Tori Amos: ‘Vladmir Putin is terrified of pussy’

Singer says Russian president has made 'a very grave mistake'

Tori Amos has claimed that Russian president Vladmir Putin is “terrified of pussy” – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to watch.

In a video interview with NME, the singer-songwriter hailed the stand recently taken by jailed Russian punk collective Pussy Riot. Three of the band’s members recently received two-year prison sentences for being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after they held an impromptu flashmob style performance in Moscow’s main cathedral, protesting against the Orthodox Christian church’s support of Putin.

Amos, who will release her new album ‘Gold Dust’ on October, said: “Pussy Riot. Wow. How much respect do all of us have for all of those women? And when I read about it, the tears that came just without thinking about it… the stand that those women are making, the courage, that is bravery.”

The singer, who also hinted that fans “might see a little song coming” due to how inspired she felt by the band, added:

Mr Putin has made a very grave mistake, because clearly he is terrified of pussy. More than of the American government, it seems, more than many things he could be afraid of. And by suppressing it in this way, he’s shown how great his fear is.

Amos also spoke of the challenges she still felt female artists faced in the music industry because they weren’t given time to develop. “I’ve been noticing in the last five years that some of the women that might have been coming up 10 years ago, they don’t have long careers, some of them, because there’s a culture for the ‘next thing’.

“I think there’s so many reasons for this,” she added. “People [are] fascinated by the next contestant on the next show, but what happens to the ones who were on the show before and are developing? A couple of them progress, but we’re not a culture that necessarily wants to grow with our female artists.”

‘Gold Dust’ will be Amos’ 13th studio album and will be comprised of re-workings of previously released material from throughout her career. She released her last record, the classically inspired ‘Night Of Hunters’ in 2011.

She will also play a one-off show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on October 3. To check the availability of Tori Amos tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.