Dew Drop Inn Tour

Associated album

Boys for Pele

Start date

February 23, 1996

End date

November 11, 1996


187 total

Opening acts

Josh Clayton Felt
Willie Porter

The Dew Drop Inn Tour was Tori Amos's third concert world tour. Tori toured in support of her 1996 album Boys for Pele

Background Edit

The tour's name comes from a lyric in the song "Muhammad My Friend".

Tori became concerned after the frequently negative critical reception of Boys for Pele that the tour would not sell well. But it did.

Section about the setup. A triangular screen behind Tori displayed specific images and films accompanying some songs, including X and wartime footage of planes during "Not the Red Baron".

Singer-songwriters Josh Clayton Felt and Willie Porter alternated (?) as the opening act.

Tori walked on stage to "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield.

Critical reception Edit

The tour received generally positive reviews; many writers praised Tori's musicality and passion while commenting on the obliqueness of her lyrics to the casual listener, and others criticized her vocal technique and on-stage mannerisms.

Jane Stevenson of the Toronto Sun noted that "even first-time concertgoers would have had a hard time not getting caught up in Tori's highly theatrical world of dramatic music and lights, vivid images and color. But in the end, it was Amos' sheer talent that could win over even the most cynical audience."

James Thurow of the River City Reader reported that Tori "appeared to be going through some form of therapy on stage."

Jon Pareles, writing for The New York Times, claimed that "to those outside the cult, Ms. Amos seems to be following her most self-indulgent impulses, using musical skill to shore up ever-increasing pretensions."

Both Josh Clayton Felt and Willie Porter received praise for their opening sets. Tom Maurstad of the Dallas Morning News called Porter "brilliant",

Setlist Edit

As with many of Tori's tours, the Dew Drop Inn Tour had a loosely-structured setlist, with song selections changing from night to night. Concerts opened with "Beauty Queen/Horses", "Me and a Gun" performed a cappella near the end of the set, and "X," "X," and "X" were fully or partially played on harpsichord. Concerts typically ended with "Hey Jupiter", "Etienne", or "Purple Rain" by Prince played on harmonium.

Tori played songs from throughout her catalogue, including playing the songs "Cool On Your Island" and "Etienne" from Y Kant Tori Read for the first time.

Amos played 101 different songs during the Dew Drop Inn Tour. Frequently-performed songs included "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Little Amsterdam", "Doughnut Song", "In the Springtime of His Voodoo", "Not the Red Baron", and "Precious Things".[1]

References Edit


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