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Tori will be touring in 2014 to support the release of Unrepentant Geraldines. The European legs runs from May through June and the North American legs spans July and August. We do not know if additional dates elsewhere will be added.
Charlie W. and me (hey, that’s MY name, TOO!) told us about a postmortem addendum to the ancient Tori/Alanis “feud”1 making its way onto various music news sites the past few days…
MORISSETTE + AMOS MAKE PEACE OVER ‘HURT EARS’ COMMENT
ALANIS MORISSETTE and TORI AMOS ended a silent feud on the road when the Canadian rocker took the CORNFLAKE GIRL to task over a comment she made in an interview.
Morissette admits she was a little confused when Amos said the album Jagged Little Pill “made her ears hurt,” and decided to bring it up when the two were paired together on tour.
The Ironic hitmaker tells Venice magazine, “I was, ‘All right, what do you have to say for yourself?’ She apologised profusely.”
Years later, Morissette agrees her hit debut was a little harsh for some.
She adds, “She’s (Amos) right… It was a record that didn’t rhyme, and to some ears sounded really abrasive.”
While the above comments from Alanis are recent, we do want to stress that this is pretty much a non-event in Toriville, as Tori and Alanis cleared the air with each other years ago.
1 (See Tori & Alanis: Their Comments On Each Other for a convenient rundown.)
Over the weekend, Matt Chamberlain updated his site again, talking a bit about recording in Cornwall at Martian Studios with Tori and Jon Evans. Quoth Matt:
Things are going great out here in Cornwall—just been recording music and drinking lots of great coffee that my friend Jon Evans got from an amazing coffee place in Oakland, CA called Blue Bottle Coffee. This company specializes in organic micro roasting,probably some of the best coffee i have ever had—it also makes you feel like a superhuman capable of playing drums for 18 hours straight…
Still no word on just what they are recording out there though, of course!
Thanks to Jimmy Ferrin for the tip-off!
Matt’s journal explains that he is in Cornwall to do some recording with Tori. On May 11, he explained, “Tomorrow I’m off to Cornwall England to record with my red headed piano playing friend Mrs. Tori Amos.” The May 13 entry shows a photo of his kit at Martian Studios. Wow. We have no idea what they’re up to over there in England, but as soon as we find out we’ll post it. Thanks to Darrell and Kevin D. for spotting this.
Now, this sounds like a fun vacation: Neil Gaiman blogged this morning about a recent visit to Tori & company in Cornwall, where he got to stay in the cushy suite at the Martian Engineering studios. He writes:
I stopped daydreaming about being a famous rock and roll star about thirty years ago, when I stopped being in a band. And it’s not a daydream that’s ever come back. But I spent the night with friends in Cornwall and got to stay at http://martianengineering.com/residential.html (in the bedroom on the top right of the photos, oddly enough), which is the part of the studio that visiting bands stay when they record music, and I found myself wishing that I was a band so that I could come and stay here for three or four weeks and use all the cool buttons and switches and jaccuzzis and everything. I suppose I could always come and stay anyway, but it wouldn’t be the same.
Amanda, Karen, and Laura, who do you think won “Truth or Dare” that night? :)
Richard Handal spotted this news item today, affirming Yamaha’s plan to keep the Bosendorfer name on high-end pianos made by the Austrian pianomaker responsible for some of Tori’s favorite instruments. In addition, the article reports, “Yamaha has decided to set up a new sales channel separate from the one used for the Yamaha brand.” For more, follow the link. We’re just glad the next tour won’t have to change the name of the solo section to T&Ya, aren’t you?
After opening for Tori, Yoav is earning some extra attention. His album Charmed and Strange hit stores Jan. 29. He also earned a recent writeup on BuzzSugar.com. Jody Beard and kimberly, are you charmed? Or strange?
A couple of you have been missing Tori and her gang badly enough that you’ve been surfing by the Martian Engineering site to see what they’re up to. Doings at the Cornwall-based studio seem to be coming along nicely; the place looks kind of like a luxury hotel crossed with a hot-shot recording studio (look at those comfy leather chairs!). They’ve also sneakily added a couple of outtakes from the ADP photo shoots, which you can check out here and here. Thanks, Jena and BMac!
Tori may be taking some time off from touring, but Matt Chamberlain sure isn’t. According to the Live Music Blog, our favorite skin-slapper will be drumming with Marco Beneveto for a series of gigs in May on the West Coast. Follow the link for complete dates and places. Thanks to Kimberly for spotting this.
Richard Handal has been keeping a close eye on the bidding war over Boesendorfer that ultimately ended this month when the Austrian pianomaker was sold to Yamaha. A bidding war over the company kicked off earlier this year after Boesendorfer’s former owner, Austrian bank Bawag, decided to consolidate by selling off some of its flagging properties. Yamaha managed to grab the company for the cost of 15 million Euros. We’re not exactly sure how many individual pianos that would buy, but apparently Boesendorfer lost 2 million Euros in 2006 and is currently 8 million in debt, so it’s probably a bargain when it comes to purchasing 179-year-old makers of handmade pianos.
According to the Times Online article, Yamaha hopes to “[transfer] Bösendorfer’s crafting techniques back to Japan to enhance the quality and reputation of its own brand. Yamaha has recently undertaken a series of bold corporate moves in an effort to protect the future of its piano business, which, like other big players in the traditional piano manufacturing centres, has come under pressure from new cheaper models being made in emerging economies, such as China.”
British theatre news site WhatsOnStage.com featured an interview with playwright Samuel Adamson recently. What does this have to do with Tori, you ask? Well, he is working with her on The Light Princess musical for the National Theatre. While he does not speak about that project, except to confirm that he’s involved, it’s an interesting read for those who are interested in Tori’s collaborator, his history and his outlook on life and work.
thanks to menju56 for pointing this out!