PHOTOS: Alanis Morissette at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mt. Pocono, 09/08/18
On an unseasonably chilly, rain-filled Saturday in September, seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette brought her current tour to the first-ever Outdoor Summer Concert Series at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono. Over 2,000 fans packed into the sold-out pavilion to see the queen of alt-rock angst in all her glory.
On a day with gray skies and soaking rains, it may have been the perfect setting to be taken on a nostalgic trip through a set heavy with the dark, sadness-filled breakup songs that made “Jagged Little Pill” – Morissette’s classic album that sold 33 million copies and netted five Grammys – the soundtrack of the late ’90s.
Many who haven’t followed her closely over the years may have been surprised to see that she has shed her long, dark locks for a much shorter pixie cut these days, but they quickly realized as the Canadian songstress opened with “Jagged Little Pill’s” “All I Really Want” that even though her hairstyle may have changed, her energy and iconic voice are still as prevalent as fans remember when she burst onto the post-grunge scene in 1995 with a sound all her own.
Her 18-song set featured tracks from her albums “Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie,” “Under Rug Swept,” “So-Called Chaos,” the “City of Angels” soundtrack, and her most recent album, 2012’s “Havoc and Bright Lights,” but much to the delight of the eager crowd, the bulk of her greatest hits were taken from “Jagged Little Pill.” Songs like “You Learn,” “Hand in My Pocket,” “You Oughta Know,” and “Ironic” filled the night with raucous sing-alongs and standing ovations.
In a time where most of us can say, on any given bad day, “Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?” Morissette did her best to leave her fans with a feeling “that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine.”
Alanis Morissette setlist, Sept. 8, 2018, Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono:
All I Really Want
21 Things I Want in a Lover
Right Through You
Hand in My Pocket
Head Over Feet
You Oughta Know
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