In one word: amazing!!! I’d never seen Tori solo before, but this was way better than I had expected! The first few songs were very well played and sung. Tori looked very strong and seemed to have a lot of fun up that stage.
The setlist was also very great. The Body & Soul variant was realy cool and Crucify was just heartbreaking good!
tip_of.yourstar / kristof says:
I’m back home and I had an amazing time in Dranouter.
I got there in time and got a nice spot, not that far from the stage.
Tori looked amazing in her new outfit (white shoes, light brown legging/pants, a brownish top with little white flowers on it, and a some sort of blue/white/brown cape over it all) and hairdo (it kinda looked the same like the one in the q&a chat two weeks ago). I must admit though that when she got on stage I first thought like “my god what is she wearing”, but when I got used to it I really liked her outfit.
She also seemed very pleased to be there and talked quite a lot. She made a funny comment about Tash asking her when they would be touring again because she hates “fucking school” and prefers touring over “going to fucking school”.
She brought four keyboards with her: Bösey, Yamaha, (I think) Fender Rhodes and a fourth little one on top of Bösey. All of these instruments got played frequently and Tori switched a lot between them in most of the songs.
Crucify: a nice opener. Top notch vocals and piano playing without dragging the song out and slowing it down. The “never going back again”-part was beautiful.
Siren: I was hoping for this one to show up and it rocked my world. There is no better Siren than a fierce T&Bö solo Siren!
Bad Girl / Body & Soul: this was amazing. It started off as something that seemed like an improv to me, but in the chorus she sang the words “Body and Soul” repeatedly. The second verse had portions of “seven devils bring them on…”.
Silent All These Years: nothing special here. The same old slow version (“excuuuuuse me…”). I’m not a fan of this song, defenitely not in this version.
Suede: this started with the two electric keyboards, which made it sound unlike any other Suede I’ve heard before. I wasn’t expecting this song and it was a nice surprise.
Leather: Leather surprised me. I’m not a Leather-lover but this live-version had got me hooked. The audience sang along nicely.
Take to the Sky: yes, this was awesome. She rocked this song so bad and when she got into “I feel the earth move”, the crowd went wild. It was amazing.
Apollo’s Frock: Tori introduced Apollo as a song she hadn’t played for a long time and then also made a comment about seeing familiar faces in the crowd and that she misses all of us. The song was beautifully performed with the Rhodes and Yamaha coming in in the chorus. A highlight.
Mr. Zebra: Mr. Zebra is always a treat to hear and I absolutely loved it. So much fun!
Cloud on my Tongue: not one of my favourites but I’m still glad I got to hear it. Tori got stuck in the “circles and circles and circles again” loop for a bit too long though.
Barons of Suburbia: with a little fuck-up at the beginning. She got amazingly fierce towards the end. I liked this way better than the 2005 live version. Defenitely the best song of the night.
Precious Things: very cool to hear this classic being played solo. Everything in this song sounded right, including a perfect “every nice guuuurrrrrrrrl…” . I loved it. After Precious Things, Tori waved to the audience and went offstage. But Tori wouldn’t be Tori if there wasn’t going to be an encore.
Amber Waves: the only encore unfortunately but a good closing song. One of the best versions I ever heard of this song. It topped the 2005-version by far. She was really rocking during the chorus and bridge. After Amber Tori waved goodbye to the audience and ran offstage again. The lights stayed out for a while after that, and I really thought she’d return to do another one. But then the lights got on and it was time to go home.
What more can I say? Tori was at the top of her game. It seemed she brought a lot of the rock vibe from ADP-tour to this solo concert. It was the best concert I’ve ever seen, I was totally enchanted by her voice, her playing, her presence. Thinking back at it, I can hardly believe I was actually there.
i’ve been a huge tori amos fan for over 10 years. sorry tori, but i just have to share my honest opinion about that scary night in belgium…..
what a disappointing performance! tori’s voice seemed to have turned into a transgender’s squeeking last breath. she came, played and left without any real contact to the audience. well, she said something about her daughter, but it seemed that her ONLY concert this summer seemed rather more an obligation. i’d prefer she’d rather desert us fans for a while before making us turn our backs towards her.
she actually played a nice variety of tunes, but still: she did not convince with her trashy looks and weak voice.
btw: if somebody knows who her stylist is….please DO something. this fourtysomething-year-old woman looked like a german frankfurter with a rabbit smile and a toiletcarpet vs. poncho over her far-too-orange-dyed hair.
somehow she lost her magic: even songs i really love lost their hauntingness. there she sat….unwilling to do more effort. it seemed just like a bad video on youtube.
there was just one moment i got really the shivers. when she sang the first refrain of cloud on my tongue. but this moment got extinguished quite rapidly because my friend pointed my attention right to a big fly that was circulating around her head.
after 1 hour and some minutes she disappeared with JUST giving one encore…..and that was not even a nice one. no meet and greet, not much of a talk, no atmosphere…
this was definitely the last tori show for me. this woman was a fantastic artist and my personal jesus, but obviously she just got boring (or did she just get bored of her laurels).
i really hope that this is NOT the last impression i got from her….
if she continues making music like that i can probably forgive her, but please, stop wearing this fleshcoloured leggins and junk wigs (even if it was her real hair this time….it looked like sh*t).
thanks for posting this, dominique from amsterdam
ps: namy, rinke, pascal and natalie totally agree!!!!!
It was amazing
I know this would not be the setlist I’d have chosen but I tell you it’s THE best time I ever saw her! She was ON FIRE!!! so so so energetic and angry and happy and just so Tori. There was a wig but it was the good wig! Oh and it has been recorded for the tely so I hope it’ll turn up in real good q. somewhere!
now about the songs:
1. Crucify: she started with a beautfull intro. She was a lil nervouce I think and the rhodes wasn’t set properly but after a minute or so you could see she got in it and started to own the song
2. Siren: I died and actualy cried…. My BF stood behind me and hold me It was so so beautifulll really energetic and just WOW
3. improv / Body & Soul; she improved the intire song it was somthing like: I’m a bad girl and I need my body and soul… over and over again. Realy spicy and she was dancing and havin loads of fun!
4. Silent All These Years: not my favorite song and she did drag it out a lil… needless to say the crowd loved it as did she
5. Suede: WOW I’ts not my favorite song but MAN did she own this song wow I was flaburgasted truly and utterly great great and beautifull
6. Leather ah you no not everybody loves this but she was on fire smiling and just havong so much fun and NOT dragged out at all. I loved it.
7. Take to the Sky: next to Marianne this is my alltime favorite so I screamed so so so loud I know she heard me smile.gif It was absolutely amazing! with the Carol King (I think it was her) bit in the middle and the : Why do you take it from me very sexy sexy sexy!
8. Apollo’s Frock: Dead again…. so beautifull before the song she told us she hadn’t played it in a while and that she wanted to come tonite. She recognized some people in the audience and said hello. She said she missed us the audience terribly. Then she said o sweet in a british accent that Tash had said mommy I hate focking scool and you should go on tour so I don’t have to be in focking school. Tori said : I hope you don’t speak in this manner to your headmaster. tash had said: just go on tour mommy you should go and Rock…. well she did!!!! It was amazing
9. Mr.Zebra: sooooo much fun! she had fun and she loved it as did we!
10. Barons of Suburbia: she fucked up so cute: fuck fuck fuck oh no I practised so hard on this one wait a minute…. and then she did it! we all cheered! I really loved it solo it was just amazing
11. Cloud on My Tongue: oh so so sweet. she did it sweet and funny
12. Precious Things: again you know heard this song a million times but never this way. It was like it was intended to be played in this way! When the part: and I died, but I thanked him, can you believe it came It was like she felt it really like it was there and then. WOW her face and voice was just well wow again
13. Amber Waves: encore
really sweet and beautifull just really great! ANd she waved in the end.
This was the best show ever! I never seen her so full of fire and happy and angry at the same time!
aaaaaaah am so so happy! Oh and tired. I had a 6 hour journey to get there 1.30 hour play and then 4 hour drive back at 5 am I was in bed! BUT man it was worth it.
Just a side note: I went to see Adam Green later on that night and he gave a shout-out to Tori and said it was his first Tori concert; he also dedicated one of his songs, Her Father & Her, to her.
Never been to a Tori Amos-concert before
I’ve only been listening to her songs for a few months, but I’m totally hooked
Seeing her life only made that worse …
When she started with Crucify (one of my favourite song) … Amazing
I really don’t have that many to add
I had really high expectations and I wasn’t disappointed one bit. She sings amazing, all alone with those pianos … And still it’s fabulous
I’m really happy I had the chance to see her perform, I loved it
Oh God, Dominique, could it be the weather, why where you there? Only to look at her clothes? You almost run over an angel. I won’t brag about how many of her concerts I saw but there are enough to state with uttermost certainty Tori’s voice was very, very powerful last night. Apart from that the concert struck me as one that did not once for one moment lost any of it’s carefully built tension. But indeed the question remains: why, why, why only one concert this year in the hills of a remote part of Belgium filled with drunken festival goers many of them mistaken folk music for drunker music and far, far worse indeed: a fly on the stage, most horrid and appalling. In one of her many references to the audience she asked: “How did you all get here?”, and that was a nice acknowledgement to the efforts many of us undoubtedly made to get there but certainly not for nothing if you where able to let the music forget the distractions of the festival atmosphere. The night lost all sense of fear. Thankfully she was given the change to give a ravishing encore, quite rare for festival concerts because of the tight schedules. By the way; she looked absolutely fabulous darling.
I have been so anxious to come home and tell to someone who really cares fr Tori and her music how I feel. I have been listening to her for years and have already seen her perform. I live in Serbia and was in Amsterdam for few days. That’s already 1400km of distance. Me and my friend went from A’dam to Brussels and from there to Ieper and then to Dranouter to see Tori. That’s 350km more. I am only saying this so you can get the picture how important that was for me and my friend. Even though the Dranouter festival is somewhat big with several stages and many visitors, foreign and domestic they have not made transportation from that village to bigger cities available. So we came on foot to there and even more from there. Somehow we figured that her performance would be worth it. Now the point – it wasn’t. It was quite the opposite. She came out, took her famous bow and started. First song – Crucify was excellent. That was the highlight of that concert. And maybe Take to the sky. She was alone with no band and somehow with no wish to interact with us. After an hour she left came back for one song and left for good. There was just one story she told, and I believe it was just to mention Tasha, and nothing more. Songs were lifeless and even though she said she’d missed us it sure didn’t look like that. It looked like she’d regretted coming.
Liquid Diamonds says:
I’ve been a Tori fan for about 5 years now, but the Dranouter concert was the first one I visited. I have to agree with Dominique that her image is starting to get a bit out of hand lately. Although I liked the concert, there was not that “atmosphere” that you sometimes have at a concert, maybe because she played at a festival? The Belgian press is also quite negative about her performance. Good thing is that she used this concert as a “try-out” for a possible future solo tour, so hopefully I get to see her again and review my opinion.
It was great to see that Tori left the band home.
I follow Tori since ’92 and 46 concerts later I still prefer to see her solo. A festival isn’t the best way to see your first Tori concert. So I understand why so many are a bit negative, including the Flemish press, they were never Tori minded in the past.
Took my two sons Michel(8) and Robin(6)to the concert also. They loved it, and I would like to end with Robins words, “Tori looks so happy when she plays, daddy” Can’t agree more..
I’m a Tori fan since 1992 and I’ve been to quite some concerts of hers. This one in Dranouter surprised me, because she returned to her roots (solo on piano), looking her own fierce self again. I wonder if there’s something in the making….
Thanks, Tori, for another thrilling evening !
Robert Schrader says:
Not a lot to add, just to express shock that people disliked this festival. Maybe it was the doughy waffles or shitty Mojitos? Nonetheless, I have seen almost 100 shows over the past decade and this performance was impeccable, surely as good as any solo show in 2001. I am not really sure what some people expect of Tori, but she gave everything she had at this festival. It seemed almost an exorcism, a liberation, a musical expression of her breaking free from Epic and the major label clusterfuck. There was passion, there were tears, and before I start sounding like a bad romance novel I will just say that perhaps if people paid less attention to her (Maison de Margiela couture, baby!) clothing and more to her performance they would enjoy her shows more.
I totally agree with Erikwithak : a festival is not the ideal place to see your first Tori concert. Nevertheless, this was a great festival. I not only enjoyed Tori Amos, but also Billy Bragg, Martha Wainwright, Värttinä and Loreena McKennitt. Problem is : it is not a good idea to program an acoustic gig along with a heavy drum and bass show. In the Kring (small tent with sofa’s) Lieven Tavernier (Flemish singer song writer) stopped after 5 songs, because on the mainstage Arsenal was completely overpowering his show. At first he made jokes about it : “Do they program football teams nowadays ?”, but in fact it was not so funny. Lieven left the stage disappointed. Almost the same thing happened during Tori’s gig : when you were standing on the right hand side of the stage you could hear the beats of the Etno groove party in another tent. I don’t that was what Tori had in mind…
In the famous words of Cher from Clueless “That was WAY harsh Dominique!” Tori looked brilliant for someone shortly turning 45 years old. Her clothes are always beautiful and her voice is always amazing. It’s really weird that a huge Tori fan could say such nasty things about her after all that she has done for her fans.
I enjoyed this show, maybe not as much as Tori with the band, but it was fantastic as usual. I heard a few shows with Tori solo on The Beekeeper and I think those songs worked better for her than the set she chose for this show.
Either way, it is one thing to share your opinion about a show and another to altogether rip apart someone that has been so instrumental in encouraging artists and well, everyone, to become individuals and not conform to what anyone else thinks they should be. That fire red hair is fabulous :D
Rabih (smegma) says:
Hello there! Here’s my Dranouter song-by-song review. I assume you have all heard the mp3s by now and saw vids, but let me just say, some of these do not even make justice to what was actually happening on stage. I guess this being her only gig made her as fiery as Pip and as playful as Santa, if I can say that.
Anyway. I arrived with my friend Sylvain to Dranouter from Lille, France around noon, to check the place. We knew that she would be on from 10:30 PM to 11:45 PM. So it was fair to assume that she’d play around 12-14 songs. This being her only gig, Sylvain and I had no idea what she might play and we only threw predictions in the air.
We watched the previous act and made sure we had a good place. We were on the third row and it was a perfect view. There were 4 keyboards, one of which was on top of the bosendorfer and the synthesizer on top of the Hammond organ. Mark and the crew made the adjustments at 10 and at 10:30 sharp, Tori came in this gorgeous zebra-like cape. I didn’t care if she had a wig or not, she was drop dead gorgeous. Her make up was way too much white but what the hell.
I should mention that I have only seen Tori once, and that was in Istanbul, Turkey during the Original Sinsuality 2005 tour. For VISA problems, I missed my only chance to see the concert with the band in Romania in 2007. Back in 2005, almost EVERY song was over 10 minutes. Lots of heeeee aaaayyyy and vocal stretching that I am not very fond of. And I will explain why I am stating this.
The concert-opener. I have seen her play Crucify in Istanbul, and it was dreary. But in Dranouter, it was sharp, on the spot, angry when it should be, tender when it should be. She didn’t drag at all, and the ending was very short but consistent. She said ‘never going back again to crucify myself, never going back again to crucify my land’ a couple of lines and it was over.
Everyone went wild when she stared it. I knew this was a crowd pleaser. It was also played in regular tempo. Of course, this was not the fantasmabolic never ending 2005 Saragota Springs version in which she went on and on and on, but it was very nice still.
03. Bad Girl / Body and Soul
If there was one song I wanted to hear but knew she wouldn’t do it because it needs the band backup, it would have been Body and Soul. I didn’t even think in my weirdest dreams that she’d play it. So anyway, she positioned herself between the organ and the piano and started to play this groovy bit. I instantly thought Voodoo. And then she sand ‘I’ve been a bad bad girl, is this my destiny to be a bad bad girl’. Here I thought, is it a new song or what? Then the synths came in and it had a gorgeous effect. Until she chanted ‘I need, I need… body and soul… I need… body and soul’ I think I lost it at this moment. I wouldn’t call it Body and Soul though only because it was a whole new thing. Of course some of the lyrics were there “7 devils”, “communion”, “body and soul” but the arrangement was even sassier and the added intro was just great. I think this was my favorite moment of the concert.
Tori Talk 1
Right after that, she said hello and greeted everybody. She thanked us for coming as this is her ‘only gig this year’.
04. Silent All These Years
Possibly the biggest crowd-pleaser of the night. It was a lovely version. The ‘Excuuuse me’ bit was still here, but of course, this was not 2005.
Venus is my absolute favorite album, so anything off Venus is always welcome. And boy was it a whole new Suede I was hearing! Quite powerful and fierce! Both adjectives would come a lot in the forthcoming songs as she felt possessed. She played all four keyboards on this one, and she omitted the ‘little sister’ part as in 2005. But this version could blow the snoozefest that is on the ‘05 Manchester bootleg by miles.
Ok we all knew this one was coming. She encouraged everyone to sing along with her with a motion of her hand, so instead of hearing one Leather, I heard 300.
07. Take to the Sky / I Feel the Earth Move
She needed crowd pleaser songs as it was a festival gig, and not everyone wanted maybe obscure b-sides and stuff. So this was welcome for most. Everyone clapped. And then it was coupled with Carol King’s I Feel the Earth Move bit, taking her to the White House. She even went from playful to direct and said ‘We need November now.’ So it was very clear what she was talking about.
Tori Talk 2
She started to say something about the next song but she stopped when she recognized some of the people in the audience and thanked them to have made it all the way to see her from afar. And then she said (in a cute Tash-voice) that Tash told her to stop touring so that she can leave school, to which Tori replied that she has to talk to her prefect. And then she said that the next song has not showed up in a while and wanted to be played tonight.
08. Apollo’s Frock
So that’s when the obscure b-side comes in. What a great addition to the set. A beautiful piano intro and she kicked in. And happened the unexpected. When she started the ‘But I am tired of your taking from me’ line, she morphed into another being. First she coupled the piano with the synth, and exploded in rage! Who could have said that she can be so forceful in such a lullaby-song. The whole part was powerful. The ‘Apollo’s frock was always beautiful’ was played on the synth and the organ. Then she shifted to the piano for the second verse. And when it was time for the ‘Shakina’ part, another massive vocal treatment. It was even more colossal then the first one.
09. Mr. Zebra
Very playful. You could tell she was having fun playing it.
10. Barons of Suburbia
Wow. Just wow. I can’t get tired of this song. I remember we were all anticipating to hear the band treatment of this and Marys with the Posse band reworking, but they did not show up. So this was a wonderful surprise. She starting with a long piano only intro (no organ) and arrived to the point when she sand ‘but baby will you let my’ she stopped and said ‘fuck fuck fuck I try so hard on this song’ but continued it marvelously. It was all very fast with no vocal-stretching like in 2005. The ending was phenomenal. At one point she even said ‘I am piecing a potion to combat your poison, I am piecing a potion to GIVE IT TO ME combat your poison’. It was more than powerful. A wonderfully built-in tour-de-force.
11. Cloud on My Tongue
At this point, I knew we were reaching the end. I thought Barons would end the main set. I knew she has not played anything from Pink and Choirgirl yet (that is if you count Apollo as part of Scarlet’s b-sides). I could have done without Cloud. I think it is overplayed and the ‘circles and circles’ stanza gets too long. But it was beautiful nonetheless.
12. Precious Things
The fifth song from the Little Earthquakes era. I was interesting to see Precious Things solo. I think she hasn’t played it solo for a very very long time. It was a very sharp performance and the ‘giiiiirrrrrrrrrrl’ part was spot on. It got a loud cheer.
13. Amber Waves
The only Encore we got. Tori was bathing in an orange light. Normally this song does nothing to me. And solo is a nightmare. It drags and I hate how she sings paper cuyuyuyuyuts on the Boston ’05 bootleg. But none of that in Dranouter. It was very fast. No dragging, and ‘paper cuts’ was actually ‘paper cuts’. At the end, the lights shifted towards her and she shifted her hands towards the audience when she sang ‘they told me to tell you they are waving’. Very moving. An appropriate ending for a phenomenal show. And she left as exactly 11:42 so the whole thing was perfectly executed to meet with her time limits.
There was something for everyone during this gig. Crowd pleasers like SATY, TTTS and Leather, rare songs like Apollo, Suede and Barons, and a song with a whole new arrangement (Body and Soul). It’s great that she only played two singles so it didn’t feel too much of a greatest hits evening. No Fairytale, no Sneeze, no Cooling, no Cool on Your Island. As usual, Choirgirl got the shaft, but you can’t ask for everything, can you?
All in all, a wonderful evening. I could not have asked for more. I am glad I came all the way from Beirut to see this. Thank you Tori!
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