Dec. 14, 2002
Alanis: The Canadian Star Brightens Chicago Theatre
By Randy J. Klodz
As part of Chicago’s 101.9 FM’s fourth annual installment of
its “Miracle on State Street,” concert series, the acclaimed Canadian
female performer Alanis Morissette provided the sold-out Chicago Theatre with
an amphitheatre feel, on Dec. 14.
The songbird behind such mid-90s hits as the angry, yet ground breaking “You
Oughta Know,” and the now almost cliché pop culture staple “Ironic,”
and a slew of others that followed over the years, took the large Chicago
Theatre stage that paled in comparison to her tiny frame, for a solid two
Morissette, wearing black leather pants and a maroon blouse graced the stage,
backed by her five-piece band—Jason Orme and David Levita (guitars),
Eric Avery (bass), Blair Sinta (drums) and Zac Rae (keyboards)—and had
enough colorful track lighting to keep a large casino lit for several days.
Frequently pacing back and forth with the microphone in her hands (and often
a harmonica) Morissette delivered 20 songs, spanning from the popular “Hand
in my Pocket,” “Thank U” and “Hands Clean,”
to the less-mainstream songs like “Purgatorying,” “Sympathetic
Character” and “Flinch.”
While mid-song during “Gorgeous,” Morissette did an almost Shakira-like
hip gyration where her hair spun like a top for several minutes, as if she
were entranced by her band’s music and the crowd’s attentive interests.
In true musician form, Morissette also brought out her sparkling electric
guitar that changed colors like a chameleon just as the stage lighting switched
colors, during several songs including “Right Through You.”
Before capping off a set list that included tracks from all three of her
albums: “Jagged Little Pill,” “Supposed Former Infatuation
Junkie” and early 2002 release “Under Rug Swept,” Morissette
took time to thank the crowd and gain a breath of relief. “This is the
last show of a tour that we’ve spent a full year on,” said Morissette,
before beginning “Uninvited,” a popular song from the “City
of Angels” soundtrack.
Morissette and her talented band pleased the rousing crowd by returning on
two separate occasions for a two-song encore, and then it was time for attendees
to find their way out of the theatre into the cold, winter wonderland.
Morissette released “Feast on Scraps,” a collection of live tracks,
rarities, and other goodies, including a live DVD, on Dec.10.