Tori performed in La Jolla, CA on Friday, December 13, 2002 at RIMAC Arena. The show began at 7:30PM and Howie Day was the opening act.
a sorta fairytale
Abbey Road (only a portion of it, which went right into...)
Famous Blue Raincoat
I Can't See New York
A Case Of You (solo)
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Danica called me after the show. She said the venue was ugly but the show and Tori were excellent! Tori came out at the start of a sorta fairytale doing a little dance. After Precious Things, she mentioned that the last time she was in the area, "we were leaving", meaning the tour was ending at that time. Then Tori said, "It's good to see some of you again."
The Waitress on this tour kicks ass! Tori screams the "bitch" part. During the solo time, Tori did about a fourth of the song Abbey Road, and then seemlessly went into China.
There were three songs on the written set list that were not played. She was planning to do Etienne between Taxi Ride and Virginia, but did not. She was supposed to do the cover Imagine as the first solo time song, but didn't. Finally, she also had Yes, Anastasia on the set list somewhere, but it also did not get played. (Imagine and Yes, Anastasia would have been tour debuts had she done them!) Some of the songs that were played tonight had some unusual positions during the show.
Overall, it was an excellent show!
First of all, the arena wasn't that bad since there wasn't a delay from echo because it was a full house. So her voice and the music came across beautifully. Plus, Tori looked beautiful and energized when she walked out in this sexy saunter. The day off probably did her a lot of good.
I was pretty close on the floor in the center aisle, but was somewhat distracted near the beginning when people had still not taken their seats. The ushers also had to boot some people from seats that weren't theirs for people who were incredibly late to the show.
Other than the initial stuff, she was amazing. Her voice was wonderful and she gave everything she had. I loved the little purr she did during the hold beat in Cornflake Girl. Also, she added a couple funny lines in Honey, something about "boys you know you're just a pussy," or something like that. People went crazy.
The Abbey Road intro was such a wonderful surprise and Case of You sounded so sweet. She would get up every now and then, turn her back to the audience and sway her hips. Very cute, very sexy.
I was there with a Tori virgin and he loved it. He said he was amazed at how different her music comes across live and that she seemed like she would give everything she had until she dropped. I've seen her quite a few times, and while I've seen her when she talked more to the audience, this was my favorite show. A Goddess, as always.
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