Original Sinsuality Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's July 1, 2005 performance in Montreux, Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival
Updated Fri, Jul 01, 2005 - 8:56pm ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for Tori's Montreux, Switzerland performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Tori set list included Little Earthquakes, Martha's Foolish Ginger, Blood Roses and the covers Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen) and Time (Tom Waits) 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 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on Friday, July 1, 2005.
Special thanks to Richard G. and Eric for calling me with the set list after the show!
Barons Of Suburbia
Martha's Foolish Ginger
Bells For Her
Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen cover)
Time (Tom Waits cover)
1st (and only) Encore
Silent All These Years
Sweet The Sting
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From Richard G. and Eric:
Tori had two encores listed on her written set list, but she only did one encore as you can see above. The written set list had her doing Amber Waves and Silent All These Years for the first encore and then Sweet The Sting and Hey Jupiter for the second encore. But the show began late because the audience was reportedly late in getting back to their seats after the break before Tori's performance. Therefore, Tori only did one encore as you can see above.
The venue for tonight's show was very small. It was definitely the most intimate venue of the tour. But the sound was a little dry tonight, likely because of the difficulty in tuning the sound in that small room.
Early in the show Tori gave her hello and told the audience that it was very special for her to perform again at the Montreux Jazz Festival and that is was like returning to the Mothership. Back in 1991, before Little Earthquakes was released, she was given a chance to play. So Tori was honored to be playing there again. Later she told the audience that her covers for that show were both requests from earlier that day.
Richard's favorites songs tonight were Little Earthquakes, Barons Of Suburbia, Crucify, Famous Blue Raincoat, and he also said that tonight's version of The Beekeeper was his favorite of the tour so far.
Eric later emailed me these comments about this show:
It is probably not fair to say that Tori seemed 'nervous' during the show - even though I may have spontaneously made that comment on the phone last night. I had, however, the impression that the was more focused and concentrated on getting everything right, so that less room was available for experiments and for doing the little extra things that help to create the especially magical moments. My personal impression was that there was more of this today in Genova...
It is also possible that the late start and the resulting time pressure did not allow Tori to celebrate their songs just as usual, when she can give them at certain moments more 'time to breathe'.
It may also be interesting to note that Tori stayed away from performing 'b-sides' during the Montreux show (not counting the two covers).
My personal impression was also that the open air location in Genova allowed Tori and her team to 'do more with the sound', compared to the small indoor auditorium at the Casino Barrière in Montreux - and Tori's performances do benefit from these additional options.
In any case, Tori indicated during the Genova Meet & Greet that 'Montreux was fun!' - which may have been in reference to the show in Montreux or potentially also to the entire Montreux Jazz Festival experience.
A very small news item on the Montreux show is that Tom McRae (and Ollie Krauss) did get 45 minutes to perform during this show, which enabled them to play all of the songs that they had used during their performances so far and to also introduce one new song (Sao Paulo Rain), during which Ollie plays an electric piano.
From Mitch Haudenschild:
I was in Montreux in 1991 for her first visit and see her many times in between. Minimum once per tour. Been to London - Paris - Zurich - Basel just to see her over the years.
Here are my comment's on yesterday's show in Montreux.
Was sitting (facing Tori) at the 2nd row. Percfect view to follow her play and also seeing her face expression at many occasions. I've had the feeling that she's still living her music/show with intensity... but that intensity is turning more into a confidence play. She's regarding us in our eyes... and she's pretty strong at that. It's impressive sometimes. I remember a time when she was a little bit further away and more in the shadows...
I remember her first show in Montreux (the venue was located at the same Casino but downstairs) when she interrupted a song to ask the public if they had any interest and respect into her music, because some of the audience - who wasn't there for her (they were four artists on the bill), were always chatting and making noise... which wasn't very sympathetic for the devoted fans.
Last night, she gave the feeling of "controlling" everything ! I would even say that sometimes, it was too smooth... on the same level-tempo. Even some people were falling to sleep. Maybe they're not enough into Tori's music. Because in Montreux, they're still people going there to make themselves see... . In my opinion, it's sad she didn't played songs like "Precious Things", "Cornflake Girl" or even the heavy "Little Amsterdam" to make things change.
And except her introduction speech, she didn't talked too much, as she's sometimes doing.
"Little Earthquakes" was great. Like "Crucify" with the game between her piano and her moog. She rearranged newly versions of old songs, which is great. And at the end of "Silent of these years", she nearly cried. She was "emotionally" at her peak.
I believe many of the people in the front rows noticed that. I was "moved" too. Tori is like us, a human being. Even during her "tour de chant", she must think at various things (souvenirs, life, daughter... ) I was just a little bit upset that she didn't played another encore, as she was doing on her tour.
People will say that she played 110 minutes - from 22h24 to 00h14)... but I can tell you that I've seen concert here finishing later that 4 o'clock in the morning... even during the week! When you had to go to work the morning after.
Was happy to see Tori in a small venue, instead of the cold big arena. It's a bigger "treat" for everyone (including herself).