Lorde at The Fillmore

General admission. Standing room only. A combination I do not look forward to in a concert. But if the artist and venue are right, I will endure. And Farrah and I did endure this combination, at The Fillmore, to see Lorde.

I was lucky enough to snag two tickets back when they went on sale a few months ago, before  Royals was getting regular mainstream radio play. I don’t know if I’d be lucky to get tickets now seeing how big Lorde has become.  Funny thing was when they went on sale, they seemingly sold out immediately. But I persisted for a few minutes and was able to grab two tickets. 

We arrived a few minutes late to The Fillmore. Friday night traffic going up to San Francisco was ugly as usual. We caught a few songs from the opening act, Until the Ribbon Breaks. They sounded great on stage, so I immediately added a few tracks to a Spotify playlist. After their set people milled around, as usual, waiting for Lorde to take the stage.

The crowd started to fill up as Lorde’s set time was getting closer. The crowd was a good mix of ages, as The Fillmore can be depending on the performer. We were situated in a good spot, center and further back on the floor. Unfortunately, to Farrah’s left, a group of unruly 20-somethings decided to talk and bump around people through the whole performance. One couple just wanted to make out all night.  In front of us was an older couple, probably in their early to mid 50’s. Made me wonder how many concerts do they attend?

Getting back to Lorde –  she performed well for someone who hasn’t performed often on tour. She sounded well, though the bass was on the heavy side, making her voice sound muddled. From another review of the concert, it seems it was her idea to crank up the bass. She had energy, working the stage very easily. She talked between a few songs, using   Thank you, San Francisco, often, which elicited approval from the crowd.

Her set was short, about 12 songs or so, lasting a little over an hour. No encore performed with the lights coming up after her last song. I thought she could have done a few more songs, as her album came out that day in some places.

The annoyances of the general admission crowd are worth it sometimes, especially when seeing an up-and-coming artist. It is always nice to see an artist on the rise, seeing them before they get too big, in an intimate place like The Fillmore.

Other reviews of the show are at SF Gate and San Jose Mercury News and SF Station.

concerts we’ve attended

this is a ‘concert’- me list listing all the concerts we’ve been to (so far). updated when another concert comes along.

[Bill Graham Civic Auditorium]
99 Grove Street, San Francisco CA 94102

Who we’ve seen there:
Tori Amos (12.21.2002)
Oasis (4.13.1996)

[Bimbo’s 365 Club]
1025 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94133

Who we’ve seen there:
Cardigans (6.19.96)

Berkeley Community Theater
1930 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Who we’ve seen there:
Dido (05.23.04)
Cranberries (04.05.95)
Chris Cornell (11.30.99)
Ani Di Franco (10.31.97)

[Concord Pavilion]
2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord, CA 94521

Who we’ve seen there:
Tori Amos/Alanis Morrisette (09.19.99)

[The Filmore]
1805 Geary Blvd. S.F. CA 94115

Who we’ve seen there:
Fiona Apple (03.18.97)
Lush (04.15.96)
Morcheeba (4.11.2008)
Lorde (9.27.2013)
Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley
Gayley Road, Berkeley, CA 94720

Who we’ve seen there:
Alanis Morrisette
Black Eye Peas/Macy Gray

Oakland Arena
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

Who we’ve seen there:
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel w/Sinead O’Conner sing backup(11.22.93)
U2 (11.15.01)

Oakland Coliseum
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

Who we’ve seen there:
Sugarcubes/Public Enemy/U2 (07.11.92)
Oasis/U2 (06.18.97)
Oasis/U2 (06.19.97)

Orpheium Theater

Who we’ve seen there:
Sarah McLaughlin

Pac Bell Park

Who we’ve seen there:
Macy Gray/Dave Matthews Band (5.18.01)

[Paramount Theatre]
2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Who we’ve seen there:
Bjork (10.17.01)
Sarah McLachlan (10.30.97)
Tori Amos (11.11.01 and some other date)

San Jose Arena

Who we’ve seen there:
Garbage/Smashing Pumpkins (08.18.96)
INXS (04.08.94)
U2 (4.19.01)

San Jose Event Center

Who we’ve seen there:
Pearl Jam
Soundgarden (06.03.94)
Tori Amos (09.19.98)
Sarah McLachlan (03.9.98)

Shoreline Amphetheater

Who we’ve seen there:
Lilith Fair 97 (07.08.97) (Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman, Jewel, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega)
Lilith Fair 98 (06.24.98) (Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Natalie Merchant, Erica Badu, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Bonnie Raitt)
Lilith Fair 98 (07.14.99)
Lollapaloza ’94 (Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, George Clinton & P-Funk Allstars, The Breaders, Green Day…) – [http://www.jamesiha.org/interview/1994lolla.htm]
Lollapalooza ’95 (Hole, Sonic Youth, Beck, Cypress Hill, Elastica,…)
REM (05.17.95)
Sade (07.18.01)
Sting (08.05.00)


Who we’ve seen there:
Julianna Hatfield (http://www.julianasite.com/touragraphy.html#city)
LLoyd Cole
Cibo Matto (10.09.99)

[Villa Montalvo]
15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga, CA 95071

Who we’ve seen there:
Diana Krall (7.19.01)
Norah Jones

982 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Who we’ve seen there:
Smashing Pumpkins (10.18 0r 19.93)
Bjork (05.21.98)
Portishead (05.31.98)
Crowded House/Sheryl Crow
Garbage (05.20.98)
Dido (08.10.00)
PJ Harvey (05.19.95)
Sonic Youth
Sara Bareilles (12.16.2010)

I know I saw them, but where….

Hole (the Edge)
Filter (somewhere in San Jose)
Lisa Loeb (well, actually didn’t stay for that one)
Pearl Jam @ Golden Gate Park (06.24.95)
WOMAD (ft. Peter Gabriel) Golden Gate Park
Smashing Pumpkins (2. 7.96) Kezar Pavilion

Tori Amos at the CPA
TLC and MC Hammer (Hawaii)
New Kids/Tiffany at Great America
David Spade (05.30.98)
Cassandra Wilson @ Nob Hill Masonic Center(10.24.97)
Pharoah Sanders Quartet @Yoshi’s (03.17.01)

tori @ sjcpa

the weekend, or more exactly my weekend, was good and bad. saw tori amos with farrah, lotte, and yen (and her tiger pants) on saturday. tori was good as usual. i liked a version of vincent (a don mclean song). sunday brought about a lazy day and trying to complete my taxes.

but on sunday my truck was hit again by road debris. my truck must be a debris magnet, as one of my friends said. it happened on 101 while driving to san jose. it hit in the exact opposite spot of the last accident. luckily no one was hurt and the damage was limited to the hood and not the grill.

Here is the set list from the tori amos concert, as reported on the dent.com

Saturday, April 12, 2003 – Setlist

Wampum Prayer
a sorta fairytale
Strange Little Girl
Bells for Her
Cornflake Girl
Liquid Diamonds
Take To the Sky

(band leaves)

(band returns)
Mrs. Jesus
Another Girl?s Paradise
Professional Widow
Happy Phantom
I Can?t See New York

(1st encore)
Taxi Ride

(2nd encore)
In the Springtime of his Voodoo
Amber Waves