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The third of my three ADP shows (the first two being in Boston) and the only show where my wife and I had Platinum tickets. We arrived slightly before 5 pm and were welcomed by A a little after. She was very nice, very talkative, telling stories about her time during Scarlet’s Walk and when Prince’s people called Tori’s people and how she (A) got to be in the room when Prince met Tori. She humanized Tori a bit for me. One woman waiting for the legal sound check got close enough to the doors through which Tori was teching and heard Professional Widow. She came back to the group and told several of us. We thought perhaps this meant Datura during the “wig change.” Alas, it did not. During our sound check we got Tear in Your Hand and Past the Mission. Since I had opted not to go to Orlando, I was quite pleased to hear this. My wife even remarked later that hearing it in such an intimate venue with so few people was worth the price of admission alone. Then the Platinum ticketholders were taken into the bowels of Ruth Eckerd Hall where we waited barely five minutes before Tori came in. She was very gracious and kept writing down songs on her hand. When it was my turn, I told her I was sorry but I was going to have to ask for a song I know she’s been hounded for — Talula. Tori smiled, didn’t write it on her hand, and said it’s almost there. Maybe tomorrow. She apologized that she couldn’t bring it out tonight but said that maybe it would end up on a boot. When I told her I had been buying them all, she said thank you. Again, quite gracious. Yoav rocked, as he had in Boston, and it wasn’t long before Tori and band took to the stage. I had been torn going into the show over which Doll I wanted. I had tracked their movement through Florida and was convinced tonight would be Santa, so when the band started playing Cruel, I was disappointed. I hadn’t realized that Clearwater had been added to the Boots, so I thought maybe Tori was holding onto Santa for tomorrow, which had long been promised as a boot show. Cruel was less intense than it had been in Boston and definitely less intense than Chicago. I think that might be the definitive Cruel for me for this tour. Pro Widow was a great surprise and addition to Pip’s set. I was hoping this meant Datura. Unfortunately, it did not. The rest of Pip’s set was as it has been, and Tori’s return was marked by a very playful and lively Big Wheel (duh!). Highlights for me were definitely Siren (still a favorite) and Fairytale. Getting the debut of Martha’s is also nice and the improv about the front row was amazing. It felt like such a fully formed song. She continues to surprise and amaze. Here’s hoping Santa comes to West Palm and brings with her Raspberry, Martini and Carnival. What a show for which to be thankful.
I just got home from tonights show and wanted to get in some quick thoughts before falling into bed. First of all, I’m on holiday with my family for Thanksgiving and this was my first show at Ruth Eckerd Hall. The venue was absolutely smashing and i would find it hard to believe that there is a bad seat in the house.
Tonight Pip made her appearance (although I was anticipating Santa) and she was brilliant. No big surprises in the set list, but Tori’s voice was right on. Her energy was great as well. Although this is my first show on the ADP tour it was the most upbeat Tori show I’ve been to.
Can’t wait to see her in Dallas!!!
Awesome show, I didn’t expect to see Pip again after seeing her in Orlando, I actually expected Santa, but it was still an awesome show. Cruel opened the show and it was great, and when she followed it up with Professional Widow (the album version), I knew I was lucky, because even though it is played while Tori changes, I do not believe the album version has been played on this tour, and it is one of my favorite songs.
The jewels of the evening, for me, were Horses, a languid (not in a bad way) Siren, and Martha’s Foolish Ginger, which I recognized right away, but never would have expected to hear, it’s rather over-looked. Also Black Dove (January), which has never been one of my favorite songs, but it really works live, especially with the light show, also Fairytale, another one of my favorite songs.
The T & Bo section took me off guard, when Tori started playing the improv, I thought it was Snow Cherries from France, but I was mistaken. Carbon and Never Seen Blue were flawless. Tori’s voice is in excellent shape.
The anchor songs were all good, the stand outs were what I feel is the best version of Bouncing Off Clouds I have heard. The Dakota bridge of Hey Jupiter was the most mournful I have ever heard, it really grabbed me.
My favorite surprise was that this was added to Legs and Boots at the last minute, so I can download one of the shows I got to see.
Thoughts on Clearwater… Ryan and I and our friends Matt and Kat all had VIP Platinum tickets and got to see the two soundcheck songs, chat with Ali about Tori meeting Prince, and then met Tori. I thought the VIP process went very smoothly, especially, as Ali explained to us, they are in a different, unfamiliar venue every day, so the logistics of getting us all inside to wait for soundcheck and then in a place to meet Tori is different every day. All this, plus considering the fact that Tori gets up early in the morning, does radio promos, has lunch, maybe more promos, comes for the general m&g, starts the real soundcheck, then does two songs for us, then meets us all, then does a whole show. Her soundcheck ran late, so by the time we left meeting her, it was 7:50, so Tori only had an hour to prepare for her show. It’s pretty impressive that she does all this for us and is still always polite, kind and gracious to everyone.
Anyway, it was lovely to meet Tori again :) Unfortunately the only room they were able to put us to meet her was a badly lit storage-type room, but again, it’s hard to complain since she’s nice enough to do all this for us. She wore the orange Tori wig, and looked a bit like a Raggedy Ann doll (in an adorable way) with a cute green short dress over maroon jeans. I thanked her for releasing the bootlegs and asked if they had any plans to release any earlier shows, like from 94 or 96. She said it was an idea but that there was so much (so many shows) so it didn’t sound like they were considering it, but I told her to think about it :) I also gave her a copy of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin for her and Tash, since it’s my absolute favorite book.
For the show, we were all expecting Santa and were pleasantly surprised to see Pip. (Hopefully none of the older folks who worked the show as ushers could make out what Pip was yelling!) Martha’s Foolish Ginger was a nice surprise, and I always enjoy Siren and A Sorta Fairytale. I was also pleased with Carbon which would have been my request, but I didn’t want to ask for it. Overall, it was a lovely show and always good to see Pip kicking ass :)
Jeffrey Anne says:
Pretty good show. Beautiful venue but kind of odd…seemed like there needed to be more aisles or something. I wonder what on earth made her decide to do two versions of Professional Widow. But the album version was delicious as always. I was hoping that the band would do a different rockin' interlude since she already did Widow. I even held out from peeing (Zero Point?? Datura??) but we got the interlude Pro Widow instead of course.
Martha’s Foolish Ginger was a highlight. As was the improv before Carbon. And it was probably the most beautiful Carbon I’ve ever heard.
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