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Thursday, July 6, 2017

US/Canada Tour Wrap-Up (6/18-29/17)


Only a few weeks after the previous leg of touring in Australia and New Zealand, Ryan and his Unknown Band were out once again for 9 shows throughout the western US and Canada.

Over the course of the tour, the group played 41 different songs. "My Wrecking Ball", "Why Do They Leave", "Oh My Sweet Carolina", and "I Just Might" were dusted off for the first time this year. The band stuck to a similar format to the last couple legs of shows - performing the usual 10-15 classics each night with the rest of the set typically featuring some surprises. Ryan also continued to played some songs solo acoustic during the gigs.

Probably the most notable gig of the tour came at the Alix Goolden Hall in Victoria, BC on June 25th. Ryan was having some problems with his hearing so rather than cancel the show, he played a large chunk of the show (9 songs) solo acoustic. Fans were treated to several rarities including the unreleased Prisoner outtake - "Was I Wrong?."

My wife and I were very lucky to catch 2 shows on this tour in Boulder and Red Rocks. These would mark my 20th and 21st time catching Ryan Adams in concert. All in all the shows were very good! I had been dreaming of going to Red Rocks for many many years and the venue was even more amazing than I was expecting especially when lightning started flashing across the skyline during the the performance.

Some random thoughts about the shows -
- I definitely prefer this lineup to the Shining but not the Cardinals (yet anyway). 
- The band was well rehearsed but they still sounded like a group that hasn't been playing together for very long. Most of the time (more so in Boulder) it seemed that Ryan and keyboardist - Ben Alleman were leading the band around through instrumental parts of songs.
- Ryan Adams is singing and playing guitar better than ever. Over the years, he has become a pretty phenomenal lead guitar player.
- Tod Wisenbaker is definitely the secret weapon in this band. Once him and Ryan starting gelling more musically and come up with more interlocking guitar parts - the sky's the limits. His guitar solos on both nights blew me away but it sounds like a lot of times his playing gets drowned out in the background.
- Boulder got pretty jammy midway through the set with "Cold Roses", "Mockingbird", and "Peaceful Valley." None of the jams really took off though.
- I wouldn't care if he never played "Fix It", "Gimme Something Good", or "New York New York" ever again.
- I really really love the live versions of the songs from both Ashes and Fire and Prisoner. "Doomsday", "Outbound Train", "Dirty Rain", "Invisible Riverside", "We Disappear", "Do You Still Love Me" were all fantastic.

LINK TO THE SONG STATS.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

US/Canada Tour Notes and Setlists (6/18-29/17)

6/18 - Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, UT
18 Songs plus an improv song ("On Instagram"). "My Wrecking Ball" is played for the first time this year.
Let it Ride/Magnolia Mountain/To Be Young/Two/Gimme Something Good/Dirty Rain/Fix It/Prisoner/Outbound Train/Shakedown on 9th Street/Do You Still Love Me/Anything I Say to You Now/When the Stars Go Blue/My Wrecking Ball/Peaceful Valley/Dear John/Doomsday/Wonderwall (Oasis)

6/19 - Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
19 Songs plus an improv ("Mr DuctTape").
Let it Ride/Magnolia Mountain/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Fix It/Prisoner/New York New York/Peaceful Valley/Mockingbird/Cold Roses/Haunted House/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Invisible Riverside/Dear John/To Be Without You/We Disappear/Shakedown on 9th Street

6/20 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
20 Songs plus an improv song about playing at Red Rocks.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Let it Ride/Magnolia Mountain/Shakedown on 9th Street/My Winding Wheel/New York New York/When the Stars Go Blue/Doomsday/Peaceful Valley/Wonderwall (Oasis)/To Be Without You/Dear John/Cold Roses/Come Pick Me Up

6/22 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary, AB
20 Songs. "Doomsday" and "Why Do They Leave" were performed solo acoustic. "Why Do they Leave" and "I Just Might" were performed for the first time this year.
To Be Young/Let it Ride/Magnolia Mountain/Gimme Something Good/Two/To Be Without You/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Cold Roses/Dear John/Do You Still Love Me?/Prisoner/Why Do They Leave/Peaceful Valley/Stay With Me/I Just Might/Invisible Riverside/New York New York/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street

6/23 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, AB
21 Songs plus an improv song ("A Gentle Sneeze").
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Fix It/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Kim/Sweet Illusions/Invisible Riverside/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Let it Ride/Juli/Magnolia Mountain/Do I Wait/Anything I Say to You Now/Wonderwall (Oasis)/New York New York/Come Pick Me Up

6/25 - Alix Goolden Hall, Victoria, BC
25 Songs. Ryan was having some problems with his ears due to menieres disease, so he played a big chunk of this show solo acoustic. Songs played solo included: "Do You Still Love Me", "My Winding Wheel", "Everybody Knows", "Ashes and Fire", "Wonderwall" (with organ!), "New York New York", "Was I Wrong" (rare appearance), "Invisible Riverside", and "Come Pick Me Up".
Do You Still Love Me?/Prisoner/Haunted House/Breakdown/Outbound Train/Tightrope/Doomsday/ Anything I Say to You Now/To Be Without You/We Disappear/Let it Ride/Juli/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Two/My Winding Wheel/Everybody Knows/Ashes and Fire/Wonderwall (Oasis)/New York New York/Was I Wrong?/Invisible Riverside/Come Pick Me Up/Mockingbird/Shakedown on 9th Street

6/27 - The Orpheum, Vancouver, BC
21 Songs plus an improv ("Are You With Me Tonight, Vancouver?"). "Doomsday" was played solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Two/Dirty Rain/Fix It/When the Stars Go Blue/New York New York/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Shakedown on 9th Street/Magnolia Mountain/Breakdown/Let it Ride/Juli/Anything I Say To You Now/Doomsday/To Be Without You/Peaceful Valley/Come Pick Me Up

6/28 - Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
22 Songs plus an improv ("Bruce Springsteen Teleprompter Song"). "Doomsday", "My Winding Wheel", and "Ashes and Fire" were played solo acoustic. "Oh My Sweet Carolina" was played for the first time this year. Prior to "Come Pick Me Up", he told a story about writing the song in Seattle on Valentines Day 2000.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Two/Dirty Rain/Fix It/When the Stars Go Blue/Outbound Train/Prisoner/New York New York/Magnolia Mountain/I See Monsters/Let it Ride/Juli/Doomsday/My Winding Wheel/Ashes and Fire/Oh My Sweet Carolina/We Disappear/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

6/29 - Edgefield, Troutdale, OR
20 Songs plus 2 improv tunes ("I Can't Wind Down" and "Thank You for Coming to the Show")
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Fix It/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Kim/Sweet Illusions/Magnolia Mountain/Doomsday/Ashes and Fire/When the Stars Go Blue/Let it Ride/New York New York/Breakdown/Everybody Knows/Peaceful Valley/Shakedown on 9th Street

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Zealand/Australia Tour Wrap-Up (5/20-5/27/17)


Ryan Adams and the Unknown Band stayed very busy on their week flying around Australia and New Zealand. The band played 6 shows in total that ran from 2-3 hours per night plus Ryan made quite a few radio and tv appearances throughout the week. In Brisbane, the band played a secret show to raise money for a local cat rescue.

Prior to leaving the US, Ryan mentioned via twitter that they had been rehearsing "Meadowlake Street", "Mockingbird", and reworked "Halloweenhead" to sound more like Fleetwood Mac. Only "Mockingbird" ended up being played but there were some other unexpected songs. On May 20th in Auckland, they played a beautiful cover of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" in tribute to Chris Cornell. Four days later in a small pub in Byron Bay, Australia - the band dusted off "Hard Way to Fall" for the first time since 2006, as well as "Friends"and "Desire". Other rarities included in the setlists were "The End", "A Kiss Before I Go", "We Disappear", and "Tightrope".

"Mockingbird" was played at just about every show on the tour while "Come Pick Me Up" was dropped almost entirely from the set. The group started to experiment more with segue-waying and jamming one song into another.  In the 6 shows played, the band performed a total of 40 different songs.

By the end, Ryan seemed happy to be flying home, as he posted the following message on twitter:

Thank you NZ/ AUS fans. These trips have destroyed my body, my balance and my health in my struggle with Meineres Disease. Thank you for the wonderful journey and memories. I'll never forget the brutal press, loyal loving fans, total madness and perfect nights at the Sydney Opera House. Be well my friends. I will love you and my music will love you always. Time to go home now. XO

LINK TO THE SONG STATS.

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Zealand/Australia Tour Notes and Setlists (5/20-5/27/17)

5/20 - Civic Theatre, Auckland, NZ
24 Songs. Ryan and the band covered "Black Hole Sun" in tribute to the recent passing of Chris Cornell. "My Winding Wheel" was performed solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Invisible Riverside/Sweet Illusions/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Magnolia Mountain/Fix It/My Winding Wheel/Let it Ride-->Juli/To Be Without You/Kim/New York New York/Anything I Say to You Now/Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)/Cold Roses/Shakedown on 9th Street

5/22 - Wooly Mammoth, Brisbane, Australia
25 Songs plus an improv tune called "The Ballad of Mahoney". Secret gig announced on the day of the show. Tickets were $5 and all proceeds went to a local non-profit cat rescue center. "Mockingbird" was played for the first time this year. "We Disappear" also made a rare appearance.
Magnolia Mountain/Dirty Rain/Fix It/Mockingbird/Cold Roses/Invisible Riverside/Sweet Illusions -->Dear John/Gimme Something Good/Two/Shakedown on 9th Street/Peaceful Valley/Stay With Me/When the Stars Go Blue/To Be Without You/Prisoner/Doomsday/Haunted House/Outbound Train/Wonderwall (Oasis)/New York New York/Kim/Everybody Knows/Trouble/We Disappear

5/23 - The Tivoli, Brisbane, Australia
26 Songs plus an improv tune ("Brisbane Gothic Girl").
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Stay With Me/Invisible Riverside/Sweet Illusions/Dear John/When the Stars Go Blue/Magnolia Mountain/New York New York/Everybody Knows/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Cold Roses/Fix It/My Winding Wheel/Peaceful Valley/Kim/Anything I Say to You Now/To Be Without You/Mockingbird/Do I Wait/Shakedown on 9th Street

5/24 - The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, Australia
21 Songs. Ryan and company busted out a bunch of rarities tonight - "Hard Way to Fall" (first since 2006), "Friends" (4th time ever, first since 2015), "Desire" (first since 2014), and "The End" and "A Kiss Before I Go" (first time this year). The show took place in a small pub.
Magnolia Mountain/To Be Young/Invisible Riverside/Dear John/Fix It/Prisoner/Everybody Knows/Hard Way to Fall/Mockingbird/The End/A Kiss Before I Go/New York New York/Friends/To Be Without You/Gimme Something Good/Two/Stay With Me/Let it Ride/Desire/Cold Roses/Dirty Rain

5/26 - Margaret Court Theater, Melbourne, Australia
24 Songs.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Stay With Me/Prisoner/Magnolia Mountain/Fix It/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/My Winding Wheel/Invisible Riverside/Let it Ride/Cold Roses/Kim/To Be Without You/Everybody Knows/Mockingbird/Peaceful Valley/New York New York/Shakedown on 9th Street

5/27 - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia
20 Songs. "Tightrope" made a rare appearance.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Two/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Prisoner/Anything I Say to You Now/Tightrope/New York New York/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Come Pick Me Up/Magnolia Mountain/Dirty Rain/Mockingbird/Cold Roses/Shakedown on 9th Street

Monday, May 29, 2017

Just in Case You Missed Anything Vol. 26


Lots of exciting news out there in Ryan Adams land. The Prisoner tour is off to a blazing start with plenty of satisfied fans, new renditions of classics and plenty of surprises. There has also been a recent lineup change with Tod Wisenbaker (guitar) and Aaron Ficca (drums) joining the band. The Prisoner B-Sides are out there on both iTunes and Spotify and were way better than I was expecting - definitely essential listening! Below are some more updates, video, and radio clips worth checking out:

- Ryan Adams gives a track by track breakdown of Prisoner to NME magazine.
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- Ryan with the new lineup performing "Outbound Train" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


- Ryan and the old lineup performing "Prisoner" on The Late Late Show with James Corden

  - Great Interview on World Cafe with David Dye. Also features live recordings from the full show in Philly on 3/3.
- Ryan Adams is featured in several clips of this mini-documentary about NeilFest including some pretty rad live footage of him doing "Old Man" and "Cinnamon Girl" with Norah Jones on backing vocals. The show took place in late 2015.


- Video about the new Ryan Adams signatur JHS VCR Pedal



- In a recent interview from earlier this month at Triple M Rock Radio in Australia, Ryan mentions the possibility of releasing a part 2 and 3 of Prisoner! Below is a quote from the program and link to the complete interview:
RA: "Even with Prisoner and the B-sides, there's still so many songs leftover.... theres still 30 or 40 still out there. There's essentially 2 other albums. I always thought of Prisoner as a trilogy and Prisoner exists now as it is. I always saw it as a part 1, 2 and 3, but noone's heard part 2 or 3 yet. And in fact part 2 and 3 are probably a bit more scandalous in that they're a little more raw. I think Prisoner is very elegant in the way that it deals with the things that it has.... its hard to talk about music that's not out there but i think there was a much more profound darkness on certain tracks and a much more pervasive desperation that was left off to make Prisoner be the thing that it was so it could be forged out of hope and the ability to see past everything that seemed to be happening and looking more toward things that could but some of the stuff I had written, I really felt was bogged down..."
C: Will people hear these records?
RA: "I don't know, maybe there's always a chance. I'm different nowaways. I try not to throw everything out there, I try to save some stuff for myself but yeah i think it's possible. I mean i hope they do because i think theyre really good...."
CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW


- Here's a pretty cool instructional guitar repair video by Stewart MacDonald. In the video, he's fixing up some of Ryan's Buck Owens guitars.


- Some killer new live footage of Whiskeytown from 1997 was uploaded recently. Check it out below. It includes a cover of Iggy and the Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog"


 - A new book has just been released called: Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman. It documents the great NYC rock resurgence of 2000s with groups like The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem. I'm looking forward to reading it as it gives some juicy details of the drug-influenced falling out between the Strokes and Ryan Adams. You can check out an excerpt of the book HERE.

- Below is another pretty cool video of Ryan with the Cardinals from Lollapalooza in 2006. The show includes covers of Sonic Youth, Gram Parsons, and the Dead


- Prisoner skate decks are now available on the Pax-Am site - CHECK IT OUT HERE.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

US/Canada Tour Wrap-Up (4/29-5/14/17)



Ryan Adams and the Unknown Band moved on to the 2nd leg of the Prisoner tour late last month hitting up 8 major cities across the east coast of Canada and the US. Prior to hitting the road there were 2 major lineup changes in the band. Tod Wisenbaker (La Sera/1989) stepped in and took over for Benny Yurco on lead guitar while Aaron Ficca (Macy Gray) stepped in for Nate Lotz on drums. Both members were bombarded with tons of new songs to learn in rehearsals. Ryan posted a huge list of songs on twitter they were trying out for the tour: including such rarities as "When Will You Come Back Home", "Afraid Not Scared", "Political Scientist", "World War 24", "Now that You're Gone", "Cherry Lane", "Blossom", "Friends", "Carolina Rain", "Tears of Gold", "Let Go", "Gracie", "Lonely and Blue", "Happy Birthday", "Kisses Start Wars", "The Crystal Skull", and "P.S." just to name a few!

Over the course of 9 performances, the band played 39 different songs! They stuck to playing a set of nightly warhorses like "Magnolia Mountain", "Do You Still Love Me", "To Be Young", "New York New York", "Shakedown on 9th Street", and a very cool Prisoner-esque version of "When Stars Go Blue." But they also threw in a lot of surprises including: four of the new b-sides ("Juli", "Are You Home", "Where Will You Run", and "Stop You"), "Dear John" which hadn't been played in several years, and a couple others that haven't been played in at least a year ("Blue Light", "La Cienega"). Typically Ryan would play at least one song each night unplugged and solo acoustic which included "NY NY", "English Girls Approximately", "My Winding Wheel", and "Come Pick Me Up." At a show in Columbia, MD - Jenny Lewis even came out and sang with Ryan on "Come Pick Me Up."

All in all, there's a lot to look forward to with the shows coming up. Already there have been plenty of surprises, new arrangements and jams. Ryan's still as funny as ever onstage and there have been lots of positive reviews coming from critics and fans!

LINK TO THE SONG STATS.






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

US/Canada Tour Notes and Setlists (4/29-5/14/17)

4/29 - Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, PA
22 Songs. "Blue Light"  (first since 2015), "Sweet Illusions" (first since 2016), and "La Cienega Just Smiled" (first since 2015) made their tour debuts tonight.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Sweet Illusions/Prisoner/Kim/Outbound Train/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Blue Light/Wonderwall (oasis)/Magnolia Mountain/Fix It/Dirty Rain/New York New York/Haunted House/Everybody Knows/Trouble/La Cienega Just Smiled/Anything I Say to You Now/When the Stars Go Blue/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street

5/2 - Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
21 Songs. "New York New York" was played solo acoustic. "Where Will You Run" was also played for the first time ever.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Dirty Rain/Kim/Haunted House/New York New York/Where Will You Run/Magnolia Mountain/Fix It/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Let it Ride/Anything I Say to You Now/Peaceful Valley/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

5/3 - Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
23 Songs. "English Girls Approximately" was played solo acoustic and made it's first appearance since 2016. "Are You Home" made it's live debut.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/English Girls Approximately/Prisoner/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Let it Ride/Are You Home?/My Winding Wheel/Sweet Illusions/Magnolia Mountain/To Be Without You/Kim/Cold Roses/Shakedown on 9th Street/New York New York/Come Pick Me Up

5/6 - Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
23 Songs. "Come Pick Me Up" was played solo acoustic. "Juli" made its' live debut tonight. "Invisible Riverside" also made a rare appearance.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Fix It/Outbound Train/Kim/Invisible Riverside/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Prisoner/Let it Ride/Juli/Magnolia Mountain/Sweet Illusions/To Be Without You/Haunted House/New York New York/Cold Roses/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

5/7 - State Theatre, Portland, ME
25 Songs plus an improv song ("Battle Axe"). "Stop You" made its' live debut tonight.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Invisible Riverside/Sweet Illusions/When the Stars Go Blue/Magnolia Mountain/Shiver and Shake/Let it Ride/Juli/Stop You/New York New York/Haunted House/Doomsday/To Be Without You/Peaceful Valley/Cold Roses/Everybody Knows/Shakedown on 9th Street/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Come Pick Me Up

5/9 - Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
24 Songs. "My Winding Wheel" and "Come Pick Me Up" were performed solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Invisible Riverside/Everybody Knows/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Haunted House/Let it Ride/Juli/My Winding Wheel/Magnolia Mountain/Sweet Illusions/Kim/To Be Without You/New York New York/Peaceful Valley/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

5/10 - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston, MA
24 Songs.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Stay With Me/Invisible Riverside/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Doomsday/Kim/When the Stars Go Blue/Haunted House/Let it Ride/Juli/My Winding Wheel/Magnolia Mountain/Sweet Illusions/Fix It/Anything I Say To You Now/New York New York/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

5/12 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
25 Songs. "Dear John" made its first live appearance in a few years while "This House is Not for Sale" was played for the first time this year. "My Winding Wheel" was played solo acoustic. Jenny Lewis came out and sang on "Come Pick Me Up".
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/This House is Not for Sale/Stay With Me/Two/Dirty Rain/Doomsday/Kim/To Be Without You/Magnolia Mountain/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Outbound Train/When the Stars Go Blue/Prisoner/Let it Ride/Juli/New York New York/Invisible Riverside/My Winding Wheel/Sweet Illusions/Dear John/Cold Roses/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

5/14 - Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta, GA
12 Songs.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/When the Stars Go Blue/Magnolia Mountain/Let it Ride/Doomsday/New York New York/Outbound Train/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street