Bell Center: Back to Basics with Alanis Morissette

Alanis Morissette offered her “fans” a box of nostalgic candies on Tuesday night at the Bell Center as part of her anniversary tour, which she kicked off in early summer.

• Also read: Jagged Little Pill: the album that changed everything for Alanis Morissette

After a 10-year absence from the metropolis, the singer-songwriter performed the tracks from her Totem album Jagged little pill first released in 1995, reissued in 2015, then re-appeared on shelves in 2020 in a deluxe edition as part of the 25th anniversary world tour.


Bell Center: Back to Basics with Alanis Morissette

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Dressed in a baggy T-shirt and leather pants, the gentle-hearted rocker shared in a song about the emotional wreckage she went through growing up and spoke about toxic relationships, domestic violence, the place of women and resilience. Sometimes reserved, sometimes powerful, sometimes full of emotion, her rich, nuanced voice seemed to be in complete control when she ran into trouble last month that forced her to cancel two dates in the UK.

Over 33 million copies sold,Jagged little pillwhich won the 1996 Grammy for Album of the Year and Rock Album of the Year hand in my pocket, You learn and Everything I really want, key pieces in the career of Alanis Morissette. With them, the 48-year-old Ontario singer opened her concert, to the delight of the spectators, who often rose from their seats to sing or dance with her, a glass of beer in hand raised high in the air, citing his health.

The crowd was also very loud in their applause of encouragement and appreciation. That’s how it was head over my feet the singer grabbed her acoustic guitar and her harmonica for this.


Bell Center: Back to Basics with Alanis Morissette

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The iconic ironic, which is preserved in the final part of the concert, served in turn as a discreet tribute to drummer Taylor Hawkins, who died earlier this year and accompanied Alanis Morissette on her debut before joining Foo Fighters. Images in which he occasionally performs, taken during the singer’s first world tour, were also projected onto the giant screens that adorned the stage.

The ultimate breakup song You should knowOften covered by the likes of Britney and Beyoncé, it was played just before the encore and was undoubtedly one of the crowd’s favourites, given how enthusiastic the latter was from the first notes.

Many Thanks was the very last.


Bell Center: Back to Basics with Alanis Morissette

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The Morissette contribution

Alanis Morissette, with her liberating anthems and challenging sweetness, has paved the way for many artists emerging on the music scene today, such as Avril Lavigne, P!nk or Olivia Rodrigo. At the beginning of the concert, the presentation of a beautiful video montage tracing the musician’s last 25 years in popular culture reminded us of her important contribution to the Canadian and American art landscape.

Jagged little pill is also one of the most emblematic rock albums in Canadian popular music.

The evening opened with the alternative rock group Garbage, which strung together the successes of the mid-1990s mainly thanks to the titles Stupid girl as well as’only happy when it rains and Strange played while waiting for Alani to arrive.

The anniversary tour Jagged little pillwhich was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 before being postponed for obvious reasons, will take place on Friday from 9:30 p.m. as part of the Festival d’été de Québec on the Plains of Abraham.

The storm before the calmAlanis Morissette’s new album has been available since June 17th.

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