Summer Of Sin Tour: The set list and reviews for Tori's August 31, 2005 concert in Chicago, IL
Updated Wed, Aug 31, 2005 - 11:26pm ET
You can now see the set list and reviews for the Chicago, IL concert at Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium Park. Tori set list included Sugar, Sleeps With Butterflies, God, Past The Mission, Black-Dove (January) and the covers The Blower's Daughter (Damien Rice) and The Rose (Bette Midler) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your review or comments. You can also post your review of the show on The Dent's Summer Of Sin Tour Forum. Thanks for sharing your reviews with The Dent. Please feel free to review Tori's supporting acts as well!
&Tori performed in Chicago, IL on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium Park. Tori's supporting acts were The Ditty Bops and The Like and the show began at 7:00PM.
Special thanks to Matt Page for calling me with the set list after the show!
Sleeps With Butterflies
Silent All These Years
God/Running Up That Hill
The Blower's Daughter (Damien Rice cover)
The Rose (Bette Midler cover)
Past The Mission
Barons Of Suburbia
Putting The Damage On
Bells For Her
Tear In Your Hand
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From Matt Page:
Tori's love for Chicago came out tonight, as it usually does when she peforms there. She performed solidly and beautifully on all the songs, and seemed to favor some of her stronger rock songs this evening. Tori played in the Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millenium Park, which is a brand new venue. Tori appearently was the first mainstream rock act to play there.
After Crucify, Tori said something about how she at one time played at Schuba's in Chicago, and there were people from the record company who told her there that the girl and her piano thing would never happen. Tori then said she was honored to be back in Chicago and still playing. The fact that Tori was really into her performance tonight demonstrated this.
Tori once again combined Running Up That Hill with God like she did in Rochester Hills a few days earlier, and the crowd loved it. She was also really belting out the end of Barons Of Suburbia.
One funny thing happened at the start of the first encore. Tori came out and sat at the Rhodes on the far left and started to play Black-Dove (January). When Tori got to the chorus of that song, she turned to the piano to play it, but realized that she was seated at the Rhodes, with her Beekeeper organ nearby instread of the piano! So she stopped playing Back-Dove and then played Bells For Her instead. After that, she returned to her main piano bench and played all of Black-Dove (January).
It was a an excellent night with a wonderful piano bar segment and a debut with Black-Dove (January).
From Jamie Kallio:
Tori was lovely tonight, as was the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. She related the story of how the first venue she ever played in Chicago was Schuba's, then went on to say how honored she was to be the first to play at the new Pavilion.
Her voice was phenomenal, and she was playful with the audience. The combo God/Running Up That Hill was really amazing, never heard it before. One thing that was bothersome, however, was that there was an obvious problem with the sound system. During many of the songs, whether for a few seconds or longer, Tori's voice would pop in and out and sometimes sounded full of static. For this reason, I think she purposely slowed down a lot of the songs, including one of my newer favorites, Barons of Suburbia, which had a surprising lack of enthusiasm from the audience.
We got the chance to run up to the stage during the encores, where I got to see her great platform shoes and flowing gown up close. Her last few songs were fun and upbeat, ending on Tear in Your Hand. At one point she mentioned wanting to put Chicago in her pocket to Texas with her --she loves us! And we love her!
From Shrara Isho:
I have to say being able to sit in the second row orchestra pit and see Tori belt out Sugar was an awesome experience. She came out just looking angelical in her white flowing dress and she looked real happy. She was very playful with the crowd, spoke to us a bunch of times. During the encore she said something along the lines of wishing she could take us with her to Austin. It was cute. It was a beautiful night and the pavilion she played at was gorgeous. Being born and raised in Chicago, it was nice to be able to get a clear night, that's for sure. It was great, both covers of "I Can't Take My Eyes off of You" and "The Rose" were beautiful. It really was a great show and Tori, once again, made me realize why I love her and her music so much. During the encore when she sang Amber Waves it was cute because at the chorus she was pointing to the crowd and we all joined in when she got to the part, "...you gave it up." Great show, great night, and Tori sounded absolutely beautifully. She hit all the notes and pulled out all the stops, especially ending it with Tear In Your Hand.
just so you know, the "problem" with the sound was fireworks. it was an outdoor venue, which was right by Navy Pier in chicago, and every wednesday and saturday nights during the summer, they blow off fireworks for the crowd around 10/10:30ish. a few times you could acutally see the fireworks...but at first it confused everyone, making everyone look up at the speakers. tori even noticed it during "putting the damage on", and said something about a "big train"...she probably didn't know what it was either. that lasted about 15 minutes, afterwards there was no problem.
First of all, the crowd was terribly obnoxious. I've never seen so many rude people in my life. People were talking loudly during soft parts and singing along at the top of their lungs. It was really dissapointing. But regardless, Tori always does a great show and last night wasn't an exception. It just makes me sad that so many people in her fan base are so rude.
During Tori's little chat about playing at Schubas, she mentioned that someone said to her "you know, you might just do okay" and she looked around and sort of chuckled. She also said she was honored to be the first sort of pop act that they let perform in that venue, which she is. Thusfar the venue has only been used for orchestra type events.
Before Spring Haze she did a wicked improv. I wish I remembered all the lyrics because it was incredibly powerfull and she was really belting it out. It was something to the effect of "I know what you're doing with that girl...but I have a mouth and a voice and I'm not afraid to use it." She was reallyintense and getting into it. Definitely one of my favorite parts of the night.
The piano bar was beautiful. Really fitting for the venue. Before she started playing she said she was going to play a song that someone asked her to do, so hopefully they were at the show, but if not she was sure they'd just get it on the internet. She sounded a wee bit bitter about that. Then she said that the original artist of the song is her "little buddy."
There were some fireworks going on somewhere behind the stage of the venue during much of the 5 songs after the piano bar segment. I think that may be the popping that someone else mentioned, because aside from that, the acoustics and sound were great. The venue is really well designed and I think it accomodated Tori's music and vocals great.
During The Beekeeper, Tori seemed almost possessed. There was a part where her voice and her organ like melded together and she was holding out this note. The sound was really creepy, almost demonic. Her performance of The Beekeeper really blew me away tonight. It was absolutely amazing.
For the first encore, she came out at sat down at her organs and played the first line of Black Dove, then realized where she was sitting and played a little improv about "this one wants to come tonight and be here with you..." and she played Bells for Her. Then after she went to the piano and played Black Dove.
Amber Waves had a really swanky feel to it tonight. She changed up the rhythm a bit from the original and gave it a little more swing. I really liked the version she did.
Overall it was an amazing show, as the Chicago shows usually are. I'm glad Tori likes playing here as much as she does, and I can't wait to see her again.
From Bernie Marsiglia:
Tonight's show was nothing short of magical. The weather was perfect, the pavilion was open and inviting and Tori prepared a well-rounded, gorgeous set list. I was lucky to attend the show with some friends that are very special to me.This made the experience all the better, as we all had "favorites" that she ended up playing! Highlightsof the show included Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill weaved into her own song God, the Damien Rice cover and the debut (for this tour) of Black Dove (January) from FTCH. A commentaryfollows:
Really strong, clear versions of these songs. There was a special energy surrounding Tori tonight as she played this evening and it was very clear during this trio. I like this longer, more passionate version of OS.
Sleeps With Butterflies
Silent All These Years
God/Running Up That Hill
SWB was gorgeous and my friend Becky's favorite. She is a newer Tori fan and really hoped for this song as well as Putting The Damage On. She got both tonight and it was special to be with her while Tori performed these. Spring Haze was a surprise and the only song performed from To Venus & Back. I felt emotional when Tori was repeating the line "Why does it always end up like this?".
I was with my very best friend Joe who was entranced during SATY, as her performance of this classic was breathtaking in this venue. This was my 15th show and he has been to over half with me.The little piano & vocalization "extras" that she now adds to this song live are subtle yet a perfect complement. Long before Tori came on to the scene I was a HUGE Kate Bush fan (and STILL am despite her reclusiveness and lack of new material).The inclusion of Kate's RUTH with God was a brilliant pairing and I was honored to experience it live.
The Blower's Daughter (Damien Rice cover)
The Rose (Bette Midler cover)
These two covers were nothing short of mind-blowing. The Rose is a classic and Tori kept it traditional. The tone was pensively sadyet as she ended her version of it, appropriate to the lyrics, I felt hopeful. Damien Rice is a new favorite of mine. My best friend Joe and I recently discovered Damien when The Beekeeper came out and realized, after hearing him sing with Tori on The Power of Orange Knickers, that he was the artist behind The Blower's Daughter. We were familiar with the song from seeing the film "Closer" last year. We immediately purchased the CD and both adore it. Tori noted that she has never covered such a contemporary song before and called Damien her "little buddy".
Past The Mission
Barons Of Suburbia
Putting The Damage On
Boys For Pele is my favorite Tori CD and my second favorite is Scarlet's Walk. Accordingly, I was of COURSE over the freakin' top when Iheard the opening chords of Putting the Damage On & Carbon. Another close friend I was with holds "Past The Mission" close to his heart, so I was pleased she treated us to her as well. The Beekeeper was sad, haunting and ethereal. Barons was especially strong and Tori was INTO IT!!! I was a bit surprised by the lack of enthusiasm on the part of the audience during this song but I think it is because it is newer.
Bells For Her
As another reviewer on The Dent noted, she started BD(J) then decided to do BFH. She then went back to BD(J) and performed a strong version of it, clearly pleasing the plethora of Choirgirl fans I was sitting around (based on the reaction). I would have preferred Liquid Diamonds or Spark here, but it was delicious nonetheless.
Tear In Your Hand
Amber was unyielding and powerful; great choice. Glad that she chose this and Carbon as her Scarlet selections. As for Tear In Your Hand, I wasjust plain crying. My onlyset of water-worksfor the whole show. Tear is my ABSOLUTE, ALL TIME FAVORITE TORI SONG AND SHE ENDED THIS AMAZING SHOW WITH IT. This is also howI will end this review: "Maybe it's time to wave goodbye now...".
From Dan Verdeja:
what a great show...Tori had as much fun as we did...Running up the Hill/God was just fantastic, and the passionate ending of Barons was incredible. Crucify was also very passonate and she debuted Black-Dove which made all the crowd go crazy. I was the first time I got to rush the stage and when she played Amber Waves all of us pointed at her a nd sang when she said "you gave it up" it became repititious and she enjoyed the participation. And her drooling during Amber was sexy, sexy, sexy! She played some of my favs so it was wonderful for me....Spring Haze, sugar, carbon, black-dove, and crucify. Her improv before Spring Haze was HOT!!! it was energetic, playful, and so darn sexy . Tori put on a great show and I cant wait for her to return.
From Bill Shurilla:
Tori was incredibly focused tonight and I agree that she always seems to be this way when she comes to Chicago. Our seats were in the sixth row and the setting was spectacular: a beautiful evening, the new Millenium Park, and the Pritzker Pavillion tucked between Lake Michigan and the beautiful Chicago skyline. From our seats the sound was the best I have ever heard at a concert. And I've been to a few! After another inspired performance of Original Sinsuality she played one of my requests, Crucify. Well done but not quite as cool as the version she did last year on Welcome to Sunny Florida. Of course the boys were with her then. She also later did a good version of Carbon, my other personal request for the evening. Sugar was awesome but may have been a little better later in the show when she was a little more "warmed-up." Her next four songs (Butterflies, Spring Haze, Silent All These Years, and the coupling of Running Up That Hill/God) were spell-binding and the audience seemed entranced until the end when we erupted with a standing ovation. Just an amazing piece of the show!
I agree that Barons should be better received by the audience. This was the second time I saw her perform it and it has the live appeal of Precious Things with a crescendo finale that Tori really gets into. Putting the Damage On and Tear in your Hand were also excellent choices that played very well on this tour. Can't wait to see her again at Red Rocks on Tash's B-day. Why oh why are there so many good seats remaining for this show??? For those of you who have not been to Red Rocks, it is definitely a must-see venue. Enjoy.
From Kristy Chwalisz:
Last nights show was 100% better than the last Chicago show. And the story that Matt gave was the wrong one, Tori said how she played at a bar in New York and they told her the piano thing wouldn't work, well then she played at Schuba's in Chicago and they told her she just might have a chance.I think the sound was good,Tori looked like she was having a good time up there. She really played the piano tonight, a lot of passion in it. I loved the improv to Spring Haze. We had wonderful seats so it was easy to see all the little cute stuff she does. God was a treat for me, I have never seen it done before so I was happy about that. And at the end of the show (around Black dove) I went up to Mark and asked for a set list. He said after the show, well the show ended and I went to go get it and this rude man totally lied and was screaming to Mark "don't give it to that girl, give it to me!!! I was here first" Which was a lie and Mark knew that...anyway I ended up with the set list. My boyfriend never seen Tori before and was quite upset on how people were so rude there. I told him most of them are really sweet and nice. Anyway Tori was amazing, she really gave the piano a work out. She seemed very sensual this evening.
From Tim (ImmortalPudding):
This was my first Tori show ever, so of course I was extremely excited! Everything looked gorgeous: looking around at Chicago's buildings, Lake Michigan, and a very nice set. I was seated next to a rather pleasant young couple: smokers, drinkers, and yes, shouters. They left and came back many a time. Also in my line of view was "Stand Up Cheering Guy" and "Arm Flailing Dancing Girl". I named them myself.
Before Sugar, Tori mentioned that one of the first venues she had played was at Schuba's, and that she had played here after "the guys in New York said the girl with the piano thing would never happen" and that someone here in Chicago said to her "You know, you might just do okay". I don't think I even need mention she did better than just okay.
Piano bar time! She started saying that her first song was by a really great guy, a buddy of hers. I was racking my mind for people, and thought surely she's not playing Damien Rice. She said she had never played the next song before, and that "If I do bad, well, I'm sure you'll love me anyway." Surprise, she played the Blower's Daughter! I was happy because although I'm not fan of his, the only song I've heard by him anyway is the Blower's Daughter. She also played The Rose by Bette Midler, which was beautiful.
This next paragraph is clarify the lack of enthusiasm and "popping in the sound system" during Barons of Suburbia. There was reason. Because my seat was towards the back, perhaps I had more of a view than those that were seated closer to the front. During the summer, on Chicago's Navy Pier on Wednesdays and Saturdays, there are fireworks at night. My cousin told me this beforehand and I thought, "I wonder if that'll happen tonight?" Sure enough, the fireworks started up during Barons of Suburbia and lasted through Putting the Damage On. All around me I noticed the audience's gaze drift from forward to the right, to look at the fireworks. I do wonder if Tori knew what was happening, because I noticed her slowing down. The only true lack of enthusiasm was when she first started up The Beekeeper and I saw hoards of people flock to the bathrooms and merchandise tents. I assumed everyone knew what was coming.
When the first encore began, Tori sang "She was a January girl" and I thought "Oh how fun, Black-Dove." However, apparently it wasn't time yet for that and she started Bells For Her, which threw me off a bit. Afterwards she played Black-Dove. For the last song of the night, Tear in Your Hand, during the lyrics "Maybe it's time to wave goodbye now," many people around me, including myself, waved goodbye to Tori. The crowd tried to get a third encore a bit, but we didn't get one. That's okay.
Tonight's show at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park nearly became my favorite Tori show (but then again, I've only been to seven!) I cannot complain one bit about Tori's voice, song choice, or venue. Unfortunately, I must complain about the fans.
Music first, though! I had sixth row tickets, and while I wished Tori's set-up had been further down the stage, the view was spectacular. How magical to be under the billowing steel of the pavilion, with the skyline to the left of us (to which Tori referred in "God/Running Up That Hill," when she sang "running up that building" and pointed to the skyline). The sound, too was incredible. I knew, as others have said, that the show would be powerful from the beginning of "Original Sinsuality." Tori's voice was so FULL tonight, and she hit every note in all ranges. The intro to "Spring Haze" was quite a surprise, and my sister and I both hoped she might turn those lyrics into a full-fledged song. "Silent All These Years" means something to us all, and it took me back to January 1992, when I first heard it played in a Coconut's record store in Normal, Illinois. I put back the CDs I planned to buy and bought Tori, and she's been with me ever since.
Other highlights, for me, were the new version of "God/Running Up That Hill" (I found it haunting), and the Damien Rice cover of "The Blower's Daughter" was great. "Barons of Suburbia" does, as others have noted, deserve more crowd reaction. This time around it was fantastic, and the slow build to the climax in the last repeated lines shook me. "Putting the Damage On" is a favorite, but was ruined by the girl behind me (more on that in a second). "The Beekeeper" was my sister's favorite, and she could not stop talking about how deeply she felt it this time. Tori did things with her voice during this song that were astounding. And, of course, others have noted the fun of "Amber Waves," the added lines about taking Chicago with her to Texas in "Black-Dove (January)." And I waved, too, during "Tear In Your Hand," which I have wanted to hear live for ages.
Now, the problem with fans. Once upon a time I used to convince people unfamiliar with Tori to see her shows because her audiences were so amazing. I used to say going to a Tori concert was such a different concert experience, because everyone sat politely and listened and RESPECTED her so much...the entire audience ached for what would come from her music. Slowly I've sensed things change...we've all been to the shows with those who must yell to hear themselves yell. I have never heard Tori turn to one who yells at her and say, "you're right, fan, I'll do your song instead." I offer a sarcastic thanks to the girl who was in Row G, seat 1, of section 102 who let out an off-key, distorted "on" in the pause before Tori sang the last "on" of "Putting the Damage On." Thank you, for ruining one of my favorite songs. I noticed, too, that not even your group of friends found you funny. You were the only one who laughed.
Worst of all, though, were the stage-rushers (yes, some of you have posted here!) The ones who crowded by me were smoking, drinking, making out, and talking NON-STOP through the encores. I watched one girl burned by someone else's cigarette (smoking in the pavilion isn't allowed anyway), and the make-out couple next to me dumped their beer on someone's shoe, because the girl didn't want it anymore. And, having paid a good price for my good seats, I resented having to stand for the last four songs in order to see...and even then the sight lines were ruined by wandering drunks, and worse, the countless outstretched arms with camera phones attached to them.
I'll keep going to see Tori--the two hours with her will always outweigh the last 20 minutes of people acting like fools. I've been lucky always to have seats next to other respectful fans. It hurts me to hear so many people's ruined experiences. I would think that Tori's music, which is ever so much about respect, would rub off on those who at least say they are fans.
From Heather Klos:
This was my first Tori Amos concert ever! Yup, crazy me came 8 hours on a bus to see Tori. Man, it was worth it. I was originally in the lawn section up front. Then a security guard came and told us they had free upgrades to the Pavillion (probably $60 value) which hadn't sold out. So yeah, pretty lucky night!
Tori opened with Parasol and then went into Crucify. I liked how she opened with these, as these went perfect with the theme of the tour "Summer of Sin." Throughout the concert she would raise her hand(s) up, which made her look even more "fairy-like" in her beautiful white gown she was wearing. I also found Silent All These Years amazing. I looked up at the sky as she sang " don't look up the sky is falling." It was magical.
During the encore I got right up front by the stage. I just stood there watching, in awe, that I was actually at a Tori concert. During Bells for Her, though she could have just been in her musical state, I could have sworn she was looking right into my eyes. Probably wishful thinking, but Wow!
She really showed a lot of passion up there, bounced around a little bit and even stood up while playing the piano a couple of times. Though I was towards the back (even with the upgraded seats)and I could not see as well as some of you have noted, and I was so caught up in the fact that I was there, in a blur and thus didn't hear some of the comments some of you have posted, this concert was definietly worth the trip I had to take to get to it. I couldn't fathom I was there when I was there, and I still can't fathom that I was there. Its all so surreal to me. So I'll just some up the entire night in one word-magical-which is what Tori is.
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From Jake Giles:
I saw my third Tori concert this past Wednesday (August 31st) and to say it was an amazing show would be an understatement. I was the closest I'd ever been (third row pit) and it definitely added so much to the already fantastic performance she gave.
But before I review Tori, I must tell about my experience with The Like. I am a HUGE fan and was looking forward to seeing them just as much as Tori. Fans who attended the show may have noticed me. I had a sign that said I Like (with like crossed out and Love written over it) The Like. Right when they took the stage, the bassist Charlotte nodded and smiled at my sign. After the first song, the drummer Tennessee also took notice and smiled and pointed it out to the other girls. I cheered and sang along to every song. After one song, I shouted a loud "you guys rock" which got a giggle out of Z, the lead singer. When the last song came, the bassist began to talk about the merchandise they had available for sale. I cheered loudly at the mention of t-shirts. She stopped talking and said, "Hold on I'm getting to you. This is our last song and it's dedicated to our big fan right here in front." I cheered really loud and produly displayed my sign to the crowd. They performed (So I'll Sit Here) Waiting and I couldn't keep the smile off my face. When their set ended, I rushed to meet them by the merch stand. They embraced me with smiles and signed the sign I made. I told them about how much I loved them and we had a nice conversation. We took pictures and gave hugs and I walked away on cloud nine!
Now on to Tori. Her performance was vocally the best I've ever heard her. She had mini "freakouts" as me and my friends call them during every song. Her voice was just so intense and I had chills the whole night. Sugar almost rivaled TVAB's version. Hearing Spring Haze solo was the highlight for me. It's my second favorite song behind Spark and the version tonight was especially breathtaking. And as others have mentioned, the improv before the song was mind blowing. She was breathing heavy, rubbing herself all over, and her voice had the same type of growl that she had during her performances of All Through The Night and Don't Look Back In Anger from the Original Sinsuality tour.
Barons of Suburbia was another big highlight. It was miles ahead of the first time she played it (which was also in Chicago!) and she added some of the best piano and organ improvs I've ever heard her do. The ending of course was the highlight. She repeated the last verse at least 10 times, and occasionally saying "COM-COMBAT YOUR POISON" with the spit flying every which way. It got a standing ovation from the people in my section.
God with Running Up That Hill was better than Rochester's version. I was disappointed she didn't do the spoken word part, but at the same time, the Running Up That Hill improv at the beginning and end was much more intense, and she also did more of the lyrics. Again, she was really belting out some of the notes.
Tori showed her love for Chicago during the encores. She did an improv about how she wished she could take us with her to Texas. After starting Black Dove the first time, everyone who rushed the stage (I was FRONT and CENTER) whipped our their cell phones and called people. When she did Bells For Her instead, everyone was a tad disappointed. She made up for it however when she played it on the organ. Her voice really hit the high notes, but she didn't perform it with as much intensity as in past performances. However, the intensity was all there during Amber Waves. She even did "gangsta" hand motions during the, "You gave it up" lyric. It was hilarious. Gallons of drool were pouring out of her mouth for this one.
I'm extremely glad I got the opportunity to witness this show!
I am a huge Tori fan and have loved her from the begining. In 1994 I saw her play two shows in one night in St. Louis. It was amazing and one of the greatest concert highlights of my life. ( and I have been to many shows) Besides Tori being so amazing that night, another awesome aspect of the shows were the fans. Not one person spoke, moved, made-out, took a cell phone call, or just had to get up for the fifth time to get a beer. Everyone was glued to their seats for two hours taking in all that Tori was giving. The words respect and admiration come to mind. It was magical and it happened twice that night. Move forward to Chicago 2005 and what a difference. The difference was not Tori. She was amazing and I second all of the praise written about the show. She is an incredible artist and I need not write anymore about her talent. Many of you in your reviews have commented on the crowd and I totally support what you say. I was astounded at the level of disrespect given to Tori at her show. I sat in 206 row DD and had loud talking, endless moving around, cell phones, beer runs, making-out and many other things going on around me throughout the show. Two women in row EE decided all night that a Tori Amos show was a good place to have a conversation along with their guy friend that they kept playing musical chairs with because they only had two tickets for three people. This behavior was not only isolated to just my seats but all around me. Judging from other comments it was going on all over the place. I am shocked and saddened by the behavior at this show. Chicago you had an amazing talent playing in an awesome venue and you acted like you were at a bar someplace downtown. Unfortunately, the rude people at the show will never know how much they negatively impacted the concert because only true Tori fans read this web site. Only true Tori fans respect her talent enough to sit still for a few moments and let the world be about someone else besides themselves. I love Tori and will always jump at the chance to see her in concert, just not in Chicago. (Note From Mikewhy: I think the rudeness of some people in the crowd was more a reflection of it being an outdoor venue than a trait of Chicago itself. I have seen many shows in Chicago with very respectful audiences. I think some of the outdoor venues for some reason encourage some people in the crowd to be rude. Just my two cents...)
I just have to say that Chicago had the rudest, most inconsiderate audience I have EVER encountered in my 26 shows I have attended. It seemed as if everyone waited until Tori came on to go to the b.room, etc. I finally broke down at the start of ..."p.damage.on" begged the lady a couple of seats down to refrain from belting out her ear piercing whistles & screamsduring the songs...(when she wasn't doing this she was loudly talking to her neighbor) she apologized on her drunken way past me to the bathroom, then in the MIDDLE of "carbon" came back, grabbed my shoulders and said she wanted to kick my ass after the show! Luckily I ran down w/ only 1 person between me & the stage after "the beekeeper". At 1st my motive was to get closer to Tori, but after meeting this psycho, it was in part to get away from her! Cleveland was great, so I guess it balances out.
I have to say that I thought I had missed the soundcheck, but Tori unexpectedly came back out to play the full length of "mother revolution" & said " I just came out to tease you"!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
On the way from Cleveland I had said I really wanted to hear "m.r." & "carbon"- she heard my plea!
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