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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

US Tour Wrap-Up (12/3-12/18/14)

December of 2014 was a very special month in the history of Ryan Adams shows. Once again Ryan Adams and The Shining continued to improve and develop even more musical chemistry. At most of the shows, the setlist began pretty similarly, but there were some new twists within the sets, such as the new jammy segue-ways between "Peaceful Valley" and "Cold Roses". Also just about every show on this leg featured a new improvisational tune which the band followed beautifully.

Most nights began with a stellar set from Pax-Am recording artist - Jenny Lewis, who managed to make a lot of new fans with her engaging performances. During these sets, Ryan would typically join her band on guitar for several songs. Then Jenny Lewis would return the favor by joining the Shining on backing vocals for "Come Pick Me Up" and "Oh My Sweet Carolina". Toward the end of the tour, Ryan and the band also began covering "She's Not Me" from Jenny's latest album; giving it a whole new dirge-y and super soulful vibe.

Over the course of 11 shows, the band played 37 different songs.

Other notable highlights from this leg

- In Albuquerque, Ryan was suffering from a sore throat, so decided to slow things down and played a 10 song solo acoustic set. This part of the show featured rarities like "If I Am a Stranger", "Why Do They Leave", and for the first time since 2012 - "Holy Diver" (Dio cover) and the Whiskeytown classic "Houses on the Hill".

- In San Francisco, the band was joined onstage by one of Ryan's musical heroes and friends - Jello Biafra from the legendary Dead Kennedys. During the show, he led the band through raucous rendition of "Moon Over Marin" from the Kennedys' classic album Plastic Surgery Disasters.

- On the final night of the tour at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, the band was joined onstage by Stephen "Doc" Patt on pedal steel for part of the set. The band also played "Wonderwall" for the first time since 2012!



  1. Stephen "Doc" Patt plays pedal steel. He's also on the "No Shadow" 7"