Lottapianos Tour: The set list and comments for Tori's August 24th concert in Boston, MA
Updated Mon, Aug 25, 2003 - 2:53am ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the Boston, MA concert. The set included Upside Down (with band), Seaside (solo), A Case Of You (solo), Suede, and Glory of The 80's. If you were at this show and want to send The Dent a review, please email Mikewhy at email@example.com with your comments. You can also post about your concert experience at the Concert Reviews Forum. It would be nice to get as many different viewpoints about the show as possible.
Tori performed in Boston, MA on Sunday, August 24, 2003 at FleetBoston Pavilion. Tori's special guest was Ben Folds and the show started at 7:00PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page for calling me with the set list after the show!
a sorta fairytale
A Case Of You
Bells For Her
Take To The Sky
I Can't See New York
Glory Of The 80's
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From Matt Page:
Matt really enjoyed tonight's show. Tori's energy was good and the variations in the set list were nice, especially for the encores, where Suede and Glory Of The 80's were awesome. Tori did not talk a lot from the stage, but did perform a nice improv. She told the audience that this was Jon Evan's home show and that his family was there tonight. Tori mentioned that her family would be at the Columbia show, and then did an improv about how her family includes everyone, including Christians/Jesus freaks. She also sang about how her uncle told her his daughter is a lesbian, and Tori said something like "73 words per minute, we'll find something for her to do."
Hi, I just got back from the Boston show a little while ago... Just wanted to share a couple details... During Take To The Sky she did a little part before going into the Carol King bit along the lines of " I see matt" "i see John" I see my piano (i think thats what she said). Also during Liquid Diamonds she added a bit more to the end during the song with lyrics like "only ten more to go then back home to be a mom" or something along those lines. It was integrated right into the song though. Pretty neat. A great show with tons of energy and an interesting setlist.
From Brian C Fahey:
Just got back from the Lottapianos Boston show, which was pretty incredible. All in all, an excellent set. She didn't talk much, but she seemed to be having a great time. She mentioned that this was John Evans' hometown and mentioned that she's had a great time backstage with everyone's family (except hers). At one point she flicked off the audience... I believe it was during Upside Down. I could be wrong but it was definitely early on. Highlights included Professional Widow which started the concert of with such high energy, and her cover of A Case of You which was simply beautiful. Liquid Diamonds was wonderful... I was so happy she played it.
The vibe from the audience was great. By the time she played Precious Things everyone was on their feet. Her encores were perfectly selected. Suede never did much for me on cd... but it was fantastic live.
Had she played In the Springtime of His Voodoo I could have died happy. But it was near perfect set, the weather was great and Tori looked and sounded amazing.
Hi! I just wanted to comment on the show tonight, it was AWESOME! I think this is the best show I've seen yet. She started off by bring her daughter out, little Natasha was waving at the crowd and everyone cheered then Tori had to hand her off . Tori sounded right on note and was not showing that she just turned forty! Maybe it was the beautiful seaside atmosphere, or maybe she knew sounded good, whatever it was she sure was in a very energetic and cheerful mood. Making little gestures with her hand, including giving the audience the middle finger, and the little dances and improvs she did made the whole show unique and wonderful! Tori did an improv about her family the Christians and the Jesus freaks and one about her uncle and his lesbian daughter, Tori says to send her over, that she can type 73 wpm, and they can use her! Just look at the set list, which I very fortunate to have gotten from a very sweet man on stage, and you can see what a perfect show it was! It will be a hard one to top!
From Devlin Grunloh:
I can't offer a whole lot of commentary, except to say that "Professional Widow" was also sounchecked. "Seaside" was gorgeous, as was "A Case Of You".
From Pamela Mead Schwedler:
Tonight's Boston show was awesome! Upside Down, Lust, and A Case of You were definitely the highlights for me! She played the best Lust I've ever heard...so perfectly executed it was almost riduclous! Plus, I was totally excited to hear Your Cloud as the final song Tori played during her encores...that song is really special to me and I was so glad she played it for us! Her energy seemed a little low for this show, but she still played like she always does...absolutely fabulous! Her improv about her uncle's daughter being a lesbian was also great...all in all a very good show!
tori raised her middle finger during the line in father lucifer "girls that eat pizza and never gain weight", not directed at the audience but rather i am assuming to the "girls" in the song. also, she sang an improv in the middle of a song (i don't remember which one) which went something like "we're just like old times, on the road again, but i have to go home to go be a mommy now" or something like that. it was rather sweet.
I just have to make a comment on the audience. Maybe it was just my portion of the audience, but the front orchestra had some of the rudest people I have ever known of at any show. People were constantly going back and forth with beer, and I had to move over to let people by at least ten times. During a really beautiful part of "A case of you", a cell phone went off. Everyone around me was chatting, the girls in front of me were obsessed with taking pictures of their cell phones...the atmosphere in my area was just extremely chaotic. The set list was great, I just wish I could have enjoyed it more without people being rude and completely disrespectful.
I saw Tori for my first time last night, and it was unforgettable. Her stage presence is amazing, almost a complete 180 degrees from her albums. I especially enjoyed how she ripped through "Precious Things" and her sultry flirtatiousness on "Leather." I'm a big fan of the older stuff, I guess. She looked very cute as she ran off the stage for the encores and the finale of the show, too. My husband said she was quite a merry sprite. She's a beautiful, amazing musician and it was a rockin good time.
I was at the Boston show last night (fabulous!) and just wanted to clarify the debut of Nataysha. She was not actually brought out onto the stage. Matt and Jon were already on stage playing and before making her waltz across stage, someone pulled the curtain aside and there stood Tori holding Nataysha on her hip, both of them waving out to the crowd. Because of the lighting, you could really just make out the silhouette. But it was indeed a beautiful little moment.
This review is coming from someone who has just experienced their first Tori Amos show, and while I was amazed several times over, I really didn't feel that atmosphere that people seem to talk about most of my time. Sure, I was surrounded by people with a profound respect for music for once, but other than the dancing near the end, it just seemed like a really, really great concert, not heaven.
But I did have a really good time. The lights were amazing, and though I had good seats, they even had a projector running live footage from all around the stage. People seemed to get a different idea about the improv than I did. She told us quickly that her family wasn't there, and then started talking about being the black sheep, "one of these," and mentioned her uncle's lesbian daughter (she can do... 73... words per minute, that is). It didn't really focus much on the daughter, though.
I was very happy with the choice selection; I had been praying for months for "A Case Of You" and/or "iieee," and although I only got one out of two, it was great. I knew most of the rest of the songs, so I had hardly any nitpicks, other than wondering why she ended with "Your Cloud." Can anyone explain that?
From Danielle White:
Tori came on stage, doing her usual jumpy kind of walk, waving with both her hands to the audience. She was wearing a pair of jeans rolled up to just under her knees and a black tanktop with a red and yellow flowy, mesh top. She had little red shoes on with 2 inch heals. She looked beautiful as always. A Sorta Fairytale sounded wonderful. The band left and she played Leather -- which was very powerful, and she hit each note perfectly. She did a beautiful version of God, which was followed by Suede, which sounded awesome with the band behind her. Me and a friend were lucky enough to get ticket upgrades to the front row...we could see Tori and John Evans nodding to eachother and laughing. Unfortunately we couldn't see Matt Chamberlain from the angle we were at. This was my 5th time seeing Tori -- I think this was my favorite performance. She truly puts everything she has into each performance.
From noelle gaffney:
I think last nights Tori Amos concert in Boston, MA should be produced and made into a live album. I really would like the chance to listen to it anytime I wanted. All Tori fans would love to hear it. The energy was unbelievable! Before the show even started, I said to my friend "I really wish she would play Professional Widow!" And she DID! I could have left after that and gotten my money's worth. But I am glad I didn't b/c she continued to play an incredible set. Liquid Diamonds has sentimental value to me and I have never heard it live, so again I was blown away. Precious Things was also the best I have ever heard it. Seaside gave me goosebumbs, I was mesmerized listening to that song. It was an incredible show. Probably the best I have ever seen. Ben Folds was very good too! He had the crowd doing sing alongs and fun stuff like that. It was a fantastic night.
Hi Mike sorry I am a bit late with my concert review, I just got home a little while ago, but I just want to say the Tori show was fantastic in boston last night. I really liked the set list alot, and the atmosphere was wonderful. The place had the big screens on which was fantastic as well. I also saw Ben Folds set and he was also excellent. I know this is a Tori review but since he was there too and I saw both I just thought that I would mention him as well.
Read a review of this show from the Boston Herald newspaper
Read a review of this show from the Boston Globe newspaper
From lou fauxbel:
The new curtain has a circle with a cross inside, all made by popcorn shapes with ink-blots inside. On the corners were an eagle head, feather, hatchet and claw.
The smell of incense started filtering out, Wampum prayer was played. Tori did her usual dance/walk onto the stage hands waving with that impish smile.
She was wearing a light orange, loose shirt/dress with yellow sleeves which went down to the shins.
Under she had blue jeans and a black stretch top. She had on some gorgeous red high heels. Her hair was tied back with a pin and ribbons on the back. She had a pair of sparkling red earings the size of grapes.
And so another delightful, joyous, amazing, magical, unforgettable,(well you know) show began.
This reminded me of a past slg show, lots of b-sides and covers. What an excellent assortment of songs all keeping the energy level high.
It was a treat to hear professional widow. It was tame compared to previous versions, though the mike stroking was very erotic.
The old tori came out when she flipped the bird during father lucifer. Then a little improv about relatives, lesbians and black sheep.
Tori smiles the most during a very nice rendition of rattlesnakes.
I was so happy to hear upside down with the band. Nice, especially the eyes looking off to the side during "is not ok'.
Lust had me melting, super!! During Lust, Tori sang the lines "bring them back, bring them back". I believe this was a reference to our troops. Right on!
The first time i hear seaside. What a lovely song.
A case of you brings me close to heaven.
Eerie lighting of i can't see new york takes me to another place. At the end, the clouds don't turn red.
A heart pounding precious things brings everyone up.
Your cloud was so beautiful, with fantastic piano. What a way to end the night.
From Deb aka neverseenblu:
Hiya Mike. I needed a little time to come down from my "Tori high" before posting I guess. OMG! Did I really hear Seaside live? (pinching myself) I was spellbound. She was soooooo happy, smiling, and her lil dances at the piano. Wish she talked more, but I loved her remark about going home to be a Mom. So sweet. Highlights? Lust, Professional Widow, Siren, Precious Things. Heck, the whole setlist was a highlight. Never have I heard her voice so crystal, so extraordinary. Bells for Her brought tears down my face. I was desperately hoping Hey Jupiter or Caught a Lite Sneeze would want to be played but no luck. Also, I all but made bets with friends that her cover "Please Come to Boston" would appear. I brought my husband, his first time, and he leaned over during Leather and whispered "I get it now". He also loved her "V"-ing the microphone. Someone else had mentioned it, but its true.. it was hard to sit at times because her music was calling you to dance, and yet you didnt want to move at all so you could remain completely focused on every breath, every gesture, every word. Liqued Diamonds was almost the end of me... so beautiful, so perfect. The atmosphere by the water, the cool breezes, the energy, the people around us were great. Well, except for these 3 girls who were talking extremely loud, and not even about the show! Disgusted looks, and being shhhd! didnt help, but the girl in front finally turned around and told her to please shut up. And she did. (thank you!) There was more beer drinking there then at any Tori show Ive ever been to, and I agree there was wayyyyyyy to much getting up and moving around. My God people! You paid to come see our stunning Tori, didnt you? So sit down. All in all I have to say it was the greatest show of them all, and I would kill to have this show recorded. Audio and video. She was that ON! When Your Cloud began my husband leaned over and told me he'd never seen me so happy. Thank you Tori, for giving your all.
From Jane (littleearthq8kes):
My fifth show, and loved it.
Especially Professional Widow, Upside Down, Take To the Sky,Leather!!!!!!, Suede...I could go on and on. I must comment though on the amount of people with their cell phones ringing or on their ear!!! It should have been called Lottacellphones!!! Shut em of people, enjoy Tori because she is VERY, VERY much worth enjoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Tori for another great one!!!!!!!
From Marci Gilchrist:
This was my 4th time seeing Tori and it was easily the best show I've ever been to. I had great seats, 8th row center, and I brought my cousin along for her birthday. We were both so mesmerized by her presence. I was so excited to hear that she played Professional Widow and Take to the Sky. She totally rocked. I was also glad to hear Siren, which I've never heard her play in concert before. But I have to say I Can't See New York brought tears to my eyes. I don't know, there's just something about that song that makes me feel so sad for all those people who sufferred on 9/11. Anyways, all in all a great show, and I want to say thank-you to whoever it was that told those rude people near the front to finally sit down. They totally blocked everyone's view during the first wto songs.
This is my 10th Tori show since 1994. Though it will go down as my least favorite, Tori is like what they say about golf, even a bad time is better than a good day at work.
I sat in the Orchestra right area, 5th row.
TORI herself, Jon Evans and Matt Chamberlin were wonderful musicians as usual. The speakers sucked! They were too small for the amount of sound that needed to get out of them. They crackled even during Ben Folds' set. I had a headache from them by the end of the night. Next time, I must bring earplugs...
Highlights: Professional Widow and Glory of the 80's.
Lowlights: RUDE EFFING PEOPLE!!
During Ben Folds' song "Brick" which is about abortion, the stupid couple sitting in front of me kept laughing and flirting... AND I have never at any concert in my life been so disgusted with the people sitting behind me: DRUNK as all get out, talking through most of the first half of Tori's set until I (THE ONLY BRAVE ONE) turned around and said, "Please be quiet." Response: "Huh?" I repeated, "Please be quiet, we're trying to watch a concert here." They seemed stunned... So I agree with Samaida124 about the rude people at this concert.
This was my first Tori show, and as I was there with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time, it was especially exciting. The whole thing was incredible but I especially loved Upside Down and Take to the Sky - two of my favorite B-sides. I couldn't believe she was playing 2 songs from the "Winter" single. And the Joni Mitchell cover wasn beautiful.
Despite my love of rarities, I have to admit that during "Cornflake Girl" I hugged my friend and almost started crying. I couldn't help it, it was my first show people...