Later... with Jools Holland (UK, TV) BBC Two, late-night music show
May 22, 1998
Tori Amos interview & live performance
songs: Spark, Black-Dove (January) and Cruel
Jools Holland: You got a very good new LP out called Choirgirl Hotel. Where does the name Choirgirl Hotel come from?
Tori Amos: I just saw the songs this time really independent of each other, so I saw them in a singing group.
Jools: So the songs are the members of the choir?
Tori: Yeah. They hang out together.
Jools: Now, when you were small of course you learned classical piano, but who were some of the groups you enjoyed listening to?
Tori: Well, always Led Zeppelin.
Jools: I'm very glad you said that because, as coincidence would have it, we have some footage of early Led Zeppelin.
[cut to footage of "Whole Lotta Love" -- Tori whispers to something Jools and points to the screen as it fades out]
Jools: What was it that you loved about them?
Tori: Well, I always wanted to be a guitar player, as a piano player. You know, I would sit at this thing [the piano] and try and find ways to like, make it... do what...
Tori: Yeah, do all that stuff.
Jools: Go wild...
Tori: I've done everything I can to it, but at a certain point, you know, you just have to accept that this ain't gonna do what Jimmy Page does, so... I started stealing from him.
Jools: Did you ever see them play live?
Tori: No, I never saw them play live, but he did ask me to marry him a few years ago and it was fantastic that I could say "no."
Jools: Which one?
Tori: Robert Plant. It was like, great, because when I was eight, I...
Jools: He asked you to marry him when you were eight?
Tori: No, no, no, no. No, but when I was eight, I wanted to marry him. But what's so great is you grow up and you go, "Wow, he's fantastic," but you're sitting there going, "Well, no, I don't think I can really do that because it doesn't really fit into my plans."
Jools: "We haven't been formally introduced or anything like that." Had you been introduced?
Tori: No, I did a duet with him.
Jools: What, and after doing the duet, he just proposed like that?
Tori: He... yeah, but I think he proposes 20 times a day. It's not a big deal.
Jools: Well, what's the next song you're going to be doing for us in a moment's time, so to speak?
Tori: It's called "Black-Dove."
Jools: Well, we'll look forward to hearing that in a few moments time, but in the meantime, thank you very much for coming on. Tori Amos!