North American Plugged '98 Tour
Tori performed in Mount Pleasant, MI (Central Michigan University) on November 1, 1998 at the Rose Arena during the main North American leg of her Plugged '98 tour.
Tori performed Butterfly and Silent All These Years solo. She also did Graveyard solo as an intro to a Sugar. Thanks to Tammi & Kristine for being the first to email me the set list, and to Cheryl LaFountain, Steve and Brent Opalek for additional clarifications.
The most recently added reviews are first.
May 9, 2000 - I've been meaning to email you for like, a year now to tell you that My Brother's Three was played at the Mt. Pleasant show on November 1, 1998 in addition to the final show of the Plugged Tour. I remember it distinctly, because I was at both shows and they were very similar. Unfortunately, there will NEVER be a bootleg of the Mt. Pleasant show because security was incredibly tight. There was a kid behind me who had a recorder in his jacket, and I don't know how, but a guard saw it and took it away from him. They were really cracking down there, which is unfortunate because this was a very good show.
[Note from Mikewhy: I received many follow up emails that said Tori did NOT do "My Brothers Three" at this show. (See the East Lansing Reviews to read more about that song.) Paul emailed me back and said Tori did do some kind of little improv introducing her band, but admitted maybe it was not the same as the East Lansing improv. Thanks to all to helped clarify this!]
From Amanda Johnson
November 17, 1998 - I attended the show at Central Michigan University on November !, 1998. My boyfriend, a super good friend, and I went to see the lady for the first time. I was a very touching experience for me to actually be able to see. I have listened to Tori ever since her first video came out, "Silent all these years," when she was crawling around in a box. I have always admired her for her music and for her work that she does with RAINN and other organizations. I just wish, now, that there was something like that when I really needed someone to talk to about rape when it happened to me. Tori has really helped me in my years of trying to get through it all. I wish that I could thank her.
I found that her ability to capture the crowd was amazing. She looked more beautiful than I could ever imagine. And the sound of her voice live was like nothing I could have fathomed through a boot-leg. The atmosphere was soothing, it kind of made you feel as if you were in your bedroom with Tori giving you a private concert.
I just want to say thank you for the opportunity to attend the show, even though I did have to drive eight hours to get there ( from Northern Michigan University in Marquette Michigan). I would really appreciate it if you were to put this letter on the web site if there is room. I just wanted to share my joy that i experienced with the rest of the fans and possibly Tori herself and to say thank-you to her.
November 8, 1998 - In Mount Pleasant, Michigan, on the campus of Central Michigan University, at the Rose Arena, on the date of November 1st, 1998, I had the best day of my life! Around 8:30 A.M., I went with the Toriphiles Stacey (whom I had met over the net) and Christina to Big Boy, where we harassed the natives and established 'ass' as the word of the day. We went over to the venue at around 9:45 and began waiting. Already there were some philes there: Gina and Lisa from New York (and some others with their entourage), Dor (sleeping in the car), and two girls (hello ladies! sorry I can't remember your names!) who had a CD player with which we listened to Tori on. It was extremely cold and we were all bogarting each other's blankets, complaining, but happy to be seeing Tori anyway. People showed up and joined us a few at a time. As the day wore on, a total of about 50 people got numbers for the meet and greet. I was number eleven, and estatic. We had a great time, despite the cold and wind. Since we had established 'ass' as the word of the day earlier, we would yell and scream whenever anyone said it! Just something to keep our lips from falling off:) It was really great to get to meet all of the cool people there (hi everybody who I spoke to!). This was what made me realize how much fun it really is to be a part of the Tori community as we are. It really is a great little carasse that we exist in.
At around 3:45 Dor lined us up and we went down into the corall-thingie. I was right in front! I was so excited. Here comes Tori's pretty blue bus!! It backed down in front of us and then the entourage from the bus came out. Then what happens but a little window opens on the side of the bus and out pops Mr. Puppethead! After a little while Tori came out and she was just beautiful. She seemed a little tired, I think, but she still came out and signed things and gave hugs and beautiful smiles to all. She got to me and I gave her the present I brought for her, wrapped in a colorful pink scarf. She asked "What's in here?" and I said "There's a cookbook in there, and another book," and she said "Good!" Then I asked her to sign a picture I had and she said "Sure! what's your name?" and I said "Autumn", and she said "What's your last name, just out of curiosity?" and I said "Hall", and she said "Oh, that's a gorg name!" And then the one and only looked into my eyes and said "Don't you just love being called Autumn?" and I agreed that I did. I asked for a hug and she said "Sure, after all, it is your season!" so she hugged me and she was completely nice and soft. She was amazing. Then we got a picture and she moved on down the line. I complimented her clothes and told her "You've got the best clothes, girl!", and she just kind of looked at me as if to say "shush, nonsense!" and then I told her "You mean everything to us.", and she just kind of smiled coyly at me. (Looking back, I realise that I was babbling. I didn't want to hog her time, but the two things that I said to her just kind of came out- completely unconsciously.) I realized that it was really her and not a dream or some sick figment of my imagination when she was right next to me, signing something for someone behind me, and I saw her signature ring, the one shaped like a tear. I just went to myself "The ring! it has to be her!" because even though I've loved her for four years now, and felt that she was the only one who could ever understand me, seeing her for the first time, and that close, was so unreal. But when she spoke to and acknowledged me, it made me realize how real she truly is. And it makes me think more about her. She is a real human, who had to overcome the shit that she did, it's not all just a fairy tale that we tell ourselves, trying to make ourselves believe that we can make it out as well. She really did it. And I love and respect her that much more for it. Because she is real.
The show itself rocked. First of all, let me explain that even though I've been a Toriphile for four years, I'd never been to a show before. My location and circumstances have always made it impossible for me to make it to one. I tried and tried to make it to the DDI tour, with no avail. But I'm grateful until the end of the earth that I was able to make it to at least one of the Plugged '98 shows. The opening act, The Unbelievable Truth, I thought were very good musicians, but the whole time they played I was rocking back and forth in my seat waiting for Tori. Then they boys and our own little Siren came on. They started with a killer version of Precious Things, which rocked. Then they played Liquid Diamonds, which sounded great. She then said "A lot of people ask me about this song. When I was doing a lot of drugs, for spiritual reasons only, of course (giggled, along with audience), I met this guy. And he was- he was a good guy." Then she broke into the so-identifiyable Father Lucifer! This was my favorite song of the show, it was completely cool and energetic. Other highlights were Sugar, Butterfly (before which she made a comment about how they asked her to write a song for the movie - Higher Learning, obviously- , and "it sucks" because they don't give you any popcorn or anything when you're sitting in the little cinema!). Before playing Silent All These Years, she said "This is for the sisters." My favorite antic of the show was when she and Caton were hiding from each other through her piano. He approached her and hunkered down so as to see her through the piano. She in turn got off of the bench and hunched down from him, still playing! Another thing that I really liked about the show was the lighting. Their lights man gets mucho props for a great job done from me. Overall, it was a terrific show. She has so much energy, and it really makes one realize how powerful of a being she actullay is, regardless of wether or not you knew it before. To anyone who hasn't gone t
From Sarah (a glitter girl)
November 8, 1998 - This concert was the best birthday present i have ever received, even though she did not perform take to the sky. I was reallly upset that the same people who have so many autographs and have met her so many times were the only ones to really greet her. All i wanted was one birthday request. I guess purple people and father lucifer made up for that though. Cant wait untill the next show!!!! This time i'll be in front. :)
From Rob Bosma
November 4, 1998 - The Tori concert on 11/1/98 was at Rose Arena on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, MI. This was my third Tori show, my girlfirend's fifth, and it was probably the most enjoyable. It was nice to drive 2 minutes to get to the show instead of 1 1/2 or two hours! There was a good crowd for this small venue, about 2,000 people were there. There are a lot of die hard Tori fans at CMU, and you could tell that there were also a lot of casual listeners as well. The show got going slow because the opening act Unbelievable Trusth played for quite a while, about 40-45 minutes. This cause the start of Tori's part of the program to start about 9:15pm (The show started at 8pm).
When Tori came on stage, everyone when wild (As usual for any Tori show). She opened up with an energetic version of "Precious Things" showing her listeners that this was a "Plugged" tour, as the band really played. This rendition provided the audience with an appreciatively long "Girrrrl"! After another tune she shared with the audience how she and the band were kinda tired and out of it becuase they partied some the night before on Halloween.
Other tunes included "Caught a Light Sneeze", "Rasberry Swirl", "The Waitress", "Purple People", "Graveyard", "Talula", "Black Dove", and "Father Lucifer". "Father Lucifer" was introduced in an interesting way as she said she had met this guy before, when she was a lot of drugs, strictly for spititual purposes, and she said he wasn't a bad guy! She also did a solo version of "Silent Alll These Years" dedicated to "The sisters" at the show. This was my favorite song of the night! There were a few more songs performed, but I cannot remeber them off hand. Overall, it was a great concert. I had really good seats(11th row center) and could see her perfectly! Thanks Tori for a great show! I hope this gives everyone an idea of what happened in Mt. Pleasant 11/1/98.
November 4, 1998 - Yes, Tori did Graveyard.
it wasnt as an intro to tear in your hand, that song was last
it was before sugar (not really an intro though).
Tori also told stories before Father Lucifer and Butterfly. it was like the old days:)
From Scott Kennedy
November 4, 1998 - Mt Pleasant was an awesome show, in a much different way than my 1st Tori experience in Memphis, TN. I was told by my friend Denise that they had undersold the show, which was why the top bleachers were mostly empty. Also, they sold seats that were obscured by the speakers, so they had to find accommodations for everyone who had those seats, often resulting in seat shifting.
Unfortunately this time I missed one of the best parts, the afternoon meet and greet. My best friend and EWF Jeska gave her letter to Tori's bodyguard while we were waiting for the opening band, and he apoogized because he wouldn't be able to get it to her for another ten minutes! She had just been hoping he'd get it to her on the bus!
The opening band was alright, but not impressive. The Devlins were a definate improvement, but I did my best to just get accustomed to the small auditorium. Our seats were center stage, right in front of the sound man at the rear, and fortunately we were tall enough to see over everyone when everyone stood for Tori.
The music and the lights had a much different feel in this setting, the lights weren't all-encompassing like Memphis, more like shafts of light, it was very beautiful. I was told that the lighting man does it off the cuff and I don't know if that's rumor, but he did a wonderful job. The whole band was painted in whiteface, a rather cute touch she attributed to the previous night's hallowe'en party. One cool effect it had was that when she was lighted in yellow, you couldn't see it, but it was startlingly obvious when one of the band was lighted in white.
The music....the music!! I don't know where to begin, in this small amphitheatre the music did not just beat next to you or even against you, it pushed it's way inside you to explode from every pore! Sometimes I was just beside myself, unable to dance, unable to sing, trying to hold back vision-blocking tears, just completely and totally obsorbed by tori and her beautiful music.
We left the show imediately after the last encore, half-stumbling through the doors, and quickly found our way to the quickly growing crowd to see Tori. By the time tori came out we were packed in, unable to move. We were told by security as usual not to pull out pens, but also not to flash cameras in their faces and NOT to pass anything forward. Later they had to ask us not to push forward because the crowd was crushing a few of the girls in front, and a few of us did our best to hold our ground.
I was happy to see jeska get her ticket signed, as she holds it out at just the right moment, but I decided it was better just to see her than to try to push my ticket in her face as so many others around us were doing. I left the after-concert greet feeling half-groped and unfulfilled watching Tori, sweaty and tired, do her best to please her fans before being rushed into the bus and out of the freezing night air. I was disapointed, after our wonderful afternoon meet and greet in memphis, to find another type of fan shoving their hand in my face.
My afterglow diminished temporarily as we stumbled away, but it was quickly rekindled as I remembered the whole experience. The music means so much more when you see her express herself through her face, hands, body, and piano. One of my personal highlights is watching her play the two pianos at once, and I don't think I'll soon forget the expression on her face.
From Julia K.
November 4, 1998 - I just got back now at 5 am from the most incredible, amazing, kick-ass show I've ever seen!
After driving for five hours from Ontario, Canada to Michigan, we (my best friend Erica and I) arrived at the Rose Arena at around 2pm and were numbered number 35 and 36. Tori arrived at about 4 and Erica and I were about 3 rows deep. The bus pulled up and out came Mr. Puppethead from the window! Tori came out of the bus after looking absolutely stunning. She looked the best I've ever seen! So she made her way down the line and got over to where we were standing and I passed my present and letter up to her. I had bought her a Cheerleader minnie mouse stuffed animal and written her a letter telling her some of the things that have been happening to me during the last year or so... she took the minnie toy and went "Ohh!" and played around with it for a bit then looked right at me and into my eyes and gave me the cutest smile and waved hi. I waved back and said hi. Then Erica gave her her gift also (lipgloss and water lilies perfume). We met some really nice people ahead of us at the barricades (the system went very smoothly and there was no pushing at all btw) who were kind enough to give Tori my lyric book and Erica's Rolling Stone to sign. She signed mine with a little face and her name. During the M&G Tori talked a little about her niece who's 13 and said that they hang out together alot and she's really cool, she's very mature and she borrows Tori's shoes all the time :) After that she was off to soundcheck. Me and Erica walked around the campus for a while and stood outside of the arena from inside the campus and could hear the soundcheck loud and clear. They practiced Girl for a very long time, hope to hear that one soon. Then we got sent out and came back in around 15 minutes later and could still hear soundcheck from down the hall. She played Siren and Cornflake Girl. We were let into the arena at about 7 and found out we had really bad seats in the bleachers. We had made friends with lots of the workers there and Tori's crew and they told us that if we wanted we could sit wherever we wanted to once the show started and there were any empty seats. So we looked and sure enough there were two right in the fifth row floor! So we got those ones :) Then the show started... I snuck my camera and got awesome pictures that I will scan to you along with my M&G pics.... anyways, oh yeah, the show :) (the songs aren't in order and I probably forgot something )
Caught a lite Sneeze
around here she started talking about how her crew is actin a bit strange because they're just getting over Halloween and they had quite a Halloween party last night.
Silent All These Years
*guys come back*
So we ran out to the barricades and were one of the first there. I was at the end and Erica was beside me. Tori came out and right over to me. She talked and signed with people behind me and along the side that were passing things to her for a little bit before she talked to everyone at the front. She looked into my eyes, gave me a warm smile and said "hi!". I looked at her and said hi and asked if I could get a picture with her. She said sure and we leaned in and Erica snapped a pic of us. I can't wait to see how this turns out! I asked her to sign my Spark poster for me and she did. Then she talked to more people behind me and reached for my hand and held it for a while until she had to move. I savoured every second of it :) I also took a picture of Erica with Tori.
She moved on and Caton came up to talk to people. He came over to me first and said hi and put his hand on my shoulder :) Erica said "hi how are you?" and he shook her hand. She said it was cold to which he replied "Brrrrrrrrrr!" It was cute. She also said she liked his hat and he lifted it up and said thanks. After that, it was over and she had to leave :( As she was leaving, out came Mr. Puppethead again from the window. We watched her bus drive away into the nite...
It was a perfect day, I couldn't have asked for any more. Tori was in such good spirits and so were her body guards and crew. There was such a good vibe around the place, I think everyone could feel it. We also met and talked to SO many awesome people, just wanna say hi to all :) These were the nicest bunch of Ears With Feet I've ever met. The workers and security guards were super nice also and talked to us quite a bit. The guy that sells the tourbooks talked to us after we asked him about Tori and everytime we saw him he gave us a thumbs-up and said hi. He was a cutie too. I'm so sad that this might be my last show this tour. I'm feeling Tori withdrawal now that it's all over. I just hope I'll be able to get to the last show in East Lansing.
Well, thanks to all and especially to Tori, she made this the best day of my life...
From Eric N. Bellmore (Bho)
November 4, 1998 - This is what I can remember from Tori's November 1st show here at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant Michigan.
I forgot to take something to write on so I know I'm missing a couple songs but these are the ones I know were played off the top of my head sorry, (they're not in order.)
As for the show, it was just incredible! This was my 2nd Show this year, I saw her back in July in Detroit and she was just as great this time. The only disappointment was not hearing her do Hotel, I've heard how great it is live and had hoped to catch it at either show but I guess I'll have to try to make another one before the tour is over. darn ;-)
On the plus side, she did do Raspberry Swirl this time and it was just crazy! I've never seen anyone go ballistic like Matt Chamberlain did on that song. I have a new appreciation and even more respect for him after seeing him perform that song!
Like most Toriphiles, I was in awe of her the entire night. She is the most incredible performer I've ever witnessed, bar none. I was so glad I landed 2nd row tickets for this show, she is amazing!
From Joby Purucker
November 4, 1998 - I saw Tori for the first time ever last night at Central Michigan University and all I can really say is "Oh My God" I always new she would be great but I just never imagined she would be that amazing. I have been a fan since I was 14 and I'm 22 now so there has been about 8 years of waitng for me to see her, and boy was it worth the wait!
She is truly the first artist I have ever seen that is better (in my opinion) live than on C.D. the only thing that botherd me were the people standing around doing nothing. I think with the plugged tour she was trying to get people to get up and get rocking, but they just didn't. That of course is not true of myself because I was groovin haha... She just made me feel like I wanted to Crawl out of my skin, simply amazing!
From Tammi & Kristine
November 4, 1998 - We just returned home from Mt. Pleasant and all I can say is amazing!!!!
Set list was as follows:
This was one of the best shows we have attended! Tori was great! Meet and greet was great! JOEL WAS GREAT! Ahhh.... what a nice day it was!!!
MR. PUPPETHEAD did in fact make appearances before and after last nite's amazing show :-)
"Graveyard" was played as an intro to "Sugar" :-)
Was the best show, Mike ... I can't believe it's almost over :-( Wish we could attend the last show. Everything was soooooo great about this show. When she played "Butterfly" for us - i cried harder than I have before. She played the most amazing set and was so full of energy. After the Encore's I found my way to Mark and politely asked for the set list - he was sooo polite and courtious and handed over the setlist with "his number's" on it ( It's the second one I have gotten!) - but it must be weird for him now that everyone knows he is married to "her" :-) But - I guess that comes along with the terriTORI :-)
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