Tori Amos to mix new and old tunes on summer tour

Wed May 20, 2009 12:10am EDT
 
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By Gary Graff

DETROIT (Billboard) - Her new album, "Abnormally Attracted to Sin," showcases 17 new songs, but Tori Amos promises she'll play plenty of familiar fare during her Sinful Attraction Tour, which begins July 10 in Seattle.

"I think a live shows has to be inclusive of your whole catalog -- that's how I look at them," Amos told Billboard.com. "The new record always sets a tone, but the catalog will be there. By utilizing the whole catalog I think you're able to tell a different story every night.

"I just feel if you come to one of my shows, there are a lot of songs, and I think that each night can be different when you have a big catalog. Why not give different songs an opportunity to come out and play?"

Amos said variety will be paramount when she begins rehearsals in a couple of weeks with drummer Matt Chamberlain and bassist Jon Evans. Amos' regular guitarist, Mac Aladdin, played on "Abnormally Attracted to Sin," but because the new album is so keyboard-driven she's returning to a trio format for the tour. "Rearrangements will have to happen," she said.

"There will be long days and long hours; everyone has to have their chops up for a lot of songs," Amos said "Once you've been playing for a while, four weeks into a tour, your chops are tight and you know a lot more songs. But when you're starting you have to really build your repertoire back up."

Amos will spend a little over five weeks touring theaters in North America, followed by four U.K. shows in early September and a September 17 date in Amsterdam.

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

 
<p>Musician Tori Amos poses for a portrait while promoting her new album "Abnormally Attracted To Sin" in New York March 26, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>