5 1/2 Weeks Tour
Tori performed in Milwaukee, WI on September 15, 1999 at the Marcus Amphitheater during the Tori & Alanis Morissette 5 1/2 Weeks Tour.
September 15, 1999 - I enjoyed the energy of this show and the fact that the weather in Milwaukee this evening was rather chilly. (I am fond of cold weather!)
She did a little improv before Past The Mission which included the lyrics, "and she's with me..."
After Past The Mission she said something like, "Hey everybody, how's it going? I love coming to Milwaukee. Even though I am a wine lover, I do smell that beer. That makes my crew happy and that keeps me happy."
Professional Widow was next, complete with the recorded male voice at the beginning that says something like, "Time to return to a classic, the best classic in the history of recorded music," or something like that. I have since learned that this male voice that is played each time Tori does Professional Widow live is none other than Liberace! Tori also ends the song very intensely after saying, "a hard cock."
This venue did a really good job of showing the action on the big screen monitors that were on each side of the stage. (Most of these outdoor venues have big screens on each side of the stage, or outside in front of the lawn, or in both places.) They would show her fingers on the keyboard, something I did not see too often at other venues.
Before secret time she greeted the people on the lawn and then said, "Some of you may remember this. I used to make out to this song. I feel like playing it." She then did Angie. I think the official set list said something else, so she really must have gotten inspired to play this cover during the show.
This was the first time I ever heard Riot Poof and I really loved it. There was a lot of energy and vocal vamping on this song, and it was very upbeat. I can't wait to hear it on the new album! At first no one knew what song it was, but we found out after finding someone with a written set list after the show.
All Reviews Below Were Originally Posted On The Dent Forum
Special thanks to Laurie Daniels for her invaluable assitance in getting the reviews transferred to the Dent!
Ok I just got home from the concert and It was sooooo coool. It was my first Tori Concert and I luved it. I don't have the full set list but here's what I know (not in order)
I had no problems with the people or anything. I thought it was pretty neat, and everyone stood almost the whole time. Is this normal? I stayed for alanis but I wish I hadn't. She seems so strange and stuff after Tori. Tori was so pretty with a black and grey and white flowery dress and really spikey high heels.
She said she like Milwaukee because she could smell the beer. hmmm Oh and before angie she said she felt like playing it because she used to make out to it.
Then she said hi to all the people in the grass seats, but I found out later that no one was allowed up there because there were not enough people.
Have a seat while I,
hihi This is _Dark from #tori (undernet.org). Earlier today (well, yesterday) (well, the 15th heh) I got back from Cincy / Riverbend! What a wonderful show Having Tori (or
anyone) play during twilight and near the woods is great. During her version of Hey Jupiter (solo) I think - but i'm not sure she changed the lyrics from "she's lifting up her dress" to something else. My friend I was with said he thought that she didn't. I could have sworn she said something like, "there's nothing up my dress" which is cool and provocative and different and totally Tori. Anyway I just thought I would share. take care!
Okay-- Setlist (I think)
This show sucked. Tori was great, but the people were HORRIBLE! Everyone was talking throughout Tori's set (which was quite short BTW). I found it incredibly distracting-- I couldn't even concentrate during Secretime. There were some nice Tori people around me, but it didn't seem to help. Everyone was drinking beer, eating hamburgers and ice cream, and chatting it up.
I guess this show embodied all my fears for what the Plugged tour would be like. At least there, everyone was there to see Tori. At this show, at least half the people were frankly disinterested in Tori, and thus they made noise. If anyone out there has any connection to Tori, tell her to drop the commercialism of the MP3.COM/BEST BUY tour, and return to the intimacy that we found in the Tori-only shows. I will never go to a show where she shares the bill again.
However, Tori played well. It was nice to hear Sugar. I wish she could have done a decent encore. Professional Widow really loses something without the harpsichord, but at least I got to hear Tori sing some of my favorite lyrics in person.
Hopefully Tori will come 'round Wisconsin again (please Madison!) before she rests. This time, hopefully she'll be alone. That is, alone with the band. Or alone with Caton-- Dew Drop inn was damn good.
k, i myself cannnot remember the entire setlist, i'm exhausted lol, but here goes not in order cuz i can't remmeber where suede and riot poof went.
someone with a brain, can you put em in order?
Here's what I remember, in non-order:
encore: precious things
It was a pretty good concert, but I don't like the venue. I had decent seats, but the way the 1st level of sections is set up, you can't see the stage very well if there are people in front of you. Sitting would have been FINE with me, but everyone stood the whole time. A very tall man 2 rows ahead of me swayed widely the whole time, so I couldn't see next to him. It just sorta sucked. The guy behind me was a jerkoff. He seemed to be somewhat of a Tori fan, but also he was an asshole. Talking during secret time. Saying stuff about how Tori's hot, followed by a loud sharp whistle. And when Angie started, he said a whole bunch of times to several different people "it's an old Stones' tune." Generally annoying. Plus our row was full of lots of disinterested Alanis fans who kept leaving and coming back and leaving and coming back, which was just tedious.
Tori looked absolutely stunning in a black velvetty looking dress. It was beautiful. She didn't appear to have any makeup on and looked sorta tired, but may have been caused by her previously mentioned hangover.
She was also on a Chicago radio station called the Mix (101.9) today for "Total Bliss with Tori Amos." She played for like 20 people at an undisclosed location. I was not one of them, and I didn't hear the radio program because I had a class I HAD to go to.. But the gal I traveled to Milwaukee had heard it and said she played Cooling, Frog on my Toe, Purple People and something else. I was hoping PP would show up at the concert, but no, oh well.
I had the chance to meet Richard Handal and Mikewhy before the show. :] Second time meeting Mike, really excellent guy. And Richard is just so full of information, I'm afraid he'll burst. :] Both guys are big sweeties. Tomorrow is Mike's last show, so he'll be coming back, but don't rush him to update the Dent. He needs a rest!!! :P
Also, I saw Joel wandering around the concessions before the show too, and had the chance to give him some things from me and my friend for Tori. If you don't have the chance to pass anything to her at a meet n greet or something, Joel is good for passing things on to her. He's a big sweetie too. :]
Which reminds me of some assholes during the show tonight. At some point during God, Joel walks out on the lefthand side of the stage and kneels down to say something to somebody down in the very front, and then walks back to his hiding place behind tons of guitars. Then some guy a few rows ahead of me (I was in the 10th row) yells something derogatory that could not be discerned (at least not by me) and holds his middle finger up for a good 30 seconds towards Joel. Joel hadn't been speaking to him, in fact, hadn't even been near him really, so I don't know what the guys problem was. But it looked like Joel saw the guy and rolled his eyes. After the concert the guy and his friend were talking about beating the shit out of him. I don't know what their problem is, but I SO wanted Joel to come down and kick his ass. Oh well. :P
I didn't stay for Alanis because I had a long drive to take my friend home and then take myself another couple hours home. So, I don't know how her show went, but from what I've heard it is basically the same each night, so it's probably like it was at Chicago.
Also, I just wanted to address one more thing before I crawl to bed: I heard a LOT of people saying the the Milwaukee show was sold out. Not even close. They didn't fill up the seats, and the lawn area wasn't even opened. They had the third tier of seating open, but that wasn't all that full.. And they were selling tickets when I got there.
Okay, enough. Hi-ho.
From jackie b55:
i just wanna say that tori kicks ass
i cant remember the setlist either i was just revelling in being the closest i've ever been at a concert and just figured someone else would have written it down :p
Quite the show. I must absolutely say. Nice to meet and chat with MikeWhy and others who I bumped in to (Jenna and those other people from UWM who I never got their names, and Kim at MIAD). Strange day. meet and greet. Seemed really short. Didn't get close at all. And I know this is really selfish of me, and easy for me to say....but I think it sucks that the people who Tori is on a first name basis with are ALWAYS in the front, and after they get her to sign something, they don't move. Some of us couldn't get there at 11am, ya know? I walked away dejectedly empty handed. I'm over it.
In other news, the show rocked. Here's the setlist, IN ORDER!
Thought it was weird that an Alanis shirt for sale said something like, "You feel precious". A word that I would associate with Tori.....whatever. Quick rundown.....
God, splendid. Great way to open the show. She wore this lovely dress....don't know how to describe it, I'm not fashionably oriented. But she looked great!
Sugar - Very nice. Don't know if I like the live or single version better. Good though.
Mission - I've been waiting so long! Very happy to hear it!
Professional Widow -- I loved the middle part (rest of our show is.....) sounded great live!
Bliss -- I like the offbeatness of it. This was only the second time I had heard it.... great song.
Tear In Your Hand -- People were talking really loudly behind me, especially during the quiet part. Great to hear live though.
Angie -- I hate the Stones. I do. But I've pretty much convinced myself that this is Tori's song, and the Stones covered it. She does it so beautifully....I swear, I was just levitating in the audience.
Winter -- continuing to levitate. A lot of the people I had talked to during the day had said how they really really really wanted to hear winter. So be it. =]
Suede -- Liked it a lot. Very dark it seemed.
Riot -- Loved it. I really liked all the new songs she played. makes September 21st seem even longer away than it really is....
Black Dove -- Favorite song off of Choirgirl (tied with northern lad). Great to hear.
Waitress -- The last two times I had heard it with the band, I didn't really like it very much, but I liked it tonite a lot better. hmmmmm
Precious - Great song. I just wish that she didn't end EVERY show like that. Like as soon as Waitress starts, I put down my setlist cuz I knew what was left. As for the song itself, splendid as usual.
One more gripe (and don't get me wrong...i didn't have a miserable time here....I LOVED IT!!!! even though a lot of this may seem a little negative). Singing during the songs. I normally don't have a problem with it. But Winter was a duet between Tori and this dude about four rows in back of me. He was almost a tenor.....couldn't hit the high notes. He was belting it out, and well, let's just say he was a little flat. Took away from the beautiful song. If he had sang it an octave down, it may have been much better easier to swallow.....it was pretty bad....
It was kinda funny how the first question anybody asked anybody was "You here for Tori or Alanis?"
She likes Milwaukee cuz beer is in the air. That's the best reason to like Milwaukee I can think of.
We stood up the whole time. that was the first non-general admission show that happened at....And it wasn't just me, it was everybody in the general vicinity, which was cool!
All negativity aside, Tori's fans are the greatest. I swear, complete strangers, but not, ya know? I talked to some great people tonite! Alas, I may never see most of them again, but their company was wonderful.
Didn't care for the ampitheater very much. But I'm spoiled at home in DC with places like Wolf Trap and merriweather.
The show seemed to go by so fast...maybe it's just cuz it ended around 9:30 rather than 11. I dunno.
That Riot song! I'm tellin ya..... it rocked my casbah. Totally.
Didn't stay for Alanis. She makes me wanna hork. It's horrible to say, but just by looking at people you can probably tell with a decent success rate who each person came to see. Middle aged with kids? Alanis. Lots of them. Sat in front of them. Pretty talky. No real assholes in my area though, so that was cool. It saddens me to hear those horror stories...
I'm done now. =] goodnight.
Wow. This show was the strangest thing I have ever been to. I was hoping it would turn out a lot better than the chicago show, which I am still bitter about I was so happy that I made it to the meet and greet. I was with my exgirlfriend/now very close friend Angie, and it happened to be her birthday. She asked tori to sing happy b-day, and she did along with the first couple of rows at least. Tori asked her for her name, before the "Happy b-day to (insert name here) and she said Angie, to which Tori got a weird look on her face. Tori singed Angie's Winter single and my Silent all these years single (which she didn't play, but today wasnt for me) and we preceded to go to the back so other people could get through. There are so many nice milwaukee people there but a few people at the meet and greet who just didnt want to share tori and thats not very cool. Oh well, what can you do?
I got to meet tori briefly. She is personable - I really wanted to meet Mikewhy but I did not get a chance to. Tori signed my first LE cd which was AWESOME and she told me she liked my sunglasses which were tortise shell like hers - I smiled and blabbered trying to think of what to say - incredible goddess that she is.
I had rude people standing behind me so I asked them to be quiet finally when suede started bc I was not going to miss it for anything. They were nice apologized an ddid - but many and I do mean MANY other people would not shut up and were downright rude. They just kept talking and spilling beer everywhere. One girl next to me would not stop singing and btw - singing is rude - if you come to see an artist and in the center of winter Tori sings softly and you hear tori and this girl - it really takes away from the song. I was agitated. So I switched with my friend since he was singing to and they got along just fine - but he sings quiter and I shamed him to.
All in all I was impressed with Sugar.
More later all - gotta sleep cause I am on my way to the cities in the morning. SPecial thanks to RAinn girl and toripiano for being awesome - and Annie though she will never see this.
I can see why Mikewhy likes Suede so much...We got up to the 2nd row on the left side. So all through Suede we hade much eye contact! Tori had one leg up on the bench most of the time. This song is SOOO sexy! Wow, so that song was Riot Poof! I thought maybe Glory of the '80's...can't wait til Tues. for the album.
I was teary eyed about half-way through Winter-this song is powerful.
From Concerned Fan:
I just want to pass along some of my observations of the show. First off, I thought the performance was very good. Tori and Alanis rocked the house.
I have been to many concerts (and about a dozen Tori shows) and I keep seeing more and more Tori fans being rude to one another.
Here are some general rules of conduct for going to a concert. Please keep in mind that I am passing them along out of concern and not out of disrespect:
(1) Everyone is there to have fun. Please don't get a bug up your butt and think that people are there to make you happy. A negative vibe can impact lots of people at a show. Along the same line, please don't go out of your way and tick someone off. There is a time and a place for everything, please think accordingly.
(2) I appreicate the freedoms that we have living in America, but please be considerate of people if/when you smoke. I don't like having smoke blown in my direction. If this means you have to leave your seat during the show and you can't wait, then it's a matter of choice. If you can blow the smoke up in the air. Most people will not have a problem with that. Just try to be aware that some people have medical problems (or just don't like smoke).
(3) People who have paid lots of money to have seats close to the front don't appreciate you blocking their view. Security guards are there for a reason. They are not there for you to take all your frustrations out on. I witnessed some VERY rude people (during Tori's set) being down right nasty with a security guard last evening and I was very disapointed. If you don't have a ticket to be standing up close to the front, then maybe you should respect those that do.
(4) Tori is a human being. When she is up on stage she is working. I get real bothered when people think that she is their best friend. Please don't tear across a large group of people pushing them out of your way just because you see one of her security people or a member of the band. Big deal if they call you by your first name. Chances are they are probably more annoyed or freaked by you than anything.
(5) Don't be afraid to smile or casually chat with a person or two sitting next to you: PLEASE MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF CHATTER THAT GOES ON WHEN A PERFORMER IS ON THE STAGE. I met some very interesting people at the show last evening and gained a new perspective on some interesting topics.
For me, following these simple rules can make concert life much easier. Remember, we are brought together out of a common idea (to see a performer)...let's make it an enjoyable visit.
Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GOD-They started off with Tori singing "God sometimes you just don't come through..." a capella from backstage, then the band came out, and then Tori came out in this beautiful brown long velvety dress. Very cool! For the first few songs we were in the middle right behind the sound booth where I could see the written setlist- more on that later also. They werent our real seats, during tear we moved to those. Which were good anyway.
SUGAR-This is one of my favorites and the lighting was insanely awesome! Tori kept looking to everyone on the right and gave us these really cute looks! A high point.
Tori then introduced the band and talked about her love for Milwaukee and beer!
PAST THE MISSION- She began with the "she's gone..." intro and then went into Mission which really rocked! This isn't one of my favorites, but I really enjoyed it.
PROFESSIONAL WIDOW- One of the three best songs of the night! They had this thing with this guy saying "Now I'd like to return to the classics" as an intro. Jon was really having fun on this! I loved it! I think it was during this one that she rubbed her middle finger on the side of the bose!
BLISS- Cool as always.
TEAR IN YOUR HAND- Tori had a lot of fun on this one. Very cool.
WINTER- Absolutely gorgeous.
SUEDE- Very cool! Loved it!
RIOT POOF- Third best song of the evening! The band was really having fun!
BLACK-DOVE (JANUARY)- Beautiful! I was so happy to hear it! Definitely beats out the album version!
THE WAITRESS- AWESOME!!!!
Then Tori got up, waved, and she and the band walked off together- really nice.
PRECIOUS THINGS- Collectively, I'd say the favorite of the crowd. I was really excited to hear it!
OK- so, I did manage to give *a little mental yoga* to someone- but if someone could tell me who it was! It was a guy in the sound booth, he looks a bit like Keanu Reeves and he's got a whiteish streak in his hair- well he was the one I gave it to, so I hope Tori has it now!
And thanks to everyone who participated- I couldn't have done it without you!
PS- In the line I met this girl- it was her birthday and she said Tori had sung to her! Just saying hi
From Purple Boy:
Wow! What a show! Tori was looking her best and seemed to be in a playful mood. I nearly died when Tori played Prof. Widow- it was great! Her set went by so fast, and I had to deal with a few inconsiderate people, but besides that, everything went excellent. I got to meet Mikewhy right after the show, which was awesome! He is such a cool guy! Mike, don't worry about updating the Dent when you are out on the road! Have fun! We all understand.
I met some very nice Tori fans- Hi to all of you out there (I was the tall guy with the beige/black outfit. I might have been that "tall swaying guy" who was mentioned on this posting site, but I'm not sure...:-)
I was hanging out with some folks near the bus/truck loading area and I caught a glimpse of Tori right as she was getting on her bus-she waved back to us and smiled! We also briefly met Steve Caton-he is very nice!
Overall it was an unforgetable night!!!
I was at the meet and greet as well
I was hoping to hear Glory of the 80's
I noticed that Alanis's set hadin't changed much..and this was from the ft.lauderdale show...
Well I'm off
From Autumn *~:
First of all, the meet and greet was pretty good. I got gypped because I was in the way back, but I was just glad that Tori came out to see us. She had us all sing happy birthday to someone who was in the front, and after she made her rounds along the front row, she leaned over and said hi to us people on the right hand side. She was such a sweetheart, and I like the fact that this meet & greet wasn't right after she had gotten off the bus, when one is more likely to be tired, made her happier to see everyone. Also, right before Tori showed up at the m&g, we could hear Alanis doing her soundcheck and she sounded SO funny- like an injured animal (I don't mean to insult her, it was just her vocal exercises were pretty hilarious).
I am a fan of Alanis, but seeing her after Tori was weird. If I were just going to an Alanis concert, I would probably have enjoyed her performance even more than I did, but anyone going on directly after Tori has a hard time living up to her for obvious reasons. Also, seeing Alanis kind of made my memory of Tori weaken. At any rate, Alanis is something of an interesting and captivating performer. The way she uses her body on stage is strange- she acts like a snake or a caged animal, which sometimes made me uncomfortable watching her. One thing I can say is that girl's got a LOT of hair! Yikes! It's especially obvious when she swings it around like she did during the first song.
Please give me feedback, comments, or suggestions about my site. Email me (Michael Whitehead) at firstname.lastname@example.org