On Scarlet's Walk Tour
Tori performed in Minneapolis, MN on Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota. The show began at 8:00PM and Howie Day was the opening act.
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While this show did not have any debut songs for the tour, I still found it to be highly enjoyable. In addition to the set list, the quality of a show depends on the nature of the music, and many of the songs tonight had a very enjoyable quality that is hard for me to put into words. I was up close (4th row) and was able to just sit back and let the music wash over me. It was really nice.
Tori's show consisted of 23 songs and began at 9:14 and ended at 11:18PM. I heard that Neil Gaiman's family was in the audience for the show, but I have no idea if Neil was. (He has been in Europe for promotion lately and we did not know if he would be in town for the show.) Tori seemed to acknowledge Neil tonight by performing Tear In Your Hand at the end of the show.
First things first. I give the audience of the year award to the crowd in Minneapolis. The reason they have earned this honor is the fact that they did NOT clap along when Tori performed Take To The Sky. This alone made the show for me. Thank you! ;) I think this is the first time that has happened.
Secondly, Tori once again graced the audience with the wonderful spontaneous improvs that she is famous for and she seems to customize for each city. Tonight she did the first one after Pancake. She mentioned how cold it was in Minneapolis by saying, "You really wake up coming up here.." and than sang something like, "That's the reason for good lovin... Why he's around at all... But I don't need a reason at all..."
The second improv was at the start of her Roadside Cafe part of the show, where she (like in previous shows) sang about her sign that descends and lights up with the words "Roadside Cafe" on it. She first said to the audience that "The guys go off now, but they'll be back again." Then she starts singing, "Now you and me and my little sign... I find her all the time backstage... No lights on.. She looks down.. My sign's been everywhere... seeing these songs..."
The final one was before Your Cloud. The low bass of the music seemed to make her monitor resonate and shake and she sang to her sound guys to turn the low part down to stop that from happening. Her lyrics were something like, "My Bosendorfer is resonating...driving me insane... Let's shift things... Turn it down a couple of dBs... My Bosendorfer is my friend, but she's pretty big..."
A few more tidbits. Before Strange, Tori introduced the band. This is the first time Tori did that toward the end of the show. During Hotel I noticed that the shadows of Jon Evans playing bass and Matt Chamberlain playing drums were shown very large on the screen behind the stage. Tori flashed some huge smiles during Etienne. Tori's wave goodbye during the "time to wave goodbye" part of Tear In Your Hand was cute, and I noticed some people in the audience waving back!
I enjoyed this show, and once again had a great time in Minneapolis. Amanda met her old friend Lenore and bought her a ticket for this show, allowing her to see Tori for the first time. Hopefully she had as a good a time as we did!
I went into Northrop Auditorium full of nostalgia. My very first Tori conert ever was in Northrop Auditorium in 1996, and I was so happy and excited to be able to go back there and see another show, especially from the same row I had been in in 1996 (4th row). Even after the long drive orginating from Louisville, KY, I was extra excited to be back there after 6 years. What made things even more intersting for me was that I also brought along my friend from high school, Lenore, who had only heard a few notes of Tori's music.
I was also at the show and I absolutely loved the little improv where Tori wanted the bass adjusted on her Bosendorfer. In the Star Tribune review, they printed lyrics for it, and I'm not sure if they are exactly right, but they seemed close. The review is at startribune.com, but I don't know how long it'll be there.
Here are the lyrics reported on by the Star Tribune:
"My Bosendorfer is resonating
First of all, allow me to apologize for Amber and I not being at Stub n Herb's or at Sally's last night (actually we were there @ 7pm). The reason for this is because we (this meaning Amber and me, Mary aka Moonruby, Phil, Faye, and their friends Alisha and April) were lucky enough, having parked in the garage attached to the Northrop, to sneak up to the balcony and listen to the soundcheck. We sat in the darkened hallway and listened to Jon and Matt and some guy singing "eeee yaaaaa" into the mic to check the levels. Finally Tori came out and started ASF. I had brought binoculars, and as I was leaning over to catch a glimpse of Tori, a couple of ushers had snuck up behind me. Luckily they didnt throw us out, and everyone else came up to look and try to see Tori. Shortly thereafter the security guard that followed in did throw us out, and we had to listen to Tori rehearse Etienne *twice* in the inside hallway. At that point, Amber, Mary and I left to walk to Sally's and Stub n Herbs to see if anyone was still there. Phil, Faye and friends had stayed behind, and were lucky enough to hear Tori finish the soundcheck with Your Cloud, Taxi Ride and apparently some really cool long improv. So, that's why we werent at Sally's at 5pm.
Just my little tidbits from the Minneapolis concert...She sang beautifully and everything was great, but unfortunately, us unlucky people in the back (crappy) seats got nothing but BOOMBOOMBOOM from the bass. I wanted to shoot the bass player (kidding of course-he's great) but it was really hard to hear the piano and Tori's voice. I drove down from Canada (8hours!) to see her for the first time and was so ecstatic just to be there that I was able to make the most of it. The fans were for the most part really great but so many people were late...It really was rude and I felt awful for Howie Day because he was trying to put on a good show but I couldnt even see him over people's heads half of the time. I also happened to be sitting next to the biggest moron in Minneapolis who screamed before songs were even over and sang along (if you can call that singing) and tried to dance. She was obviously wasted on something. Luckily I was able to move away a couple of seats so even she couldn't ruin my experience.
I got a little treat and a story to tell though. I went up to my crappy balcony seats on the elevator and walked into the theatre while Tori was working on the set list. The ticket girl in the elevator tore my ticket and told me to enjoy the show and there was no security in the hall so I just walked in and sat down. I knew I shouldn't have been there because there was Tori wearing jeans and a blue hooded sweater talking to Jon Evans and holding what I assume was the set list. She had just finished practising "Girl". I was very quiet so as not to disturb her. I watched them for a couple of minutes until a guy with grey hair on the stage saw me and must have radioed the security guy, I don't know if he had been in the bathroom or out having a cigarette or picking his nose or what, but man he was pissed!! He said " Get the fuck out of here...What the hell do you think youre doing!!"...I just said "shhhhh" and left quietly. I was happy I got my little quiet moment with Tori. I really felt like yelling something to her because she would have looked right at me and maybe waved or something but I thought it would startle her and maybe freak her out a bit so I refrained. Last thing I wanted was her to think I'm a jerk and maybe get myself kicked out of the building. So that's my tiny little ToriStory.
One more thing, when she was singing the sign improv, she laughed at herself a little when she was singing "she's kinda big.....yeah she's really really big". She had been motioning to the sound guys and pointing at the low end of her piano for a bit before she started singing it to them. She also sang "I don't care if you turn it down".
I was at the show in Minneapolis on Saturday (drove down from Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada to see it with some friends). Thought your review of the show was excellent, and I appreciated having the set list (especially since I'd never heard "Etienne", and didn't know what it was when she played it).
This was my fourth concert of Tori's I have seen. It was wondeful, though not as much emotion as the last, but a bit more playful. Thank you so much for your kind comments about Minneapolis fans. I was so surprised when she began playing Take to the Sky! My friends and I had close balcony seats and ran as soon as it was over to find her bus. We waited for about 20 or so minutes to be told that it was too cold for a meet and greet tonight. :( I don't blame her, but I was disapointed. Anyway, wonderful concert and it definitely won't be the last as I am still hoping to hear Hey Jupiter!