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Monday, August 14, 2017

US Tour Wrap-Up (7/28-8/5)


Ryan Adams and the Unknown Band hit the midwestern US for 7 shows making stops in St Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago, St Louis, and St Charles. Most of the shows were headlining gigs played in theaters while 2 were festival shows (Lollapalooza and Hinterland).

Out of the 7 shows, 39 different songs were performed. Prior to the July 29th show in St Paul, someone had posted a song request for the rare b-side - "On My Life" on the venue's marquee.  Ryan caught a glimpse of the request while walking in the venue and the band ended up playing it live for the first time ever. "Dear Chicago" was appropriately brought back into the set for the first time this year during the 2 shows in Chicago. Also at Lollapalooza, Ryan played "Happy Birthday" from the III/IV album for the first time live. The group continued to jam out "Magnolia Mountain" at every show. On August 1st in St Louis, Ryan dedicated the song to Jerry Garcia and proceeded to play a 20 minute jammed out medley of "Magnolia Mountain" --> "Cold Roses--> "Invisible Riverside".

LINK TO SONG STATS.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

US Tour Notes and Setlists (7/28-8/5)

7/28 - Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN
24 Songs.
Gimme Something Good/Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/Stay With Me/Two/Anything I Say To You Now/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/New York New York/Magnolia Mountain-->Cold Roses/Let it Ride/Juli/My Winding Wheel/I Just Might/Am I Safe/Prisoner/To Be Without You/Shakedown on 9th Street/I See Monsters/Invisible Riverside/Do I Wait

7/29 - Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN
22 Songs plus an improv ("It Ain't Snowing"). Someone put up a song request for "On My Life" on the marquee outside the venue. Ryan saw this prior to the show and played it live for the first time ever.
New York New York/Doomsday/Gimme Something Good/Do You Still Love Me/Dirty Rain/This House is Not for Sale/Blue Light/Outbound Train/When the Stars Go Blue/On My Life/Magnolia Mountain--> Cold Roses/Fix It/Dear John/Let it Ride/Juli/Prisoner/Kim/Trouble/We Disappear/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

7/30 - Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI
23 Songs.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/Prisoner/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/I Just Might/Two/Magnolia Mountain-->Cold Roses/Invisible Riverside/Let it Ride/Juli/Do I Wait/Halloweenhead/To Be Without You/New York New York/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street

8/1 - The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
23 Songs. Ryan dedicated "Magnolia Mountain" to Jerry Garcia.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/Prisoner/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/I Just Might/Two/Magnolia Mountain-->Cold Roses-->Invisible Riverside/Let it Ride/Juli/Do I Wait/Halloweenhead/To Be Without You/New York New York/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street

8/3 - The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL
23 Songs.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/Prisoner/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/My Winding Wheel/Ashes and Fire/I Just Might/Stay With Me/Magnolia Mountain-->Cold Roses/Invisible Riverside/Let it Ride/This House is Not for Sale/Dear Chicago/Anything I Say To You Now/New York New York/Come Pick Me Up

8/4 - Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
14 Songs. Festival Show. "Happy Birthday" was played for the first time ever live.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Dear Chicago/Let it Ride/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/When the Stars Go Blue/Come Pick Me Up/New York New York/Happy Birthday/Dirty Rain/Shakedown on 9th Street/Magnolia Mountain

8/5 - Hinterland Music Festival, Saint Charles, IA
21 Songs plus an improv ("St Charles")
Gimme Something Good/Do You Still Love Me/Everybody Knows//Outbound Train/Two/Doomsday/Dirty Rain/When the Stars Go Blue/Magnolia Mountain-->Cold Roses/New York New York/Fix It/Prisoner/Breakdown/To Be Without You/Am I Safe/Let it Ride/I Just Might/Anything I Say to You Now/Halloweenhead/Shakedown on 9th Street

Thursday, August 10, 2017

European Tour Wrap-Up (7/6-7/16)


Ryan Adams returned to the shores of Europe for his first tour there since the summer of 2015. The band played a wide mix of shows in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, and Germany. The first few gigs of this leg were large festival shows where the group played a more scaled down 13-16 song set. Following that, Ryan Adams and company played headlining gigs at large amphitheaters as well as some of the most beautiful and intimate outdoor venues I've seen (Lake Garda, Italy! woah!).

The band brought a few surprises back into the setlist including "When the Summer Ends", "Am I Safe", "Blue Light", "Halloweenhead", and "English Girls Approximately". "Trouble" was played for the first time since 2015. The group also began to stretch the jamming out further on a medley of "Magnolia Mountain" and "Cold Roses" (ocassionally hitting the 20 minute mark).

I'm still waiting to hear back about one set list (Gaou Island, France) but during the 8 other shows, the group played 39 different songs.

LINK TO SONG STATS.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

European Tour Notes and Setlists (7/6-7/16)

7/6 - NOS Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
13 Songs. Festival Show.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Doomsday/Let it Ride/Magnolia Mountain/Anything I Say to You Now/Outbound Train/When the Stars Go Blue/Fix It/Peaceful Valley/New York New York/Shakdown on 9th Street

7/7 - Mad Cool Festival, Madrid, Spain
15 Songs. Festival Show.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Doomsday/Outbound Train/Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/Let it Ride/New York New York/When the Stars Go Blue/Anything I Say to You Now/Fix It/Cold Roses/Come Pick Me Up/Shakdown on 9th Street/My Winding Wheel

7/8 - Cruilla Festival, Barcelona, Spain
16 Songs plus an improv song ("I'll Never Shut Up"). Festival Show.
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Doomsday/Outbound Train/Gimme Something Good/Two/Stay With Me/Let it Ride/New York New York/When the Stars Go Blue/Anything I Say to You Now/Fix It/Cold Roses/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street/My Winding Wheel

7/9 - Pointu Festival, Gaou Island, France
Festival Show. Waiting on setlist

7/11 - Cavea Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome, Italy
22 Songs
Do You Still Love Me/Gimme Something Good/Doomsday/Anything I Say to You Now/Stay With Me/Blue Light/Let it Ride/Juli/When the Summer Ends/Am I Safe/Two/I Just Might/Prisoner/When the Stars Go Blue/Do I Wait/I See Monsters/Breakdown/We Disappear/To Be Without You/Haunted House/Peaceful Valley/Shakedown on 9th Street

7/12 - Anfiteatro Del Vittoriale, Lake Garda, Italy
24 Songs plus an improv ("Walter Grey")
Do You Still Love Me/Gimme Something Good/Am I Safe/Stay With Me/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Let it Ride/Juli/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Anything I Say to You Now/Cold Roses/When the Summer Ends/This House is Not for Sale/I Just Might/Two/English Girls Approximately/Halloweenhead/Sweet Illusions/Everybody Knows/New York New York/To Be Without You/Trouble/Shakedown on 9th Street

7/13 - Culture Factory, Zagreb, Croatia
23 Songs.
Gimme Something Good/Stay With Me/I Just Might/Doomsday/Tightrope/Anything I Say to You Now/When the Stars Go Blue/Blue Light/When the Summer Ends/Am I Safe/Two/Prisoner/To Be Without You/Let it Ride/Juli/Magnolia Mountain --> Cold Roses/Invisible Riverside/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/New York New York/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

7/15 - Muffathalle, Munich, Germany
25 Songs plus an improv ("Slimy Guys").
Do You Still Love Me/To Be Young/Gimme Something Good/Two/Dirty Rain/Outbound Train/Prisoner/Blue Light/When the Summer Ends/Stay With Me/Am I Safe/Doomsday/When the Stars Go Blue/Let it Ride/Juli/Magnolia Mountain/Cold Roses/Invisible Riverside/Anything I Say to You Now/To Be Without You/Everybody Knows/New York New York/Come Pick Me Up/Shakedown on 9th Street

7/16 - Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
25 Songs.
Gimme Something Good/Do You Still Love Me/Outbound Train/Everybody Knows/Doomsday/Dirty Rain/Stay With Me/Two/When the Stars Go Blue/New York New York/Magnolia Mountain --> Cold Roses/Invisible Riverside/Fix It/Let it Ride/Juli/Prisoner/To Be Without You/Am I Safe/When the Summer Ends/I Just Might/Halloweenhead/I See Monsters/Shakedown on 9th Street/Come Pick Me Up

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.