Alanis Morissette hit the stage at Stubb’s and played a sold-out show as part of her Guardian Angel Tour. She performed a lot of her old hits during the two-hour set, so it kind of felt like I stepped through a time warp back to the ’90s except without all the flannel. I overheard more than one person in the crowd express the same sentiment—about the 90s, not the flannel.
The only opening act on the bill was Souleye. I only wrote down one thing about it. “Highlight: He only played a 30-minute set.” He went on at 7 p.m. and it was over a little after 7:30 p.m. I stood in the back to watch the show because I’m short and there is an incline outside at Stubb’s. At first, all I saw in the crowd were the backs of heads—motionless heads.
It wasn’t until around the third song that the crowd finally started getting into it. Maybe they needed time to drink their first beer and eat their BBQ. Alanis came out to join Souleye during the second-to-last song and the crowd ate it up.
Morissette started her set a little after 8 p.m. and the show lasted until 10. It was well worth the ticket price if you were a fan. She pretty much went straight into it and there wasn’t a lot of talking.
She opened up with the second track from her latest release, Havoc and Bright Lights. Alanis wasn’t visible for about the first two minutes. Only her voice was audible from off-stage. Then she came out to a cheering crowd and walked briskly back and forth across the length of the stage during the first song, “Woman Down.” She was creating her own wind for all of that long flowing hair.
Morissette introduced the members of her supporting band in between songs. Throughout the night, she didn’t say much, other than telling the crowd how much she loved them and thanking them. After the first song, the harmonica came out and she went into “All I Really Want” and then “You Learn.” After that she played, “Guardian,” the first song off of her latest record.
Interspersed between some of her newer stuff, like “Edge of Evolution,” she performed a bunch of the Alanis classics. Half-way through the set she went into “Ironic” and the whole crowd sang the words with her. Closer to the end, she played more big hits from the ’90s. The crowd enjoyed “Uninvited” and then loudly sang along again when she started “You Oughta Know.”
She came back for the encore and by the end of the night, she had that crowd going crazy. They loved her. I looked around at all the people who were singing along to “Hand In My Pocket”—people who knew every word—and it made me smile. She finished up the night with “Thank You” and I was glad I went, even though I was sick and should have been in bed.