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Sunday, November 30, 2014

US/Canada Tour Wrap-Up (11/6-11/23/14)

This latest leg of touring from Ryan Adams and the Shining was full of surprises. A whopping 57 different songs were played over the course of 12 shows. While the majority of gigs maintained a pretty standard setlist each night, there was a small handful of gigs full of unexpected gems.

Butch Walker opened the shows up each night, and previewed songs from his highly anticipated new album. Ryan Adams and the Shining would typically play as Walker's backing band during part of his set. While on the final night of the tour in New York City, Butch returned the favor and joined the band for a rousing rendition of "Come Pick Me Up".

As mentioned before, there were plenty of surprises during this tour. In Toronto (11/12), the band debuted their upcoming 7" single - "Do You Laugh When You Lie?". While in Red Bank, NJ (11/20), another new upcoming single was previewed called "Blue Light". "The Door" (from Blackhole) made yet another rare appearance in New York City (11/22).

But the most jaw-dropping sets of the tour may have been two rare solo acoustic performances from Ryan at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City. On the first night (11/15) , the crowd was treated to rare performances of "Nobody Girl", "Halloween", "Avenues", "Off Broadway", and "AMY" (all of which hadn't been performed since 2011); as well as only the 2nd live appearance ever of the yet-to-be-released song "This is Where we Meet in my Mind" (from the Glyn Johns sessions). Night #2 (11/17) was yet another classic performance with rarities like "Friends" (first since June of 2011); "The Hardest Part", "Firecracker", and "The Rescue Blues" (first since 2012); the first solo acoustic rendition of "Kim"; and the first ever live performance of the unreleased song - "How Much Light" (another leftover from the shelved Glyn Johns produced album).


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