The set list and reviews from Tori's April 11th concert in San Jose, CA
Updated Sat, Apr 12, 2003 - 5:52am ET
The set list this evening included Doughnut Song, Marianne (solo), Let It Be (solo), Cool On Your Island (solo), TomBigBee, Honey and Spark. If you were at the first San Jose, CA 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 San Jose, CA on Friday, April 11, 2003 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. The opening act was Rhett Miller. This was the first of two nights in San Jose.
Many thanks to Matt Page and John who phoned me with the set list after the show.
a sorta fairytale
Let It Be
Cool On Your Island
I Can't See New York
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From Matt Page and John:
Matt said it was a show where Tori sounded good and was in a good mood. Tori did some rocking songs like Precious Things early in the show tonight, which was a little unusual. Tori told the crowd about how Tash has been singing, "Do you know the way to San Jose", but since she really does not know the words, she mainly sings, "nah nah nah nah nah nah San Jose...". Tori also told them that Tash has discovered candy necklaces. Tori told her that she could only eat the candy from it if she was desperate. Tash then said, "Mommy, I'm desperate."
From David N. Averbach:
The concert was the most emotional I?ve been to, as Tori looked as though she needed to work through something tonight. I think that the rocking numbers were a way for Tori to immerse herself in the music because during the quieter songs, she looked like she was fighting off tears. †That seemed to subside when she was rocking out, except for several punctuated phrases (this happened in quiet and rocking songs) that struck me as imbued with a more focused meaning tonight. †In Little Earthquakes, for example, the part about being ripped to pieces, in Doughnut song, I thought she was stressing ?two SONS too many,? in Marianne, ?come on sailors? basically, any lines that could be linked to the war, Tori seemed to be hyper aware of tonight. †In her improv before the secret time, Tori said that she ?had a wonderful day, and then a meltdown?guess that?s just what life is like these days.? †The expressions on her face (I was lucky enough to be close this time) were really focused, as if she was looking straight at Mr. Bush and telling him ?you will eat every one of my words.? †At times she would grin to keep herself from breaking down. †It seemed hard for her to get through Marianne, and the Let it Be seemed a natural way to calm herself down. †I have to say that from the end of secret time until the encores, the Scarlet?s Walk numbers were much much stronger than they were in December, when I saw her in San Francisco. (Your Cloud, Virginia, ICSNY), which I was really glad to see. †Honey and Spark are two of my favorites, so I was really glad to hear them. †The venue was also quite nice and the acoustics were great. †It was a lovely evening.
From Ashleigh Jackson:
Went to see Tori Amos last night.... wow! A very emotional concert, I felt more connected to Tori last night then when I seen her on Dec.20th in San Francisco, although I did not get to meet and greet with Tori, our psyche had their moments. At first I was in the 21st row and in Aw, I slowly found my way in the 10th row and in love, durring the song Talula I had made it to the 5th row center, I then began to shake and get weak in my knees... (I was crawling over the seats making my way to Tori!!!) But it wasn't untill I was in the first row proped against the stage (right in the center, right in Toris sight) that the realization hit me - I had tears along my face and I was crying with a smile. Yes, I am a *Survivor* and if it wasn't for Tori's words I might not be here today... Tori was breath taking last night, her voice, her words, her music...
...I am off to find a ticket for tonights show!
From Brian K Tanaka:
Rating: Second-category - Just another wonderful Tori show
This was the show where I met up with the fellow I was travelling with for the bulk of the California shows. He hadn't seen any shows since San Francisco (where we had made each other's acquaintance) and I was trying hard to not be a total asshole by ranting and raving too much about how good the shows in-between had been. So, even though I knew there were better shows to come, I didn't do anything to squelch his abundant enthusiasm after the first night in San Jose.
Not that I didn't have plenty of enthusiasm myself. It was a great show. For me, getting Let It Be alone made the whole night special and utterly worthwhile.
But, overall, it wasn't stellar (thus my second-category rating), and I *knew* in my gut that the second night was going to achieve escape velocity and blow minds.
We had seats near the front, slightly stage left the first night and second row, dead center balcony the second night, so we got to experience the venue from "the best of both worlds": within Tori-stare range and then from within the perfect sound zone.
There's a funny story in here about getting lost on the way to the venue (despite having been there earlier for the Meet & Greet) but I won't go into it since it's probably only funny to me. Heh. Just picture two stoned EWFs driving around downtown San Jose way too long and then barely making it into the venue in time. Is that funny? Sure it is.