Monday, October 4, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 30

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Tori Amos plays to screaming fans at Woodlands Pavilion

By Brandon Moeller
Daily Cougar Staff 

Back in the good old days of Tori Amos' live appearances, my friend has told me the majority of fans didn't scream during the songs. They would merely sit as if meditating, and applaud when the song is over. 

Thursday night at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands, it was quite questionable whether some of her fans were attempting to upstage her with the use of their outrageous faerie costumes and loud, obnoxious and high-pitched screams. I don't think it's the fans' fault, and I don't hold their lack of Amos-manners against them. It couldn't be their fault Amos' music has become so popular.

Amos got the crowd on its feet during the opening song, "God," a hit from her sophomore effort Under the Pink. The song has a chorus that goes, "God sometimes you just don't come through/do you need a woman to look after you?"

Amos played only one song from 1998's From the Choirgirl Hotel, which was "Black-Dove (January)," and it was obvious that the only reason she played it was because of the song lyric, "... But I have to get to Texas ...," to which the audience went nuts. They went nuts this time last year when she did the same song at the same venue. It must be a Texas thing.

All of those screaming fans almost didn't get a chance to see her in Houston this year, due to an exclusion of Texas in an Alanis Morissette-Amos tour that lasted only five-and-a-half weeks.

It almost seemed as if Amos had forgotten us. Thursday's show was an extension of the aptly titled "5 1/2 Weeks Tour," which went through Austin two days later and will conclude in mid October in Denver, Co.

She graced the audience with the song "Winter," from her debut solo album Little Earthquakes. Amos didn't really concentrate on one particular album Thursday night, playing a mixture of songs from Earthquakes, Pink, Boys for Pele and her new album To Venus and Back.

To no one's surprise, she played the new single, "Bliss" as well as "Glory of the 80's," "Suede" and the best song on the new album, "1,000 Oceans." Her last encore was a cover of the Rolling Stones' song, "Angie."

Opening up for Amos was the one-man-band Jude. He is best known for the song, "Rick James" that was given a lot of airplay by a certain local "alternative" radio station a few months back.

Jude's mix of folk and pop music wasn't appreciated as much as it could have been if he were playing a bar gig. After all, these people were hungry for Amos.

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