During tours, we do our best to cover setlists in real-time on Twitter. If you want to tweet a show in, just DM or @ us on the day and tell us to watch your stream that night.
Tori is not presently on tour.
Feminist scholar and Toriphile Adrienne Trier-Bieniek is getting ready to release a brand-new book examining Tori Amos and — most particularly — her fans. The book, Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos, “explores the many-layered relationships female fans build with feminist musicians in general and with Tori Amos, in particular,” Adrienne says. It’s due out this summer on Scarecrow Press; in the meantime, you can check out more details on Adrienne’s site and on the publisher’s site. Or click through the jump to see the full press release.
Andy Tebbutt, who long-time Toriphiles may recall, along with his co-conspirator Emma, as a regular contributor to The Dent, is running in the Bupa Great Manchester Run on May 26th to raise awareness and funds for Rape Crisis.
Rape Crisis, a registered charity in the UK, is the umbrella organization for a network of local, independent rape crisis centres throughout England and Wales that provide support, counselling and advocacy for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. Rape Crisis also works to raise awareness about sexual violence, its effects, and the need for support for surviviors as well as operating a national helpline for those in need.
You can read much more about Rape Crisis, their mission and their activities on their website but, in a nutshell, Rape Crisis does much of the same work that RAINN does here in the United States and, while somewhat less known, is no less worthy of our support.
If you’re interested, check out Andy’s fundraising page at JustGiving and, if you’d like to help out, make a secure donation in Andy’s name — and feet — to Rape Crisis there.
So as we all know, the world is going to end tomorrow, Friday, December 21. (If the world doesn’t end, it’s Winter Solstice. But come on … the world is going to end.)
To mark the occasion, Char Manley and Lisa Ridlon will be hosting a virtual “End Of The World” Tori concert on Twitter.
Wouldn’t you like the spend your last moments on earth hanging with other Toriphiles in cyberspace? Sure, you would! So say goodbye to loved ones and bring yourself on over there Friday night. You don’t even need to comb your hair.
See you there!
Tori is doing M&Gs on the Gold Dust Orchestral Tour. If you’re planning to go to one, be sure to check out our Meet And Greet Info page.
Sponsored by Gay Chicago TV, the night will include performances by Kyle Greer, Vallery Dolls, Ian Wilson, Stephen Leonard, Jeff Brown, Lisa Lograsso, Manny Capozzi and more.
Last year’s show was a great success so come on out to what promises to be a great evening of music and Torrific adulation. Tickets are $10 at the door and things get cooking at 9:30 PM. RSVP on Facebook so they know you’re going!
In or around New York City? Looking for a good way to get into the mood for the imminent release of Gold Dust? Then head on down to Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless on Wednesday, September 26th and make your way to the back room for “Hunters and Christmas Parties,” a Tori-themed edition of Last Wednesdays at Matchless celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Little Earthquakes.
Host DJ Russ will be joined by special guest DJs Matt Heart Spade and Cherry Magdalene of ADVENTURES[s] to present an evening of music by Tori and related artists as well, and we quote, “themed attire, horses, donut holes, wings, everything.” Who could resist?
The deal gets started at 9:30 PM in Matchless’ back room at 9:30 PM Eastern and, second-best of all, it’s free!
NME’s Lucy Jones ties together Tori’s birthday and the current political and cultural environment in her post of today on the NME blog, Why We Need Tori Amos’ Outspoken Feminism More Than Ever. Drawing together the threads Pussy Riot, Todd Akin, and George Galloway, Jones presents the themes and messages in Tori’s music as well as her activist roles in founding RAINN and speaking out against sexual assault to make the point that Tori is as relevant today as when she burst onto the music scene twenty years ago.
On the other hand, taking a more personal approach, which we would expect many fellow Toriphiles share, blogger Mary reflects on the significance of Tori on her music in her life. Many thanks to her for sending us the link — and if you have a similar creation to share in honor of Tori’s birthday, please send them in and we’ll append them to this article.
Beth Coulter, a longtime Toriphile and avid member of RDT in its heyday, died New Year’s Eve of brain cancer. She was 50 years old.
Beth — or Bethey, as we knew her — was a ruthless optimist, always fighting for what was right. Even in her last weeks, she went up against the PA housing authority to convince them to let a homeless friend of hers become her live-in caretaker. Ultimately, she won.
Bethey was a historian and writer. A number of her stories and articles are available on her Web site, Fairy Blessings. There, you can read several pieces she wrote about Tori. She also wrote about a fellow Toriphile, Rachel Sinai, who was murdered in 2000.
Until yesterday, Bethey’s Facebook page was active and full of loving goodbyes from people she knew. Unfortunately, her page has been removed or made private since then. However, we caught a quote from Bethey that one of her friends provided, and we’d like to share it:
I would like to teach the world that it is but the end of one journey, and the beginning of an even greater journey. If people can face death with anticipation instead of fear, I will feel I have done what I was meant to. And I hope to repeat Steve Jobs’ final words…“OH WOW, Oh Wow, oh wow…”
Everyone has their favorite Tori songs, whether it’s the one that hooked you on her music in the first place, the one that spoke to you most deeply or the one you just happen to be listening to at any given time, but ever wonder what all those personal lists might add up to if they were mathemagically combined?
Well, wonder no longer!
Toriphiles Daniel and Amanda have done all the work, taking the 50 favorite Tori Amos songs of 57 different fans, punching all that data into their solar-powered ENIAC 5500 and coming up with a composite list of 50 songs…and they’re counting them down as we speak.
Also, ToriSongs has teamed up with fellow fansite Tori’s Maze who are blogging about each song as it is unveiled. The song posts are chronicled in their News & Updates section — definitely worth a look!
As is often the case, there are many interesting happenings in the Toriphile world that we’d like everyone to be aware of. So, here’s a quick catch-all article to remind everyone of some things we’ve mentioned before as well as to make sure people are aware of some other things that we haven’t.
First, the Tori Amos & Fans Facebook group is assembling a Meet & Greet photo book which will be given to Tori as a gift of remembrance to say “Thank You” for everything that she has given of herself to her fans. If you would like to be included in the book, e-mail your meet & greet photo to email@example.com as soon as possible! Please include your name and, if you’d like, a message you’d like included in the book and the date and place the photo was taken. If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet Tori yet, they’re more than happy to accept a photo of yourself with, if you’d like, a caption that saying how you feel about her and her music. You can see the cover that has been created for the book over to the right — pretty impressive looking! If you’d like to be part of the project, e-mail your photograph to Peter and Tammi at the address above as soon as you can!
Second, Haulie Free is pleased to announce that All These Years, a Tori Amos-inspired website for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence she originally created back in 1999, has been relaunched! While the site has gotten a face-lift, it still provides resources and information as well as news and inspiration for survivors. As we know, this is a subject near and dear to Tori’s heart so please support the site and its users.
Finally, a quick reminder that Samantha Hale’s documentary Map The Music which features Tori, along with many other artists, will be broadcast on The Documentary Channel this Thursday, November 24th at 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM Eastern. Additionally, the Kickstarter she started to fund a sequel film is nearing it’s deadline. Check it out and if you like the idea of the project, consider making a donation to help make it happen!