Tori Amos is not a man-made product of the music industry. She is simple pure talent and it is stunning.
On Saturday night at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre, Tori Amos performed by herself with one voice, one piano and one keyboard to a sold-out crowd.
Tori Amos was mesmerising live. The audience sat in total silence, eyes and ears glued to the stage as she performed Divinyls classic ‘I Touch Myself’. She related a story about first hearing the Chrissy Amphlett classic, driving through L.A. and the song coming on the radio. She said she was as glued to the speakers much like Saturday’s audience were glued to her every word. It wasn’t the first time Tori Amos has played a local classic. On her 2005 she covered Kylie ‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ in Melbourne.
Every Tori Amos show is unique. She is one of those rare artists who performs a totally different setlist every night and doesn’t rely on hit songs to keep the customers satisfied, although ‘Cornflake Girl’ made a first time appearance in the set for this Australian tour.
Tori Amos was 30 when she released her first album ‘Little Earthquakes’ in 1992. Five years earlier she had dabbled as a pop star in the completely unsuccessful band Y Kant Tori Dance. Atlantic Records dumped the band after one record. At Tori’s request the album has never been reissued although every now and then she performs the occasional song.
Tori Amos is a real singer, songwriter and performer. In the current music environment, they just don’t make them like Tori anymore.
SETLIST: Tori Amos, Palais, St Kilda, Melbourne, 15-11-14
Parasol (from The Beekeeper, 2005)
Bouncing Off Clouds (from American Doll Posse, 2007)
Wild Way (from Unrepentant Geraldines, 2014)
Upside Down (b-side to Me and a Gun, 1991)
Winter (from Little Earthquakes, 1992)
Beauty Queen/Horses (from Boys For Pele, 1996)
Flying Dutchman (from Gold Dust, 2012)
Doughnut Song (from Boys For Pele, 1996)
Pretty Good Year (from Under The Pink, 1994)
I Touch Myself (Divinyls cover)
Icicle (from Under The Pink, 1994)
Merman (from A Piano The Collection, 2006)
Silent All These Years (from Little Earthquakes, 1992)
Forest of Glass (from Unrepentant Geraldines, deluxe edition 2014)
Cooling (from To Venus and Back, 1999)
Cornflake Girl (from Under The Pink, 1994)
Almost Rosey (from American Doll Posse, 2007)
Riot Poof (from To Venus and Back, 1999)
Wedding Day (from Unrepentant Geraldines, 2014)
Tori Amos Australian dates
November 11 and 12, Sydney, Sydney Opera House
November 15, Melbourne, Palais
November 16, Adelaide, Her Majesty’s Theatre
November 18, Perth, Riverside Theatre
November 20, Sydney, City Recital Hall
November 21, Brisbane, QPAC