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November 29, 2001

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Tori performed in Hamburg, Germany on November 29, 2001 at CCH Saal 1 during the 2001 StrangeLittleTour.


Set List


Thanks to Christoph Viethen for being the first to email me with the set list, almost as it was happening! (I wonder how he did that!) Another huge thank you to Martin aka Jefferson for calling me on his cell phone after the show with the set list!


'97 Bonnie and Clyde
Little Amsterdam
Enjoy The Silence
Sweet Dreams
Not The Red Baron
Black-Dove (January)
I Don't Like Mondays
Beauty Queen
Horses
Mother
Father Lucifer
Sugar
Talula
Me and a Gun
Pretty Good Year

1st Encore:
Rattlesnakes
China

2nd Encore:
Mary
Famous Blue Raincoat
Cloud On My Tongue


Reviews

Latest reviews are added to the bottom of the page.

Be sure to check the Tori Concert Reviews Forum for reviews as well!


From Martin aka Jefferson

Added November 29, 2001 - Martin called me on his cell phone after the show. He said it was a very gorgeous show and that Tori was not too talkative. He said the show started at 9:34 and ended at 11:20PM. The audience was calm and was not screaming much, but they did rush the stage during Rattlesnakes, which was unexpected.


From Christoph Viethen

Added November 28, 2001 - Christoph emailed me the set list almost as the songs were being played. I am not sure how he did that, but I thought it was really cool! He said the show started at 9:32PM and ended at 11:20PM.


From Alexander Buhr

Added November 29, 2001 - The guy who did the opening concert played about 6 songs. He did quite a good job even though I thought his music was rather boring. Then after another half an hour the curtain opened.

Tori sang B&C backstage while the stage was still covered with another black curtain with some holes in it. It was a quite strange opener for a concert having an invisible singer.The fact that some of the stage guys were visible running around on stage behind the curtin sort of destroyed the atmosphere. However after B&C was finished also this curtain opened and finally: there she was.

She did not speak alot during the concert. Before performing Sweet Dreams she said hello to the crowd. She said so many things had happened since she played in Hamburg the last time: "Mommy!" She giggled and raised her hand while the people were cheering. Before going into Sweet Dreams she said that in September her and her friends hearts were broken and that they were singing songs together for a cure.

A second time she introduced her 'new sister', that organ instrument before performing Talula on it with a long intro.

During Pretty good year after the "let me tell you something about america" phrase she sang "pretty she is" instead of "pretty good year" which was quite impressive. During Cloud on my tongue she jumped into a wrong harmony...she tried to continue with it, then stopped, put one hand on the forehead and said "ups" which was really sweet.

Even though Tori didn't speak alot she seemed to enjoy the show. This was my third Tori concert. Compared to the others it seemed to be not as emotional and direct to me but still it was a great night and the setup of songs really worked. I was very surprised to hear that beautiful Mary which I had nearly forgotten...I also was surprised that she played nothing from Venus even though she never toured with that material in Germany. The Boys for Pele songs made a strong impression on me...she played them with more energy and enthusiasm then in 1996, as far as I can remember. All in all it was a great show and I was so delighted to hear my all time favourite song Cloud on my tongue.


From cherryblonde~Alexandra

Added November 29, 2001 - The concert was really nice although the hall was not completely sold out. There were quite a few Americans there and Tori knew that. She didn't talk much but from what I know and experienced she never talks a lot when being in Germany.

I loved hearing her improvs and the lyrics she added such as "sweet but not enough" in Sugar or... did I hear "it's only pussy"? Well, I bet she sang something about a pussy... Talula was wonderful. And she played Mother, a great song.

You could hear her doing the soundcheck with Rattlesnakes, so I knew she'd play that one... I'm curious what Oberhausen and Berlin will be like!


From Nadja Carraro

Added November 29, 2001 - i come from the concert. I'm so tired, but the show was so wonderful and she was so fantastic. I wait for her after the show, and she came at 1.00 and wrote autographs.

I enjoy Mother, Pretty good year and Rattlesnake. She looks very nice!! Bye, Nadja


From Michael "Dreamweaver"

Added November 30, 2001 - Tori followed her official set list exactly tonight. Talula, as usual, was spelled Talullah on the official set list.

Ben Christopher was after the first two songs really good, cool to see more of him on the next 5 Shows here in Germany. Reminded me of influences from Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and sometimes a bit Nine Inch Nails meets Pearl Jams Evenflow..interesting mix.


From Martin Strathmann

Added November 30, 2001 - i'm still awfully tired and didn't really match my standards of turning up at my job in time, so forgive me if there's some utter rubbish within the next lines.

when we arrived at the CCH (which reminded me of some of the most boring airports i've seen) the doors to the concert hall were still closed. from what i saw the audience looked quite nice and had a fine mixture of all ages, from little girls with purple hair to 50-somethings without purple hair.

so we went in and took our seats which sadly were right behind the mixing desk which later in parts ruined some of the visuals that have been made for this tour because the monitors were a bit in the way. but it wasn't too bad. the venue was quite full and i think almost sold out, although there were some empty seats here and there.

ben christophers came on and sang six songs of his (very good) album "Spoonface" while playing guitar and doing some pre-programmed beats from various weird machines. at first the audience reacted with a bit of hesitation but the third track "drwoning my sorrow" really caused some cheers from the about 3,000 people.

then we went out into the corridor and had a drink and i got quite nervous. i got a tour programme (for only 20 Marks, i think that's really cheap) and flipped through neil gaiman's stories about the SLG characters.

the lights went off, the stage lights went on and there it was: the curtains with the many holes. '97 B&C was a bit less overwhelming than i had expected and here and there i guessed that tori had caught a, erm, lite sneeze because her voice sounded a bit raw in some places. the curtain fell, another black curtain was raised in the back and there she came, wearing the black see-through shirt with something red underneath and the most terrific trousers i have seen in a long time.

little amsterdam she hammered the first notes before slowly getting into the piano melody we know from the record. all doubts whether her voice was on top form tonight were blown away with the first "gi-hirls you've got to know these days". it was so great to see her playing the Bse and the e-piano at the same time.

enjoy the silence not too different from the album version but she shortened it a bit and left out the third verse. impressive and welcomed with quite some cheers.

then she talked for the first of two times this evening. it has been reported already and i have nothing to add except that she spoke rather fast and i think many listeners didn't really get the "heart broken" part.

sweet dreams quite a surprise to hear that. not as witty as on record but the way she extended the "your house is on fiiiiiiiiiirrreeeee" was one of the highlights of her vocal performance tonight.

not the red baron well, this has never been one of my favourites and it gave me the possibility to watch the terrific lighting a bit closer. it was really really great to watch it and someone has really invested some thoughts in this. but the song's performance seemed a bit lush to me.

black-dove another unexpected song. really good but it didn't really match the experience i had when she opened her berlin show in '98 with it. i think this deserves a band.

i don't like mondays perfect. perfect. perfect.

beauty queen/horses greeted with a lot of cheers by the audience. for a moment i thought that she shortened beauty queen a little but i guess that was just my impression. she really hammered the piano part in horses but it was four bars shorter than on the album as well.

mother not my favourite LE track as well but this performance was absolutely wonderful, very sensitive and emotional.

father lucifer nice. not too different from the album version. she was singing the "every day is my wedding day" a bit faster than she played it on the piano but the pro that she is she immediately caught up with it. she softened the "never gain, never gain weight" wow!

sugar definitely one of the evening's highlights and the best live version of it that i have heard so far (and i have heard quite a lot of them). she accompanied the "he used one-on-me" with three sharp bangs of her right hand onto the piano and everyone thought: "ouch!" she had quite some venom in her throughout the track and introduced the very fine line "boy you're just a pussy" on the end of the third verse. lovely! lovely! soooo lovely!

talula she introduced the wurlitzer piano, mentioned Woodstock and Country Joe and started some improvisation in which she repeated the line "and she knows the story" a few times. the rest was equally wonderful and certainly another highlight.

me and a gun i was happy that she didn't lengthen each line as she did sometimes in the past. of course it's a heart-breaking affair but i caught myself thinking: "well, will i ever see tori in concert without her doing this song?"

pretty good year this got the most cheers of all songs and it deserved it. this was just neat perfect. afterwards she shook some hands in the front row and left and about two thirds of the audience rose from their seats and gave her a standing ovation.

rattlesnakes i've seen six tori concerts in my life and five of them were in seated arenas as was this. what happened now really made me angry. tori returned to the stage and while she was playing that song which i had been waiting for the most first a few, then a few hundred people walked to the front and got in the aisles to the left and the right. the dumbheads on the right didn't even sit down so i wonder what the poor persons to the right of the aisle got of the rest of the evening. one person must have collapsed in there because a medic was running to a spot somewhere around the 15th row. really a disgrace. i for one couldn't concentrate on the song until the last verse because there were dozens of people walking down toward the stage even when the small space were already packed. next time you should just purchase some better tickets instead of distracting those who have paid some more money or were a bit faster in getting tickets.

china even this rather dull song gained some momentum through live performance although it was not too far away from the album version.

off she went, waved us with both hands and came on again after just a minute or so.

mary a nice surprise. you could tell that many people hadn't heard this one before. this was a huge improval compared to the album version, most of all because it doesn't have those cheaply sounding drums on it. i loved it quite a lot. and she changed the melody of the "even the wind cries your name" part a little to very positive effect. a great one.

famous blue raincoat even tori can't ruin this masterpiece ;-) she sticked very close to the recorded version except for speeding it up a little and since that's just perfect this was perfect as well.

cloud on my tongue an interesting show closer. and the first time when i really got to notice how brilliant her piano playing tonight was.

and then it was over. she waved again, touched some people who had stood up right in front of the stage and almost ran off. maybe tash was crying somewhere backstage?

on the positive side all the songs' performances were undoubtedly great tonight. the light show and stage gear were very impressive. the audience was very nice as well (except for the incident in rattlesnakes) and quite calm during the songs. but the show lacked a bit of passion here and there, she could have talked a bit more and as usual her facial communication was reserved for the people at front. but those are small things to complain about. next sunday in berlin is something i definitely look forward to a lot. second row is the place to be for a tori concert.


From Christine Abraham

Added November 30, 2001 - just another, little comment on the Hamburg show last night:

In my opinion, one thing that makes seeing Tori live so special are her little, hilarious gestures during the songs. When she played "Mary", during the part about feeding the babies and "fill their mouths with acid rain" Tori touched her breasts with both hands, which I thought was really funny. So we all know now the 'whereabouts'of possible acid rain... :-)


From Christina

Added November 30, 2001 - My name is Christina and Im from Denmarkm just want to give my review on the Hamburg concert.

It was my first Tori concert, I came with three friends from Denmark to see her, she wasn't taking her tour to scandinavia:-( she has only played Denmark one time on Roskilde festival.

After being introduced to Tori about a year ago I was really looking forward to see if she could pull of the magic she does on her albums live..... all I can say is WOW!!! I was amazed, I only knew 5 of the songs she played but still every song had a very stong effect on me, it gave me chills to hear and see her perform and I must say that I prefer her live, she sounds so much more passionate and "there" if you know what I mean:-)


From jennytalula

Added December 2, 2001 - Finally, justust wanted to add some things nobody mentioned yet:

not the red baron had a small improvisation which was great since you couldn't tell right away which song it was going to be.

Sugar was simply the best performace ever seen. She did the same version that appeared on the Venus Live album, just without the band (obviously) but with the same strong and loud voice. She also did not just sing the "you're just a pussy" part but another one that I hadn't heard before where it went something like Boys you're so sweet but you can never be enough for them (Girls). I don't remember the exact words though, just the meaning.

Talula was a whole different version, much slower and softer, first it was not clear which song it was because of the long introduction/improvisation she did. cloud on my tongue had some new phrases at the thought i was over the bridge part that i don't remember.

Tori did the meet and greet afterwards where somebody asked her about tash and she said she had gotten a cold on the plane from amsterdam and was very grumpy now. she also said she was a very happy person these days. :)


From Ronald

Added December 9, 2001 - Soundcheck: Yes, Tori played RATTLESNAKES, but a very slow version, maybe at half tempo compared to the album version. Amazing. Id like to hear THAT again.

BEAUTY QUEEN: Very aggressive, all beauty destroyed ...

TALULA played on - as she said - "her new friend", an e-piano that belonged to Country Joe & The Fish, who used this one at Woodstock - well, it looked very "old-fashioned" (blue with big golden stars)... TALULA seemed to be dedicated to Tash, singing things like "see the whole universe in a running nose" (intro improviation) and intensely repeating "i dont want to lose you".


The reviews below were taken from the concert reviews section of The Dent Forum and added here on January 7, 2002


Review by circle@tori

Hello,

this was my first concert with Tori and it was really cool. She
played some of my favourite songs, including Sugar and
Black Dove. She had a strong intensity in her voice while
she was playing Sugar. Well, she made several sexual
intimations with her hands during the play. The light show
was amazing, but I was so excited that.
I recognized her play on the piano more.

When she played Cloud on my Tongue, at the words
"you're already in there" she smiled and looked at us.
She must grin at us, because we were with her already in the
show.

She has got a heart warming aura (character?). Everybody
knows this fact, but i must emphasize this ;-)

I would like to see her in a concert again.

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Review by Jefferson

anyway, here's my review. i'm still awfully tired and didn't really match my standards of turning up at my job in time, so forgive me if there's some utter rubbish within the next lines.

when we arrived at the CCH (which reminded me of some of the most boring airports i've seen) the doors to the concert hall were still closed. from what i saw the audience looked quite nice and had a nice mixture of all ages, from little girls with purple hair to 50-somethings without purple hair.

so we went in and took our seats which sadly were right behind the mixing desk which later in parts ruined some of the visuals that have been made for this tour because the monitors were a bit in the way. but it wasn't too bad. the venue was quite full and i think almost sold out, althoiugh there were some empty seats here and there.

ben christophers came on and sang six songs of his (very good) album "Spoonface" while playing guitar and doing some pre-programmed beats from various weird machines. at first the audience reacted with a bit of hesitation but the third track "drwoning my sorrow" really caused some cheers from the about 3,000 people.

then we went out into the corridor and had a drink and i got quite nervous. i got a tour programme (for only 20 Marks, i think that's really cheap) and flipped through neil gaiman's stories about the SLG characters.

the lights went off, the stage lights went on and there it was: the curtains with the many holes. '97 B&C was a bit less overwhelming than i had expected and here and there i guessed that tori had caught a, erm, lite sneeze because her voice sounded a bit raw in some places. the curtain fell, another black curtain was raised in the back and there she came, wearing the black see-through shirt with something red underneath and the most terrific trousers i have seen in a long time.

little amsterdam - she hammered the first notes before slowly getting into the piano melody we know from the record. all doubts whether her voice was on top form tonight were blown away with the first "gi-hirls you've got to know these days". it was so great to see her playing the Bose and the e-piano at the same time.

enjoy the silence - not too different from the album version but she shortened it a bit and left out the third verse. impressive and welcomed with quite some cheers.

then she talked for the first of two times this evening. it has been reported already and i have nothing to add except that she spoke rather fast and i think many listeners didn't really get the "heart broken" part.

sweet dreams - quite a surprise to hear that. not as witty as on record but the way she extended the "your house is on fiiiiiiiiiirrreeeee" was one of the highlights of her vocal performance tonight.

not the red baron - well, this has never been one of my favourites and it gave me the possibility to watch the terrific lighting a bit closer. it was really really great to watch it and someone has really invested some thoughts in this. but the song's performance seemed a bit lush to me.

black-dove - another unexpected song. really good but it didn't really match the experience i had when she opened her berlin show in '98 with it. i think this deserves a band.

i don't like mondays - perfect. perfect. perfect.

beauty queen/horses - greeted with a lot of cheers by the audience. for a moment i thought that she shortened beauty queen a little but i guess that was just my impression. she really hammered the piano part but it was four bars shortter as well than on the album.

mother - not my favourite LE track as well but this performance was absolutely wonderful, very sensitive and emotional.

father lucifer - nice. not too different from the album version. she was singing the "every day is my wedding day" a bit faster than she played it on the piano but the pro that she is she immediately caught up with it. she softened the "never gain, never gain weight" - wow!

sugar - definitely one of the evening's highlights and the best live version of it that i have heard so far (and i have heard quite a lot of them). she accompanied the "he used one-on-me" with three sharp bangs of her right hand onto the piano and everyone thought: "ouch!" she had quite some venom in her throughout the track and introduced the very fine line "boy you're just a pussy" on the end of the third verse. lovely! lovely! soooo lovely!

talula - she introduced the wurlitzer piano, mentioned Woodstock and Country Joe and started some improvisation in which she repeated the line "and she knows the story" a few times. the rest was equally wonderful and certainly another highlight.

me and a gun - i was happy that she didn't lengthen each line as she did sometimes in the past. of course it's a heart-breaking affair but i caught myself thinking: "well, will i ever see tori in concert without her doing this song?"

pretty good year - this got the most cheers of all songs and it deserved it. this was just neat perfect. she shook some hands in the front row and left and about two thirds of the audience rose from their seats and gave her a standing ovation.

rattlesnakes - i've seen six tori concerts in my life and five of them were in seated arenas as was this. what happened now really made me angry. tori returned to the stage and while she was playing that song which i had been waiting for the most first a few, then a few hundred people walked to the front and got in the aisles to the left and the right. the dumbheads on the right didn't even sit down so i wonder what the poor persons to the right of the aisle got of the rest of the evening. one person must have collapsed in there because a medic was running to a spot somehwre around the 15th row. really a disgrace. i for one couldn't concentrate on the song until the last verse because there were dozens of people walking down toward the stage even when the small space were already packed. next time you should just purchase some better tickets instead of distracting those who have paid some more money or were a bit faster in getting tickets.

china - even this rather dull song gained some momentum through live performance although it was not too far away from the album version.

off she went, waved us with both hands and came on again after just a minute or so.

mary - a nice surprise. you could tell that many people hadn't heard this one before. this was a huge improve compared to the album version, most of all because it doesn't have those cheaply sounding drums on it. i loved it quite a lot. and she changed the melody of the "even the wind cries your name" part a little to very positive effect. a great one.

famous blue raincoat - even tori can't ruin this masterpiece she sticked very close to the recorded version except for speeding it up a little and since that's just perfect this was perfect as well.

cloud on my tongue - an interesting show closer. and the first time when i really got to notice how brilliant her piano playing tonight was.

and then it was over. she waved again, touched some people who had stood up right in front of the stage and almost ran off. maybe tash was crying somewhere backstage?

on the positive side all the songs' performances were undoubtedly great tonight. the light show and stage gear were very impressive. the audience was very nice as well (except for the incident in rattlesnakes) and quite calm during the songs. but the show lacked a bit of passion here and there, she could have talked a bit more and as usual her facial communication was reserved for the people at front.
but those are small things to complain about. next sunday in berlin is something i definitely look forward to a lot. second row is the place to be for a tori concert.

cheers.

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Review by cherryblonde

Hamburg was pretty good. Although the people coming to the front pissed me off as well but that happened in Bonn in 98, too.

I will see her tomorrow in Oberhausen and on Sunday in Berlin. I had great seats in Hamburg and it was a pleasure to be there! "Mother" is one of my fav songs...

The tour program could've been better, I prefer her old ones from UTP or BFP but 20 DM was ok, if you look at auctions, those programs sell for $30.00! But I dunno... the merchandise is just too expensive. Ah, it's the music that counts and Tori doesn't disappoint her fans.

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Review by steffie (Bosendorfer)

here we go...

jefferson has already said a lot...so i don't have to put a tracklist here again...

anyway, i absolutely loved the show. tori looked wonderful and though someone told me one of the crew members had said that she wasn't feeling all that well that day she did an amazing, powerful, emotional performance. i loved the combination of songs and i think the audience was pretty nice. though someone said he/she was pissed off by the people rushing the stage. actually i found that pretty nice because the crowd stayed calm and continued enjoying the show together...

i think tori enjoyed that night...

unfortunately i didn't make it to the m&g afterwards for as far as i know she only came out at about 1 am ... i had to leave at 12:30 am not to have to spend the night in the main train station...*sigh*...still, i hope for frankfurt, munich or vienna to get to meet her.

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