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Tori Amos - The Beacon Theater

by paul_guyet Rating:9 Release Date:2012-03-18

Of all the bands and artists I love, I'm willing to admit, freely, that Tori Amos is among the most skilled, musically and lyrically. I'll also admit, freely, that, over her 20-plus year career, I haven't loved every work that she's put out, but I have always loved her boldness, bravery and creativity. Last week, at the Beacon Theater in New York City, I was reminded of all these things.

Tori treated us to an hour-and-a-half of songs, representing practically all of her dozen or so albums, including some surprising and fantastic covers, namely Radiohead's 'Creep' and Depeche Mode's 'In Your Room'. She spent the evening bouncing back and forth between her keyboard and her trusty Bosendorfer, like a hurricane with red hair, often multiple times during the same song. Her voice remains unchanged, as beautiful, powerful and evocative as it has been since I first heard her sing back in 1994.

Standout moments, for me, included 'Spark', one of my absolute favorite Tori songs, 'Take to the Sky', and a track from her latest (excellent) release, Unrepentant Geraldines*, '16 Shades of Blue'. She also brought out fan-favorites 'Winter', 'Precious Things' and 'Cornflake Girl', at which points the audience completely lost their minds... Like, more so than they'd been losing them throughout the entire show. While things felt a bit too strippedp-down at times (sometimes you need more than just a piano and a keyboard to fully get the grandeur and scope of a lot of Tori's work), I understand that the spareness facilitated the huge variety of the setlist and will shut my flapping mouth right this instant. 

Honestly? Words and pictures really can't do a Tori Amos concert justice; it's like watching the Queen of Summer perform on stage. So: picture a hurricane with red hair who is also the Queen of Summer channeling ancient feminine archetypes while playing both a keyboard and a piano while singing in a voice like a glowing crystal knife for 90 minutes. Or just see her next time she comes around. 

Here's my review.

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I LOVE the title of your blog!

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Thanks, Rich, I figured, why mince words?

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I really want to love Tori Amos, but her breathless phrasing and extravagance is a curse for me. Loved 'To Venus and Back' though

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