now. I will send some photos when I get myself sorted out when I come home from London! Can I say a last thank you to all the EWF who were at the Dublin shows and Meet&Greets because everyone was wonderful and I had such a ball with all of you. To Orla (your name does NOT mean 'vomit' in Irish!!!) and Karen (I hope the hospital didn't notice how drunk you were when you snuck back in after the show), Louise from the venue and her friend who got into the sound-check, Hannah with the beautiful butterfly necklace, Joni who sat at the table behind us, Annie from Donegal and Sinead, Caragh, Wesley the bouncer with the Orange Knickers from Kildare, the girl with the guitar, Stephanie with her Leprachan Companion, the guys singing 'Sister Act', Jon, Eef and Dor (see you in London!) who were so sweet about tickets and everything, the guy who got his copy of Cornflake Girl signed with the digital camera in his fingernail and the guy who invited Tori to his 21st birthday party (I hope she comes!) - it was a blast and you all helped make it extra special! Especially to Sonia from France, without whom I wouldn't have had a ticket to the second night. You're all fantastic. Love, Erin.