MORISSETTE - 'The Diamond Wink' Tour
in the eyes of many in the UK, has never really followed up on the outstanding
success of her Jagged Little Pill album of 1995. Four studio albums have
followed that multi-Grammy winning debut, with - at best - a mediocre showing
in the charts.
Of course there have been intervening
singles: Thank U, Precious Illusions & Everything, to name
but three. But mention Ms. Morissette and people will usually
only ask 'didn't she do that Ironic thing?' as though she's a one hit
Could she ever!
To a barrage of strobes and with Varilights
sweeping the audience, Alanis took the stage looking fantastic. The
long hair is back, the eyes are bright and the smile warm and inviting
rather than the pained - even sad - demeanour of years past.
Eight Easy Steps was the gig's
opener, as it is with the latest album, So-called Chaos. Lively, loud
and raw, backed by vicious guitar playing, drums and keyboards, this
was the hoped for ideal start. All I Really Want followed and
Morissette's energy is obvious for all to see, as she blows her harp
and strums her guitar with gusto.
And don't the sell out crowd just lap
it up. She doesn't waste time with meaningless interaction, she just
says her thanks then it's on with the next. Her performance nullifies
the need for small talk and the less she says, the more she plays.
Images flash up on circular screens
at the back of the stage, whilst a flaming torch burns brightly at the
centre of a vast, multi-floral mural backdrop. To aid those who had
paid good money but were forced to stand at the back of the packed auditorium,
two vast screens had been erected in each stage corner (take note other
small venues), which showed the singer off in all of her stunning beauty.
Have a sliced black top, fingerless leather gloves and leather pants
ever looked so good?
And so the songs kept rolling. You
Oughta Know, Wake Up, Excuses, You Learn, This Grudge - a truly
beautiful version of this haunting tune, it has to be said - Hands
Clean and That Particular Time, all immaculately sung, performed
Of course there were more recognisable
tunes aplenty, too and none more so than Hand In My Pocket which
was carried along by the audience on a wave of enthusiasm.
Everything appeared before the first
section finished, whilst Will You Forgive Me Love? - the painfully
moving secret track from Jagged - opened the first encore session of
The lingering memory from this gig is
the fact that not only did Morissette herself appear to be enjoying
the evening but so did her band. Guitarist and bassist and keyboard
player gave their all, whilst the steady, intricate drumming provided
Ironic was performed, more or
less, by the audience and with a cheeky little twist provided by Alanis
at the line "meeting the man of my dreams, then meeting his beautiful
" with wife being swapped for "husband."
Thank U, the final song of the
evening of this blissful evening, was sung with such power, emotion
and vocal dexterity, it belied the fact that she'd sung non-stop for
one hour, fifty minutes here and also in London, the evening before.
And so it was was, with one final salute
to her adoring fans, that Ms. Morisette was gone. It may have taken
ten years to get to see her, but my God she was worth it. Let's just
hope it's not another ten, before the experience is repeated.
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