Original Sinsuality Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's May 7, 2005 concert in Sydney, Australia
Updated Sat, May 07, 2005 - 1:09pm ET
Tori performs her first live concert in Australia in 11 years! You can now see the set list and reviews for the Sydney, Australia concert at the Sydney Opera House. Tori set list included Blood Roses, Barons Of Suburbia, Mother Revolution, Crazy and the covers You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC) and Like A Prayer (Madonna) 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. It would be nice to get as many different viewpoints about this show as possible!
Tori performed in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, May 7, 2005 at the Sydney Opera House. Tori's special guest was Tyrone Noonan and the show started at 8:00PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page and Richard G. for calling me with the set list after the show!
Take To The Sky
Cloud On My Tongue
Cool On Your Island
You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC cover)
Like A Prayer (Madonna cover)
Barons Of Suburbia
Silent All These Years
Sweet The Sting
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From Matt Page and Richard G.:
Tori gave a great performances in Australia! Tori looked relaxed and happy, and seemed thrilled to be down under again. There is a place on her written set list where she normally writes hello to remind her when to first greet the crowd. On the official Sydney set list, she had good 'day written instead!
SHe told the crowd how happy she was to be there, and that she had been to the Sydney Zoo earlier. She went with a friend who said she was taking Tori to see the best bottom in Sydney. Tori said she was a married woman and could not do that, but eventually went, and the best bottom turned out to belong to a gorilla!
Before she did her covers, Tori told the crowd that they sent her good suggestions for covers, unlike other places.
While in the states, Tori had 4 keyboards on stage, in Australia she had only three. She did not bring the second organ that she usually normally uses for The Beekeeper. So when she played The Beekeeper in Sydney, she played it on the organ that is next to her piano. This sounds very different and gives the song a different feel than it did in the states. The song did not have that low, resonating bass note that was so prevalent before. You could see Tori making adjustments to the organ as she played, trying to make it sound the way she wanted it to.
Tori played Crazy at her piano. I think she was supposed to play it on the Fender Rhodes electric piano, because the stage lighting was directed there for a while at first. But Tori must have made the decision to play it on the piano instead.
Tori followed her written set list exactly tonight.
The Aussie crowd was amazing. They were thrilled to see her, and one of the most respectful and polite crowds Matt has seen. They did not rush the stage but remained seated throughout the show. They were an amazing and appreciative crowd. This also applied to the meet and greet that was held earlier that day. There were no barricades and everyone was orderly, calm and respectful. People just lined up and talked to Tori one by one. Too bad all crowds can not be this good!
From Mark H.:
From the moment Tori walked on stage, i had a tear in my eye. Tori sounded flawless, the crowd was loving every minute of the show, i was the one that shouted "we love you Tori" and got the reply "i love you back", the 1st part of my night made, the second was Tori doing Madonna "like a prayer" this was a song i requested....tears are still in my eyes, by the time Tori did silent all these years, i was crying. I have never been to a show that i was so moved, i have never been to a show that i did not blink for so long. Thank you Tori for such an amazing night, i know you know we would love to have you back with or without your band, lets just hope it not that long we have to wait...
From Simon Metcalf:
It was a spectacular setting and a stunning performance in Sydney tonight! Like many Aussie fans, this was my first ever Tori concert and I was so excited to finally get the chance to see her perform live! I also had the opportunity to meet her at the meet and greet where she was warm and friendly and took the time to speak to everyone. I was amazed at the power she had in her voice. She seemed energetic and in as great form as she ever has been. At first there were quite a few camera flashes, which I thought were distracting, but these died down. I was thrilled with the setlist, which included some of my favourites such as Yes Anastasia, Blood Roses, and Beauty Queen/Horses. After Yes Anastasia she told the audience that she felt like she was performing in someone's living room because the crowd was so warm!! I also got my wish for Tori to perform an AC/DC cover! Both You Shook Me All Night Long and Like a Prayer were fantastic!
Wow - what a mesmerising concert. I have never before seen Tori live and I have also never been in the front row at any concert and I am so glad I was for this one. Tori was warm and vibrant and made so much eye contact with the crowd. She can hold your gaze for what seems like an age! My jaw started to twitch from the relentless smile on my face. Her cover of AC/DC's You shook me all night long was delightful - she was so cheeky and looked like she was having a ball. Leather had the crowd begging for more. Silent was divine and Cooling had tears running down my face - not least because I could feel this magical performance was coming to an end. I wanted it to go on and on. I hope Tori comes back soon - I know we would all make her feel as warm and welcome as we did last night.
My first Tori show!!! And how mind-blowing!!!!!! Yes, Anastacia straight away just brought us to our knees! It was incredible!!! Blood Roses was great, as was Take to the Sky, with Tori hitting her piano to get the crowd to clap. Cloud on my Tongue was amazing, and Jamaica Inn was even better than the album version. I wasn't so down with covers (no AC/DC fan I'm afraid) but she did a good job of them at least.
Mother Revolution was awesome, so powerful and stronger than the recorded versions I've heard form this tour so far. Silent All These Years has never been a standout to me but it was wonderful at the show. I'll always like it more now. The Beekeeper is so damned powerful live, words can't describe how touching it is. The projections of the ring of flame really bring it on as well. The hexagonal screen was pretty cool throughout, actually. Sometimes the projections weren't quite right for the song but for the most part it was great. Very psychedelic!
Leather was great and Sweet the Sting KILLED the album version! It was so much more emotional right there. Crazy was utterly stunning as was Cooling. Just a shame there was not a look in from either Venus or the masterful Choirlgirl! Sure, we did get a Choirgirl B side but it's not the same! But there is no complaining to be doing about a show as good as this!
Read a review of this show from The Australian.
From Daniel Cheetham:
WOW! What a show... Like a lot of others, this was my first live Tori experience after being introduced to, and falling in love with her music 7 yrs ago!! I can say she definitely did not disappoint!!
Original Sinsuality was a beautiful start to the show and led into Yes Anastacia really well. There was such an electric vibe in the air though I must agree, the camera flashed were very distracting and rather annoying. From the opening notes on Cloud on my tongue, she had me mesmerised and then to follow up with Jamaica Inn, my whole body was covered in goosebumps for the whole song!! Her voice and the sound quality overall was flawless and she looked absolutely stunning in a flowing faerie-like white dress.... Very Stevie Nicks!! Cool on your Island, which was the only song she played on the 3rd organ, was just breathtaking and was the first of my friend and my "silent requests to the gods" so to hear this we were almost on the floor!!
The covers were great... in the chat before the Piano Bar, she said that the covers list that she has gotten from Australia "didn't suck and that she wasn't just saying that cos she was in Australia but it was actually quite good... then went on to say "I've never played this song before, and it might suck.... But I have to try cos It's just ..... (long pause) irresistible" before launching into You shook me all night long. Like a Prayer was awesome too... glad to hear the after seeing it played in other shows!!
The 2nd set was beautiful too with Barons just blowing me away and Beauty Queen/ Horses just magical... The audience was really respectful and quiet throughout most of the show which was awesome. Mother Revolution was good, better than the album version I thought and Silent was very haunting... she changed the key down a note when she sang the bridge in that she repeated the words of it and cut out some of the others eg "Years go by will I still be, still be waiting to understand; Years go by if I'm stripped of my, stripped of my beauty raining in my head" which sounded really natural and didn't hurt the song at all. The Beekeeper was really haunting played on the organ and leather was great too. Crazy was the only song to appear from Scarlet but again, even better than the original and really beautiful. All too soon she was ending it though and I knew there was only one more song to go!! Our 2nd "request to the gods" came to us with Cooling which for us, was a perfect way to end a magnificent show.
The show overall was an amazing first experience of her live and for me and I was so happy to still have 2 more Sydney shows to witness this!!
From Christian Taylor:
This was my first Tori concert, and I can assure you all it will not be my last! I've already got my tickets to the Paris show at the Zenith, and that's what helped me slide back into normality afterwards; knowing that I would see her perform again soon.
Tori's first show in Sydney was absolutely flawless. Seriously, I couldn't find fault with it! Her performances were spot on, no technical hitches, the sound was impeccable. She raced onstage and took a single, dignified bow before the screaming crowd. Yes, she was back after 11 years and judging from the audience's response, it was well worth the wait.
'Original Sinsuality' was a divine start. That's one of my favourites from the album - so elegant and feminine. Myself and a number of my friends were hoping for a darker, more intense show, so when she shot straight into 'Yes Anastasia', followed straight after by 'Blood Roses' we were practically hyperventilating! She belted them out with sincerity, with gravity. 'Take To The Sky' was a great crowd pleaser, and showed just how attentive the audience were, every time Tori slapped the piano the audience clapped along. Great energy.
Other major highlights - 'Cool On Your Island' - the only song played on the Rhodes that night - was sublime. Bathed in white light she looked out over the crowd and delivered it with such purity; simply delicious. 'Beauty Queen' and 'Horses' were fantastic! I really needed to hear those. So thrilled to hear plenty of tracks from 'Pele' - well and truly my favourite girl! 'Barons of Suburbia' absolutely rocked the concert hall, that song totally kicks ass, 'she is risen boys' well and truly!
Of course 'The Beekeeper' was one of the most intense moments of the show - what a song. I was well and truly flattened by this one. At one point in this song she sang "Take this message to Michael" as she's been doing in other shows on this tour, and she just looked up into the sky... Heartwrenching.
Tori's first encore was fabulous - cheeky and playful, deeply sexy. 'Sweet The Sting' was superb; the live version having such a different feel. Ending with 'Cooling' was a dream come true for myself and for those with me. Incredibly moving.
I felt thoroughly drained when I left the Opera House. I have never been so deeply moved by a live performance. Tori has the most incredible stamina. The emotion and sweat just poured out of her, with the way she connects with her instruments, with the way it all just seems to flow - every movement is so potently charged. At times she appeared possessed, so completely immersed in her world... I couldn't look away. My attention didn't waver. I hung on every note. This eclipses every other performance I have ever seen - easily and by far. Such refined, raw talent. I can only sit in awe at this woman and appreciate her gifts, and her need to share them.
Tori is at such a beautiful point in her life and career now. Such a confident artist saying so many important, resonant things. To be a mother and wife, a strong, intelligent woman - it's a inspiring vision to behold. I can't wait to see her again in Paris. To those of you still to see her perform - prepare yourself for an absolutely life changing night. Seriously.
My friend and I flew over from New Zealand to see Tori. It was my first time (my friend was lucky enough to see her on the Scarlet Tour). Suffice to say I was really excited. Interestingly enough, these first shows coincide with the release date on Choirgirl in Australia/NZ back in 1998 so they were like my special 'anniversary' of when I became a Tori fan (is that too obssessive?)
The first night lived up to all my dreams - I was so overwhelmed when she walked out on stage, I just couldn't believe I was finally getting to see her live. Even through the first few songs I was shaking as she began each one. Her voice was so powerful and filled the Opera House with such resonance. Simply gorgeous!
When she came round to Cool On Your Island I lost it - I have never ever cried at a concert, but I had wanted this song so much and she did it! It was just so moving, and the way she sings that final 'if you don't treat me better...' just broke my heart.
The covers were fantastic, couldn't believe she did Like A Prayer! In fact, one of the most exciting part of these shows was anticipating what songs she would cover.
Silent All These Years was another high point (plus more tears...). I've always loved the song, but it wasn't until Saturday night did I finally connect with it. She may not have played my favourite song on either night (Hey Jupiter), but I think hearing this live in person made up for it. Thank you Tori...