Set list for Tori's show tonight at the Chicago Theater:
* Bouncing Off Clouds
* Cornflake Girl
* Curtain Call
* Pandora’s Aquarium
* Marys of the Sea
* Lady in Blue
* That Guy
* Northern Lad
* Cars and Guitars
* Fast Horse
* Precious Things
* Strong Black Vine
* Police Me
* Take To The Sky
* Big Wheel
YESYESYESYESYES! What a great show. She had so much energy, and she was really playful tonight. It could have had something to do with Market Days this weekend, which is a big fest in Boystown for all the gays to have an excuse to walk around with their shirts off and show off their rockin' bodies. She said it was a "boys' show" tonight, and it sure was with That Guy, Northern Lad, and Cars and Guitars. That Guy is one of my absolute favorites from the new album, and it was soooooooo awesome solo. It's such a "musical" song, as in could be part of a musical, which makes sense because she's been writing one for the last two years. She's even said that That Guy might make it into the show. Awesome. Love it. So happy to hear it tonight.
Give is such a hot song. Oh man. What a kickin' open. It's such a defiant in your face no apologies song, and you just want to move to it. Oh man, I can't wait to learn all kinds of new tricks in pole dancing class and then dance to that song. It's going to be HOT.
Bouncing Off Clouds is always fun, kept that high energy and shot us right into the sky. Lots of sky and water songs tonight. Add in the fire of Give, Precious Things, and Strong Black Vine, and the earth bridge she threw into Take to the Sky, and all the elements were represented tonight.
Cornflake Girl was great tonight, I've heard it at pretty much every show I've seen her do and it never gets old. Curtain Call was beautiful, I'm pretty indifferent about it on the album but it definitely comes into its own when played live. "By the time you're 35, you will have blown them all." It's wistful, almost, and just sad. I really liked it.
I had a feeling she would pull out Hotel since she messed it up both times she played it when she was in Chicago in '07. She kicked its ass tonight. I think Hotel is my favorite song to hear live, it is just so desperate in its need for faith and love and strength and understanding. It's that feeling you get when nothing has gone the way that you thought it would, when you realize you're alone and you're not quite sure how you ended up where you are. It's about wanting things from people that they just can't give you. It's about the way people change. It's about being gutted. And in the end, oh god the ending, when the music quiets and she wails, "Exit 75, I'm still alive, I'm still alive," and just repeats that like a mantra...I mean, who in their life hasn't been there, hasn't stood looking around them either at the wreckage or at something that's been rebuilt with blood and sweat and tears and been like, "goddammit, I'm still alive. I'M STILL ALIVE." I love it so, so much.
Josephine. Oh, Josephine. When I lived in LA, Josephine was one of three songs that I would listen to all the time, I called them the Trifecta, they just worked together so well. The other two were I Know by Fiona Apple and Konstantine by Something Corporate. I love the ghosts in Josephine, I love the way it bridges the gap between two planes of existence. I love it's quiet defeat (not tonight...). It is such a beautiful piece.
Pandora. PANDORA. Man. This song just kills me. Talk about being in the wreckage. It's such a sad song, about the quiet that comes after the catastrophe when you have to start to process and understand what happened so you can work through it. (stare but I can taste you're still alive below the waste.) It's about accepting, and sometimes you have to accept that you aren't going to be accepted. It was so beautiful, her voice just soared right up into the rafters.
Marys of the Sea was good, but probably one of the weakest parts of the show. It felt stiff and under-rehearsed.
Lady in Blue was GREAT. Such a sexy, smokey song. Very 1920s lounge. It's a stand out on the album, and it worked really well live.
Leather is always a treat, though I've heard it 3 times now.
That Guy I already mentioned, but it was so good I'll mention it again. The album version is very different, it has a more sardonic tone with the strings and the drums, more eye rolling, pretty much calling the guy out for being a guy and doing something stupid. The piano version is much more heartwrenching, standing back and watching this person you care about turn into someone you don't recognize and not being able to do anything about it. It was a lot sadder, but it worked really well.
Norther Lad tugged at the heart strings. (Girls you've got to know when it's time to turn the page.) Kinda the story of my life for the past couple of years.
Cars and Guitars sounds a lot better than it does on the Beekeeper, but it'll never be a favorite of mine. Still, it was playful and in keeping with the guy theme.
Fast Horse is a lot darker and sexier than the album version, and I really liked it. Watching that woman play four different instruments in one song, usually 2 at once, is just a sight to behold.
Precious Things...I mean, who doesn't love Precious Things. It's a song that still holds up after almost 20 years, and there is so much anger and frustration in it, I love it. Plus, any song that has the line, "So you can make me come, that doesn't make you Jesus," in it is always welcome in my book!!
Police Me was dark and sinister, but didn't really grab me. I'm not a huge fan of it on the album, either.
Take to the Sky is pretty much the motto of my life, so it's always fun to hear. I love that she added the I Feel the Earth Move bridge, I don't think she's played it that way since '05. It really adds something to the song. It's such an empowering song, I love it.
She ended with Big Wheel, which I really like. Usually she does 2 encores but we only got one tonight, probably because of the curfew at the theater. Jerks. Big Wheel is always fun, and I like that she ended the show on such a strong note. I do love the shows I've seen that ended with Hey Jupiter or Twinkle, but then you leave quietly. I was still pumped when it ended thanks to the thumping of Big Wheel.
Overall, a great show, she was totally on, rocking a gold dress, silver leggings, and AWESOME shoes. That's my girl. I just, I love her SO MUCH, she will never not be my favorite artist of all time, and every time I get to see her play live is such a treat and I really cherish those experiences. I am on such a high right now, I love it.
Oh T. Thank you for being such a strong, beautiful, warm light in my life. I adore you.