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Review: Fiona Apple rants at Perez Hilton, wins raves for her music at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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We're still waiting for video footage of Fiona Apple's 10-minute diatribe directed toward gossip blogger Perez Hilton, apparently for posting an unflattering photo of her last week. But someone was filming it from the foot of the stage on Saturday night at Ruth Eckerd Hall, so we imagine it's only a matter of time before it goes viral.

In the meantime, let's focus on the music! Following that odd introduction, Apple delivered an electric 90-minute set packed with old favorites in Clearwater. Sean Daly was among the 1,307 in the crowd, and he writes:

Apple is touring behind new LP The Idler Wheel..., which is just her fourth album in 16 years. Like all her efforts, it's intensely personal about the men in her life, but she doesn't reflect with a whisper and a moan. Periphery featured fluttery notes like Snow White on a helium binge, and Every Single Night had a hook like a lovelorn Apache battle cry.

"What does it say about me that I already feel bad about being mean to Perez Hilton?" she chuckled in the middle of her 90-minute set. She then played the puckish Paper Bag from 1999's When the Pawn..., during which she did her pouty little-girl twist, complete with wobbly spins and stomps of her tiny feet.

Apple was at once defiant and vulnerable, angry and accepting. "Stop calling me frail," she said after new song Daredevil. "I'll beat the h--- out of you guys!" 

For more on Fiona and that rant, click here for Sean's full review.

Photo: Chris Zuppa, tbt*

[Last modified: Sunday, September 30, 2012 2:31pm]

    

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