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MTV 120 Minutes (US, TV)
December 25, 1996

Tori Amos interview

interview by Matt Pinfield at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert on December 13, 1996.


Matt: ok, we just saw Silent All These Years, from Little Earthquakes. I'm with Tori Amos. at KROQ Acousitc Christmas... ALMOST Acoustic Christmas 96. Tori it's really nice to see you again.

Tori: Good to see you Matt, been awhile, hasn't it?

Matt: It's been a while, you've been working and touring pretty endlessly. The last time I think we got together was Cybercast, I think we were trying to work on something trying to make that happen, but its good to see you again. And the shows at the end of the tour were really amazing, and really heartfelt. Have you been, I mean, you've been pretty much did a couple shows at the Madison Square Gardens, I think it was... and then the Paramount there... and you were in Tampa. Florida too. Now you've been going pretty much straight through right? Have you had much time to yourself?

Tori: It's finished now, did 187 shows... and um (Tori folds hand and acts like she is sleeping, breathe heavily)... been sleeping.

Matt: Getting some rest?

Tori: A little bit, yeah.

Matt: One of the really really important things you've been working on is the RAINN, with Calvin Klein, you launched that. Can we talk a little bit about that?

Tori: Um, we're doing a concert in January, again... at the Paramount in Madison Square Gardens Theatre. And that will be aired on the 24th, on Lifetime television. The concert is the 23rd, and the idea is that Calvin Klein has stepped to the table and um, they created a tee shirt that the theme is "Unlock the Silence." It will be a black and white tee shirt in Calvin Klein stores. And he's a whole program for the whole year. That part of the proceeds will go to RAINN, which is really exciting cause we want the phone lines to be working 24 hours so that you can call anywhere in the country.

Matt: What can we expect in '97 from you?

Tori: Um, I don't really know yet. It's the first time where I uh, I always promised myself when there was nothing coming musically and I had nothing to say, that I would shut up. That I would go away for a while, because um, I think the worst thing you can do is uh, kinda hang your butt out the window, when you don't have any sun on it. (Matt laughs) I'm going to take off for awhile.

Matt: I appreciate you talking to us today Tori. It's good to see you tonight too at the KROQ show.

[brief clip of "Precious Things" live at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert]

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