Original Sinsuality Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's April 22, 2005 concert in Seattle, WA
Updated Sat, Apr 23, 2005 - 6:07am ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the Seattle, WA concert at Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium). Tori set list included Blood Roses, Tear In Your Hand and the covers Magic Man (Heart) and Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol) during Tori's Piano Bar segment of the show. If you were at this concert and want to send The Dent a review, please email Mikewhy at email@example.com with your review or comments. You can also post your review of the show on The Dent's Original Sinsuality Tour Forum. I like getting as many different viewpoints about this show as possible!
Tori performed in Seattle, WA on Friday, April 22, 2005 at Benaroya Hall (S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium). Tori's special guest was Matt Nathanson and the show started at 8:00PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page for calling me with the set list after the show!
Take To The Sky
Cool On Your Island
Magic Man (Heart cover)
Eyes Without A Face (Billy Idol cover)
Cloud On My Tongue
The Power Of Orange Knickers
Putting The Damage On
Tear In Your Hand
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From Matt Page:
Tori performed a really fantastic and amazing show in Seattle. The venue was beautiful, and it caused Tori to perform a set list somewhat similar to the Philly show earlier this month, which was also in a beautiful symphony hall.
The covers tonight were really amazing. Magic Man by Heart was Matt's favorite cover of the tour so far and is from Heart's 1976 album Dreamboat Annie. Heart is from Seattle, so it seemed extra appropriate. Early in the show, Tori told the audience they were the only city that could clap in time, referring to their clapping during the song Take To The Sky. Before Magic Man she told another story that I hope someone sends a detailed transcript for. I think Tori mentioned during one part that the boys she wanted to go out with were from a different church than the one she was in, or something like that.
The only deviation from Tori's written set list was that she planned to end the show with Winter, but then chose Tear In Your Hand instead.
For the record, it was discovered that Tori cut her previous Denver show short because she was suffering from a sore throat. Tori sounded great tonight, so hopefully she is much better now.
From Danny Quevedo (EWF4Tori):
Tori performed amazingly tonight! Can you way... WOW!!! She sounded great, despite her sore throat. I noticed how she did not perform any of SLG, SW, or TVAB albums, everything else was from YKTR (cool on your island), LE, UTP, BFP and obviously, TBK. I had the chance to meet Kevin, a really cool ewf who was sitting next to me. We were very close to the soundboard and before the show ended, Mark gave me the copy of the setlist, so we knew Ribbons Undone and Winter were next; however, Tori pulled a number on us, and beautifully performed Tear in your hand.
I got teary when she performed The Beekeeper, since it reminded me so much of my grandmother, who passed away October 2003, and also Peter, who passed away Sep. 2004, especially when she sang the verse "take this message to Michael".
I can't hardly wait for the San Francisco and Los Angeles shows, since they are the last shows of this amazing tour. I will keep you informed! I must go to bed now since I have a flight to catch.
Once again, Tori did a superb job tonight, let's wait and see what's in store for us, Californians... Until later.
I almost forgot to mention that Tori said a little story before Magic Man (Heart), it was something like "some of you are as old as I am, so you might remember this song. I knew where to find the boys, at a Gospel church or at a Catholic church." I can't really remember everything, but she also mentioned something like "when making out, the guy's hands would move down (played piano) and I said no, no, no, then hands would go up. Then hands would go down again and this song would play on the radio, inspiring some action". Sorry if I messed up, but I think that's what she mentioned.
Okay, now that I have recovered from the Tori Amos show last night, I can write this review! :-)
I thought Tori performed wonderfully and I was in "awe" throughout the entire set. The S. Mark Taper Auditorium is such a wonderful venue and the sound in the entire room was awesome. The acoustics sounded really well with her piano.
Like others, I also noticed that she didn't play anything from her recent previous albums (FTCH, TVAB, SLG, and SW). Even though she didn't, I still really enjoyed hearing the more older stuff, since I rarely get to hear them live. I would have never thought she'd play Yes, Anastasia. But when she whipped that one out, my jaw dropped. She played it flawlessly. I feel fortunate to have witnessed this rarity.
One highlight of my night was hearing Cool On Your Island. That song really touched me because of my current situation with my current beau. I rarely get around to listening to the YKTR album so just hearing that song again was absolutely amazing that it made me tear up a bit. That song's for you Joe.
The Beekeeper was immensely emotional. Compared to the album version, she played it in very slow tempo and on the organ, so it sounded really dark and full of mourning -- and it made sense to what has been going on in her life. It was just very hypnotic and for me, I've always had a hard time excepting loss and I'm usually pretty desensitized to express any pain or sadness during those times. So when hearing this song played live, I could really feel her pain for loss because it was so passionate and I thought of those close to me who have passed away.
To Danny: I'm so sorry I couldn't find you at the show! I didn't get signal in the venue so I couldn't call. But have fun for us at the California shows! Also, I think you pretty much nailed what she said before Magic Man. :-)
Overall, the show was great. Matt Nathanson was pretty entertaining as well. He got the crowd going and was in good spirits. To everyone catching the last couple solo U.S. shows, HAVE FUN!! Can't wait to see some of you again for the Fall tour!
From Tara Schuster:
What an amazing show!
Matt Nathanson is a delightful opening act, he said he was kind of like "thefluffer" and he was here to fluff the crowd for Tori. If you get a chance to see him headline a show it isworth it!
I've been checking out the set lists here on The Dent every couple of days so I could get an idea of the materialTori would be showcasing. I was certain I'd get to hear The Beekeeper and Original Sinsuality, but I had no idea I'd be at a show where she played Cool On Your Island, Yes, Anastasia and Blood Roses all in the same set! I got goosebumpsduring Yes, Anastasia and when she started to play Blood Roses I turned to my friend and told her I must be dreaming.
Right before she did the piano bar, she said that if we really want to hear a song to pass it on to her and she might play it, and if she doesn't it's because it was a crappy suggestion, or something like that.
Tori was very chatty and seemed to be in a great mood, she said something about some of the people in the audiencebeing around her age and can probably remember making out to the next song she was going to play and then she went into Magic Man, which was magical. Eyes Without A Face, wow, I was in shock, she turned a Billy Idol song into her own and it was beautiful. Hearing Marianne took my breath away, a very emotional song for me. Hearing The Beekeeper was mesmerizing and it wasn't until she started playing this that I realized the show would be over soon,but she surprised me by coming back out twice and playing two songs for both encores. Varying the setlist only by replacing Winter with Tear In Your Hand.
Right before playing Ribbons Undone she said Tash asked her to play "her song" for the people of Seattle, how cute is that? What an amazing night, I left Benaroya Hall and the city of Seattle feeling fulfilled and elated.
I've seen every tour that Tori has done here in Seattle and this was the most unique mood, music and venue. There is a new stage presence to Tori, she is more sorrowful, warmer and more connected with the audience. Her energy was bounding and commanding. The songs of course are never restricted to how they sound recorded, she always changes them and in this tour it's very apparent. Blood roses for example, went back and forth: verse on organ, chorus on piano and I thought this was amazing..you'd be mesmerized during these long sustaining, vibrating notes on the organ during the verse then she'd whip around and pick up the tempo and pound out the chorus on the piano. She mixes in the organ with a lot of older material and you'll find yourself getting entranced only for her to spin around and get your foot tapping again. It's an effective blending of the organ and piano.
I was not looking forward to the two mystery covers that I knew would be played because I read set lists from other shows...well I must say the cover from Heart was amazing. First off Magic Man is amazing anyway, but Tori's rendition was slow and you could tell she loved singing .."and let's get high awhile" it was seductive. Eyes without a Face, was jaw dropping, first because the song sounds famaliar and your trying to place it and then you realize it's a slowed down, melancholic version of the song. I can't wait to download those two songs! She spoke before Ribbons Undone how "A little girl was put to bed tonight and asked 'Mom will you play my song tonight for the people of Seattle?'"
The acoustics of the hall showcased the organs amazingly, there were many times where you could actually feel the vibrations coming off the organs. And of course her vocals were powerful and controlled, I've been to too many shows where she'll sing with growly almost crackling sounds, I like it when it fits the lyric or song but not when it's coming and going in each song. However, tonight she growled very little and sang beautifully, sorrowfully and hauntingly depending on the song.
The show was fabulous. Tori was in a flirtatious mood for quite a few of the songs. I was surprised because I was expecting a much darker vibe from the reviews of previous shows on the tour. Her vocie was in top form. I guess that the three days off was a blessing.
I just wanted to add something about the meet and greet. They lined us up around 2 or 2:30. As we were standing there, one of the black SUVs pulled up in front of the bus. We all looked to see who was in it. The dark tinted windows and bright sun made it very difficult to see in, but someone was definitely looking out at us. Then a window rolled down revealing Tash's grinning face. She started waving and playing peek a boo. She carried on for quite a while. Not sure whether mommy knows that she likes to play this game with the crowd, but she is adorable! A real performer already!
From Ethan R. (Roklif):
This was a trip in the time machine for me to my first concert during the Dew Drop Inn Tour. At least half the songs she played were done inthat show, and since she only had guitar back up then, this was almost like reliving the experience. This has also been the best audience since that show, very courteous, and as Tori said, can actually keep time while clapping to a song. I think Matt Nathanson doing the sign-a-long during his set helped set the mood for the audience in participating when appropriate.As far as her speech before the piano bar, she started with the comment that people can pass up song ideas, but don't expect to hear most of them because a lot of them suck. Then she said that she knew all the people her age would remember the first cover as a song to make out to when they were kids. She commented that as a teen the place to be was after a Friday Night (Fish Night) dance party with Catholic school boys, cause they know how to have fun. And her comment before Ribbons Undone was that as Tasha was being tucked in for bed, she asked Mommie to sing her (Tasha's) song to the nice people of Seattle, which I thought was very touching. Tori has always be clear that Seattle is one of her most favorite cities to play for, and tonight's concert was a testiment to that. I will be glad to see her again if she swings back in the summer.
Read a review of this show from The Seattle Times.
Read a review of this show from Seattle Post Intelligencer.