Tori Amos is bringing her "Spies" stateside again.
The beloved piano siren has announced an upcoming 2023 U.S. tour, another leg of her successful North American tour from last year, in support of her latest album, 2021's critically acclaimed Ocean to Ocean.
“I am truly excited to be coming back to the US on the Ocean to Ocean Tour this summer with my amazing bandmates Jon Evans and Ash Soan,” Amos said in the tour announcement. “We are so looking forward to playing iconic venues once again such as The Greek in L.A., Red Rocks, and especially Wolf Trap, where I saw so many shows growing up in neighboring Maryland. As I write this, I’m training hard as we head to Europe in March before then heading back to the States in June.”
Amos will be hitting the road in the U.K. and Europe this spring, before kicking off the American leg of her tour on June 17 in West Palm Beach, FL. The tour will then culminate on July 28 in Seattle, WA.
When Amos spoke with Logo in 2021, she confessed how she had "hit a wall" and found herself "in a really sad place" while being in lockdown at her home in Cornwall during the COVID pandemic. She missed performing live, and her Ocean to Ocean tour last year was her first since 2017:
"It's the longest that I haven't played live, missing live music, missing what that means, missing the collaboration within, missing the energy, missing all of that. Plus, I think not being able to get to the States, it's the longest I've been away from the States in my life," the Scarlet's Walk songstress told Logo. " I was in Cornwall. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world, but still, I just couldn't, as you say, get out of this despondency, kind of 'funk.' And I would try, trust me, I tried everything. And so when people say, 'We should just step into it.' Well, I wasn't achieving that."
"So what the muses told me to do is, 'Well, maybe that's not in your skillset. Maybe that's not how you do it, but you can do it and you have to write yourself out of it, but, write from where you are, write from the place you are, start there. And then the songs will take you to other places,'' Amos recalled. "And they took me outside, after 'Metal Water Wood,' they took me to nature. They took me to the trees. They took me to the clifftops. They took me to the water, they took me and I began to see earth mother. I began to see, 'Wow, she's not in lockdown. She's thriving.' And, of course, the dichotomy is that there were huge fires and there were floods, and there was tragedy in that, while she's in other places, she was going through her cycle, her seasons, from winter to spring. Watching her move from winter to spring was so humbling. I just valued her ability to deal with everything."
When Amos announced her latest album back in 2021, she said: “We have all had moments that can knock us down. [Ocean to Ocean] sits with you where you are, especially if you are in a place of loss. I am fascinated when someone has gone through a tragedy, and how they work through their grief. That is where the gold is. When somebody is actually at that place, thinking 'I’m done,' how do you reach that person? Sometimes it’s not about a pill or a double shot of tequila. It’s about sitting in the muck together. I’m going to meet you in the muck.”
Amos has always had a huge LGBTQ following, and she herself says she was "baptized" by playing piano in Washington, D.C. gay bars as a teenager. We are sure there will be plenty of post-concert meetups at queer spaces around the country during this summer's Ocean to Ocean tour.
For more tour info and ticket on-sale dates, head over to Amos' website.