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Tori Amos supporting’Ocean to Ocean’ with Playhouse Square show – News-Herald

The pandemic got to Tori Amos.

Oh, sure, the acclaimed, classically trained and enduring pianist and singer-songwriter — known for songs including “Crucify,” “Cornflake Girl,” “Caught a Lite Sneeze” and “A Sorta Fairytale” — was fine at first.

She huddled up with her music engineer husband, Mark Hawley, in their residence in Cornwall, England, and they invited their adult daughter, Tash, and her boyfriend to stay with them.

Amos tried to keep busy, releasing a book, “Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage,” in the first half of 2020, and a holiday EP, “Christmastide,” in the second.

“I wanted to put out something that wasn’t negative at the time,” says Amos during an interview in mid-April, a week before starting a North American tour that on May 22 will bring her to Playhouse Square’s KeyBank State Theater.

At long last, Tori Amos is back on the road, on tour supporting her latest album, “Ocean to Ocean,” which is in Cleveland on Man 22. (Desmond Murray)

Then came early 2021.

“By the third lockdown, I’ve got to tell you, I was done.”

The restrictions were incredibly strict, says Amos, on the phone from Florida, where she also has a residence.

“If you didn’t have the right license plate, they weren’t going to let you into Cornwall,” she says. “It was pretty severe, and I think at that point, I needed to write myself out of, just, sadness. ”

There was just one problem.

“Normally, I’d take what I call a’pilgrimage,’” Amos says. “I travel. For the last, I don’t now, over 30 years, I travel. I go places and observe.

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