Alanis Morissette Overwhelmed Arroyo Seco With Nostalgia Review+Photos: Alanis Morissette @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/24/18
“… The first huge rock concert I ever attend was at the Irvine Meadows when Alanis Morissette was dominating the radio and album sales charts with her third studio, and Grammy Award winning, album Jagged Little Pill. That album took post-grunge and pop rock, infused with a massive amount of pent up aggression and yielded a series of chart topping singles that pretty much dominated radio between 1995 and 1996; and at Arroyo Seco she played them all.
If you thought The Bangles chart topping setlist was golden, you’d have to call Alanis’ set diamond. Every single song she performed, even if it wasn’t derived from Jagged Little Pill, was a chart charted around the world, and it was clear that everyone in attendance sang along to every song.
There was so much love for Alanis in audience. As I looked around during the performance, I noted that I was surrounded by mostly women; each of whom were mouthing the lyrics to every song. You could see it in their eyes that gazed intently at the stage. The air was thick with memories, and you were overwhelmed with nostalgia when familiar choruses were shouted at the tops of lungs.
Each song was a story about the trials of a youthful love, and was- clearly- intimately relatable with Arroyo Seco Weekend attendees, who spent that performance revisiting old memories of broken hearts and the emotions tied to them. I didn’t need to ask anybody about what they were feeling. You could see it in their eyes …”