Tori performed in Berlin, Germany on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at ICC 1. The opening act was Howie Day.
Special thanks to Matt Page for phoning me with the set list!
a sorta fairytale
Caught A Lite Sneeze
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Take To The Sky
I Can't See New York
The latest reviews are at the bottom of this page. For more reviews, please check out the Dent's Tour Reviews Forum. (I will eventually move the forum reviews to this web page as well.) Please post your own review if you were at this show!
From Matt Page:
Matt thought this was a great show, and there were some good surprises. Tori followed her written set list exactly. The sound in the venue was weird in some places, but if you were in the right spot the show sounded great. The surprises tonight were Smells Like Teen Spirit (which has always been a Berlin tradition) and Spark. Earlier in the day, there was no meet and greet, perhaps because of the cold.
From jenny watkinson:
just got back from the concert and i now have plenty of people here with me celebratinga little tori party.
the sound was horrible! at some places it might have been good, but most folks critized it a lot.
tori seemed ok but didn't talk a lot. the songs were solid but no real surprise. everybody was considering smells like teen spirit, and it came! actually the solo songs were the best tonight. all in all it wasn't an exceptional show which mostly is because of the annoyingly loud and unsteady crowd. still it's been tori and the guys and i am glad to have been there!
From the goddess m:
It was a wonderful concert. Tori was in a good mood and she obviously was happy to be back in Berlin. One of the best places in the world she said. Unfortunatley she didn't a meet and greet. Too cold. I think Doughnut Song was the highlight of the show. Brilliant version. And as always Smells Like Teen Spirit.
From Richard Galbraith:
Wow, great concert in Berlin!!!
I was extremely tired when I got there since I had been awake for the previous 36 hours, as all my flights from the UK were cancelled, so I had to drive 450 miles to london to get another Berlin flight.
I was lucky to have 7 row centre seats and had a great view and the sound was good, again with a lot of emphasis on the Bass.
Tori came on in her peacock feather outfit, looking wonderful as usual, which I think she also wore in London. I thought the start of the concert seemed to be a bit slow, as for some reason Tori seemed to be a little bit distracted. However, about half way thorough Cornflake Girl she gave Matt Chamberlin a bit smile and the usual Tori magic came through. I loved the set list that was played, which was one of the most diverse I think she has played, at the 9 concerts Ive been to on this tour at any rate.
I will mention some of my favourite concert moments below!!
During Roadside Cafe Tori played a beautiful version of Teen Spirit which I have never heard live. I was quite taken a back by her performance. I have never been a big fan of the album version ofChina, but the twice that I have heard Tori play it live, it has been one of the highlights for me, especially when it is part of her roadside cafe set list. The solo section also included a beautiful, also seemingly longer version of the donut song. Very enjoyable. This has to be one of the best solo sections I have heard on this tour.
I thought Precious Things was full of Tori energy, and has to be one her best tracks live. The usual favourites Take to the Sky, Talullah and Hey Jupiter were also fantastic. I was pleasantly surprised when Spark, during the encore, was given an airing from the BSE, as I have not heard that live before. Nice!!
I am going to have a struggle getting to Geneva, but it will be worth it. This has to one of the best times of my life I have ever had. The music and people are amazing.
One thing I noticed during Howie Day was a comment he made - you have been a great audience and my last on the tour. Maybe I didnt hear correctly!?!?
Well, off to look at Berlin, and then get to Geneva!!!
I've enjoyed reading your site for a long time! Now I would like to contribute with a little review of the show yesterday in Berlin.
I think the show was really good. Tori played for a bit more than 2 hours. Where I was sitting (11th row from the stage, center) the sound was alright- the drums and bass were a bit loud, but for me it just increased the high energy level of the show. Although Tori's piano was drowned in some parts, you could always hear her voice pretty clearly. But maybe if you were sitting at the side of the stage it was a bit different..
Tori seemed to be in good spirits, although she didn't talk much- she just introduced the band after A Sorta Fairytale and said Berlin was one of her favorite cities in the world. She regretted that "it's already good-bye tonight" (or something like this)- it seems they already left for Switzerland in the night.
Tori wore black boots, jeans which went a bit over her knees and a nice green dress with (sun?)flowers and a green scarf-like fabric attached to it, falling from each shoulder like sleeves.
In my view, the audience was very good. In comparison with 2001's show in Berlin, the people got more carried away with the performance. Maybe just the fact that I was sitting at the center and more to the front than last time made the difference. People from the back came to the front during the two encores, and especially during Talula they started moving to the song. Before the encores the people in the front gave standing ovations, but as soon as they started playing again, most people sat down.
For me, the highlights of the show were A Sorta Fairytale, Sweet Sangria (great drums and bass), Wednesday (I like these changes between the fast and the slow parts, and I agree with others who said that the band enjoys playing this one!), Smells Like Teen Spirit (very powerful), Doughnut Song, Spark, and Talula (which is not one of my favorites, but is great played live!). Actually, she played many of my favorite songs!:)
What I noticed for the first time (this has just been my second Tori concert) were the movements she makes with her hands at the end of each song, and also sometimes during songs, like in Wednesday, when she makes soft downward movements after singing "the eagle has to land". She also made little dances before some of the songs, when just Jon and Matt were playing. I saw her smiling at Jon a couple of times!;) Also when she came onto the stage at the beginning of the concert she sort of danced her way to the piano as if in a dream. Maybe she does so at every concert, but since I've never seen her so close, it struck me.
This is basically what I wanted to say about the concert. I just have to add that I'm a bit sad that the meet and greet didn't take place. It was probably because of the cold, but I've also heard that it was hard to find a proper place for the meet and greet at this location.
All in all, though, it was a very nice evening. Tori and the band did a great performance, and I hope Tori will come to Berlin again soon!
From Anja (hali):
Just back from Berlin and this is what I have to add to the reviews posted on thedent:
Howie Day said "...and this is my last tune". So you'll see him again in Geneva and anywhere else on this tour.
That's it. Nothing more to add cause I totally agree with the reviews already posted.