The set list and reviews from Tori's April 8th concert in Spokane, WA
Updated Wed, Apr 09, 2003 - 6:14am ET
Tori's set list included Strange Little Girl, Mary (with band), Never Seen Blue (solo), Mother (solo), Etienne (solo), Josephine, and Another Girl's Paradise. If you were at the Spokane, WA show, please email me with your reviews and/or set list or post your review or comments in the Dent's Concert Reviews forum. (You can post under any name without registering, so it is quick!)
Tori performed in Spokane, WA on Tuesday, April 8, 2003 at the Spokane Opera House. The opening act was Rhett Miller.
Many thanks to John and Matt Page who phoned me with the set list after the show.
a sorta fairytale
Strange Little Girl
Past The Mission
Never Seen Blue
Take To The Sky
Don't Make Me Come To Vegas
I Can't See New York
Another Girl's Paradise
Putting The Damage On
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From John and Matt Page:
Tonight's show was really great. Matt said that her voice sounded great and that the sound was excellent in this theatre. Tori seemed to be in a really great mood. She did a lot of extra dancing and grooving during this solid show.
Early in the show, Tori talked to the audience and said something about some boy who inspired Precious Things. (So the crowd knew that Precious Things was coming later in the show!) and then she did an improv about the nation's leaders and the War.
During Talula, Tori used the line, "What you want George is in the blood of Senators." Before Never Seen Blue, Tori did another improv about Tash and something about watching TV. (If someone has more details about what Tori actually said and sang, please send me a review with this information!)
Take To The Sky was amazing and just seems to get longer and longer. Before Precious Things, Matt and Jon play this really mellow and dark musical introduction that appears to be new.
From Nicole Brodie:
I was at the April 8th Spokane Tori concert. It was wonderful. Her voice did sound unbelievable. This was the fourth concert of hers I've been to and was a little disappointed that she only talked to us once. Usually there are more. I understand the concert was recorded, however other bootlegs of live concerts I have she talks a lot. However, in true Tori fashion it was AWESOME!!
From Lisa McAllister:
Just wanted to touch base with you quickly on the story that Tori told in Spokane. At the M&G this gal got a chance to introduce her daughter (who she named Tori) to Tori. Tori talked a little to the girl and told her, "hi honey, how are you? I have a daughter too." And she got that little quiver lip she sometimes gets. I wonder if all the girl references that night were from the trigger of the cutie she met earlier. Also, the story she told. She said that a very important friend came from Spokane, her friend that taught her about comic books. I thought maybe Neil, but he's not from Spokane, so I don't know, she never said his name. She said something like, this friend who taught me about comic books inspired me to write Precious Things (the crowd goes nuts) and if you don't fall asleep on me, I'll play it for you later. It was cute.
Read a review of this concert from the Spokesman Review
I was at the spokane show.
Tori did some impromtu about Tash watching the t.v. and asking about the trains and then she asked about the guns and said is it a game?
And tori sang, "no, tash, it's not a game." she sang that part twice.
It was extremely sad and I think she was talking about the war and maybe the trains were actually tanks.
the show rocked!
From Brian K Tanaka:
Rating: Hors-category "Beyond category", too insanely great to be adequately pinned down by any mere artificial rating method
I had my doubts that this show could assuage my bitter disappointment about missing the reportedly astounding Boise show which I foolishly elected to omit from my tour schedule. I mean, just look at that Boise setlist. Butterfly! Seaside! Argh! It didn't help either that Matt Page said that Boise was his favorite show of the tour so far and he's seen, what?, over 80?
But, happily, all doubt and regret was washed away right from the beginning of the Spokane show. Tori was every ounce a force of nature as the big river thundering over Spokane Falls in the darkness outside the Opera House. I was in awe.
Personally, I was perfectly poised, emotionally and mentally, to receive the full impact of the show. Part of that was due to having had a long, strange, and oddly profound conversation with a random stranger that afternoon. But, in general, my energy was flowing well and in a manner conducive to full-on Tori immersion.
This may sound odd but throughout the show I had the vivid sensation of having every molecule of my being slightly separated from one another so that I was a Brian-shaped, porous mist through which Tori's music flowed. It was at once cleansing, healing, challenging, and very emotionally intense. I notice that there isn't much reference to this show being particularly emotional for folks, but, for whatever reason, it was especially so to me. Tori took me apart and held me suspended in a severely heightened state of emotional-ness all evening.
(Incidently, this sensation of being disassembled would be a recurring phenomena for me in just about all the following shows to a lesser or greater degree each night.)
Musically, in my opinion, this was another show that flowed wonderfully from first note to last, much like the second night in New York that I raved about in March. Maybe it was just me, but the shows in December didn't have the same overall unity. This could be explained as simply as Jon, Matt, and Tori are just much more "dialed in" now, but it also seems to me that Tori's instincts with the setlists are just getting more and more attuned with the universe as the tour rolls along.
As part of my increasingly complex Tori receptivity routine, I have been de-emphasizing the setlists and song-selections in my mind lately, but reviews are more fun with commentary on stand-out songs, so I'll comment on them.
With that in mind... I was thrilled to get Strange Little Girl. And Never Seen Blue too. And following that with Mother, Etienne (Etienne!), and Josephine was joyous. She closed the evening with Putting the Damage On, which I've heard six times this tour and have enjoyed equally as much each time. Nice way to close the show.
Tori told a story about someone from Spokane turning her on to comic books in L.A. long ago and there was a tie-in to Precious Things. Anyone have more details about that? Richard? Jason?
Oh, and the sound at the Spokane Opera House is superb. One of my favorite venues so far.