Original Sinsuality Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's June 23, 2005 concert in Bonn, Germany
Updated Thu, Jun 23, 2005 - 5:26pm ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the Bonn, Germany concert at Kunst und Ausstellungshalle. Tori set list included Martha's Foolish Ginger, Siren, Another Girl's Paradise and the covers Daniel (Elton John) and Vincent (Starry Starry Night) (Don McLean) 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 email@example.com with your review or comments. You can also post your review of the show on The Dent's Original Sinsuality Tour Forum. Thanks for sharing your reviews with The Dent.
Tori performed in Bonn, Germany on Thursday, June 23, 2005 at Kunst und Ausstellungshalle. Tori's special guest was Tom McRae and the show started at 7:00PM.
Special thanks to Richard G. for calling me with the set list after the show!
Martha's Foolish Ginger
Marys Of The Sea
Daniel (Elton John cover)
Vincent (Starry Starry Night) (Don McLean cover)
Bells For Her
Another Girl's Paradise
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From Richard G.:
Tori remains in fine form and performed an amazing show in Bonn. She did deviate a little from her written set list. She was supposed to perform Mary instead of Another Girl's Paradise.
After the first two songs, she said hello and mentioned that it was really hot today. She says she is like a lizard and loves the heat, but today was really hot. Then she said something about trying the next song with water.
During Happy Phantom, she suddenly stopped playing and was moving people around in the audience, having them sit in the front row. She mentioned that if she was not a singer she would be an usher, and then did an improv about being an usherette. She then went back into Happy Phantom.
She did briefly pause during Vincent (Starry Starry Night) and said, "Oops, I fucked up."
The people at the meet and greet earlier that day signed a petition asking Tori to play Siren and she did! This caused a huge cheer from the crowd, which Tori seemed to enjoy.
Highlights of the show included Siren, Marys Of The Sea, Happy Phantom and Jackie's Strength. Her version of Vincent was powerful as well.
As always, I can confirm Richard's setlist. :)
After the really amazing Berlin show, the Bonn show certainly had a different mood, but Tori kept the high quality standard she had set two days earlier.
And just like Monday's Hamburg show, the Bonn show was at an open air location (kind-of, anyway). In both cases, the show took place fairly early (support act starting at 7 pm, Tori at 8 pm), with sunset at around 9:50 pm. So what this means is that there's still quite a bit of natural light on stage throughout the entire show - and of course, on the audience. I get the impression that this is what makes Tori interact more with us, the audience, during such shows than otherwise. It must feel pretty awkward to talk at people you cannot really see at all, so my guess is that it's a welcome difference for her to actually *see* lots of folks sitting there.
Well, your guess is as good as mine, but, like Hamburg, Bonn was a show where Tori talked more than usual, and it actually was the most interactive of her shows I ever experienced. This began with her talking about the hot weather, and she asked people to close their eyes and then did a nice improv about the weather and cold water, if my memory serves me right.
If asked to describe the first few songs of last night's show, and the mood Tori was in, I would probably say "very playful". Playing these songs (and playing with the audience, in a way) was big fun for her, quite obviously, and it certainly makes me enjoy songs more when I see how much she likes playing them. While I'm sure she likes most of her creations, I get the impression that, as a professional musician, she usually doesn't get "carried away" by those girls quite as much as last night ... I loved it!
And it went on like this ... After we got Amber Waves and a lovely Martha's Foolish Ginger (the best version I've heard so far), she began to play the first few chords of Happy Phantom. And while people like me were wondering "oh wow, I've heard this before ... wait - does she *really* play this *wonderful* and rare song for us today?" she interrupted it and began to move people around ... going like "you two cute girls over there, why are you at the side? look, there are seats over here, much closer to the center, just go and sit there ... Alles klar." ... A few of the people addressed didn't find the seats Tori assigned to them, and wanted to return to their original seats. So she told them again "no no, look, there's a single seat left, yes, right there, and there's another one, over there, see?" till they had found the seats ... and it all ended with her doing an improv about how she could be an usheress. (And she would be a good one, for sure. All those hidden talents! Still, I'm glad she chose singer/songwriter as her main profession. He he ... :-)) Happy Phantom ... could hardly think of a more appropriate song for the mood she was in right then. And she shared this mood with us, the audience.
Jackie's Strength was next, and again, one of the best versions I've heard so far. It fitted into the show quite nicely, as did a great version of Marys of the Sea. Next up was Crazy - what a nice surprise to hear this one again. Quite a rarity on this tour, and it didn't appear too often on last tour's European dates, either. Great ... a dreamy song, feeling good.
Tori's Piano Bar (not with the usual sign and the beamer, but with two large plasma displays at the sides of the stage showing those three words) began with an introduction by Tori where she mentioned her past playing piano in bars around Washington D.C., telling us that "Daniel" was one of the more frequently requested songs. And she showed us solid proof that she can play it well! Lovely version. She then played a minute or two of "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)" next, stopped it quite suddenly and declared "I've fucked up this song". Her question "what's that in German?" unfortunately (or maybe not :)) only got a few shy responses from the audience, but in any case she restarted it and played it completely, this time sounding better than the first instance (which wasn't *that* bad, actually), complete with an additional improv at the beginning, sounding like she summoned Vincent to assist her in getting the song done right. So cool.
After the Piano Bar segment, Parasol appeared again, in a powerful version, again quite a good choice for the hot, sunny weather! China was next, and finally a version I really liked. (Yes, I admit it, for some reason me and that song must have had a little fight along the way in earlier times.) As if she was referring to that song, Tori had the bull in the china shop and Goodbye Pisces appear next - a first for me, and definitely more interesting than the album version. Great! Just as if she hadn't given enough gifts yet, Springhaze turned up, one of my all-time favourites. Needless to say, a dreamy, yet playful rendition it was.
The obligatory Beekeeper was strong and haunting as usual, and while I see it's importance as, together with Original Sinsuality, building some sort of "frame" around the show, or "bridge" maybe, I sometimes wish its position were a bit more flexible, say, appearing one or two songs earlier or later in the setlist every now and then. I feel this wouldn't harm its position, or importance, within the set, but make its appearance altogether less predictable. After all, the things in life that happen to us, the good and the bad, often strike us quite unexpectedly. The Beekeeper, symbolizing, in a way, the dealing with those things that hit us without warning, could, in my humble opinion, be a song which turns up somewhat more unexpectedly. But maybe that's just me.
Tori waited till the first encore before she played the much-anticipated Siren, which before the show many people had requested her to play, and she was looking everybody at the front in the eyes, smiling happily when she began playing it, as if she were saying "I'm in a very generous mood today - enjoy". Bells for Her was next, and Another Girl's Paradise was yet another rarely-heard beauty from Scarlet's Walk that we got as a present.
Hey Jupiter ended another truly remarkable European show. (I cannot say I'll be sleeping well tonight, but that's more the fault of my bad travel planning than anything else. :-)) It was a show where lots of those little, special things happened, a show where the details, the remarks between the songs were as enjoyable as the music itself.
Add to that the brilliant, crystal-clear sound, and you know why I most definitely will go to Tori's next Bonn show (whenever that may be) as well. The "Museumsmeile" there has always been a great, magical location for concerts.
And if anybody wonders why I'm writing such a long review (congratulations if you made it to this end of the text): It doesn't mean that there's less to report about Tori's other shows - it's just a sign of lack of sleep (and vivid imagery of the show still in front of my eyes) and many hours aboard an air-conditioned train ... the words flow well this way ...
Will be reporting from Munich next ... best wishes!
Tori played a brand new song at the soundcheck in Bonn. She confirmed that "she's a new girl" at the m&g in Munich the day after, she said she hopes it will appear on the next record. It was a very beautiful, around 10 minute long ballad played on the piano and I remember some words that were like "I can hear you scream from the other side of the mountain".