Plugged '98 Concert Tour|
Updated May 26, 2001
Reviews, Set Lists And Dates For The Tour
For more details on Tori's 1999 5 1/2 Weeks Tour With Alanis and her 1999 solo shows, go to my "5 1/2 Weeks" Tour Page
Tour Summary & Additonal Info
The Final Show
Last 10 Shows & Reviews
Nov. 19 - Durham, NH - Whittimore Center Arena
A View From The Audience
"Hey everybody, how's it going? So we really wanted to end our tour in Michigan because um, i loved being here so much on the last tour...and um as an audience its really funny, because your different creatures as we love you for that. Um, we've been out as a crew...we started rehearsing since March of this year. And uh, we've worked together and slept on the same buses..and smelled each others wonderfulness. [chuckle]. And uh, I just want to thank first of all the crew, i'm sure the band is with me on this...they've just been amazing. There is uh...there really is no crew as commited to such excellence as these wonderful folks. And um, these are my brothers, who some of you, have gotten to know. And if you haven't...i have to tell you..if you want brothers, these are the ones to have. This is Caton on guitar. And this creature back here [starts playing a monstery tune on the piano]..this monster, monstahh, monstahh, monstahh...Matt Chamberlain. [plays a sexy jazzy tune on the piano, intro to 'My Brothers 3'] This is the uh, very wonderful Jon Evans, everyone.""
Tori introducing her band for the final time on the Plugged '98 tour.
Tori Through Uruguayan's Eyes
Added June 17, 1999
Toriphile Laura lives in Uruguay, South America. After a lot of planning and hard work she made it to the United States during the Plugged '98 tour and saw a bunch of Tori concerts. She has placed details about her many concerts and experiences on her web page, Margaritas With The Goddess and her stuff is fascinating to read. It is really interesting to see the concerts through the eyes of someone who lives in South America. I haved talked to Laura on the phone and she is a wonderful person! She saved up 2/3 of her salary for 9 months in order to make the trip. You can find her story in the sTORIes section of her site. Her story has three sections and you can access them directly at these URLs:
Dor's Page of Plugged '98 Nostalgia
Added April 29, 1999
Toriphile Dor has created a web page called Hang Ten, Honey: Dor's Page of Plugged '98 Nostalgia. This is a unique and well designed site documenting Dor's many experiences on Tori's Plugged '98 concert tour. The site includes a travel journal, many one-of-a-kind photos, lists of the best and worst tour moments, and more! Dor takes some of the best photos I have ever seen, and the site brought back a lot of memories for me. Be sure to check out this vital resource!
Lighting Dimensions Magazine
Added January 18, 1999
The January 1999 issue of Lighting Dimensions magazine contains a great article that explores the lighting design and techniques used for the Plugged '98 concert tour. It includes some great photos and some very interesting, although technical, info. It also tells us why the bubbles which were part of the show early in the tour were removed. The article is called "Plugging In: On Her Latest Tour, Tori Amos Brings Along A Rock Band - And A More Amplififed Look." Read the article in my Articles Archive.
You know you have been following Tori too long when...
Updated February 18, 1999
EWF Phyllis Spiece posted to a mailing list a series of statements that finish the sentence, "You know you have been following Tori too long when..." Many people who followed Tori on tour will relate to these! You can read them here. Please feel free to add to this list if you have anything to add :)
Tori In Pollstar's Top 50 Grossing Tours Of 1998
Added January 8, 1999
Tori was at #35 in Pollstar's Top 50 Grossing Tours Of 1998. According to their stats, the tour grossed $9.7 million. Average tickets sold per show was 3845, which clearly shows that while Tori did play some large arenas, she did plenty of smaller places as well. The average gross per show was $109,212. Tori did pretty well when you consider that the average price for her concert tickets was a relatively low $28.40. The list said she did 100 shows, and that is correct for North America if you don't count the 4 Canadian shows, so the totals must only reflect U.S. results. The number one grossing act was Elton John.
Tori's Opening Acts For The Plugged '98 Tour
Singer/songwriter David Poe landed the opening slot for the 12 city, North American sneak preview club tour from April 18 to May 6, 1998. Poe's self-titled major label debut -- produced by T-Bone Burnett -- was released in September 1997 on the 550 Music label. Check out David Poe's web site for more information on him.
The Irish rock/pop group The Devlins was Tori's opening act during all of the European and much of the North American leg of her Plugged '98 tour. In North America, the Devlins were the opening act from July 15 in Milwaukee, WI through October 7 in Memphis, TN. You can read about their fun final show in Memphis, TN. Check the Devlins web page for more information about the group. You can also read a bit about the Devlins in a review of the May 22nd Glasgow concert. Also, the page I have for Tori's Wolverhampton show on May 25th also contains the Devlins' set list for that evening.
The Unbelievable Truth & Ron Sexsmith
Ron Sexsmith was the opening act at the October 9 Little Rock, AR and October 10 New Orleans, LA concerts. Ron has been the opening act at concerts by Elvis Costello, The Chieftains, Sarah McLachlan, The Cardigans, and Radiohead. From October 13 onward the opening act was The Unbelievable Truth. To find out more this British Trio, go to http://the-raft.com/untruth/
Tour Diary - On their web site, the Unbelievable Truth have a Tour diary where they post comments about opening for Tori on the tour. They include some interesting comments on how the stage was set up at each venue and comments on "obsessed" Tori fans. Most interesting...
Rocktropolis Allstar daily music news reported on Tori's pairing with The Unbelievable Truth on October 7, 1998. They say that The Unbelievable Truth, "lead by Andy Yorke, brother of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, are touring in support of their forthcoming album Almost Here (out Oct. 20 on Virgin Records)."
Other Plugged '98 Web Sites
Updated November 28, 2000
Other Toriphiles created web sites detailing their experiences during the Plugged '98 tour. I want link to as many of these as I can. If you have Plugged '98 tour experiences or photos on your site that are not already on the Dent, email me and I will mention your site below:
tourdiary.de - a Tori Amos Journey - This site is in both English and German and descirbes the webmaster's experiences seeing Tori in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.
Hang Ten, Honey: Dor's Page of Plugged '98 Nostalgia - This is a unique and well designed site documenting Dor's many experiences on Tori's Plugged '98 concert tour. The site includes a travel journal, many one-of-a-kind photos, lists of the best and worst tour moments, and more! Dor takes some of the best photos I have ever seen, and the site brought back a lot of memories for me.
How Toriphiles Kept Up With Plugged '98 Tour Info
In addition to checking the Dent and the various links from this page, there were other ways people kept up with the Plugged '98 tour. Some of these sources are still valuable even with the tour over...
2 Important Mailing Lists.
Other Web Sites
Tori Did Not Tour Again In Australia
Tori did not make it to Australia during the Dew Drop Inn tour in 1996, and many Australian Toriphiles were hoping to see her down under on this tour. Tori stated that she would haved liked to tour Australia this time, but it sadly did not happen during the Plugged '98 tour either.
The Plugged '98 Tour Book / Concert Program
How U.K. Fans Can Order It!
Updated June 6
Starting with the May 30th Nottingham, U.K. show, fans could buy a concert program at the concerts. Lianne Macdonald reports on her web page, Collecting Tori, that the tour program was delayed to so that it could include photos from the first few shows of the current UK tour. Lianne says "the programme feautures an introduction from Tori and a piece from Neil Gaiman's "Stardust". There are lots of exclusive photographs in it, including pictures from rehearsals, the recording studio and Tori getting ready for her wedding." You can see scans of some of the photos on the Collecting Tori web site.
Toriphiles Jason Terry and Stuart Ellershaw sent me the following information on how U.K. fans can purchase this program through the mail if they were unable to buy it at their shows:
All you have to do is send a cheque for 7 pounds (The programme costs 6 pounds, and p&p is 1 pound) to the following address, made payable to Bravado International Group Ltd, along with a covering letter containing your name, address and phone number.
Bravado International Group Ltd - Big Tours
Tel: 0181 540 8211
The Raspberry Swirl Girl Necklace
Many people have been asking about the Raspberry Swirl Girl necklace, which was on sale during the recent North Amercian club tour (and likely will continue to be sold during the main tour.) You can see 2 excellent photos of this item below that were scanned for me by Kim H.
Tori's Rising Popularity & The Issue Of Arena Concerts
Added May 12
If you subscribed to any of the Tori mailing lists you may have noticed some discussion of the fact that Tori played some really large arenas during her Plugged '98 tour in North America. Some fans were disturbed by this, while others saw it as a natural progression. It generated lots of interesting discussion and viewpoints. I created a special section in my Thoughts Section that gathered some thoughts on this subject from myself and others in the Toriphile Community.
Webcast & Album Network Radio Special From The Chicago Club Show
Updated May 4
Tori's club show on Thursday, April 30, 1998 in Chicago, IL was webcast live over the net via JAMtv's Virual Venue, and was also aired as part of an Album Network syndicated radio special in the U.S. I did not take part in the webcast since I was at the show in person, but I received some reports from others. In addition to airing the first 5 songs of the concert, they also aired a Tori interview from backstage and played cuts from Tori's new album, "from the choirgirl hotel." Read more about the radio special and webcast, including a fairly complete transcript of the interview, on my Chicago Webcast Page.
Tori Was Not Part Of The Lilith Fair
Despite all the rumors and the fact that the people who organized Lilith Fair wanted Tori, she was not part of that tour in 1998. If you check the Official Lilith Fair web site, there is no mention of Tori being part of Lilith. In an online chat with Tori that took place at Yahoo on April 13, 1998, Tori herself said that she would not be part of the Lilith Tour because of her own tour.
Tori's Band Included Guitarist Steve Caton, Drummer Matt Chamberlain & Bass Player Jon Evans
This is the first tour where Tori had the backing of a full band. Her friend & guitarist Steve Caton, who toured with Tori during the 1996 Dew Drop Inn tour, was on the road with her once again. Matt Chamberlain, the drummer for Critters Buggin and ex-drummer for Pearl Jam, who recorded on Tori's new album, was the drummer for the tour. The bass player on this tour was Jon Evans.
The New Album: "From The Choirgirl Hotel"
Tori's 1998 tour supported her new studio album, which was released in the U.S. and the U.K. on May 4/5, 1998. You can read all the latest news about this new album on my Choirgirl Pages.
The 1996 Dew Drop Inn Tour
The Dent fully documented Tori's previous concert tour, the 1996 Dew Drop Inn tour. I have set lists and reviews from nearly every show, some photos, special reports, newspaper reviews, and more on my Dew Drop Inn Tour Page. It should help satisfy your appetite while we wait for more news about the 1998 tour.
Tori At The Cafe In San Francisco
Here is something important I forgot to mention after Tori's San Francisco club show on May 5, 1998. After the show, Tori made an appearance at a gay bar in San Francisco called The Cafe. They were having a Tori album release party at the time. I have a report on this from Mark Folkman and a photo of Tori at the club that was sent to me by a Toriphile named I Heart 59.
KROQ's Breakfast With Tori
Updated June 11
On Thursday morning, May 7th at 8:00 a.m. Pacific, Tori performed live from the parking lot of the Palace Theater in Los Angeles, CA as part of a KROQ LA "Breakfast with Tori" special broadcast. During the hour-long show, Tori talked with KROQ DJ's Kevin and Bean, as well as taking questions from the audience. She also performed 5 songs live:
Black Dove (January)
I have a report from the scene and a few screen shots from the webcast and photos taken by fans who were there. See them in my TV/Radio section.
Photographer Loren Haynes
Photographer Loren Haynes shot the photos for Tori's "To Venus and Back" album. He also shot and directed the video for "Bliss," as well as produced it. He has his own web site which includes some beautiful photos taken during the Plugged '98 Tour. Go to my Loren Haynes Page for more info.
Tori Will Release Live Album In 1999
Updated May 12, 1999
We know that Tori plans to release a double live and studio album sometime around September 1999. One disc will contain material recorded during the Plugged '98 tour and other disc will contain all new material! (Plans for a b-side disc were changed.) You can read the latest about this project on the Venus Pages.
The Plugged '98 Tour Is Over
Updated December 18, 1998
I have added my review of the final show in East Lansing, MI on December 3, as well as several others. I encourage all who were there to send me reviews so I can get as many viewpoints as possible on this show. I personally feel it was a glorious night that was mainly a celebration for Tori and the band.
I have also added more information to my reviews for the last 5 shows of the tour, as well as other reviews from other Toriphiles. The final 5 shows were really special, and I am so glad I was able to experience them. Akron was a powerful show, while Columbus was incredibly emotional and my second favorite of the tour. Indy was marvelously eclectic, and Grand Rapids and East Lansing highlighted the band and celebrated their triumph in a fun, upbeat manner. 5 shows, and 5 completely different experiences. When I combine that with all the time I spend with other Ears With Feet I can truly say it was a magical and unforgettable week!
The photo you see here shows Tori and the band hugging on stage at the State College, PA on November 21. I think it says alot about this tour and what it was about. It was taken by Becky Wall. You can see other great photos that she took, including a larger version of this one, at her wonderful Tori site called The Little Raisongal.
Plugged '98 Setlist Summaries & Stats
Updated December 18
You can find a complete tally of all the 1998 songs Tori performed, the number of times she performed them, and the dates played at the incredible Tori Setlist Summary Web Site. Sped Erstad did a great job with this page, and it is very flexible and informative. There may be some minor errors on the page, but it is still close. If you count all the festival appearances in Europe, the KROQ Breakfast With Tori on May 7, and the Sessions At West 54th taping (which several people tell me was really like a concert!), Tori performed 137 shows on this tour. During that time she did a total of 89 different songs, not counting many of the brief improvs that popped up. (During the 1996 Dew Drop Inn Tour she did 103 songs during 187 shows.) Tori concentrated on her own material this time, only performing 13 covers, most of which were performed 3 times or less. The only exceptions were Landslide at 14, and Famous Blue Raincoat at 7. (Tori did 34 covers during the DDI tour.) The most frequently played b-side was Sugar at 37. For comparison purposes, you can still access stats for the Dew Drop Inn tour on my site. You will notice that the harpsichord songs Blood Roses and Lovesong did not make an appearance on this tour. Also, while Tori sang Me and a Gun at every show during the DDI tour except one, she only sang it 7 times on this tour.
Plugged '98 Tour's 10 Most Played Songs
Songs Tori Played Only Once...
Some Songs Tori Did Not Play...
Tori DID play these songs in some form during the DDI tour except for the choirgirl b-sides...
North American Tour; My Experiences & Other Highlights
Updated December 18
During this tour I was able to see 20 shows, bringing the total number of shows I have seen in my lifetime to 35. (I saw 10 during the DDI tour.) I have seen Tori at least once during each of her 4 world tours, and this one was definitely one of the most exciting. Below you can see which shows I attended in 1998, ranked (roughly) in the order that I enjoyed them and with links to my reviews of the shows, along with those of others Toriphiles. The Knoxville show was my favorite and the first Nashville show my least favorite. To keep that in perpective, I still think that Nashville show was excellent, I just liked the others more for various reasons!
The Halloween Show
Tori gave a really exciting and fun concert in West Lafayette, IN on October 31, 1998 (Halloween) at the Elliot Hall Of Music at Purdue University. Read the set list and latest reviews. I am so grateful to have been at this show, because it featured the debut of Beulah Land and Ode To The Banana King! Tori and the band even dressed up for Halloween and the show also featured a really intriguing improv that Tori sung as she introduced the band. The photo to the right is from the Halloween concert and shows Tori performing in her mask. Click on the photo to see it larger. Thanks to J'ason for sending it to me.
My Second Nashville Show
Memphis: The Devlin's Last Show
Mikewhy's Favorite Tour Experiences In The South
I saw Tori in concert in Nashville, TN on August 25th. When Tori saw me at the meet & greet she told me she heard my site was down! Read all about that, and the great show (Tori performed Sweet Dreams!) on the Nashville Reviews Page.
I saw my best Tori show ever in Knoxville, TN on August 15th. You can read my review on the Knoxville Reviews Page. I wish I had the words to express just how great this show was. If anyone was there please send me a review so I can get as many Knoxville reviews as possible.
Birmingham, AL on August 14th was incredible! Tori played "Purple People" for the first time! You can see the set list now on the Birmingham page. Also, I had the incredible honor of meeting Tori backstage after the show. While respect for her privacy prevents me from saying exactly what happened, I can say that Tori is every bit as wonderful and gracious as she seems.
Plugged '98 Concert Photos From NY; Tori Forced To Use A Yamaha
Stacy Lukasavitz Dedicated To Documenting Tour
Tori Autographed Bench For Literacy Coalition
Michael Heiker's American Tour Experiences
The American Experience...Through The Eyes Of A German Toriphile
Updated July 18
Tori completed 31 concerts during the European leg of her Plugged '98 tour, including her final appearances at several large music festivals. You can access set lists and reviews for all these shows on my Tour Dates page.
For a real treat go to Toriphile Uli's web page and listen to the many RealAudio sound clips from Tori's June 15, 1998 concert in Vienna, Austria, including Raspberry Swirl, which sounds really fun live!
Tori Completes The European Leg Of The Plugged '98 Tour In Belgium
Future Clarifications For The Roskilde & Glastonbury Festivals
Photos From The Plugged '98 Tour
As Tori performed on her North American sneak preview '98 club tour, Tori's official web site at www.tori.com uploaded several photos of each concert on the web site.
Various Toriphiles have also been sending me some photos or links to photos:
I have added several Plugged '98 Meet & Greet pictures to my Ears With Feet photo album. To find each of the photos below, go to the page and click on the name of the Toriphile:
North American "Sneak Preview" Club Tour Ends In Los Angeles
Updated May 7
Tori has now completed her Sneak Preview Plugged '98 Tour. You can find reviews and set lists for all shows on my Reviews and Set Lists Page. I have reviews from various Toriphiles and some reviews from local newspapers as well. Please feel free to contribute more reviews at any time!
Robyn Wandzell has added info and photos on her web page about her experience buying tickets for the San Francisco club show at the Fillmore.
I (Mikewhy) returned from my trip to Chicago to see Tori in concert at the Park West. I was deeply moved by the show, and you can now read my review and several others from that April 30, 1998 concert on my Chicago Reviews page. We were the first audience to hear "Cornflake Girl" this year. Tori was jamming hard and the show was incredibly powerful. Tori also got the entire audience to sing about masturbation and had to dodge a barrage of lip gloss during this memorable show. You can see photos from the Chicago meet and greet on Amber's All The White Horses web site. Amber also presented Tori with a card signed by a bunch of us on the net and which included a large donation to RAINN, a gesture that not only touched Tori, but hopefully shed some positive light on her net following, which sometimes gets negative press. You can read more about the card and see it at the All The White Horses web site.
The North American club tour ran from Saturday, April 18th until Wednesday, May 6th. Tori's official site at www.tori.com followed Tori on the club tour and has reports with photos, sound clips and video clips.
Tickets for all of the cities sold out quickly. To read some ticket buying experiences, including my own, go here. The experience of waiting for tickets was for some people inspiring and for some heartbreaking. The site of so many people waiting in line for Tori really contrasted with my first Tori concert in 1992, when few people know who she was. You can find on the Dent a few photos of the ticket buying line at the Greek in Los Angeles on April 4, 1998. You can also see photos of Toriphiles standing in line in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory Concerts Newspage. The club tour is over now, but I don't think we will ever forget it!
Click on the photo to see it much larger! This is a beautiful photo that Danica Knox sent me from the Plugged '98 tour. We have no idea what show it is from, but it is a great concert photo.
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