The State News
November 30, 1998

Added December 18, 1998

The State News, a newspaper at Michigan State University, reported on November 30, 1998 about student Stacy Lukasavitz and her plans to write a book documenting her experiences on the Plugged '98 Tour.

Totally Tori: 'U' student dedicated to documenting Amos' tour

State News MS&U Writer

Sipping on a raspberry mocha in a small coffee shop in Rochester, N.Y., Stacy Lukasavitz, an English sophomore, wondered what she was doing there. Knowing she should be back home studying, she wondered why she was hundreds of miles from her dorm in East Lansing to see a Tori Amos show. Then she heard the news.

"I found out that I had backstage passes from my friend Joe that took me to the show," Lukasavitz said. "I was crying like a baby, I don't think I've ever cried like that in my life."

This experience and many like them helped Lukasavitz create one of the most extensive journals of any Tori Amos fan, and Lukasavitz is looking forward to having those experiences published.

"By mistake I had a notebook the night before I left for the Dayton show so I decided to take the journal with me," Lukasavitz said. "I didn't come up with the idea for the book until I was at the show. Tori has done so much for her fans. They often repay her by giving her gifts or write her a letter, but I wanted to give something different back to her."

Although traveling to more than 10 Tori Amos shows in the past couple of years has cleaned out her bank account, Lukasavitz said all profits from the book will go to RAINN, a charity Amos helped create.

"I don't plan on getting any profit from the book, all the profits will go to RAINN," Lukasavitz said. "(The) only thing I get out of it is the satisfaction of making it happen. Hopefully in some way I am paying Tori back for all she has done for me and her fans."

Lukasavitz said that Amos seemed pretty receptive to the idea of the book.

"When I told her about the journal and the book she got this great look on her face and said that it was really sweet," Lukasavitz said.

Her traveling companion and book supporter Joe C. of Dearborn, Mich, said there is certainly a market for this sort of book.

"First of all the cause it's going to is great," he said. "There are a certain group of people that will find a lot of interest in it, while a broader audience will find it very entertaining. But I think a core audience will take it to heart."

To help build stories for the book, Lukasavitz has organized a party at the Blue Note Cafe, 623 E. Grand River Ave., after Amos' upcoming East Lansing show.

Through e-mail and chat rooms online, Lukasavitz has been able to invite fans from all over the country who plan on attending the last show of Amos' current tour to the party.

Judy Wang, Blue Note Cafe manager, said she had no problem letting Lukasavitz organize the gathering at her cafe.

"Stacy comes here a lot, so when she expressed interest in having people come here after the show I said sure it was that easy," Wang said.

Lukasavitz said her parents do not know she has dedicated so much time to compiling anecdotes for the book, but she said they should understand that she is fulfilling her dream.

"They will be upset that I've been doing it behind their back," she said. "But it's my dream to have a book published and I think that will override any concerns they might have."

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