Last night i saw Tori Amos for the (apparently) fourth time.
The first time was when I was 14, in the fall of 1994 at Shryock Auditorium in Carbondale. This was my second concert (the first being Soul Asylum/Spin Doctors) and I’d only agreed to go because some friends of mine were going. The highlight of this show for me was my friend Tom and I realizing we had the power to make the whole audience start clapping when Tori hit high notes. We clapped first, then everyone joined in. It was awesome.
I had a much bigger appreciation for Tori in 2001, my senior year of college when I saw her at The Fox in St. Louis. I was sitting in the nosebleed section somewhat near my friend Ben, who would later become my roommate for a year after college and really made me a Tori fan by giving me a bunch of her music. My takeaway from that show was her performance of “Jackie’s Strength”, which I wasn’t very aware of before then but has since become one of my favorite songs. I love when that happens.
Tracy informs me that we saw Tori together at The Fox in 2002, but my memory is unable to differentiate that experience from 2001 so I will have to take her word for it.
Last night’s show was at The Peabody Opera House.
Tori was on the stage with just her pianos.
We were in row C which ended up being the sixth row which was pretty great.
I would love to learn how to play the piano. Tori is so advanced she can play the piano and her keyboard at the same time.
She did a thing called the Lizard Lounge where she performed covers of Copacabana and Rattlesnakes.
Her lighting scheme involved a lot of laser type lights. They reminded me of those school pictures from the late 80s/early 90s. Thank goodness my schools never used those backgrounds.
I was glad to be so close because she’s so expressive; smiling and throwing her hair back dramatically.
She’s also really funny. Right before playing “Happy Phantom” she talked about how she hadn’t played it in so long that she needed to have the song written in front of her to remember it. She said the great thing about going through menopause is you forget things but since you don’t remember them it doesn’t matter. Then she said, “fuck it, if I fuck up, we’ll do it over. We’re musicians, right? That’s what we do. …….. Good thing I’m not a pilot.”
She concluded the main set and thanked us for being so great.
She came back for a short encore.
That was during “Tear in Your Hand”, another one of my favorites.
“Maybe she’s just pieces of me you’ve never seen.”
She again thanked us for being the best ever, and was off for the night.
Later she posted her setlist on twitter, which is a nice touch.