Get Tori Amos to the Greek (On One Leg): You have to hand it to Tori — she recently broke her leg on this tour but has soldiered on wearing a cast. For an artist who spends a lot of time hitting those piano pedals, that’s not a small feat for her feet. Tow’rs also plays.
We spoke to her last year as she was about to play some L.A. shows and she said that, “I lived there for seven and a half years, when big hair was the thing. I lived in L.A. at a specific time. I was in my twenties – I moved there when I was 21. I was all over the Canyons, in the Valley, and driving my little wannabe Mustang – a baby blue Capri – all over the place. Playing piano bars anywhere I could.”
It was the events on January 6, combined with Cornish mythology and the environment, that inspired Ocean to Ocean.
“It’s all of it, and it’s also having to get out even in the wintery Cornish weather – when the gales are blowing and the gusts of wind – it can be ferociously beautiful because it’s so powerful,” Amos says. “I got myself out in it. We’re in the middle of nowhere really, we’re in farm country 20 minutes from the cliffs in northern Cornwall where the weather coming off the Atlantic can be quite something. It was almost a relief to realize that nature wasn’t in lockdown. She was busy, and she was in that time of very dramatic weather. It was humbling. I said, ‘Clearly, you as an energy force are able to deal with a world that’s gone mad and I just need to study from you’ because I’d got into a place of despondency. I didn’t have the tools. Nobody did, really. How do you deal with a pandemic, especially if your livelihood and what you do doesn’t lend itself to Zoom. Not really. So it was about, how do you adapt? That’s when I just sat with nature and started listening. ‘Metal Water Wood’ was the first song to come, to admit that I was just in a place of sadness.”
God love her.
Get Tori Amos to the Greek (On One Leg): The event takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 21 at the Greek Theatre.
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