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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

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

US Tour Wrap-Up (3/5-3/17/17)



The first major US tour for Prisoner took place in the south and included stops in Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana. Ryan and his new band (currently called "The Unknown Band" on tour posters) performed some hard rocking sets that have me very excited for things to come. The band features Benny Yurco (from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals) on guitar, Charlie Stavish (from The Shining) on bass, Nate Lotz on drums (from 1989), and Ben Alleman on keys. Together they've created a pretty great backing for Ryan's songs - adding a new mix of soulful/jazzy touches plus some head-banging worthy metal inspired jams.

Looking through the set lists, there really weren't a whole lot of surprises on paper but they did whip up some really cool new arrangements for tracks like "Magnolia Mountain", "Shakedown on 9th", "Peaceful Valley", and "I See Monsters". Ryan also played a couple songs each night solo acoustic such as "Wonderwall", "Come Pick Me Up", "Doomsday", "Breakdown", and others. All of the shows except for one lasted between 22-26 songs. In 7 shows, the band played 34 different tunes.

All in all, I think this is easily the most exciting lineup since The Cardinals days. The band seems to be able to tap into more of Ryan's different musical sides. Ryan has also made a lot of changes to his effects pedals and his guitar arsenal (adding a Flying V and a 12 string acoustic) which has also made things sound more interesting.

Link to Song Stats.

Monday, March 27, 2017

US Tour Notes and Setlists (3/5-3/17/17)

3/5 - The National, Richmond, VA
22 Songs plus an improv called "Out of Tune Guitar". "Wonderwall" and "Come Pick Me Up" were played solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me?/Doomsday/Dirty Rain/Prisoner/Gimme Something Good/Am I Safe/Peaceful Valley/Fix It/Magnolia Mountain/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Let it Ride/Breakdown/Everybody Knows/Anything I Say to You Now/Haunted House/Kim/When the Stars Go Blue/Trouble/We Disappear/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street/Cold Roses

3/6 - The National, Richmond, VA
22 Songs plus an improv about not using the flash when taking pictures. "Doomsday" and "Come Pick Me Up" were played solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me?/To Be Young/Prisoner/Haunted House/Gimme Something Good/Shiver and Shake/Peaceful Valley/Let it Ride/Shakedown on 9th Street/Doomsday/Outbound Train/Breakdown/Magnolia Mountain/Stay With Me/Dirty Rain/Kim/When the Stars Go Blue/We Disappear/Trouble/Come Pick Me Up/Everybody Knows/I See Monsters

3/8 - Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC
23 Songs. "Wonderwall", "Doomsday", and "Come Pick Me Up" were played solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me?/To Be Young/Dirty Rain/Prisoner/Haunted House/Gimme Something Good/Two/Breakdown/Peaceful Valley/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Shakedown on 9th Street/New York New York/Outbound Train/Magnolia Mountain/Kim/Stay With Me/When the Summer Ends/Am I Safe/Doomsday/Everybody Knows/When the Stars Go Blue/Come Pick Me Up/I See Monsters

3/9 - North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC
24 Songs plus an improv ("Get the Febreze"). "Doomsday" and "Come Pick Me Up" were played solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me?/To Be Young/Dirty Rain/Gimme Something Good/Two/Outbound Train/Kim/New York New York/Shakedown on 9th Street/Peaceful Valley/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Breakdown/Halloweenhead/My Winding Wheel/Doomsday/Stay With Me/Am I Safe/When the Summer Ends/Prisoner/Everybody Knows/Magnolia Mountain/When the Stars Go Blue/Come Pick Me Up/I See Monsters

3/10 - The Parker Playhouse, Ft Lauderdale, FL
26 Songs. "Doomsday", "My Winding Wheel", and "Come Pick Me Up" were played solo acoustic.
Do You Still Love Me?/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Prisoner/Kim/Doomsday/Haunted House/Peaceful Valley/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Outbound Train/Magnolia Mountain/Stay With Me/Am I Safe/My Winding Wheel/Do I Wait/Halloweenhead/Anything I Say to You Now/New York New York/Everybody Knows/I Love You But I Don't Know What to Say/When the Stars Go Blue/I See Monsters/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street

3/12 - Gasparilla Music Festival, Tampa, FL
14 Songs plus an improv tune ("Dude With the Sign that Says No Flash").
Do You Still Love Me?/To Be Young/Dirty Rain/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Peaceful Valley/Everybody Knows/Anything I Say to You Now/I See Monsters/Outbound Train/When the Stars Go Blue/New York New York/Magnolia Mountain/Shakedown on 9th Street

3/14 - Orpheum Theater, New Orleans, LA
25 Songs plus an improv ("Mr. Security Guard"). "Doomsday", "My Winding Wheel", "Two", "Breakdown", and "Come Pick Me Up" were performed solo acoustic. "Wonderwall" was performed with acoustic guitar and keys only.
Do You Still Love Me?/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Dirty Rain/Prisoner/Kim/Doomsday/ Haunted House/Peaceful Valley/Wonderwall (Oasis)/Outbound Train/Magnolia Mountain/My Winding Wheel/Two/Breakdown/Stay With Me/Am I Safe/Halloweenhead/Anything I Say to You Now/New York New York/Everybody Knows/When the Stars Go Blue/I See Monsters/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street

3/17 - ACL Live Moody Theater, Austin, TX
Show was cancelled due to illness.