June 11, 2005

Alanis Morissette Takes Acoustic Tour to Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre

By Randy J. Klodz

It’s hard to believe that 1995’s smash debut “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette has already amazed fans for a decade, but Morissette decided to celebrate the anniversary of one of the top-selling albums of the 90s by taking her tour on the road, and reliving the album in the form of “Jagged Little Pill Acoustic,” which is due to hit stores July 26. On this tour, Morissette plays the entire CD in an acoustic, intimate fashion. Her tour stormed through Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre on June 11.

With nothing but a nightstand, lamp, and throw rug onstage, Alanis Morissette, now sporting mid-length hair with blonde streaks, began her set alone with an a cappella rendition of “Your House,” the hidden track from the original “Jagged Little Pill” album.

Upon completion of “Your House,” the packed Auditorium Theatre cheered loudly, as the curtain behind her rose and unveiled her 5-piece band—and living room stage setting—that busted into an acoustic version of the popular track “You Learn,” with the fans singing along.

As custom with any of her performances, Morissette often spoke to the crowd in a way an artist would explain his or her painting to a group of onlookers, in a way that engages a live audience and keeps each member begging for more. Morissette told the Auditorium Theatre crowd that she was apprehensive about dedicating a tour to reissued music in that she’s often one to go forward instead of backward, but perhaps she missed touring as a sole headliner. Morissette’s last Chicago area appearance came last year on July 21 at Tinley Park’s Tweeter Center in support of fellow Canadian band Barenaked Ladies. Or maybe she just really likes Chicago. “There are two kinds of people I hang out with when I’m in L.A.,” Morissette told the crowd upon the completion of song ‘Not the Doctor,’ “Canadians and people from Chicago.”

Only when Morissette fired up her smash-hit “Ironic” did she begin to do her usual pace from stage left to stage right and back again, with each member of the crowd singing each of the song’s choruses in sync with Morissette.

Along with all 12—well 13 tracks including the hidden track—songs from “Jagged Little Pill,” Morissette sprinkled in acoustic versions of some of her other hit songs including “A Man” and “Hands Clean” from her “Under Rug Swept” album; “Uninvited” from the “City of Angels” movie soundtrack; and “Thank U,” the set’s closer from “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.”

After 90 minutes and two encores, Morissette fans were ready for more. But they will have to wait until she comes through town again, though no current tour plans have been announced.

Young singer/songwriter Jason Mraz warmed the stage for Morissette. Mraz is currently on tour in support of his new album “Mr. A-Z” which is also scheduled to hit stores on July 26. Most music fans know Mraz for his hit pop songs “You and I Both” and “Remedy (I Won’t Worry).”

Morissette’s current tour runs through July 17 where she’s scheduled to invade Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. For more information on Alanis Morissette log on to www.alanis.com.

Alanis Morissette Photo: Rankin