Lottapianos Tour: The set list and comments for Tori's August 9th concert in Minneapolis, MN
Updated Sun, Aug 10, 2003 - 3:49am ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the Minneapolis, MN concert. Tori's set included Carbon (solo), Let It Be (solo), Sister Janet (solo), Virginia, Professional Widow and Purple Rain. If you were at this show and want to send The Dent a review, please email Mikewhy at email@example.com with your comments. You can also post about your concert experience at the Concert Reviews Forum. It would be nice to get as many different viewpoints about the show as possible.
Tori performed in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, August 9, 2003 at Northrop Auditorium. Tori's special guest was Ben Folds and the show started at 7:00PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page for calling me with the set list after the show!
a sorta fairytale
Let It Be
Putting The Damage On
I Can't See New York
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From Matt Page:
Tori was really exceptional tonight. Her voice was in top shape, and she was really nailing the high notes, especially during Purple Rain at the very end of the show. (Tori began Purple Rain solo, but the band joined with her later.)
Tori told a story before God, saying something about it being freezing cold during a previous visit to Minneapolis and about going somewhere for coffee, and it being the best coffee she ever had.
The show was really spectacular with a lot of "Mary" songs in the set list.
From Bryan Bick:
Just wanted to let you know a little bit more about the improv Tori sang at tonight's show.
She was saying that she loves coming to Minneapolis because, once when she was here, she got into an argument with her "future husband" and decided the only thing to do was to leave where they were and go for a walk...but it was freezing cold, so she walked down the street. And that was how she discovered her favorite coffee, Dunn Brothers'. Dunn Brothers is a chain of coffee shops local to the Twin Cities.
She mentioned it being a fight with her future husband, so she went on a walk, it was very cold, someone told her there's a coffee place down the street and she ended the song/story saying she loved Dunn Brothers (the coffee shop) and it was the best coffee she'd ever had. Hope that helped!
the minneapolis show was super super tight. and tori was in an amazing mood.
she spent almost forty minutes at the meet and greet ... and was so happy to see everyone. she did not take many requests for the show (saying shed play things people asked for in chicago instead) ... because neil would be there tonight and that it would be a very "neil themed show" as well as a "diamond themed show" as in "carbon diamonds ... how diamonds are made." interestingly enough she only played one neil song (carbon.)
i requested "purple rain" at the meet and greet (ive been asking for it since the first leg) and she said "interesting" but seemed pretty non committal about it. she also gave all the lyrics for "tombigbee" and said that "snow cherries" would definitely be on the greatest hits record.
at the show she did an improv about being in the twin cities with her friend (her soon to be husband) and it being really cold and her getting some dunn brothers coffee (a local coffee) that she said is her favorite.
she followed the set exactly.
at the end of "purple rain" she gave the microphone a huge kiss and walked off stage.
hello mike. just got home from the best show I've seen. the story was, Tori likes it in Minneapolis because years ago Tori did a show here and had a fond memory. she was staying at the Whitney Hotel & had a fight with her future husband and added ("love you" to reassure him) so she wanted to go for a walk somewhere so she asked the bellman where she could go because it was so fucking cold outside. he said should walk two and a half blocks to get coffee . It was her favorite coffee house" Dunn Bros". (She is right it is great there.) I sat in row 3 on the floor.
ah I dont remember if it was before or after they did God, I think it was right after. but Tori did an improv that I appropriatly called "the coffee song" she basically said "I love this city...I have a story to tell." and she sang this story then she sang "I like coffee, yummy yummy coffee, my favourite coffee is dun bros coffee."
so yeah I call it the coffee song.
From Ralph & Candy Larro:
The show began with Ben Folds. I had never heard his music so it was a treat to hear another piano player that night. He had a really great personality. He talked about mullets for a bit and also involved the audience by asking them to sing to his song. It looked like he was having a really great time.
The change over didnt take long at all compared to the last concert she gave at Northrup. The set was really cool. They had her piano on a little platform and kinda whealed it out to the front.
The show started with wampum prayer which gets everyone pumped knowing that she will be comin out soon.
A sorta fairytale- was amazing! I love this song to death!
Little Earthquakes- I was suprised that she did this one. I had heard that she just debuted it the conert before so it was great to hear such a classic!
Father Lucifer- This was a stellar version! She played it on the Wulizer and would swich to the other keyboards!
God- Before this she told a story about how much she likes coming to the Twin cities and she had a memory of being here before. She said that she had a fight with her future husband and went for a walk to her favorite coffee place. Dunn Brothers
She really belted out this song
Rattlesnakes- This isnt one of my favorites but it was still great to hear it.
Cornflake girl- A TORI CLASSIC with the little BRRRR
Black Dove- I love how she switches from keyboard to keyboard!
Wednesday- She really had fun with this one by swinging her feet around and stuff.
Carbon- She seemed to get choked up a bit and had to collect herself
LET IT BE!- WOW, I was sooooo happy she did this. IT was a beautiful version that she put togethor
Sister Janet- It was the first time I had ever heard this one! GORGEOUS PEICE
Putting the Damage on- Was beautiful. It was put togethor with a little bit of drum throughout it!
Professional Widow- REALLY BROUGHT DOWN THE HOUSE.....she made lots of gestures!
I cant see new york- She seemed to be very emotional....it almost looked like she was going to cry!
PRECIOUS THINGS!- was a great way to end the conert before the encores! She really could belt the notes
Purple Rain was my favorite!
SOME THINGS I NOTICED :
*in between songs she would put lip gloss on and put somthing in her mouth.
*she gargled with water a bit
*Someone shouted "I love you" she wispered "love you back" it was cute
*Her outfit was kindof a snakeskin shiny, white and silver thing with jean capris and black strappy shoes
*she made lots of facial expressions to the audience!
*she seemed to be SOOOOOO happy and blew us lots of kisses and held the hands of her fans
*She kissed the mike after purple rain!
*she had some sort of paper with key signitures on top of her piano. I could see the reflection and had binoculars to see it really well.!!!!
OVER ALL, IT WAS An AWESOME SHOW!!!!!!!!!!
From ally klutenkamper:
the minneapolis show was just plain great. one in my top five for this tour. i don't go to meet and greets anymore, but whoever requested "purple rain" should be commended -- it was fabulous. she did a little improv after introducing the band that went something about walking in the cold city after a fight with her "future husband" and now she loves dunn brothers coffee. it was really cute. i personally thought the highlight of the show was "virginia" -- she seemed just so alive. during "father lucifer" she flipped the audience off during "girls that eat pizza and never gain weight" as she has before, but seemed to hold it longer this time (i think).
i had great seats and was able to see every bead of sweat, every spit and drool. during some songs on the keyboards, she seemed to be making faces to someone off stage. i don't know, it was a pretty good audience, although they didn't do any bag checks and i was annoyed with all the cameras going off. the sound was great, she hit the high notes perfectly. it was a nearly flawless show.
From Karen Hutchinson:
The improv was a nice little piano ditty.....went something like, "got into a fight...with my future husband ....(here she whispered, 'but i love him' with a little glance towards him)...so i went for a walk....at the whitney (?)...." and then something about it being "so ...fucking ...cold!" and she spoke to a doorman and he told her she could go down the street for a coffee. Then she ended the song by saying that she discovered her favorite coffee is Dunns.
The show was amazing. Her energy was high and the songs were so powerful. I was a bit dissappointed in the sound at the beginning because the bass was really loud and drowned out some of the high end of the songs. Couldn't hear the Rhodes on Rattlesnakes, but they seemed to have it fixed after the Roadside Cafe. I noticed the Mary theme and was completely shaken by "Let it Be". Her playing Putting the Damage on right after Sister Janet really brought it home for me. Tombigbee and Professional Widow were so much tighter and rockin than they were when I first heard them in April in Grand Forks. And Purple Rain was the most perfect ending, absolutely gorgeous (especially with the purple light behind her), full of attitude and she sounded like an angel at the end of it. I felt like she had given us an extra special gift. She seemed to really be enjoying herself which made it a lot of fun to watch. The three of them really rocked the house and I was left satisfied (for now).
I just thought I'd clear something up that was posted about the Minneapolis show. She was not smoking a cigarette (it woulda been a huge stoagie if thats what it really was!) It was sage, she brought it out when she came back for the second encore and set it down beside her. There's just no way she could end of the night the way she did (she really belted out the ending of Purple Rain) if she was a smoker!!
From Jamie Hauan:
Heya mikewhy, I'm a big fan of The Dent and I've never posted a review of any of the shows I've been to yet (and I just went to my sixth Tori show on Saturday at Northrup Auditorium in Minneapolis) but I was so completely blown away by this last one that I had to write something.
What I experienced in the Northrup on Saturday night was anything beyond what I could have imagined. I had been to five shows before that, starting with her Plugged tour in 98 in Ames, Iowa, and of course the first Tori experience anyone has is hard to beat because you have no idea of the religious experience you're about to go through. I saw her in Minneapolis three times now, caught a show in Duluth, and another in Seattle during her solo tour. Saturday was the best by far. I was blown away. She started with the standard Wampum Prayer/ Sorta Fairytale intro, and from then on, she threw curveball after curveball. I heard music that I didn't think I'd get to hear her do live. I had never heard her perform Virginia or Tombigbee, so that was a pleasantly refreshing jump into something I didn't know. The thing I've always loved about Tori is that, even being the rabid fan that I am, she has music out here that I've never experienced, which is why I never get sick of her. The beautiful complexity of her lyrics resonate even moreso on stage than in my apartment on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
The biggest highlights for me where Professional Widow, of course her solo performances which always pull at harder tug at my heart (especially her Let it Be cover...since I'm also a raving Beatles fan...I mean come on, who isn't?), and her fantastic conclusion with a cover of Minneapolis' own Prince. Everyone literally freaked out when she started in with Purple Rain, and the way she hit those high notes towards the very end....and she didn't just hit them, she NAILED them....with perfect clarity and spine tingling resonance. I literally spent most of the show with my jaw dropped. The vibe of the crowd was amazing from beginning to end. I hope Tori knows that she should not only hold a place in her heart for our local Dunn Bros coffee, but for our undivided attention and midwest hospitality that the audience clearly put forth from first note to last. Every show I've been to, she has brought me to tears, she's put goosebumps on my body, and she's made me grin from ear to ear. I've been to tons of shows but Tori has always been the one that I insist on seeing every time she hits town. The next day I'm still dumbfounded by what I had the opportunity to experience the night before....I like to call it Tori Hangover. :-)
On an additional note, "Cheers" to Ben Folds, you were the best opener for her shows by far. You put the lotta in Lottapianos. You fucking rock.
Tori's compilation of songs was exciting, the emotion from the crowd combined with her mood was amazing, and as always, the bass and drum was second to none. (By the way Matt....I've seen you play in your Critters Buggin days.....and realized that there was greatness before me that some people at Bumbershoot really couldn't comprehend). Bravo to the band, bravo to the sound and light crew for flawless artistry (her Bosendorfer wasn't resonating quite as much as in the November show...thank you thank you thank you) and bravo to The Dent for posting the set list seconds after the show was over. And a big kiss to Tori. Thank you for being a part of me.
From Amy Burr:
I was at the show last night, which was amazing, of course! I wanted to say that Bliss ended up being one of my favorite songs of the night, there was so much energy in it, and the audience were finally on their feet. It was the perfect way to start the encores. And Purple Rain was really beautiful, as mentioned, she really nailed the high notes, and it was obviously a fitting cover for a Minneapolis show.
Also, Tori gave the finger during the "girls who eat pizza" line of Father Lucifer, as she has before.
I loved the show, but could also do without the reverberations on Tori's voice. It seemed too choreographed and the cheese meter spiked. She is her best without any fancy additions.
From Ottie Mosley:
I went to the minneapolis show this weekend and it was wonderful. I know you went to the MPLS show in November and probably remember that there were many sound problems with the show. The sound was pretty good this show. I think the highlights for the show was "sister janet" "tombigbee" and "purple rain". I was 7th row and Tori WAS NOT smoking a cigarette. She had a tied bunch of sage (probably some that had been burning since the start of her set). Also her improv started out with her saying something like "I love it here. I have this fantasy about minnesota, all in my head...." and started her improv.
Security kept people from rushing to the front during the standing encores. I personally agreed with this because if you snooze you lose and you get a poor seat. All in all this tour (4 shows) has been amazing. Tori never fails to take my breath away and she gave us a treat on saturday.