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Sunday, October 23, 2011

US West Coast Tour Wrap-Up 10/9-10/21/11


After a successful solo tour of Europe in June, Ryan Adams brought the show back to the States and toured various small theaters along the West Coast. Once again performing solo, these shows harkened back to the his performances in early 2001 and the fall of 2002. Playing plenty of material from Heartbreaker, Gold, Love is Hell, as well as Ashes & Fire, and from his Whiskeytown days, these shows were a special treat for all those who witnessed them. Ryan Adams reinstated his no taping policy, so finding live recordings of any of these shows is nearly impossible. However the good news is that all of the shows are being taped for possible inclusion on a live album! (Cross your fingers)

Jason Isbell, (a damn good songwriter who I highly recommend listening to) opened most of the shows and joined Ryan Adams onstage for several encores. Most of the encores included an unexpected cover of "Love in the First Degree" (Alabama) as well as Ryan's "Come Pick Me Up", and Jason's "Danko/Manuel".

In 10 shows, Ryan played 49 different songs. Starting each night with "Oh My Sweet Carolina" and closing most nights with "Come Pick Me Up". The sets were slightly longer than the European Acoustic Nightmare shows, clocking in anywhere from 2 and 1/2 hours to 3 hours long and 22-26 songs a night.

"Dirty Rain", "Lucky Now","Two", "Let it Ride", "Firecracker", "New York New York", "Oh My Sweet Carolina", and "My Winding Wheel" were played every night. While "Ashes and Fire", "Invisible Riverside", "Everybody Knows","If I Am a Stranger", "Please Do Not Let Me Go", and "Come Pick Me Up" were played at all but 1 or 2 gigs.

Some other notables

Ryan performed his live concert debut of "Wasted Years" (Iron Maiden) on 10/9. "My Blue Manhattan" and "Cry on Demand" snuck back into his set lists for the first time since 2002. "Cannonball Days" made only its' 2nd live appearance ever on 10/9. Similar to the Europe shows, "New York New York" is a newly arranged version played on piano. On 10/14, "Bartering Lines" made its' lone appearance of the tour closing out the first set. Ryan played "Beautiful Sorta" for the first time as a solo rendition on 10/17. "Now that You're Gone" was played twice on tour and was the first time it has been played since 2004. At the end of the 10/18 show, Ryan Adams performed a metal song in a black hooded coat backed by women holding candles in black metal makeup and dedicated the performance to Jason Isbell.

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