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TRIPLE-REVIEW: Tori Amos, Radiohead, Over the Rhine (3 cities in Ohio – – Aug 2003)

23rd Aug 03 (Sat) Leave a comment Go to comments

(originally posted to the old Over the Rhine Actwin list)


Ohio is great for concerts… triple show review (8/24/2003)

Not every week do you get to see 3 of your Top 5 Artists.  This was one of those weeks for me…
Tori Amos, Radiohead, and Over the Rhine.

Here’s a triple review of OHIO shows this past week…

I. Tori Amos
II. Radiohead
III. Over the Rhine (bookstore show)

I. TORI AMOS & Marc Broussard
PromoWest Pavilion, Columbus, OH (just barely outside of downtown)
Wednesday, August 20th, 2003

HIGHLIGHTS: The opener was good.  Strong voice.  Tori was great… there were some technical problems partway through the set, but she handled it well.  Her dress ripped, too… the resulting song that came out of that one was great. :)  Song highlights were: Sweet Dreams (a Winter b-side), Mr Zebra, Caught a Lite Sneeze, Mary (another b-side), I Can’t See New York, Hey Jupiter, Bliss, A Sorta Fairytale, China, Liquid Diamonds, Girl, Precious Things, Space Dog, and Cornflake Girl… a lot of great tunes.  Plus a birthday number was fun, too… apparently this was her last show before turning 40.  She seems to be cool with that. :)  Hanging out in Columbus’ Short North was great the next day, too.  Magnolia Thunderpussy (awesome music selection), Monkeys Retreat (cool Simpsons collector stuff), and coffee for me; jewelry and art shops for Margarita… lots of glass in the Cow Town.  Seemed like the shops fancied it.  We some some excellent Chihuly pieces… my credit card wouldn’t handle purchasing them ($32k to start).  Oh, maybe next time.

BUMMER: Ben Folds not being there was the biggest bummer.  This was one of the two shows that he wasn’t going to co-headline.  I didn’t find that out until *after* I bought my tickets and booked the hotel.  Another bummer… she seemed to play too much from To Venus and Back (4-5 songs, ugh).  Oh well, she played enough other material to make up for it… :)

OVERALL: Great show… my 8th time seeing Tori, and the setlist was been vastly different every time.  That’s what I love about her touring… from day-to-day, it’s a different show.

II. RADIOHEAD & Steve Malkmus and the Jicks
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH (just outside of Akron)
Thursday, August 21st, 2003

HIGHLIGHTS: There There (with Ed on mini-drums and Jonny on mini-drums, keys, and guitar), Paranoid Android, Exit Music (For a Film), Lucky, Idioteque, Morning Bell, 2+2=5, Punchup at a Wedding, Wolf at the Door.  They seemed to stick with the newer stuff, which is fine.  But it seemed when they played any older stuff (Paranoid or Exit Music), that they were phenomenally tighter, and/or those songs lent themselves better to the live show.  The Kid A stuff didn’t seem to lend itself as well (it did last time – 2 years ago).  My favorite played was probably Paranoid Android.  We moved up to the right side of the lawn, away from the crowd, after about 5 songs.  We could see and hear (and breathe) way better.  A nice breeze cooling us off, comfy grass to sit on, a beauty on my arm, and a great band flaoting through the air… ’twas a good time.  Oh, and finally finding the only Indian restaurant in the Akron/Cuyahoga phone book was a blessing.
Different korma than our usual haunts (yummy as hell), and Strawberry Lassi (yum).

BUMMER: No My Iron Lung, Fake Plastic Trees, or Street Spirit (unless they had a 2nd encore that we missed)… also, the song “Kid A” was icky in the live performance (with a side of ICK sauce).  Steve Malkmus & the Jicks were quite boring and lame.  There were 2 or 3 Jicks’ songs near the middle-end that were *decent*.  That’s about it.  Oh, another bummer… Blossom’s parking is, like, miles and miles and miles from the venue.  A 30 minute walk post-show is a drain.   Oh, plus when we tried to check-in to our B&B at 3pm *no one* was there.  We walked in, and *no one*.  We eventually found a room with an A/C and napped until 5:30 until the proprietor finally showed up.  It was surreal, at best.  Quite disorganized B&B, but a KILLER house (O’Neill House in Akron) and a killer breakfast… yum.

OVERALL: Great lights, Thom’s a spaz, Jonny hates his guitar, Radiohead put on a great show again.

III. OVER THE RHINE and tons of books
Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH (just outside of Kentucky)
Saturday, August 23rd, 2003

HIGHLIGHTS: Hometown (Norwood) Boy, Suitcase, Anything At All, Show Me, Fever, Ohio, trivia break (Drew Vogel, aka D.V., won a framed poster), The Seahorse, and Summertime.  They also had What I’ll Remember Most, Changes Come, and Bothered on the setlist, but didn’t play them.  Suitcase was great.
Show Me was better than what I’d heard prior, and Fever was stunningly sexy (as usual).

BUMMER: I didn’t have my OHIO CDs from Paste yet.  I didn’t even have them by the time I got home late Saturday night.   I had K&L sign my Paste Order Confirmation email instead.  I crack myself up sometimes.

OVERALL: Great set, sound was a bit off, but it was a really fun time.  Song highlights were… all of ’em.  It was good to see them in a nice intimate bookstore venue.

My wife (Margarita) somehow puts up with all of the driving to concerts… yay, I picked a winner!  :)

Ohio traveller,

written in parts throughout the day, so…
pp: bela fleck & the flecktones – ten from little
pp: living sacrifice – reborn
pp: madonna – ray of light
pp: the magnolia soundtrack
np: sarah masen – carry us through

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