The set list and reviews from Tori's April 4th concert in Vail, CO
Updated Sat, Apr 05, 2003 - 6:27am ET
Tonight's set included Honey, Rattlesnakes, Crazy (solo), Professional Widow, Father Lucifer and In The Springtime Of His Voodoo during a rare third encore. If you were at the Vail, CO show, please email me with your reviews and/or set list or post your review or comments in the Dent's Concert Reviews forum. (You can post under any name without registering, so it is quick!)
Tori performed in Vail, CO on Friday, April 4, 2003 at Dobson Arena. The opening act was Rhett Miller.
Many thanks to Ann (Kai) for being the first to call me with the set list and to John and Matt Page who also called!
a sorta fairytale
Take To The Sky
I Can't See New York
Tear In Your Hand
In The Springtime Of His Voodoo
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From Ann (Kai):
It was a good show tonight. It was a general admission show and people had to wait in the cold to get in. There was no meet and greet because of it being general admission and likely because of the cold as well. During her soundcheck, fans heard her performing a sorta fairytale, Father Lucifer and Professional Widow. The show started at 8:30PM and ended at 10:45.
Tori seemed very energetic tonight. Early in the show after Girl, Tori talked to the audience, saying she had never been to Vail before. She then said they did many firsts with Tash there, for instance it was the first time Tash has had snowflakes on her tonigue while in the Jacuzzi. She then said she had received a call last night from the staff at the hotel asking her if she was abusing her child because Tash was teething (and I assume crying a lot.) Tori then did a really cute improv to the tune of Hotel California with lyrics that included, "You can check out anytime you like but you can never teethe..."
Tori began the roadside cafe with an amazing improv where she would sing, "I shed a tear, I shed a tear, and then "Shut the fuck up, don't you love your country?" followed again by "I shed a tear..." It was really amazing.
Pancake had the Ohio bridge and Father Lucifer had the "Steve McQueen" part. During Father Lucifer, Tori flipped the bird while singing the line, "Girls that eat pizza and never gain weight." While singing Tear In Your Hand she sang the line "pieces of us you've never seen" twice.
Tori did a rare third encore tonight, playing Voodoo. She did mess up and then said to the band, "Okay I'll just follow you."
Tori was wearing this sequined tight outfit tonight instead of her usual flowing garment.
From John and Matt Page:
John and Matt added that Tori seemed to really love the crowd in Vail and put on a fantastic show. (That would explain the third encore.) The show started out slow but seemed to increase in intensity and really ended with a bang. Professional Widow tonight was really long and even better than the first time she played it a few days ago. There were buckets of drool during the song. There were lots of Pele songs tonight.
Take To The Sky is really evolving and getting longer each time Tori plays it. It is like The Waitress used to be on past tours.
From Melanie Boock :
I'm one of all of about 20 locals who showed up for the show--I almost typed 'snow'--but it's the end of the ski season here and everyone is broke. This was an amazing performance. This is the first concert I've been to where the singer didn't make some clever comment about the altitude, which was beyond refreshing. Her voice was perfect and powerful and if she was gasping, you couldn't tell. James Brown just about had a stroke here last summer because of the altitude.
This morning was a sort of weak powder day, but freshies on the board all the same. It was very cold. I warmed up at the library at noon and all these people were hanging out in the freezing cold. I went home and walked my dogs then we came back to the small crowd. This is a very small place and it was cool to meet people and see where they had come in from. It was also nice to go to a show and not be the one to drive for 2 hours to and from. A woman who said she does Tori's website took a photo of me and my big black dogs, but there must be about a million Tori websites so who knows which one. Anyway, nice crowd.
The concert was in a hockey arena, so yeah, it was cold. The folding chairs add to the po-dunk charm, I guess, but I wouldn't have minded dancing a bit to warm up. The sound was quite excellent. The vibe was pretty friendly, except for a little teritorial stuff outside, whatever that was, before hand. You could check out the soundcheck through a little space in the covers they put on the upper back doors, which was cool, and you could hear it great.
This guy standing outside the back doors said, "Who is this?"
Someone said "Tori Amos."
He said, "Never heard of her. It's really good."
Someone gave him the name of her albums.
Tori is not the biggest hit in these parts for some reason; I had a bitch of a time getting people to come along. But a very good time was had by all, and everyone commented on how good the sound was. Hope she comes back someday, and while the song choices were awesome, I hope she'll do Sugar next time. Rattlesnakes was one of the absolute highlights, and taxi ride was also outstanding.
The Tori shirts that show the grass in the shape of the United States and say "Trim your Bush" were so right on.
In case you didn't get a complete setlist for Vail, CO here it is:
*Intro: Wampum Prayer
A Sorta Fairytale
"Hotel Colorado" - a joke about her hotel stay in Aspen and about the trouble her daughter caused that went something like "Welcome to the Hotel Colorado, you can check out anytime you like but you can never teethe."
*Solo: "Shed a Tear" - a short song in which she said the line "Shed a tear" a number of times. Also included the line "Shut the fuck up" which she said very loudly followed by a whisper of the same line.
"I Made a Promise" - some sort of intro to Crazy. Included the line "I made a promise to crazy."
*Band Back: Horses
Take to the Sky - ended with her singing "I feel the Earth move under my feet, I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down."
I Can't See New York
*First Encore: Precious Things
*Second Encore: Taxiride
Tear in Your Hand
*Third Encore: In the Springtime of His Voodoo
Everyone has a different perspective and opinion. We were at the Vail show. To say it was a good show is a gross understatement. I think the show was fantastic. The sound mix was excellent, which is not easy to do in hockey rinks. John was brilliant and Matt is incomparable. Tori's performance was phenomenal. Tori made the night special by giving us several improvs and an extra song in the last encore. It was one of the best concert's I have seen anybody do anywhere in a long, long time. I enjoyed the Denver show in December but last night was amazing. I was surprised by the energy level considering they have been on tour for over four months now.
I suspect the reason there was no meet and greet was the practically nonexistant local security. I have noticed in the past that Joel and the guys handle most things but they have backup from local security. There seemed to be only one person working for Vail/Dobson most of the afternoon. The front doors did not open until after six-thirty. The line of people waiting started growing in all directions. As a result the general admission did not work out that well. The arena was small, I'd say just over a thousand people were there, so everyone had a good seat in the end.
I'm so glad I was there. I'll never forget last night.
From Amy Orth (Chick from Wichita, Kansas):
I am from Wichita, Kansas. My husband and I left Thursday morning for Colorado where we had a room reserved in Frisco. We headed to Vail Friday morning, and after driving up and down North Frontage Road we finally headed over to South Frontage road and asked where the ice arena was. We had been looking on the wrong side!
It was about 1pm when we parked the car, and I decided to walk down and see how many people were waiting for the meet and greet. After a while of standing there, I finally asked the people in front of me about the meet and greet...and that's when I was devasted as I found out there wasn't going to be one. Then, my world got turned upside down even more, when I found out that my reserved seats were worthless.
So, hubby and I decieded to stand in line until the doors opened so we would be sure to have good seats. There was no way I was going to end up with crappy seats after driving over 10 hours to see her. Plus, this was my first time getting to see her live.
I have to say that Tori fans are some of the nicest people (except for when it comes to getting in the building and rushing to get seats!) The people in front of us were extremely nice, especially a guy by the name of Brian (hope I spelled that right) he was nice enough to loan me $20.00 so I was able to get a shirt. I had given him my email address and he said he'd email me and I could send him a check or something. Thanx Brian...you're the coolest!! (I'm extremely jealous of you though!! All the times you've seen her, and got to meet her! =P)
When Tori came out on the stage, my heart about jumped out of my chest. She was so beautiful. Wearing a silversequened dress with flowing sleeves. She looked like a fairy princess (it wasn't until later that I noticed the jeans on underneath it with the pant legs rolled up and she had boots on) I just tried to take it all in. I knew I may never get to see her again live, and I just wanted to soak it all up and enjoy it while it lasted.
Everything sounded wonderful, not too loud, not too quiet. Everyone stayed in their seats (except for the encores) which was a plus for me. We actually ended up with better seats than what we would have had (ended up with fourth row seats) I snuck my disposable camera in and got some pix of her (not to great..but Brian got a good one for me during one of the encores)
One other thing. I had said while we were standing in line (freezing our butts off, I might add) that if I could request any songs from her, I would request Precious Things and Tear In Your Hand. You can imagine how happy I was when she started into Precious Things, and then became overjoyed when she did Tear In Your Hand. I said it was like she read my mind =)
The drive was well worth it just to finally see her live for those couple of hours. (Hopefully if she tours again, she'll play a little closer to home so I can go again.) I met some wonderful people, and some of them I wish I could keep in contact with (email me Brian!! and tell your cousin I said hi!) I'm just trying to keep it all in my memory. I don't want to forget any of it. I want to hold on to the whole experience forever =)
I have to say that this was the best concert of hers I have ever seen! Definately worth freezing my butt off for. She played all of my favorite songs as if I had written the set list myself. Not to mention all the cool people we met in line. Brain, his cousin(I'm terrible with names, sorry), the couple from Kansas. It definately made the time go faster....actually it didn't because it was so freaking cold...but everybody was so nice! Not to mention that Ryan Sutter from The Bachelorette drove by in his fire truck! Wow what a day! Meeting Tori is the only thing that could have made the day any better! Oh well...next time around I guess! Much love....