Amos with special guest The Devlins - Concert @
U of Central Florida Arena - 08.19.98
Sometimes You Just Do Come Through
I've been blessed in my life in
many ways. One of those blessings that I'm most thankful
for is being able to see one of my favorite artists perform
live- not only once, but TWICE. Some people are not
so "blessed" to see the Goddess perform at all,
so my job for all those toriphiles is to make it feel like
they were there.
The band (Matt Chamberlain on drums,
Jon Evans on bass, and Steve Caton on electric guitar) welcomed
a beautiful Tori to the stage. Tori wore jean-like pants,
a black short-sleeved shirt with a gold vest over it, and
her hair was worn down. She opened with the popular
"Precious Things," immediately pleasing the audience.
From the best of my memory, these
are all the songs that she sang after "Precious Things":
- Doughnut Song
- Cornflake Girl
- Caught a Lite Sneeze
- Hey Jupiter
- The Waitress
- Jackie's Strength
Her first encore was "She's
Your Cocaine" and "Raspberry Swirl."
Her last encore was "Pandora's Aquarium" and "Horses."
With this being the first time
Tori has toured with a band, she does her best to adapt.
Sometimes the band hides her talented piano artistry and vocals,
but overall, I was delighted with the performance.
Her strong performances were "Cornflake Girl," "Leather,"
"Hey Jupiter," (both of those last two were just
her and her Bosey) and then her encores.
What I found amazing is the fact
that Tori can play her piano and the synthesizer at the same
time. Of course, there weren't that many notes for each
hand, but it was still impressive. Also, it was strange
seeing what she did when she wasn't playing anything; she
had her back faced towards the audience (at an angle) and
her arms were behind her, as if she were handcuffed.
Maybe it was a reference to the "Spark" video; I
Everyone also knows of Tori's beauty and how arousing she
can be. If you've heard "Raspberry Swirl"
on the album, then you would definitely be stimulated during
the live performance. The way the lights swirled, the
way Tori chanted and breathed each line, the wasy the audience
danced or bobbed their legs to the rhythmic beats-- add all
of that together, well, it was almost enough to push me over
the edge with sexual excitement. (Thus making it the
highlight of my week *giggle*)
After it was over, my friends asked
me which performance I liked better. I told them that
even though Tori Amos performed at both, each was a very different
concert. I can't choose; both were breathtaking-- the
one indication that you are witnessing Tori perform live.