04.02.1999 Alanis Morissette The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
In the Winter of 1999, Mix 94.1 offered two tickets to see Alanis Morissette at the Joint and all you had to do was be the 94th caller when two back to back Alanis songs were played during the day on the station. It was a slow week in our office, so we had the radio on specifically to win tickets. I was talking in one of the offices with a co-worker when I heard Shelley at the front desk talking on the phone. I remember thinking “Odd, that I didn’t hear the phone ring” (it didn’t occur to me that she may have dialed out) and I then I thought, “Is she talking to the radio station?”
In fact, she was, and she was the 94th caller and she offered me the second ticket because her boyfriend was on break the week of the concert. Talk about stoked, we also got to meet and greet Alanis before the show.
Irony is a cruel bitch. First off, the meet and greet was horrifying. Oh, not so horrible meeting Alanis, who is teeny tiny and very nice, but the details of the meet and greet. The radio station had the participants sit in a circle in the room. This arrangement seemed religious, with Alanis altared in the center. When she walked into the room, she immmediately, fortunately, thought it was an awkward choice, and settled around the ring with the rest of us.
But worse, was that I found out today, in 2004, that Garbage was the opening act. Back then, I didn’t know who they were (aside from radio hit “Stupid Girl”) but had I actually seen them perform, I wonder how much of a bigger fan I would be today.
The meet and greet consisted of about five fans chosen to ask Alanis questions, including my dear friend Shelley. She was mortified, and I was too. You might think this was a great honor, or at least fun, but the atmosphere in the room was beyond reverential. It was worship. Alanis answers questions in character, and that alone kind of turned me off. Not rehearsed so much as presenting to us the Alanis we wanted to meet, as opposed to the real thing.
It ended with a private photo shoot (we were uninvited out of the room, so to speak), then we were let loose into the stream of traffic in the venue, who had already stood through the opening act and positioned themselves close to the stage while those of with the free tickets were left way to the back. Not so good.
The show, however, was excellent. A full band version of “Your House” a run through of most of her hits and generous helping of tracks from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie made up the set.
Building Steam With a Grain of Salt
Would Not Come
Hand In My Pocket
Are You Still Mad
Right Through You
All I Really Want
You Oughta Know
Piano Solo / Uninvited