5 1/2 Weeks Tour
Tori performed in Nashville/Antioch, TN on August 22, 1999 at the First American Music Center (Starwood Amphitheater) during the Tori & Alanis Morissette 5 1/2 Weeks Tour.
Happy Phantom (solo)
September 3, 1999 - Tori celebrated her 36th birthday on this day and I was really happy to be at her show that night. Sadly, my health was pretty bad and I was quite tired. I did make the meet & greet around lunch time and talked to people. They took us to the barricades around 3:00PM or so but I was in the back since I got there so late. I really just wanted to sing Happy Birthday to Tori with everyone! But right before Tori arrived I had to leave for health reasons for about a half hour. When I got back I was told that Tori actually stayed and talked with almost everyone at the meet & greet. So I missed an opportunity to speak with her :( But I was really excited about the show despite less than ideal health.
So far, the First American Center gets my vote for the venue with the rudest security. Southern hospitality does not extend to this place! It seemed like everywhere I turned I was talked to like a wild animal. For example, at the meet & greet we were told by some people to go wait at a patch of grass near the road. Well, we got there and were waiting for some of our friends who were still at the meet & greet. Then, another security guy comes up and tells us to leave that spot, despite the fact that the previous guy TOLD us to go there. We explained politely that we were waiting peacefully for out friends and would leave soon. But the guy just got nasty and insisted we leave immediately. I tried to tell him how hard it would be to find all our friends if we left the grounds, but he did not care. Another example took place when we were parking. I was on the passenger side in the front and I immediately hopped out and lowered the seat so one of out friends could get out of the back seat. The person directing cars to park then said to me in a gruff voice, "Could you shut the door." She was trying to direct a car to park next to mind. I turned around, feeling angry, and shouted, "As soon as my friend gets out I will." I guess that she wanted me to slam the door on my friend's leg. I understand the need for security and I respect the job tremendously. I also know it is necessary to get rough with people sometimes. But many of the security staff at this place went out of their way to make you feel badly. It was discouraging.
When I got to my seat and Tori hit the stage, I noticed that the piano blocked Tori's face completely and I could not see her! So I decided to stroll out unto the lawn and sulk. But once I got there, I noticed the big screens and the fact that there were people near the stage with cameras taping the show for the people on the lawn to see on the big screens. And they did a great job! Lots of good close ups of Tori and the camera guy was smart enough to pull back when Tori was doing an interesting little move or dance. Basically, while I would not always want to be on the lawn, I really enjoyed myself because of those big TV screens. Let me tell you , they did some extreme close-ups on Tori and you should see her close up during the Waitress. That is scary!
Bascically I had a great time despite the hardships and my health. Tori was in a great mood with it being her birthday and was beaming and all smiles. Right after secret time her crew brought out a cake to her and a bunch of people went on stage to congratulate her. One of the people on stage was Alanis who gave Tori a really big hug! I will also never forget the look on Tori's face when they first came out. It was so cute. I think Caton played Happy Birthday for Tori with his guitar and Matt did a drum roll.
Here are some random observations:
Father Lucifer was the best live version I ever heard. Tori did all kinds of cool hand and arm gestures and kept singing about "Lucy Girl" which was an interesting way to refer to Lucifer! There seemed to be a lot of vocal vamping and improvs here and it was great fun. This song was right after Tori was presented with her birthday cake, and she started singing something like, "I'm thinking about that cake... I'm thinking about that cake....it's going to go right here (touching thighs)....right here....uh-huh"
Tori did something really funny during the start of Sugar. She stood up facing Jon Evans. While he was playing bass, he seemed to be treating his guitar as an extension of his "member" (at least that is how one person put it. I only saw Tori on the big screen and did not see Jon myself.) Tori then turned to the crowd and made an obsence gesture, as if she were a man "jacking off." It made the crowd laugh!
Landslide during secret time was so touching and pensive. When she sang the line "We're getting older too," she gave this look that just killed me...
Tori's little talk before Happy Phantom really touched me. She said something like, "You know I talk to dead people. They just come and hang out. I have lost some friends over the years and...this is for all of them." It made me think of my friend Stacey Russell who passed away last year and was unable to take part in this tour. Her last show was in Nashville in August 1998. It was a poignant moment and made made me tear up quite a bit. I also noticed that she did a little improv during this song where she sang something like, "time to find my brother and all the things I have lost..." There seemed to be a lot of improvs going on and unusual turns during the concert. Tori's improvs are one of the highlights for me!
Tori messed up several times tonight and it was always fun to see how she reacted to it. During Happy Phantom she made a mistake and then started singing "la la la la la la, I forgot my words, but that's okay because it's my birthday. la la la la I should take my geritol now..." These are the little moments that really make these concerts fun!
It was so good to hear Horses again! This was the new version that she started doing during the Plugged '98 tour and I just think it is so haunting. I know many people don't like that version, but it is my favorite version of Horses. I would love for her to close the concert with this one like she did for many shows last year. She started the song with an improv I never heard before. For a while I could not even tell what song she was going to do. The improv was really good and haunting. She sang somethng about "betraying your friend" and "Judas." It gave me chills!
During Precious Things, Tori stopped in the middle of the song to give her bottle of water to a girl in the front who apparently passed out. The band kept playing during this, and she picked up quite nicely when she returned to her seat.
Alanis was really good tonight as well, but I don't have a set list. If someone has it please let me know. When she was twirling around tonight her hair almost caused the microphone stand to fall!
Seeing Tori on her birthday was a lot of fun. And musically this was a spectacular night as well. It seems the shows keep getting better and better!
All Reviews Below Were Originally Posted On The Dent Forum
Special thanks to Laurie Daniels for her invaluable assitance in getting the reviews transferred to the Dent!
ok nashville! Tori was wearing black slacks and a satin shaw kinda thing that was very retro...
From gina c:
(sigh) incredible. perhaps my favorite show ever, despite its brevity. security was tight, with metal detectors and frisking. i'm certain the second part of the show was louder than the first because my tinnitus was killing me (tori's not the only one claiming to need Geritol). all songs were breathtaking, but here were some notables: Father Lucifer--different intro, a bit middle eastern flair added, but otherwise similar arrangement as the Plugged version.
Happy Phantom--she tried to trick us into thinking she was about to play Marianne or another slow song by playing melancholy notes and saying, "you know i talk to dead people. they just come and hang out. here's what i play." then BAM. somewhere in the song she sang, "la la la la, i forgot the words. i need geritol..." and on.
Landslide--my second time hearing it live. still unbelievable. very appropriate for her birthday. after this song, the band came out to play, then the crew came out with the cake. i believe Alanis was with them. Tori gave her a long hug. caton played Happy Birthday on the guitar a la Hendrix's National Anthem.
Cruel--she sang "dance with the sufis" too soon, caught herself, did her usual hand movements, then continued.
Horses--new intro. eery. "you don't betray a friend...did it start with Judas, or was it Judy?"
Precious Things--i believe it was during this song that she stopped playing by saying "yo" then handing out her water bottle to the front crowd. Jon & Matt continued while tori did this.
This is Kate of Kate and Michele of Nashville. I have neve posted before but this concert was so utterly amazing, I can't resist. First, I'll give a set list in order (although I'm sure someone will probably post one while I'm writing)
I went to the show yesterday in Atlanta and there was quite a difference. Tori seemed much more into it. Blood Roses left me so faint and Father Lucifer nearly finished me off altogether. I was in a mainly Alanis secton so everyone around me was sitting and I had a very clear view (i think I was about 15 th row center). Anyway, Tori messed up a few times, forgetting the second verse to Happy Phantom but she filled up the space with lively and amusing improv. Anyway, I'm sure some of the pro posters will go into detail, so I'll stop there. Hi to everyone I met or saw again- I hope you guys enjoyed the concert as much as I did. Also, I'm sure anyone who taped it will be swamped, but I would love love love a copy of the show. Please email me at PelesAngel@aol.com.
From adam alexis:
the show was so great. it was my third time, and all i can say it wow! cruel (one of my favs, especially live) was fucking great. i was very happy to hear Father Lucifer and the cover of Landslide, since i had never heard that before. that song made me wanna cry cos it sums up a big part of my life right now. the new song bliss was great too. it was all just awesome. also, i will admit that even though iam not a big alanis fan, she put on a really good show. well, buh bye. like a sad hallucination,
Setlist for 8/22/99, Nashville, TN
Well, I just got back from the show. It was one of the most enjoyable evenings of my life and I'm sad it's over. Not only did Tori put on a wonderful show, but I met so many other awesome ears with feet. I LOVE meeting people at Tori shows because you see all different kinds, of all ages. Anyway, on to the review:
My only complaint is that it was too short, of course. Everyone was having such a wonderful time---Tori, the band, and the audience. I wanted it to last much longer. It was an amazing show---I wanted MORE. It was still worth the $54 I paid for my ticket. I was up by the stage, though, and I could see Tori clearly, up close. I can see why people who had bad seats would be upset. And the band did seem REALLY loud compared to Tori, but I think that's just the acoustics of those types of venues. I could still hear her clearly. All in all, a wonderful, fun show that left me wanting more.
Between Tori and Alanis, I walked around the place and met more Toriphiles. I signed an EWF tour/meet & greet scrapbook for Tori and didn't learn the names of the girls in charge. :P Oops. Hello whoever you are.
I only saw a tiny part of Alanis-just about 30 seconds. I wanted to give her a chance but I was on my Tori high and didn't want to ruin it. I just couldn't take her voice any more. No offense to Alanis or her fans. I completely respect her as a person and as a musician, but I just couldn't stay any more. It was getting on my nerves. What I did see, though, was a really good show-if you're a fan of her. I'm just not a fan, so I had to leave. I felt bad, because I wanted to be fair and polite, but I had to go get my ride home anyway.
I had a wonderful time tonight, and even though the set is shorter, you are in for a treat. I was in heaven the whole time Tori played. I just let the music swirl around me, danced a little, swayed to the beat, watched Tori and the band, and made eye contact with Tori several times. She gave me a sweet smile and that was the highlight of the evening, because I still have never been able to meet her. I gave my letter to Steve, the guy in charge of all the security. I really hope somebody recorded this show.
Have fun! Those of you that get to go to more shows are lucky. I'm also jealous of those of you who get her with a longer set list, no Alanis. But I heard that she's probably coming back to Nashville again during the solo part of her tour. I hope this is true. Tori concerts are not only amazing and fun musical/emotional experiences, but also a great time to meet people. I'm looking forward to the next one. Sorry if this review was badly written, repetitious, and full of spelling errors. It's late and I can barely think or see the screen very well. Bedtime.
ok.....i'm new here, so before i say anything i'm evan from memphis ("HI EVAN FROM MEMPHIS!!!")
we drove into the park and i could hear her singing "Sugar, he brings me Sugar"
don't think anyone has posted this, but in the beginning of Cruel, she got up and turned around, and leaned against the piano and just kind of grooved along....at one point, she looked out of the audience and made this little jerking off motion (i think that's what it was).....it was quite funny
and alanis puts on a hell of a show
last night i was too tired to write much more, but i did want to say that in addition to the show being just GREAT, i thought the audience was pretty cool too. from where i was, tori and alanis fans alike all played nice and were generally o k to deal with. also, i really dug gretta gaines. i know she has more of a country vibe than most of you would probably like, but there is a thread of sincerety in her music that just isn't present in mainstream country. it was very reminiscent of emmylou harris or mary chapin carpenter. i did get to meet her and she was very sweet. i'm sad to say that i couldn't stay for the alanis show, i was just too tired to make it! i would have like to have seen her, kind of as a personal study, but after the high i got off of the tori show, and the weekend in general, it was all i could do to get home. when i came in to work this morning, i found out that my boss had gotten free tickets and was there - another one bites the dust! she had never really listened to tori before and fell madly in love, of course
Here's my take on last night's Nashville show. Tori was wonderful as always, but the system and the employees at the venue proceed to treat my friend and I like shit. Let me emphasize this: SHIT SHIT SHIT. We drove to Nashville from Louisville, planning the whole day there. No problem. We decide around 3:30, that we are going to check out the meet and greet. The ASSHOLE at the main gate told us very rudely that we could not park on the property. We had to go across the street and come back. As we parked, two very nice Toriphiles whose name we didn't catch drove us to the gate. Upon getting out of the car, the same ASSHOLE told us that the M&G was over, though we could still see Tori. Once again we had to leave. He told us to be back at five, and THEN we could park.
Wes and I proceed to get Taco Bell, and come back. We are the first in line at the main gate. The girl who was now at the gate was very nice, but told us that Alanis didn't want anyone on the grounds until 6:15. SHe let us park where we were and we got out and waited. Then we stood in line forever to get in. Fortunatly we had seats, so it didn't rreally matter when we got there.
The show was wonderful, though i was a bit disappointed that I saw no one else with a laminate. Even Alanis was suprisingly good, although You Ought To Know severely disappointed me.
That was my night. So did anyone else have the problems with employees like we did??
The concert was so amazing I can't put into words. I have waited for 9 years to hear Tori do Landslide live and just about fainted when she played the first few notes. The crowd was having a good time, Tori and the boys were having a good time and overall it was one of the best outdoor shows I've attended. Alanis also did a great job although You ought to know seemed way too mellow to me. Overall I had a great experience... what more can I say?
P.S. Mike I hope you got some sleep! You guys be safe on the NC trip!
I didn't see anyone address this issue, so I would like to mention that not only should you get there early for the MnG, but also for the concert. My friends and I kind of carelessly assumed that getting there half an hour early would be plenty of time, but the frisking and security caused such a huge line that we completely missed Greta and had trouble finding the merchandise we wanted. A security guard outside said that it was because Alanis wouldn't let people come in early like they usually do and so there was a huge backup. We got in okay, but if I would have missed even a minute of Tori I would have been pissed. My opinion about the numbering system, after some consideration, is that it is pretty much necessary for good will and civility, even if it doesn't really work in the end. Having numbers meant that people could hang out together peacefully across the street at the little elementary school rather than be plotting how to get past everyone and maybe camping out on the side of the highway. It meant that me and my friends could leave and grab something to eat without worrying that we would lose our place (which wasn't that good at 63, but hey). It was like we were all working together, like in figuring out how to cross the hazardous highway, rather than trying to beat each other out for a place. The number system basically kept it civil until the last few minutes when they crowded us into the barricade. I didn't see everything that happened when Tori came, but it seemed clear that your number didn't really matter since they didn't know where Tori was going to come out. Even so, I think the number system was invaluable just for the fact that it kept peace for the long, hot morning.
The show was so great, but most has already been told about. Since we got there late, we didn't know Greta had already played, so we were waiting for her to come out, when all of a sudden the lights dimmed and we heard the God acapella. We were like, what's going on, and then we rushed the stage with everyone else. I could never have imagined that I would be right over the railing from Tori. It's probably terrible, I will be spoiled for every other concert I go to.
I thought it was a great show, she seemed really happy. It wasn't that short, even though I of course wished it could go on forever. Secret Time was the best. I was so happy when she played Happy Phantom, it's one of my favorite songs, and she was so cute when she messed up. Then she played Landslide, and I had never heard it before, but it was so beautiful. All I could think about how I'm about to leave everything for college across the country, and it just seemed to fit perfectly with how I am feeling. I loved Cruel and I loved Blood Roses, and basically everything she played all night, so why go on.
Alanis was alright, I enjoyed most of her songs. I was especially happy that she played Joining You because I had heard it on the radio and really liked it. I thought it was really cool, when Alanis was introducing her band, and everyone cheered for each one, and then she said something about thanking Tori Amos for playing, and the cheer was earth-shattering. I did kind of question her flute-playing, since I'm a flute player. She sounded alright, but I just thought it was kind of unnecessary to bust out with a flute at her rock concert.
Anyway, Tori was so awesome and I cannot wait to see her again!
From Darren (from Huntsville):
I thoroughly enjoyed this concert. This was my second M&G, but I didn't go there to meet Tori - I went to watch other people meet Tori. I wasn't disappointed. At my first m&g, fans were lined up behind two sections of baracades. This one, I think she supprised everyone by walking down to the very last (6? 8? 10? did anyone count them?) baracade (bicycle rack) and starting with the people who probably thought they were last and had no chance at all. I've never seen anyone this popular spend this much time with her fans - I didn't time it, but it seemed like about 20 minutes. As I said, I didn't go to meet her, but to watch her interaction with fellow ewf's. It was beautiful. Although First American Music center was a nice venue, I was very disappointed that dispite getting there at 6:00, I *still* missed Greta Gaines. I've heard good things about her. They tried to blame this on Alanis, saying that she said they couldn't let anyone in 'til 6:15, but if they had only gotten rid of those ridiculous metal detectors and body searches it wouldn't have been a problem. So basically, they charged me money and gave me nothing in return. Yeah, I was pissed.
I bought her CD so I could hear what I missed. She's very hard to categorize (which is good), but if I had to describe her music, I'd say it's a cross between something my brother calls "alternative country" and Jewel and Tori. I've only listened to it once so far, so I might change that opinion. It's very easy on the ears.
Tori was great. I've been wanting to hear Happy Phantom for a long time. And then to have it followed by Landslide. And then her birthday... Does it get any better??? I'm not normally a big fan of Blood Roses (no hitting, please), but this version was *really* captivating. My only complaint is that her piano should've been louder, or the band quieter. I couldn't always hear Tori's piano playing as I wanted to. As the lead instrument, I think it should've been more prominent.
Alanis is great to see one time, but she's not nearly as exciting the second time. I saw her by herself a few months ago in Birmingham and thought that was one of the best, most energetic live shows I had ever seen. This time, she was just as energetic, but I wasn't into it that much. It's too bad, because I like her music, and I could tell she was enjoying herself. I suppose Tori's a hard act to follow.
On the other hand, this is the fourth time I've seen Tori in the past year, and they've only gotten better. To the people who keep asking for Alanis's set list: I don't think she changes it - so if you find one, you've found them all.
Overall, everything was so great that I can't imagine how good it would've been if the few things I griped about taken care of.
Hello all!! This is only my second post, so once again, please bare with me I just got home from the Nashville show last night, and it was in a word: PHENOMINAL. I mean, it was great. I was at the Atlanta show, and even though the set list was fairly similar, the Nashville show was just so so alive.... Tori was in the cutest, happiest mood, and the band was just on fire.... Wow... I got there about 6:15 (I wanted to try to get there way early for the M+G, but I have never done that because I have never known what time to go... I'll try that next time ) Anyhow! I'll dive into a few things that I remember about the set - it was a very memorable set. Tori did do many cute things. Anyhoo- ~God~ This was like the one in Atlanta, and I'm sure much like the other shows, as well. Started off a capella, etc... very cool. ~Bliss~ Wow, I just love this song, so of course I enjoyed this The band seems to really dig this, as well. I was watching Jon and he was SO into it - singing along with all the words, even during "Tori only" parts heehee Really cool.
WOW WOW WOW...the best Tori show i've *ever* seen. that's really all i can say. She smiled a *lot* said she was "getting to be an old lady"...and her *voice* omg...she's never sounded better. about the m&g...we arrived somewhere around 10:30am...and were 57ish in line. It was crazy hot...but kudos to security for bringing water and to all those helping in the distribution of it.
Ppl were relatively well-behaved, i guess. even though there were ppl i hadn't seen *all day* in front of me...so i just kinda gave up and moved to the side after she came out and saw her talking to and hugging others...and at that point...i lost all the irritibility from the heat, the rudeness and my genetic disposition of being short. I got a long look at Tori, and heard her talking to some of my fellow EWF...and the expressions on their faces were priceless...(though i wish it could've been my speechless face).
So i didn't get to meet Tori or shake her hand or anything...but i did meet Kip and Danfreaka and Mikewhy and PatrickB and his friend from Texas. I recognized a few more of you, but had my shy shoes on and didn't approach anyone.
To the marker nazis (lol)...i thank you for doing what you could to keep things in order. Unfortunately there are always going to be those showing up late and expecting the best, and taking it if they have to. (not pointed towards you, coffeefreak) So anyway...one of these days i will get to meet Tori and i refuse to be rude in the process.
Personally...i think the numbers should be doled out in heighth...shortest in front...
From 5th row delight:
The show was awesome! Tori was upbeat and seemed to enjoy the birthday cake that those who were behind the scenes made for her. They presented it to her, candles and all, on stage and Tori went around and hugged everyone including Alanis. She performed God, Bliss, Landslide, Sugar, Horses, Cornflake Girl, Happy Phantom, Precious Things, Waitress, Crucify, Cruel,Father Lucifer, Blood Roses, and I believe that is all? She forgot the lines to Happy Phantom and started singing about how it was ok to forget because it was her birthday. Then started singing conscious stream about finding her brother and other things that were lost. Before the song though she talked about how her dead friends would come to visit and that was why she wrote the Happy Phantom. At one point during Precious Things she told the band to wait and she crawled to the edge of the stage with her water bottle in hand to give it to a girl who was suffering from heat. The show rocked.
beautiful show. ALMOST as good as the plugged 98 knoxville show. almost. landslide was amazing.
i'm curious as to what mike and richard thought of this show... i loved it. so different from knoxville, even though it was similar to the plugged tour. secret time was great. so joyful with happy phantom, and landslide was so pensive... but as i usual think that's a sad song, she made it bittersweet. absolutely lovely.
ive never posted here before or anything.. but i thought id post anyways, even though every one of you are probably way more dedicated to tori than i am. i LOVE her so much.. but i dont have the money to buy every tori thing in site. ah well.. it just seems like sometimes fans judge newer fans in harsh ways just becuase they dont know as much or dont have all of her stuff. so i get kind of weary doing things like posting here because i start to feel rather dumb because i didnt know the names of all the new songs or anything.. oh well. CHRISTABEL- i think i saw you.. i remember some satin overalls, heh, did you have dark hair?? i met this REALLY cool blondheaded chick after tori's set.. she had these 2 hardcovered books in her lap and i asked what they were- she had two books full of the lyrics to every song with artwork with them and around them and it was just SO cool.. a while back or something she gave it to tori and she looked over it and wrote to her in it and her manager sent it back to her.. i found that very cool..
im not a NEW fan, i just only been really torified for like, the past year or two or so. but her love of her piano just inspires me so much.. like, i lust for my piano and i can see she does also.. its my instrument.. i love it.. i love her work on it along with a few others'..
but anyways.. here's my story if anyone cares to here.::: i drove from birmingham, AL and my friend codi drove from owensboro, KY and we planned to meet up at the concert.. she's one of my best friends yet i had never met her til last nite. heh.. she's great though, i met her over the net of course. we had SO much fun but thats beside the point.. the whole strict security thing REALLY sucked.. i mean, it was horrible. i brought my bookbag up, not knowing we couldnt bring them in and i got up there and they were about to make us go put it back in the car and go through the line again.. it was just bullshit.. one girl had already been through the line and they made her go again because she went to put a bag up at the tent. it was just horribly strict.. too many metal detectors and i got frisked.. BUT.. i put my camera in my sock, under my jeans, and i think she felt it but didnt say anything about it.. i SHOULDVE taken pictures, but i couldnt figure out how to turn my flash off and it was pitch black. i pushed this one button, and pointed my camera to the ground and wow, that was stupid- because i pushed it and the flash went off and it was the brightest thing in the whole world.. but i was too freaked out to try anything else because the security was SO strict. the shirts were too expensive for me, so i couldnt afford anything.. its too bad because i REALLY REALLY liked the lavender babytee.. its so cute. oh well. since everyone's already posted the setlist i wont do that again, but i, like everyone else has alreayd s aid, was SO thrilled to here her play 'landslide'!!!! i didnt know she did that, so i was surprised. thats one of my favorite songs and she in my opinion did it better than fleetwood mac or the smashing pumpkins.. but anywayz, the whole concert was jsut AMAZING- probably the best concert ive ever been too.. it was my first tori concert and a very good one at that. the thing is, today was my first day of school and birmingham was 4 hours away.. so i only got about 2 hours of sleep last nite. all worth it though!!! my hair still has that smokey drugged-up concert smell as usual, its really gross but i swear ive been too exhausted to wash it today.. gross, i know..
alanis.. well, i was going to give her a chance. i LOVED her background and the setup and everything and her band was great and the first few songs were pretty good but she kept fucking pacing back and forth and back and forth across the stage and one song was all 'hey look at my hair'.. argh.. and she just REALLY gets on my nerves.. it was alright til after 'hand in my pocket' when codi and i just couldnt take her whiney voice anymore.. ugh. so we left.
overall it was just GREAT.
glad everyone enjoyed it as much as i!
Hello to all you yummy people I met for the first time Sunday!!! And, of course, I was in awe to see all you goofy folks *again* that I haven't seen since Plugged.
I can't say how *WONDERFUL* this show was...all of Tori's improvs, all of the cute faces, the birthday cake...everything!!! EVERYTHING!!!
About the meet and greet...things were quite out of the norm with this one...you guys have to understand that it WAS her birthday, and it WAS different from the others...
FIRST OF ALL...more than 130 people showed up at the meet and greet. And, if it weren't for the numbering system, then there would've been people who'd been there for over 15 hours who may not have met Tori. I'm sorry, but waiting fifteen hours I THINK earns you the opportunity to have a cozy spot in line. It's not fair for people (whoever they are) to wait in 100 degree weather for hours and hours and hours and not have the better seat. If I could've slept until noon and had a front row seat at the m&g, BELIEVE ME I WOULD...Instead, I was up at very early...got there pretty early, too (because of it being Tori's birthday, and all).
Okay, also...Tori stayed outside for around half an hour, and walked the entire length of the barricade (VERY OUT OF THE ORDINARY!!) Too cool. Thanks to Paul and his buddy!!!
When Tori's bus drove up, Mr. Puppethead was hanging out of the window waving to everyone!! (God, I love that woman!!!)
When she came out, we all started singing Happy Birthday, and she got all teary eyed and looked so fabulous. She was wearing a black top, gray pants, and cuuuuuute shoes!!!
I was able to meet Tori again...and, to my surprise, she recognized Chris (my bf) and I...and hugged me, and you know...like old friends *hee, hee*
Anyway, she stayed out for a reeeeeeally long time, and everyone (I think) was quite pleased with this particular m&g.
I don't think that they rest will be as competitive or start as early, though...her birthday means alot to her fans, and it was a "primo" thing for many of them...
Anyway, the show was wonderful...one of the best...I love the Tshirts...
I got a necklace, and some shirts....BUT THE DAMN VENUE RAN OUT OF TOUR BOOKS BEFORE WE COULD GET ONE!!!!! BEFORE SHE EVER EVEN STARTED HER SET!!!! Damn, damn, damn!!!!
Anyway, I'll try in Columbus...
Poochie - I didn't get to meet you? Damn, again!!! I didn't know you were gonna be there!!!
KnoxToriFan...Um, Jennifer - thanks for the polaroid!!! Too sweet!!!
The fella with the black curly hair - he was sweet...and I wish him luck with the EWF documentary.
Brian - what can I say? I loved this guy!!! If you catch this - YOU ROCK!!! I watched the beatnik Danfreaka skit today...It's legendary material!!! Cheetos? Burritos? Lesbian Sun???
Mike, Danica, Lisa, Paul, Lana, Chris (and the other fella...whose name I still never wrote down), the rest of you who went to Steak and Shake after the show, Phyllis, Keith, Kip, Maria, Brent, Lauren, Ellen, Sara, Micah, Jenelle, Johanna, Katie, Kerri, Heidi...everyone else I met (and those I didn't mention - you know that I already love you)...You made my Sunday afternoon unforgettable!!!
See some of you in Columbus!!!
I have pics!!!! Goo gobs of pics that I'll be scanning soon!!! (Rich...they're coming!)
Love you guys!!!! Anyone else reading this review - meet as many people as you can if you go to a show - they're irreplaceable!!!!
PS. If there's anyone who is interested in posting some of my pics to the forum...please email me - we got some fabulous shots, and I'd love to share them, but can't upload them. I can email them to you.
Just got back from the Nashville show (finaly, nothing like a 14 hour car ride). My nephew and I drove from Oklahoma City to Nashville to see the show since it was the closest of this tour (at least until the Dallas show). I want to thank all of the people who worked to make the M&G as smooth as possible with the number of people there. Including the ones who stopped traffic so we didn't become road kill crossing the road, and the ones who got water and passed it out to everyone. I made a few observations at this meet and greet. 1. Few if any other artist would take the time to spend with their fans that Tori does.
Well, that's it. It was great meeting some of you there, and hope to see you again at a future show.
Ok, so it's a little delayed, but here is my review. My friend Amy and I left St. Louis around 9:30am, b/c everyone told us it would take around 6-7 hours to get to Nashville. Yeah right. It took us 5. So we got into town a little before 3, and decided to try and go to the Meet and Greet. I was very excited, since I'd never been to one before. We were driving down Hwy. 24, and saw the Murfreesboro Rd. exit, but the directions we had told us to go a different way. I said, "oh maybe we should get off there, that's the road the venue is on." We decided against it, and just as we passed it, I saw a big tour bus on the other side of the highway. I start freaking out, b/c I'm thinking, "what if that was Tori?" So we go to the venue, and after pulling into all of the entrances to find locked gates, we come upon the last gate. I see a huge crowd and 3 or 4 tour buses already parked and I started freaking out. The nice security guy told us Tori was there, but it hadn't started yet, and not to worry, we had plenty of time to park our car across the street and come back. So I booked it over there, parked on the grass, and we hauled ass across the highway. (I'd just like to mention here that people in Nashville need to learn how to drive. Hasn't anyone heard of a BLINKER?! We almost wrecked twice getting there! And I thought st. louis was bad!) So we walk down to the barricades, and everyone is standing around. Everyone was crowded at the end closest to the buses, so Amy and i hung out at the other end where there were only a few people. I saw Mikewhy, but he was chatting away, so I didn't bother him. We started talking to these really cool people from Louisiana (I didn't catch your names, but hi!!!) and some guys who were also from Missouri. 2 more buses pull in, and we wait some more. Then, another bus pulls up, and out pops Mr. Puppethead! He was so cute! We lined up along the barricade, and rather than starting out where all the people were, Tori comes down to our end (thank you, Tori!). She walked by me, and I was like, oh my god, Tori just walked past me. It was like a dream. I didn't feel like I was really there, like I was minutes away from meeting Tori Amos. I was so nervous I started shaking. The guy next to me had something for her to sign, and Joel came over and told us that she wouldn't have time to do autographs or take pictures. (I overheard her saying she was going to go see Mark.) I was a bit bummed, but I didn't care, b/c I was at least going to get to meet her. She finally gets to us, and she greets Amy, and shakes her hand, and then she says hi to the guy behind me, and he asked her to play a special show for us that night. She grinned and goes, "oh, sure!", and sniffs her armpit! Ha ha! You gotta love her! Then she looks me right in the eye, and I say Hi Tori! I gave her a hug, and she says, "Hi! And you are?" and I said, "Jo.", and she smiled at me and said "Hi Jo!". My mind went numb, and I couldn't think of anything to say, so I just go, "happy birthday!", and she said, "Thank you!" and moved on the the next person. I looked at Amy, and said, "that did not just happen." And even now, almost a week later, I still don't feel like it happened. I was there, I have the pictures to prove it. But I still feel like it was a dream. I was so happy, though. But I also felt kinda bad. I mean, I heard about people that had waited all day for the m&g (and it was HOT), and I walked up 20 minutes before she gets there and I get to meet her right away. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time...
So we left and went to our hotel and checked in. Then we ate at Applebee's (where was everyone??!) and went to the hotel, changed, and left for the concert. There was a huge line to get into the gates, and we waited for at least a half an hour. I was bummed that they were already sold out of Tori programs before we even got to the gate. Oh well. I had hid a camera in my bra (a different one from the one I had taken to the m&g--I didn't want to risk losing that one!), and I freaked out when I saw the metal detectors. But then I remembered my bra had an underwire, so I was cool. (I just want to add here that this was the first--and last--time I had ever taken a camera into a concert. I don't do it on a regular basis!) Well, he didn't even wave the metal detector by my chest, so it was all good. We walked in and bought Tshirts, necklaces, and keychains, and then sat down. I saw Mikewhy about 4 rows behind me, and wanted to say hi, but he was talking to someone so I figured I'd wait til later. Our seats were close, but we were off to the right, and when she did come out, the lid of the piano covered her left cheek. So I only got to see half of her face, but I didnt care. We had missed Greta Gaines, which disappointed me b/c everyone was raving about her, but at least that meant Tori was coming on sooner.
A little after 8, the lights went off, and Tori began singing God. Then the band came out. Oh, it was incredible...
God-groovy as always.
After she was done, I walked up to the security guard who had taken my camera, and apologized. Then I kinda fibbed and said, "I got the chance to meet Tori earlier today, and those pictures are also on there, and it would mean a lot to me if I could have that back. I'll leave right now if you want me to. And besides, you and I both know half of those aren't going to turn out anyway." He laughed and said, "you don't have to leave, just promise me one thing. You'll put it away and won't take anymore pictures." I said, "Got it. Hey, i don't even like Alanis!" He laughed and pulled the camera out of his pocket, and snuck it back to me and I quickly hid it. I gave him a huge hug and thanked him again, and he laughed and said no problem. There *are* good people in this world. And my pics did turn out, but they're far away, so they're not that great. Plus, you know, half of her face is blocked by the lid... But that's ok. I had the greatest time, and I finally got to meet Tori. What more could I ask for?
We walked around before Alanis came on, and debated on staying. We figured we'd try it, since we paid for it, you know? I saw Mikewhy again, but he was, of course, talking to someone. I wanted to say hi, but never got the chance. Alanis came on, and we made it through the first song and had to leave. I'm sorry, I tried, I did, but I couldn't take it. I used to like Alanis, I even saw her on the Jagged tour, which I thought was a great show. But I can't get into her new stuff. I just can't. Oh well...
You know, I think I saw one laminate during the whole day, and that was at the m&g. I didn't even see Mikewhy with one. I mean, I didn't have one either, but I thought a lot of people would be wearing theirs... Oh well.
Can't wait for Chicago!
From Jenn C.:
The show was great.
I hardly post on these forums because I have a really hard time finding the words to express my feelings. Let's just say that Nashville was a very emmotional event for me.
My overall impression from the 8th row! TIME: It lasted aprox. 85 minutes
TORI WAS WEARING: A pair of navy blue pants, with a black tank. Over her tank she had on a brown sheer shirt with a pretty floral pattern (pale peach/orange/yellow). She was also wearing stiletto heels/sandals.
TORI was ALSO: In a very good/playful mood!
SETLIST: (it has been already mentioned)
IMPROVS/mistakes/special things: SEVERAL! At the beginning of SUGAR the band started and she stood up with her back facing the piano (right in front of the keyboard) and she had one foot up on the piano bench. While Jon was going crazy on guitar she was working her hips, facing Jon. Jon was treating his guitar as an extension of his "member" and then Tori turned to the crowd and made an obsence gesture (the "jacking off" one" and the crowd just roared!
At the beginning of her Solos, she was playing very softly on the piano telling us how she talks to people who are no longer here--and how THIS was dedicated to them--SURPRISE she then started HAPPY PHANTOM!
During "Happy Phantom" she forgot the second verse as already mentioned and she started singing: "la la la la la la, I forgot my words, but that's okay because it's my birthday. la la la la I should really start taking geritol now la la la" (that is all I could make out)
After LANDSLIDE (which seemed like her own special Birthday song to herself) everyone started coming out from behind stage and Tori had her face in her hands--several people wondered out loud if she was crying. She was overjoyed with the cake that was presented and she went around hugging everyone! (especially Alanis for a really long time)
After her birthday cake was presented to her she did a little improv about it at the beginning of "Father Lucifer": "mmmmmm I'm thinking about that cake...mmmm I'm thinking about that cake....it's going to go right here (touching thighs)....right here for my baaaaabbbby, uh-huh"
During CRUEL, She started singing too soon in the middle of it. I can not remember which verse--but she sang two words and then stopped.
She did a very haunting improv before, "HORSES." She sang about "betraying your friend, was it Judas or Judy..." I thought she was about to break into The Waitress but it turned out to be Horses instead.
AND I THINK: This was one of my best Tori shows! The mood was just amazing and the fans were great. Tori was beautiful. I found a new respect for Alanis--she said "thank you so much" after every song and I thought that was just SO cute!
The concert was -- in short -- wonderful. Tori was in such wonderful spirits, being her birthday and all, and I even watched Alanis' show, though I've never really been much into her. She was very energetic, and I loved her band. I really think this tour is doing well, despite the Evil Security and Large Expenses.
I got dropped off at the venue, and while waiting in line, I immediately was sucked into conversation with fellow EWFs who were around me. Everyone at the concert seemed fairly friendly, though some girls in front of me -- on the fifth row, I think -- were making fun of Tori and Tori fans during the Tori part of the concert, which annoyed me. Of course, they danced about in a similar manner when their musician was playing. How ironic.
But the Tori music is enough to make that go away, eh?
"God" -- what a way to start! The first few bars offstage... then /bam/. I love that song, and I've never heard it live, so-- I think it was a great start.
"Bliss" -- The new song. I'm starting to get little loops of the chorus stuck in my head. That song has strength. You don't ignore her.
"Blood Roses" -- A special treat.
"Crucify" -- I've always held this one as one of my anthems, and to hear it live is lovely. I love the band. They're talent. They make some songs sparkle with superpower sparkle.
"Sugar" -- Sounded great with the band.
***then comes secretime***
"Happy Phantom" -- It was just perfect, playful, and giggly. Halfway through, Tori flubbed lyrics and began to improvise with such snippets as "I forgot the lyrics, la la" and "I need Geritol" ... I'm thinking she's attributing it to the birthday, eh? The second she started improvising, the EWFs' cheers went up -- encouraging, excited -- and Tori played on for a bit before slipping back into the song. Smiles abounded.
"Landslide" -- Gorgeous enough to silence even the obnoxious, over-sugarfed teenies in front of me.
***the boys come back***
With a cake! All the people backstage and Alanis, too, came out to wish Tori a happy birthday, and she just looked so happy, so fresh. It's nice to see people -- even those famous ones who reach 'idol' status -- just being happy.
"Father Lucifer" -- Ooohhhh, but hearing this one was a surprise. She started in ad libbing about her cake and patting her thighs, singing about where the cake would go, feeding her sweet baby... Then a powerful rendition of the song. Perfect.
"Cruel" -- Sh-sh-sh-shock me Sane.
"Horses" -- Very nice. I've never heard it live. It flowed.
"The Waitress" -- The ending. With the band -- as always -- it was strong and striking and very there.
Only one song, but eventful.
"Precious Things" -- Started just like she started her Plugged98 tour, went along with the band, usual stuff, then she cuts out with a "yo". The band plays on, keepin a rhythm, while Tori scoots to the edge of the stage to hand off her water bottle to this waifish, blonde girl who was near to passing out. Tori just danced back up to her Bosey like nothing was too wrong, and pulled back into the song for a "grrrrrrrrrrl".
Then it was over. Too soon. I stuck around for Alanis, muched Starburst and created 11 Oragami miniatures from the wrappers. I later presented them to my darling friend when he picked my up from the concert. I think we left them in out hotel room.
While I was waiting to be picked up, Evil Security -- the same ones with wandering, frisking hands -- shoo'd me out of the park where I settled, all alone, onto a stretch of asphalt while electric golf carts zoomed around me. It was surreal. I saw a girl -- long, long hair -- who I saw at my last Tori concert. Hardcore chica, where do you get the money? I envy, but this singular trip ate my bank account with a voracious appetite. I spoke with a lovely EWF whose name escapes me, but she was hanging about with the 'in' pack of travelling, see-so-many-concerts, lucky people. From Florida, she said, so if you're her and you read this, hello! It was nice to have someone speak to me. Renews my faith in people. Also, hello, to the Lafayette couple with the spy-quality, supercostly minidisc setup. You, too, were lovely.
Overall, worth my trip. I was happy. Tori was lovely. I so hope Tori tours again when I can get some more money. Ah, the poverty-stricken life of an eternal-student.
From Patrick B:
I just have to say that at the M&G I had no intentions to meet or talk to Tori, I have done this before a few times last year, and I didn't need to, but When she went around to the longer barracades and me and my friend got an opportunity to get a little closer and stand behind some people and get some good pictures, We went ahead up there, I stood behind someone with my arms folded smiling, and Tori just reached out for my hand and said "Hey sweetie, how are you" I was like, "I'm good, long time no see" and she said "It's good to see you." Oh it was so wonderful cause it was unplannned!!!! hehe, I was happy.
From Not a Pretty Swirl Girl:
Oh my god, i just can't stop crying. It's been 6 days since the most amazing day of my life and i still can't stop... Okay, let's start from the begining, a very good place to start! i drove straight through from the Atlanta show and arrived at the venue at about 12:30 AM. After finding the other people who were already there (Lauren, Sarah, Janelle and Ellen~i love you and miss you!), i was numbered 11. Not bad. After arguing with security, we were told we weren't allowed on their property until the next day. So we parked at the skool and slept on the side of the highway (SCARY...i just kept thinking ROADKILL). After waking up, i went to some truckstop to pee and miracle of all miracles, i found a birthday card with a FAERIE on it. It was gorgeous, and i just had to buy it for my goddess. So i went back to the skool and found a little secluded area to write to Tori. To make a long stori a bit shorter, i wrote Tori a little stori about a boy who was very special to me. We met through a special bond.
Her name was Tori Amos. Our bond grew stronger, and we grew very attached to her cover of Landslide. We planned on seeing her for the first time together, and listened to Landslide all day when we drove from Ohio to Toronto to buy tickets. The very next day, like Marianne, he was just gone. To sum it up, i go to the cemetary and play our song for him just about every day.
So i played with my favorite PP until it was time to line up. We lined up, and i found a very nice spot at the right side of the barricades with just one person in front of me. She came out and we all sang happy birthday and she unexpectedly went right to the back of the barricades. She finally made her way to me and said, "hi sweetie, how are you doing today?"(i had talked to her the day before too). i said i was good, and gave her my card. i told her that it really wasn't that important, but i had written her a little stori that meant alot to me. She gave me a hug and assured me that it was important and she would read it before the show. i told her to have a happy birthday and that i'd see her in Charlotte. She smiled and squeezed my hand and signed my Raspberry Swirl 45 to Jen. Let me clarify:i didn't tell her my name. She had remembered from the day before...amazing. She went on to talk to my Phyllis and then got back on the golf cart WITHOUT PUTTING MY CARD IN THE BOX. She had taken it with her, which meant she would read it before the show. Once again, that woman is amazing.
well, actually, the only part i really remember is private time. Everyone's already heard the stori before and that's when i started to lose it. When she was telling the stori i was crying and praying it was for MY song. Then she started Happy Phantom and i thought, well, this is pretty close and besides, i didn't actually expect her to play a song for ME, especially on her birthday. Wrong. She finished, looked at the audience, looked back at her piano and started playing LANDSLIDE. For ME. i melted into a puddle and watched as our goddess played OUR song for US, because after all, like Tori said, he was floating around there some place. Well, i missed the rest of the show because i was crying too hard, but i didn't care. TORI played a song for ME and i will never ask her for anything ever again. It was beautiful and precious and perfect and downright holy. That woman is simply amazing and i can't describe her in any other way at all. Actually, the next 2 shows, well, actually, the M&G's were almost as amazing.
In Charlotte i was number 42 or something like that, so i had no intentions of talking to her. i wrote her a thank~you letter and gave it to my #3 friend Zac. We get in the barricades and i was somehow only about 4 people back, so although i still didn't plan on talking to her, at least i could see her. Well, i didn't talk to her~SHE talked to ME! She got done talking to the girlies in front of me, looked up and said "Jen!" i smiled and asked if she got my note. She put her hand over her heart and pointed to me and then went on talking to other people. Amazement...
Merriweather~Number 25. Not bad, i fgured i'd at least get to say good~bye, since it was my last show till Buffalo. Again, just one person in front of me. She got done talking to that person and i said "Tori?" and she smiled at me. i just looked at her and said "Thanks for Landlslide" and started bawling. She squeezed my hand and closed her eyes and nodded. She said you're welcome, honey, then something else but i couldn't hear because of ALL THE RUDE TALKING PEOPLE! i hate people sometimes. She asked me if this was my last show and i said for about 2 weeks, i'll be back in Buffalo. She said "well, see you there" and squeezed my hand again.
Tori Amos is amazing and beautiful and more than anything i've ever thought anyone could ever be. i've seen her 14 times now and have 7 shows left on this tour. Anyone who wants to meet, e-mail me (email@example.com). Thanks for listening to me. And thank you, Tori.
it was my birthday present to see tori and it was her birthday too blood roses brought more than i could have ever wished my best friend is the one who screamed "kill the bitch tori" right before horses-he thought it was the waitress she looked enchanting i couldn't quit rocking back and forth she was ripping out my insides and shoving back in what i was afraid to it was a spellbinding expirence
I loved the Tori concert in Nashville. It was my second Tori Amos concert and it was just as magnificent as my first. I give it two thumbs up. Tori was beautiful.
Exceptional. I had good seats, but not as swell as my seats last year in Norman, Oklahoma where I was in the 6th row on the floor. I could see saliva fall from Tori's infamous lips and her delicate finger manipulating the ivories. In nashville, I didn't have such luck, but it wasn't bad luck either. I also thought 'Horses' was 'Waitress' so maybe she changed her mind whenever 'kill the bitch' was yelled out? Happy Phantom was funny!
The concert in Nashville was spectacular. I got to exchange a few words with Tori at the meet and greet in the afternoon because she came around to the side. Tori is such a sweetheart. During soundcheck, which was quite audible considering that it isn't really an enclosed venue, she played 1 new song that I was totally into. Alas, I shall probably never know what it was. The whole thing was a 4 hour show. The MP3 opening act was Greta Gaines (accompanied by Matt Chamberlain) who was very good. Emotionally, I was right with Greta's song "Best Of Me". After a relatively short set change, Tori came on and her music is such a gift of inspiration. It has truly changed my life. I was happiest to hear "Landslide" because that was playing on the radio when my grandmother died and it just had a little sentimentality attached to it and Tori just performed it so beautifully and intimately. "Blood Roses" and "Sugar" were also 2 songs that I really needed to hear after my out-of-control summer. Her entire set was complete bliss of another kind. Of course, there was the instrumental "Happy Birthday" and the time during "Happy Phantom" when she made up new words instead of the "or will I see you dear and wish I could come back" part. It was also very nice of her to run out and give her water to that sick girl on the front row during the last song. This concert made me happy. But wait, the concert wasn't over yet because after another relatively short set change, out comes another performer. I just want to say that I hope Tori and Alanis are not equally sharing the costs of the stage set, because that is officially what split up the Manson / Hole tour. Alanis is obviously in to tie die and narcissistic videos of herself running in slow motion. Her set was good. The best song was the one in which she plays the flute, ("would I still be good if I gained 10 pounds?" or something like that--I am not very familiar with her work). At times though, it was like watching a tennis match while she ran back and forth across the stage. She did do a lot of very free form dancing perhaps of African origin, but her 50 foot medusa hair was engulfing those of us in the first 5 rows. Ranking the 3 acts on musicianship and song-writing proficiency, I would have made Alanis the opening act and then Greta would be secondary and Tori would be the main headliner. I realized that Alanis's lyrics are not at all poetic and also very self-centered. Also, I won't say that Alanis is a cheap imitation Tori knock-off, but she did do a couple of sweeping vocals that made me realize how Tori has inspired her too. All of them were very good though, even so I would still prefer if Tori would just perform a show by herself--at the piano in my living room perhaps.
From Judy g:
Thank you everyone who helped us people who hadn't previously met OUR MOTHER You really were awesome and i felt like i had family there that i was finally getting to meet.
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