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Atlantic Records press release
April 2, 1996
TORI AMOS SET TO OPEN "DEW DROP INN" TOUR OF NORTH AMERICA; HUGE FAN DEMAND DRIVES QUICK SELL-OUTS, ADDED DATES; U.K. SHOWS GENERATE OVATIONS, CRITICAL ACCLAIM
Hot on the heels of her new album, "BOYS FOR PELE," Atlantic recording artist Tori Amos is about to embark on the first North American leg of her 1996 "Dew Drop Inn" tour. Slated to begin on April 9th and continue into the summer, the highly anticipated tour marks Tori's first U.S. concert appearances since October 1994, and will be her most extensive North American itinerary to date.
Displaying the same extraordinary devotion that drove "BOYS..." to debut at #2 on the national album chart, Tori's fans continue to turn out in force as tickets go on sale. Her remarkable drawing power has been dramatically demonstrated in such cities as Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Haven, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC -- where shows were instant sell-outs.
In New York City, for example, Tori's first show at the 5,600-capacity Theater at Madison Square Garden (formerly The Paramount) sold out within a half hour; a second show was immediately added and was sold out by that same afternoon; and a third date is now on sale. If, as expected, the third Theater show is also SRO, Tori will have sold nearly 17,000 seats in New York alone.
Heavy ticket demand has also prompted three-show stands at The Greek (capacity 6,162) in Los Angeles, Washington DC's Constitution Hall (capacity 3,746), and Boston's Wang Center (capacity 3,711). And in Philadelphia, with three dates at the Tower Theatre (capacity 3,068) selling out within the first day, a fourth show has been added.
Similar Tori fervor has also spurred second shows at a number of venues, including the Fox Theatre (capacity 4,878) in Atlanta, the Fox Theatre (capacity 2,850) in Cleveland, and the Palace Theatre (capacity 1,911) in New Haven.
Tori's extensive worldwide "Dew Drop Inn" tour is typical of her marathon touring regimens: she played 150 shows worldwide in support of her debut solo album, "LITTLE EARTHQUAKES"; 180 shows worldwide in support of its follow-up, "UNDER THE PINK"; and is likely to play over 200 dates on this tour. The upcoming U.S. itinerary begins less than two weeks after the last date of her current month-long European jaunt.
A major highlight of Tori's European tour was her two-night SRO stand at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall, where she was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm from her fans and unanimous praise from the critics. As The Evening Standard said, "Of all the great female singer songwriters to have emerged in the post-folk boom years -- Joni Mitchell, Patti Smith and Rickie Lee Jones spring to mind -- none packs the same amount of undiluted vicarious pleasure as Tori Ellen Amos... Her standing ovation was heartfelt and richly deserved."
Similar acclaim greeted Tori throughout the U.K.: "An astonishing and brave performance," raved The Independent, while The Liverpool Daily Post enthused, "[Tori Amos'] rapport with her audience has grown with each album release; last night it shone brilliantly... Her prodigious musical talent has provided the launch pad for some remarkable compositions. Spiraling vocals, outrageous chord changes and octave leaps are all taken in stride. Given that the only other musical accompaniment amounts to an occasional guitar, the range of moods and musical textures she creates is remarkable... the whole performance was a delight to the capacity crowd."
The name of Tori's tour comes from a line in "Muhammad My Friend" ("Do drop in at the Dew Drop Inn"), a song from "BOYS FOR PELE," which has already been certified RIAA gold. The acclaimed companion video to the album's debut single, "Caught a Lite Sneeze," was directed by Mike Lipscombe (b-tribe, Tricky) and can be seen on MTV, VH1, The Box, and other outlets nationwide.
Although Tori has not performed an American concert for nearly 18 months, she has appeared regularly on American television in recent weeks, including appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Live with Regis & Kathie Lee, CBS This Morning, and MTV's 120 Minutes. Tori is slated to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 8th, the night before the first date of her North American tour, and she will be taping an edition of MTV Unplugged (airdate TBA). Tori has also been featured on CNN and NBC-TV's Today.
Tour updates and loads of other information -- including video segments, music samples, and a series of Internet-only digital photos -- can be found in Tori's area on the Atlantic website.
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