What do you want Tori Amos
to be for Halloween?
tour in support of her latest album.
American Doll Posse
is a concept album, a musical story told through five women — Santa, Clyde, Isabel, Tori and Pip — based on Aphrodite, Persephone,
Artemis, Demeter and Athena, feminine archetypes from Greek mythology.
(Each character has her own website, linked to the names above.) In
concert, Amos performs the first half as one of the characters, chosen
at random. She steps out of character for the second half. This music
video of "Big Wheel" introduces the posse.
The Boston Herald described the effect of Amos' performance as
Pip, the character who channels the virgin Greek warrior goddess, Athena.
"Dressed in rubber leggings
and a black wig, Amos performed dark, edgy selections of old and new
material as her alter ego, writing and wriggling, grabbing at her crotch,
getting down on all fours and spasmodically shaking before flipping-off
the crowd. While it may have seemed over the top, it was effective:
You almost believed the woman on stage was an imposter."
Just to make sure we get to
see all members of the posse in action, Amos is posting live sets from
her American Doll Posse tour for purchase on the Legs & Boots
website (just in
the U.S. currently, but they're working availability to other countries).
Details and ticket information for the tour are here. To tide you over, here's Amos with
"Bouncing Off Clouds."
Have you heard American
Doll Posse yet? How does it compare to previous Tori brilliance?
If you've been to one of the concerts, how was it? Which member of the
posse did you meet? And what do you think Tori should be for Halloween?