The set list and reviews from Tori's April 9th concert in Missoula, MT
Updated Thu, Apr 10, 2003 - 4:53am ET
Tonight's show included the debut of Happy Phantom with the band! It also featured Professional Widow, Cloud On My Tongue (solo), Nights In White Satin (solo), Crazy (with band), and Virginia. If you were at the Missoula, MT 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 Missoula, MT on Wednesday, April 9, 2003 at Adams Field House. The opening act was Rhett Miller.
Many thanks to Matt Page and John who phoned me with the set list after the show.
a sorta fairytale
Cloud On My Tongue
Nights In White Satin (Moody Blues Cover)
Happy Phantom (with the band!)
Take To The Sky
I Can't See New York
The latest reviews are at the bottom of this page. For more reviews, please check out the Dent's Tour Reviews Forum. Please post your own review if you were at this show!
From Matt Page and John:
Matt said the show started out slow tonight but seemed to really pick up after the Roadside Cafe part of the concert. The debut of Happy Phantom for the tour was exciting, and everyone was surprised to hear that it was with the band!
Tori talked to the crowd before Cornflake Girl, telling them it was her first time in Montana and she then thanks the state for letting them shoot the Scarlet's Walk cover there. She also said something about Montana having the best chili!
Tori got a frog in her throat during Cloud On My Tongue and had to restart the song. During the second encore, people in the audience were screaming for Raspberry Swirl, which brough a smile to Tori's face as she did Hey Jupiter.
Tori did not do a meet and greet earlier that day.
Tori's show in Missoula left me completely speechless. While there were some surprising repeats from last night, there were many unexpected songs which were phenomenal. Father Lucifer and Horses were great, and Tori's save in Happy Phantom was hilarious. The absolute high point for me was Cloud on My Tongue and Icicle back to back. I wanted to hear both of those songs last night, and can't believe that she played them tonight, together. While I had hoped to hear Siren, which she probably opted not to play in favor of some more "obvious" crowd pleasers, the solid performances we were†given definitely made up for it. I don't think she could have ended a show better than with the "remix" version of Hey Jupiter, the shock from which I am still recovering. (I don't want to be "that guy," but I swear that she waved right at me before leaving stage, as I stood there with my mouth wide open). Tori definitely delivered a tight, solid set for her first performance in Montana, which I am very proud of.
From Leslie Isaacs:
Hey. I was at Tori's concert tonight in Missoula and let me say that it was awesome! Her breathtaking voice nearly brought me to tears. I have been a big fan of hers since her very first album, but until tonight had never had the chance to see her live. Monday was my 30th birthday, so I bought this ticket as a birthday present for myself. It was such an amazing show! She is the best female artist out there. I only wish she would get the recognition she is due.
The actual show was fantastic... Filled with a lot of raw, sexual energy. She must have toned it down completely when I saw her in salt lake. Her comment about the chili was actually "You have some very sexy chili."
One bizarre part of the show was that Tori drooled. Not a little drool on the side of her mouth, but TWICE she had drool streaming off her lips when she was singing. I was in the second row and it was very obvious. I have never heard mention of this before at any other shows... It was a tad disturbing.
Also, the meet and greet didn't happen because as Joel said (I spoke to him personally) "No one was there when we showed up, so we just went in." Tori also had UM Productions call in bomb sniffing dogs to search the venue before they unloaded any equipment. I am not sure if this is standard procedure for her, but the productions crew has never had this request before.
Those are just some observations of part of the Missoula show no one else seemed to mention.
One of the coolest things about the Missoula show was that most people in attendance had never seen Tori live, or had seen her only a few times. I spoke to many people before the show who said they felt like they'd been waiting their whole lives to see Tori play, and they couldn't believe she was playing at THEIR college! When I spoke to Joel before the show, he told me they were really excited to be there, and that everyone was very happy to be travelling and doing shows in all these small towns.
The show overall was strong. I didn't feel like it had as powerful a thread running through it as the Boise & Spokane shows, it felt more like a collection of songs. However, Tori's performance was great and she and Jon and Matt seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Pancake was terrific, though she didn't do the Ohio bridge, sadly. My personal favorites were Father Lucifer (I LOVE this version), Horses, Black-Dove, Bliss, and Virginia. Professional Widow sounds AMAZING this tour, the performance is very tight and powerful and just blows you away. Cloud on my Tongue was a special request for the night :) and paired with Icicle was just stunning. Crazy and Happy Phantom with the band were both surprises. Happy Phantom was really fun! It's never something I enjoyed hearing solo, but with Jon and Matt it really became lighthearted yet rocking!
Tori didn't do any real improvs in Missoula, only one after she got a catch in her throat before Cloud. She sang about friends who call you up and say "I'm coming over. Is tomorrow ok?" and friends who just won't ever leave.
The venue was similar to the Portland auditorium in December - felt like being in a high school gym. The crowd felt very small, there were many empty seats in the section right above the main floor. The audience was fairly well behaved, except for a group of dancing girls who decided to stand in front of the front row, although off to the left side, and dance through most of the show. At the end, people were allowed to rush the stage, and a few people were screaming for Raspberry Swirl which was annoying.
Overall a really strong show, and a great opportunity for us to see Missoula, and some of Western Montana which is absolutely beautiful!
What Joel told the girl about showing up for the meet and greet wasn't exactly true. :) There were 8 of us, and we had only been waiting about 20 minutes together when the buses arrived. Steve came out and told us Tori wouldn't be coming out, but took back some things from fans who had never met her to be signed, which I thought was very nice. He also took back my letter, and a few others I think. So the m&g wasn't cancelled for lack of any fans - just for lack of enough. :)