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A review of Mixfest X from the Boston Metro newspaper
October 6, 2003

Updated Mon, Oct 06, 2003 - 4:58pm ET

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A review of Mixfest X, of which Tori was a part, appeared in the October 6, 2003 edition of the Boston Metro newspaper.

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You can read the review below. Thanks to Ladytorilen for sending me this press review. The comments about Tori's performance are not positive I am afraid...


Mix 98.5 brought together the young and old alike Friday night at the FleetCenter for their tenth annual MixFest, offering up a cross-section of today's--and yesterday's--hottest musicians.

With more than six hours of music, fans were treated to sets by Jason Mraz, Vertical Horizon, Train, Barenaked Ladies and Duran Duran, not to be outdone by a trio of ladies--Michelle Branch, Dido and Tori Amos.

Playing perfectly into fans' welcoming arms, the ever-goofy Barenaked Ladies had the crowd on its feet dancing to their sing-along hits "If I Had $1,000,000," "It's All Been Done" and "Brian Wilson," even breaking into a rap about everyone's favorite wild boys, Duran Duran.

And it was the highly-anticipated return of new wave old timers, who have not played in their original form for nearly 20 years, that topped the night.

Donning designer duds, the forever-fashionistas jump-started their set with a fired-up version of "Wild Boys" before making their way through a hits-peppered set that included "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Planet Earth" and "Rio."

The momentum slowed midway with the new song "What Happens Tomorrow," a sappy ballad with trite lyrics ("time is a river, running deep and fast") that proved maybe reunited bands should just stick to the classics.

Closing their 40-minute set, the aging Fab Five joked "We're gonna need something to keep us up," and with that tore into the evening's closer, Grandmaster Flash's "White Lines."

Lowlights included a histrionic Tori Amos, who tormented the crowd with a schizophrenic, covers-only set, massacring the likes of Neil Young's "Needle and the Damage Done" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

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