Music Overdose (2)
By seapegasus on Jul 18, 2007
Yupp. Got empirical proof now that Tori Amos > 128MB.
As a follow-up to an earlier entry where I mentioned I'll go to the Tori Amos concert in Prague: I did manage to shoot a few short videos with my camera, but since I wasn't exactly in the front row they are not really worth posting. Mental note to self: Buy a bigger memory card; 128MB are ridiculous when it comes to recording video.
Other audience members came with better equipment, and made better recordings that you can find on youtube. There even was a guy from Czech TV next to me with a camera, but he disappeared halfway through. I wonder whether he just went over to the other side, or whether he really missed recording the second half? (If any of you saw the show on TV, post a comment.)
I am mentioning the second half because Tori performed a unique "improvised" prelude to Velvet Revolution, "1989", with lyrics like "It was YOU, in 1989, YOU did something that we will sing about, in a thousand years YOU will be a fairytale"... (And something about how she was miles away at that time time, arguing with her &\*%$#@! record company about Little Earthquakes.) :-D Wow. It took the listeners a couple of seconds to get it. A song about "us"? Then a audible and visible motion went through the crowd and she got a lot of cheers.
This was special because, actually, there weren't many hints from her that confirmed she knew which town she was in, and that she knew there was an audience. ;) Doesn't exactly chat much with the crowd, that Tori, eh? Sure, she introduced the band at one point, and dropped a few words mentioning she was glad to have come "here" to "this magical place". But, well, she seemed to avoid stating explicitly where she thought "here" was... Until when she was about to play Velvet Revolution. Then it all came back to her, hence the special prelude.
Oh and if you look at the videos on youtube and think, "Ugh, ugly wig", then, well, better don't look at the current album cover... She's seriously into this "Meet two of my five split personalities" shtick, and I have to admit I didn't like this aloof cold look at all. \*shrug\* The selection of songs she played was perfect (a few were performed in a very agressive and disharmonic way though); the look of the stage and the lighting was okay too, apart from the fact that it was annoyingly blinding at times. Both the lights and her "fashion" eventually resulted in me keeping my eyes closed for half of the concert and just listening. :-P Serves her right.
Then in the end (when the band pretends to leave before coming back for an encore) all the hard-core fans jumped up and ran to the stage... A security(?) guy quickly emerged, glanced at the cheering crowd (now only 2m away from the holy piano) -- shrugged, and left. It was like: "Oh look, lots of Czechs. Weren't they, like, those velvet revolution guys? Why bother, they're not gonna bite her." ;-)