The original Cornflake Girl is coming to South Africa! Grammy-nominated songstress Tori Amos will be performing in Johannesburg and Cape Town this November, as part of her international Night of Hunters tour. These solo performances will take place on Saturday, 12 November 2011 at 8.30pm and on Sunday, 13 November 2011 at 3pm at the Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Casino; and on Thursday, 17 November 2011 at 8pm at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino.
The flame-haired Amos shot to fame in the early 1990s as an alternative-rock singer-songwriter who used the piano as her primary instrument. She has achieved international renown for her searing and painfully honest lyrics, and her willingness to experiment sonically and thematically, selling more than 12 million records worldwide and picking up eight Grammy nominations in the process. Among her many recognisable songs are the hits Professional Widow, Crucify and Silent All These Years.
Amos is also a noted humanitarian a co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organisation. Her latest album, Night of Hunters, is due for release in September and it looks set to continue her legacy of ground-breaking recordings, inspired by selected classical pieces spanning the last 400 years.
She says of the new album: “I have used the structure of a classical song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story. The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night, she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself, allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter. “One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted, and how both exist within us,” Amos explains.
Her Night of Hunters tour kicks off in Helsinki, Finland on 28 September and will take in several cities across Europe as well as the US. Her South African dates are being presented by Charl van Heyningen Enterprises. Van Heyningen is a classical promoter who has recently branched out into bringing out non-classical artists such as folk singer Imogen Heap, who enjoyed sold-out concerts in Joburg and Cape Town earlier this year.Booking for the Tori Amos – Night of Hunters Tour is open at Computicket. Tickets are priced from R390. Don’t delay, snap yours up today and prepare for a Little Earthquake right here in SA!