Tori Amos

By Jason Koerner

"Enjoy your 3rd row seats," said Autumn at the Louisville Gardens box office, as she handed me a reviewer's pair of Tori Amos tickets.

"Ugh... thank you very much!" were the only words I could utter after the heart attack I swore I got from the shock of my good fortune. My friend and I didn't hestitate to make straight for the front of the Gardens.

When Tori Amos strutted over to the piano bench and blessed the crowd with a smile warm enough to make the Grinch regret ever thinking about stealing Christmas, the audience was in her hands from that moment on. "Precious Things" won the game of "who goes first" in the land of Tori songs, while the crowd, happy with her opening decision, sang along.

I was allowed to take pictures during the first two songs 'up close and personal,' a moment in time that I wanted never to end. It was also a opportunity that I had received various "offers" for from other Tori fans. Since this paper is PG, I won't detail them. Back to the show...

There were a few surprises throughout the seventeen-song set, including multiple encores. Amos played such well-knowns as "Crucify," "Cornflake Girl" and "Spark," as well as a few lesser-knowns, including "Icicle and Leather," much to the approval of her fans. The concert mainly promoted tracks from the CD from the choirgirl hotel, but a good mix of songs from earlier albums was also included in the show. The combination of spectacular lights and her band's enthusiasm helped to create a marvelous atmosphere for one of the most best live performances I've seen.

Tori at the Gardens

I am now an official "Tori-fan," thanks to my friend Christie for getting me started. Of course, Tori's performance was responsible for getting me hooked. This show proved that just because you don't hear something on the radio everyday, that does not mean it's not worth listening to.

Virgin Records' Unbelievable Truth opened with their own breed of acoustic/electric rock. The keyboards gave a nice twist, keeping their sound from straying too close to our local boys Days of the New. This band's sound was somewhere between mellowing you out after work and making you want to smash a guitar on-stage. The key here was variety, which is a good trait to have in the music biz.

I spoke with their drummer Nigel after the show and told him how much I thought he brought the energy level up with his heavy movements and use of dynamics. He stood out the most, and did a great job of setting the mood on every song. Unbelievable Truth will be touring with Tori Amos until December. Definitely check them out if get the chance.

"Enjoy your 3rd row seats," said Autumn at the Louisville Gardens box office, as she handed me a pair of Tori Amos tickets. "Ugh... thank you very much!," were the only 5 {spell out numbers} words I could utter after my heart attack from the shock of my good fortune. I checked in my camera, and headed in. {This is not quite clear.}

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Unbelievable Truth (Virgin Records) {Move record company identifiers in front of the act.} opened with their own breed of acoustic/electric rock. The keyboards gave a nice twist, keeping their sound from straying too close to our local boys DOTN. This band's sound was somewhere between the kind of music that makes you mellow out after work and the kind that makes you want to smash a guitar on-stage! {Write short is the rule in all newspaper writing. Compare this

sentence with the revised version: they say the same thing but with fewer words.} The key here is variety, which is a good trait to have in the music biz. {Paragraph here, as the subject of the paragraph changes} I spoke with the drummer Nigel after the show and told him how much I thought he brought the energy level up with his heavy movements and use of dynamics. To me {Unnecessary to say this - you're the reviewer, so of course it's your opinion}, he stood out the most, and did a great job of setting the mood every song. They'll be touring with Tori until December. You should definitely check them out sometime; and I wish them the best of luck in the future. {This is a review, not a message. The impulse is good, but this isn't the place.}

Tori Amos (Atlantic Records) had no problem getting the crowd going from the start. All it took was her strut over to the piano bench, and a warm smile capable of making the Grinch regret ever thinking about stealing Christmas! {Look at the rewrite on this: the first sentence is really only saying what you're going to say in the next sentence. Get to the point immediately for a stronger lead sentence.} Precious Things {Put song titles in quotes and italicise album titles} won the game of "who goes first" in the land of Tori songs. The crowd had no problem singing along, and was very happy with her opening decision. {Paragraph here} I was allowed to take pictures during the first 2 songs 'up close and personal'. It was a moment in time that I never wanted to end. It was also a moment that I had received various offers for- from other Tori fans! (Don't ask, this is magazine is rated PG.) Back to the show...

There were a few surprises throughout the 17 song set, (including multiple encores) {remove parentheses}. She played some "well-knowns" {You could say ‘well-knowns songs' without quotes. Use quotes only when an expression is likely to be unfamiliar to your readers} such as Crucify, Cornflake Girl, and Spark; {song titles ibid.} as well as a few "little-knowns" including Icicle and Leather- much to the approval of her fans. The concert mainly promoted tracks from the CD "from the choirgirl hotel" {CD title - ibid}, but a good mix of songs from earlier albums were {The verb is singular - "was' - it refers to ‘a good mix,' not ‘songs.' Take out the phrase "of songs from earlier albums," then read it.} also included in the show. The combination of spectacular lights and her band's enthusiasm helped to create a marvelous atmosphere for one of the most best live performances I've seen. Anyone that missed out, really missed out! {No need to tell them this: paint the picture for them. If you do a good job, this is what they'll think.} I am now an official "Tori-fan", thanks to my friend Christie for getting me started; and of course Tori's performance was responsible for getting me hooked! This show went to prove[d] {A wordy, passive construction} that just because you don't hear something on the radio everyday, that does not mean it's not worth listening to.