The show weaved between gorgeous…and perfunctory. The good news is the ‘fans’ by some miracle were able to chill out and not sing along or dance with invisible jugglesticks. It was odd that people stood for ‘edge of the moon’…mostly dorky couples. ‘Winter’ & ‘Star Whisperer stole the show. Of all her performances of ‘winter’….this was her best one in years. It’s sad to rarely hear Tori use her upper register or real hair anymore…but she actually did go way up there then she has on this tour (20 years ago, she’d wail with no strain) – but you can’t freeze her in time. She’s older, her fans are balder or have kids now….at least she’s going graceful and not grasping like Madonna.
The sound was iffy on I think the third song (her vocal mic piano-side was distorting). The quartet overpowered her towards the end (the violinist was great in skill but lacking in style…cheesy western style scoops everywhere. Ugh.) The lighting was great, setlist was perfect minus the lack of choirgirl.
The opening act was a snooze. Sorry but he played the same song like 5 times but with different titles and progressively worse lyrics.
Seattle. It’s cold and gray, but with Tori here, who cares?
Tonight was a wonderful show and I loved every minute of it (no flying mittens…very nice crowd) but the intensity of seeing it for the first time last night and the quality of the set list just completely blew me away! So, tonight was just a tiny tick down in awesomeness for me. I knew the first would be the best.
What I adored about tonight was the second song: Scarborough Fair. It was SO lovely and haunting. It was my favorite song of the evening. Sometimes I am not so fond of a cover, but tonight was beautiful (and just one, except for the Christmas song).
AND for the FIRST time in 62 shows, I finally got to see Mr. Zebra live. YAY! What a great little song and I had the biggest smile on my face! Thanks for bringing her to the party, Tori!!
Winter was just as gorgeous and delicious as one would expect with the addition of strings. It brings so much to that song. Another home-run.
She kinda lost me a little at Garlands and Josephine. They just aren’t favorites. But we got another nice rendition of Siren and that brought the energy back up for everyone.
Cloud on my Tongue was also what you would expect with the addition of strings. It’s such a pretty song and it was played kind of up-tempo, which was interesting.
Star Whisperer is just as exciting the first time as the second time and I will not tire of this song as I doubt it will ever be played again once this tour is over. Why aren’t we getting boots of these shows? It’s a shame that we aren’t…and what I have heard on the web just sounds terrible with bad mixing and too much audience noise. If they released a boot of every show, I would buy every single one…and I think a lot of us would. Oh well…
The next batch of highlights were Caught a Lite Sneeze and Past the Mission which were played with such perfection of Tori solo…
The Merry Litte Christmas song was nice…but I’m not big into “regular” Christmas music. But Tori did a beautiful rendition of it, and when I hear it in my head, I hear strings… So it was very rich.
I love Our New Year…I think it is about Tori missing her brother, and it is quite powerful when she does the “you’re not here” bit.
We heard both Fearlessness and Spring Haze last night and they were just as stunning tonight. Exquisite. (am running out of adjectives, here…) This version of Cruel is growing on me. At first, when I saw videos of it, I didn’t get it…but live, it completely translates. It’s like Tori needs to take it back from Pip…and the strings just go crazy on it. I didn’t know they could make sounds like that.
Tori spanked the piano LOUDLY twice…once during Icicle after the “I could have, I should have, I didn’t…BANG!” Very powerful and she did it on one other song, but I can’t place it right now. It’s both startling and super cool.
I thought they had taken the lid of the piano off, but no…. it is just all the way down. They must use special mikes in there…because I would assume that it would muffle the sound. But, it sounds fierce and has a percussive feel to it. I’m sure the piano techs know what they are doing.
We got Edge of the Moon with the Lucy bit in it for the encore tonight. I have heard Precious Things and Big Wheel so many times that I barely listen…I am thinking about the drive home, did it rain yet, where are my keys…that kind of stuff. I’m just not there for those songs right now.
But I will say this about Father Lucifer: this arrangement with the strings makes it so playful and fun…again, I wish it could be captured so we could relive it whenever we wished. I guess that is why I always try to go to as many shows as I can afford to go as… Father Lu will NEVER sound like this again…. And it’s always a welcomed treat (for me, anyway).
Thank you, Tori and “The Fab Four” for another brilliant night of amazing music. The quartet is really fun to watch…it adds a richness to the whole thing.
What an amazing show… The setlist was perfection. Icicle was so inspired and heartfelt—I’m glad I brought tissues. And then: SHEBROUGHTGARLANDS!
The string quartet was a great addition (though a little loud in some sections, but not too distracting from where I was sitting). The violist was dreamy and the cellist was very well connected with Tori.
The Audience was receptive and respectful in my section…so thankful for that.
I’m getting chills thinking about the show. I’ll definitely relive this one for a while.
I’ve seen Tori for every tour since UTP. This was the best show I’ve ever been to. The setlist was amazing. Her voice was perfection. The music was perfection.
Highlights: Icicle. It took me a moment to realize what it was because I hadn’t heard it in so long. When she sang the “I could have, I should have part, she hit her piano really hard on “I didn’t” creating this loud deep bang that punctuated it so angrily. Best moment of the show.
Star Whisperer was so amazing. I knew that I’d hear it, of course, but when I did I was mesmerized. I think Star Whisperer is possibly my all time favorite song of hers now.
HYAMLC and Our NEw Year were magical and lovely. The encore was fabulous and Big Wheel was actually a highlight for me. It works so well with the strings and her vocals were so cute and playful.
The only problem with the show was the hooting and screaming during some of the most intimate and quiet moments. Wanted to slap people. There was also a couple sitting right in front of me that decided to loudly sing along to all songs pre-1996. They obviously didn’t know lyrics to any songs after that. Thank God. It got to a point that when she started to play something old, I’d cringe because I knew I’d have to listen to their karaoke again. They should consider themselves blessed I didn’t rip their faces off.
Even with that though, best show ever. So lucky I was able to go.
Nicca DiPaolo says:
Tori was incredible last night and the theatre was beautiful. I flew into the shows from Italy with my girlfriend and her mother, but there is no meet greetings anymore. We waited in the alley for Tori for eight hours, but Mindi come out and told us there is no meet greeting and we should give her requests on a paper. I ask for “Josephine” and she did it in the show!!!!!
Her piano was on fire! She sings like she has a demon throat and very powerful. Icicle and The Garlands were the tear jerker moment and made her sound like she was about to cry any momment.
I did not know that people were rushing stages for this tour, since it was classical show, but Tori said “Everyone get close!” and all people were throwing themselves onto front of stage! Beautiful show!
Question: Was the actor who plays Lafyette from True Blood in the front row? My girlfriend and her mother said so!
Kelly G says:
Tori once again knocked it out of the park. Highlights included Icicle, GARLANDS, Caught a Lite Sneeze, and Edge of the Moon. Star Whisperer, Fearlessness, and Cruel with the quartet were again fantastic.
Beautiful Toriphiles everywhere. Thanks for the good energy, folks. No wonder Tori loves coming to Seattle, and gives us unique gems every time!
Only gripe: the cell phones and the walking up and down the aisle, and even across the front of the orchestra, to take pictures. YOUAREDISRUPTIVE TO ENTIREGROUPS OF PEOPLE! Quit pretending to be videographers and just enjoy the experience!
I’m very happy for, yet jealous of, the EWF who get to continue the tour. Blessings and safe travels to you all.
Thanks as always, Tori. Jangle and circle again…
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Tori live. I missed the last couple tours and I think the last I saw her was at Benaroya Hall for the Original Sinsuality tour.
Anyhow, she sounded AMAZING as always! The Paramount Theater was a perfect setting for some classical taste. The Quartet added depth to alot of the songs, especially the older songs from LE and UTP and brought them all back to life. I really enjoyed hearing a lot of the older material in a different tone/mode with the Quartet than with her band. I love the band versions too, but this show was a little more intimate.
I was also quite delighted that she sang a couple Christmas/Holiday tunes. She did a lovely rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and Our New Year (from Midwinter Graces). I’ve been telling everyone that I haven’t been in the festive spirit this year and that I wasn’t just feeling it. This isn’t an excuse but after hearing Tori perform those songs, I was enlightened just a little. ;-)
I spent some hard-earned extra money to get the seats I had (7th Row & Center) and was a tiddy-bit annoyed with various other crazy obnoxious fans a few rows in front of me. This particular couple would frequently switch seats with each other in the middle of the show and one would frequently wave their arms in the air to get Tori’s attention. This wasn’t a rock concert and maybe I’m just getting old but I thought Tori’s new album/tour was supposed to be more of an enjoyable classical vibe.
Also having been away from her shows for a couple years, I had almost forgotten about the bumrush to the stage for her encores.
All in all, it was an enjoyable show and I was able to share it with my longtime girlfriend (also a longtime Tori fan); and both our boyfriends (who have never seen Tori live but have heard a few of her songs).
So I made the trek to Seattle…via Philly, New York, Boston and the west coast. The people were SUPER nice and really lent itself to the whole ambiance of show. Scarbourough Fair and Have Yourself … some awesome surprises as was Garlands. I kind of feel that some of the songs are rushed – but maybe that’s my fan tick wanting the songs to last ‘forever’ (not literally of course), or maybe I mean seem timeless.
Nonetheless, an awesome show and I’m glad to have been finally introduced to Seattle!!
Energetic and cozy. Strong highlights for me were Winter, Past the Mission, Edge of the Moon and Father Lucifer.
Tori’s entire two-hour performance was high energy. This was easily in my top three shows of nine attended.
“Our New Year” live was beautiful. I cleaned my church last winter often listing to Midwinter Graces thinking this would be a great song to hear live, and it was! Festive and sad – thought of Tori’s brother during “you’re not here” lines. I gushed and Tori gushed from beginning to end. This was the longest she took to leave the stage for a final time. Please Tori, never stop touring.
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