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Tori Amos Brings Whole History To Live Show

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009

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Tori Amos is ostensibly touring to promote her latest album, “Abnormally Attracted to Sin,” which came out in May.

But she promises that fans can come to her shows knowing they’ll hear plenty of older songs, too.

“I think a live show has to be inclusive of your whole catalog — that’s how I look at them,” says the Baltimore-raised Amos, 45, who resides in England with her husband and their 8-year-old daughter. “The new record always sets a tone, but the catalog will be there. By utilizing the whole catalog, I think you’re able to tell a different story every night

“I just feel if you come to one of my shows, there are a lot of songs, and I think that each night can be different when you have a big catalog. Why not give different songs an opportunity to come out and play?”

Amos brings them out to play in a big way, too. Though the 10-time Grammy nominee is back to a trio format after working with a quartet for the past few years, Amos did not want her sound to shrink on “Abnormally Attracted to Sin,” which may be her most ensemble-oriented album. And the sonic size she achieved can’t help but slip into her older material as well.

“If you go back to the foundation of the (new) songs,” she explains, “they were written with instruments in mind. In my mind, I wasn’t making cottages; I was making cathedrals. I was excited to work with the possibility of these instruments and what they can do — not just, ‘Oh, the drums are going to be here,’ but to really use them and have them be right alongside me.

“There are some songs I’ve written where my singer-songwriter hat is on more than the composer thing. This time, it’s not about just the singer-songwriter. It’s about leading a band, which is really a blast.”

Tori Amos and one eskimO perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 8) at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. Tickets are $31, $51 and $61 with an $82 four-pack. Call (313) 237-7464 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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