Back in 2017, the last time Rebellious Magazine had the pleasure of capturing a live concert by the incomparable Tori Amos, the virtuoso pianist-singer-songwriter took fans from coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago, with a delightful cover of “Smooth Operator.” This time, on May 25, 2022, Amos invited the audience at the Auditorium Theatre to join her from Ocean to Ocean as she shared a handful of tunes from the 2021 album as well as favorites from her entire career.
Love was in the air from the moment Amos emerged from stage left to step into the spotlight and display her appreciation for fans. A robust rendition of “Juárez” kicked off the performance which was enhanced by drummer Ash Soan and Jon Evans on bass. “Bouncing Off Clouds” followed as Amos nimbly alternated between her keyboards, and, at times played two instruments simultaneously as only she can.
She went on to thank fans for their support while expressing her love for Chicago before going all the way back to Boys for Pele for faithful take on “Caught a Lite Sneeze.”
Twin sister duo Companion – comprised of Sophia and Jo Babb – opened the show with a setlist that included “23rd Street” and “Arms Length” each song showcasing the group’s delicate harmonies. Sophia expressed gratitude to be opening for “the queen herself” adding, “we are but lowly peasants.”
Amos certainly has a regal quality, but the overall feeling in the theatre was one of overwhelming joy and belonging.
Check out photos below from Tori Amos’ May 25 performance at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago and click here to pick-up tickets for her remaining tour dates. More information can be found at Toriamos.com.
(Photos by Laurie Fanelli)