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Sunday, October 26, 2014

US/Canada Tour Wrap-Up (9/30-10/23/14)

Besides television appearances on Ellen and The Conan O'Brien Show, Ryan Adams and the Shining had far fewer press engagements to worry about during this leg of touring. As a result, the band seemed to be more focused on the shows at hand, and offered many more surprises to the setlists each night.

In 20 shows (if you include the Sonos private party on 10/1), the band played 42 different numbers plus plenty of funny improv songs. "Dear Chicago" (from Demolition) and "I See Monsters" (from Love is Hell) not only received their  debut appearance on tour but became nightly fan favorites. Other tunes that started creeping their way into the band's rotation were "When Stars Go Blue", "My Winding Wheel", "English Girls Approximately", and "Lucky Now". But the biggest WTF moments came as follows: In Santa Barbara on October 1st, the band closed out their opening night show by offering a no-bullshit-perfect cover of "Run to You" by Bryan Adams. Although a little strange to read about, it fit perfectly with the songs from the new album. Then two weeks later in Milwaukee, the band played "Yesterdays News" (a Whiskeytown favorite) for the first time since 2000!

Butch Walker opened up most of the shows, and was often joined by Ryan Adams on drums, along with other members of The Shining. Walker went over really well, as he road tested songs from his upcoming album.

Leg 3 ended with two of the longest shows of the tour. Both of which took place in Austin, TX. The first of which was a 28 song monster of a set that was filmed for the PBS television show - Austin City Limits. This was the only show of the tour to feature a full solo acoustic opening set from Ryan Adams. During which, he played rare renditions of "Desire", "If I Am a Stranger", "Please Do Not Let Me Go" (all firsts on this tour), as well as a slowed down "Gimme Something Good", and the Bryan Adams cover - "Run to You". After this, the whole band came out for a more rockin' electric set. The final night didn't feature the solo set, but was a solid performance nonetheless, and featured solo versions of "My Winding Wheel" and "Lucky Now".

Other notable highlights from the tour:
On October 6th, Ryan closed the Seattle show with a rare solo acoustic performance of "Nutshell" by Alice in Chains.

In Winnipeg on October 12th, Ryan played "Damn Sam" for the only time on tour.

One night later in Minneapolis, the band was joined onstage by Butch Walker during an encore of "Come Pick Me Up". Ryan also played a solo rendition of "English Girls Approximately" for the only time on tour thus far.

"Feels Like Fire" was written on the setlist for the October 19th show in St Louis, but wasn't played (maybe next leg?)


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