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Monday, October 10, 2016

US/Canada Tour Wrap-Up (8/4-8/26)

The August tour marked the end of an era for Ryan Adams and the Shining. With a new album due in the next couple months and a new backing group currently in rehearsals for the next tour, these shows may have been the last that we'll see of this lineup. Despite the bittersweet news, you couldn't have had a more perfect ending to the tour as Ryan Adams and the Shining played an epic 29 song tour-de-force at Red Rocks Amphitheater. This was followed by an emotional solo gig in Ontario that was heavy on material from Ashes and Fire.

Ryan Adams and the Shining stuck to a pretty normal setlist for most of the gigs. But as always there were some surprises - mostly at the Red Rocks show. Another song from the new album was debuted called "Do You Still Love Me?" which drew quite a few comparisons to Foreigner. Other rarities played at Red Rocks included "Mockingbird" (first time played live since 2009), and 4 songs that hadn't been played since 2015 ("Political Scientist", "I Love You But I Don't Know What to Say", "Nobody Girl", "Easy Plateau"). Over the course of the 7 shows on this tour, Ryan and the band performed 44 different songs.

On the first 2 nights of the tour (8/4 in Santa Barbara, and 8/5 in Los Angeles), Jenny Lewis' new group NAF opened up for the band. On both nights, she sang with the Shining on "Oh My Sweet Carolina" as well as "She's Not Me" from her last solo album. The other guest appearance came from Jason Isbell who played lead guitar and sang on "Oh My Sweet Carolina" during the Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco. Earlier in the day, Ryan returned the favor by coming out to play on a cover of "Sway" by the Rolling Stones.


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