Friday, November 13, 2009

Tori Amos “Sinful Attraction” Tour, set list and Australian tour dates

Tori Amos started her 2009 Australian tour in Melbourne, tonight, at the Regent Theatre. Though the first concert was sold out, there are heavily discounted tickets ($59.90) available for the Friday November 13 concert, through Ticketek.

It’s a solo tour, this time. Just Tori and her various personalities!


Here’s the set list for the first concert.

01. Lady in Blue, from Abnormally Attracted To Sin
02. Smells Like Teen Spirit, from the 1992 Limited Edition EP Winter
03. Blood Roses, from Boys For Pele
04. China, from Little Earthquakes
05. Curtain Call, from Abnormally Attracted To Sin
06. Suzanne, Leonard Cohen cover
07. Wednesday, from Scarlet’s Walk
08. I Can’t See New York, from Scarlet’s Walk
09. Take To The Sky, a B-Side in US/UK, also on More Pink: The B-Sides
10. Cloud on my Tongue, from Under The Pink
11. Beauty of Speed, from American Doll Posse
12. Mary Jane, from Abnormally Attracted To Sin
13. A Silent Night With You, from Midwinter Graces
14. Purple People, a B-Side, also on To Venus And Back
15. Scarlet’s Walk, from Scarlet’s Walk
16. Ophelia, from Abnormally Attracted To Sin
17. Virginia, from Scarlet’s Walk
18. Barons of Suburbia, from The Beekeeper

Encores:

01. Sister Janet, a B-Side of Cornflake Girl
02. Twinkle, from Boys For Pele



Also

Canberra Theatre, Sunday November 15

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Monday November 16 [sold out]
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tuesday November 17

Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, Thursday November 19

Riverside Theatre, Perth, Saturday November 21

QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, Tuesday November 24

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Friday, November 06, 2009

It’s been a long time comin’ — Seal in Australia

Okay, the guy’s married to Heidi Klum -- they had a baby (their third) four weeks ago today -- so he’s not that easy to impress... but Seal looked blown away by the dress code of Melburnians at the date on his very first tour of Australia.

Dancing in the aisles were blokes dressed-to-the-nines and women in fascinators. Actually, many of the women there looked like they had spent more on their hairdo than their concert tickets. All up, we made him look pretty shabby! (Not easy!)

Okay, there were no morning suits and top hats, but you wouldn’t find a better dressed (or more fabulous looking) audience this side of a thousand buck-a-head charity fund-raiser in New York or Paris.

I reckon his opinion of Melbourne, and quite possibly all of Australia, will be ridiculously high. Why? Cos he kicked off his tour on Oaks Day... Ladies day in the Spring Carnival.

The concert was a last-minute assignment for me. (And one I could have turned down.) Seal’s always been a bit too close to M.O.R. for me, though I have liked some of his clubbier songs... easy dance music with an R’n’B flavour. You know the ones: Killer and Amazing and others.

But I haven’t much liked the mix on his studio releases, especially the most recent, Soul, which has sold millions. (Reportedly, Seal’s fave CD, which preceded it, hasn't sold a lot more than 1/20th that number.)

Anyway, the short version: his live sound is AMAZING. The arrangements of old and new songs, ballad and raver stuff alike -- and the soul covers in particular -- are far far better than the studio-engineered stuff.

So, consider me converted.

My (rave) review is comin’ up in the Herald Sun next week.

The first concert (November 5, 2009) set list and tour dates...

Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Killer
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
I Can’t Stand The Rain
A Change Is Gonna Come
Don’t Cry
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Waiting For You
Love’s Divine
It’s Alright
Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
Knock On Wood
Get It Together
My Vision
The Right Life
Kiss From A Rose
Crazy

Encores:

Amazing
Bring It On
People Get Ready



Seal's 2009 Australian Tour Dates

MELBOURNE

Thursday 5 November @ the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
Friday 6 November @ the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
Friday 13 November @ Palais Theatre


BRISBANE

Sunday 8 November @ Brisbane Convention Centre


SYDNEY

Tuesday 10 November @ State Theatre
Wednesday 11 November @ State Theatre
Monday 16 November @ State Theatre
Tuesday 17 November @ State Theatre


ADELAIDE

Saturday 14 November @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre ‘Theatre Mode’


PERTH

Friday 20 November @ Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth



UPDATE:

Band members:

Steve Sidelnyk - Drums
Mark Summerlin - MD/Guitar/Backing Vocals
Marcus Brown - Bass/Keys/Backing Vocals

Carol Jarvis - Trombone/Backing Vocals
Sarah Field - Sax/Trumpet/Backing Vocals
Katie Samways - Baritone Saxophone/Backing Vocals
Annette Brown - Trumpet/Backing Vocals

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