Tori Amos Plans Spring Club Tour, New Album

Amos scheduled to tour for three weeks prior to release of From the Choirgirl Hotel.

Tori Amos' upcoming, fourth album, From the Choirgirl Hotel, will be released May 5 and will be preceded by a three-week club tour set to launch in Miami on April 18, according to Atlantic Records .

In addition to being her first extensive club run in two years, it will also be Amos' first excursion with a full backing band, according to the label.

"I have always dreamed of my first [Tori Amos] concert being a very intimate setting, like a club," said 18-year-old Ashley Blaize, webmaster of the unofficial Amos site "Tea With the Waitress."

"I know that the Chicago show I'm hoping to see will be a drop-dead gorgeous experience," Blaize added. "I am still kind-of scared that my age will affect my seeing her [getting in to the club], but I'll try and find a way."

Amos is expected to debut the first single off Choirgirl Hotel, whose title has not yet been released, during an April 10 appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman," which will be followed by a May 12 gig on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

Blaize said she has some apprehension about seeing Amos perform with a band. "I will miss the sentimental feeling of just a voice and a piano," she said. "Drums and guitars are good, but I am scared of the sound they project with Tori. How could anyone accompany such a wonderful artist?" [Sat., Feb. 21, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]