Concert: Tori Amos Alanis Morrisette in Minneapolis

Artist: Tori Amos Alanis Morrisette

Date: September 16, 1999

Opening Act: Lotusland

Venue: Target Center

City: Minneapolis, MN

Review by [Amy Lotsberg] Producer of Collected Sounds

The opening band was called Lotusland. Being that promoted this concert, they used a lot of their bands to be openers for this tour.
These guys were good. Part Siouxie and the Banshees and part Throwing Muses…dreamy pop that rocked out occasionally. Go to their site and listen for yourself.

We were amazed that Tori was playing first, but not unhappy! We really expected to hear Alanis first, but when we heard the opening sounds of Cornflake Girl we smiled and said, “Tori? First?”

Cornflake Girl segued into “God”. What hit me immediately and what unfortunately was present all through the show is that the sound at Target Center is the worst. It was just a wall of sound. This is partly due to the fact that I don’t believe that Tori has ever played the same song the same way twice (which is a good thing). But this time it was so over-produced and messy that I could not tell which songs were being played. And I am a huge Tori fan! I own all her major releases, many singles and *shhh* a bootleg or two. But even I was stumped until I heard a familiar lyric.

his was not true of all the songs she played. She came out all by herself and did a great rendition of “Jackie’s Strength”. About half way through it she stopped playing, laughed and said, “I fucked that one up good…let’s start again…” and continued singing without missing a beat. Every applauded and laughed and all was good. She continued to amaze us with her beautiful voice reaching those high notes and making the stadium buzz with electricity.

For an Encore she did Precious Things. All I can say is, “Perfect”.

I am sorry that I cannot give a full review of Alanis’ set as we did not stay for the whole thing. You can blame my husband who absolutely despises her and felt he should chatter on about just how much he can’t stand her the entire time. It began to be less fun for me too so we left.

But we did see 3 or 4 of her songs and I thought she was very entertaining. I am writing this 3 months after the concert so I regret that I cannot remember which songs they were. I enjoyed her though, so : P on Greg!

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