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Tori Amos Soothes the Storm at Ovens Auditorium

Ovens Auditorium; Monday, June 26, 2023

Wearing a multi-colored jumpsuit, Tori Amos plays two pianos at once onstage at Ovens Auditorium
Tori Amos performs at Ovens Auditorium on June 26, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

While thunderstorms blew through parts of Charlotte on Monday night, Tori Amos provided a soothing calm for fans inside of Ovens Auditorium. Touring in support of her 16th album, 2021’s Ocean to Ocean, Amos performed a variety of songs from throughout her career.

Though she kicked things off with 2002’s “A Sorta Fairytale,” the most chart-topping song of her decades-long career, if you were waiting to hear more “hits” and few fan favorites, you may have left disappointed. However, Amos’ set showcased her songwriting and vocals with aplomb. The payoff for patient patrons came in the form of “Big Wheel” to close the main set and the show closer “Cornflake Girl.”

Wearing a multi-colored jumpsuit, Tori Amos plays the piano and sings at Ovens Auditorium
Tori Amos performs at Ovens Auditorium on June 26, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)

At 59 years old, Amos’ vocals still sound outstanding and her talent for performing was showcased throughout her 14-song set. It had been 16 years since Amos’ last performance at Ovens (she played 21 songs that night); let’s hope it’s not too long before she returns again.

Setlist
A Sorta Fairytale
Ocean to Ocean
Don’t Make Me Come to Vegas
Ruby Through the Looking Glass
Daisy Dead Petals
Climb
Oysters
I Can’t See New York
Little Amsterdam
Addition of Light Divided
Beauty of Speed
Big Wheel

Encore
Bouncing Off Clouds
Cornflake Girl

Wearing a multi-colored jumpsuit, Tori Amos plays two pianos at once onstage at Ovens Auditorium
Tori Amos performs at Ovens Auditorium on June 26, 2023. (Photo by Jeff Hahne)
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