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Tori Amos performs live in The Current studio

Tori Amos performing live in The Current studio.
Tori Amos performing live in The Current studio.MPR / Nate Ryan
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by Bill DeVille

August 06, 2014

Tori Amos - Cloud on My Tongue (Live on 89.3 The Current)
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Tori Amos - Wild Way (Live on 89.3 The Current)
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Tori Amos - Oysters (Live on 89.3 The Current)
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There's not been a lot of sleep for Tori Amos as she's been touring, but she says that's OK; it's the energy from the shows that keeps her going. Arriving in the Twin Cities after shows in St. Louis and in Kansas City, Amos stopped by The Current's studio early on Sunday to play some songs and to chat with Bill DeVille.

Amos is touring right now in support of her 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. She's also performing from her rich back catalogue, including the album Under the Pink, released 20 years ago this year.

Inspired by her husband and her daughter — the latter of whom said, "You can do it, Mom" — Amos has been touring solo; she began in Europe earlier this year and is now rocking stages across the U.S. Asked about what it's like to perform solo versus with a band, Amos tells DeVille it's a different discipline. "When you're out on own, you have to hold the stage all by yourself," she says. "You can lose a show by taking too much time between songs because once the clapping dies down, people really want to be into the next song or a chat, so you really have to keep it going."

Listen to the complete interview to hear Amos's thoughts on the music industry; about how her most recent album came together; about what it was like to record with her daughter; how her fans help her see and hear her songs anew; and about why she likes Prince so much.

Noting that she'd be playing at the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium that night, Amos also shares the joy of her recent discovery about St. Paul's connection to a certain iconic cartoonist …

Songs Performed

"Cloud On My Tongue"
"Wild Way"

"Cloud On My Tongue," off Tori Amos' 1994 record Under the Pink, was played by request of a fan. "Wild Way" and "Oysters" are off Amos' latest album Unrepentant Geraldines, out now on Mercury Records.

Hosted by Bill DeVille
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Web feature by Luke Taylor