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Thursday, June 18, 2015

US Tour Wrap-Up (4/12-5/12/15

Ryan Adams and the Shining played some of the best shows to date during this leg of touring. During these 15 shows the band played a wide range of venues from huge music festivals like Coachella, and Jazz Fest; to historic dancehalls (Gruene Hall) and even an Opera House in Wilmington, DE. But of all these shows, none seemed more awe-inspiring than the band's two night stint at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.

You may have remembered hearing about a show Ryan played there 12 years earlier, in which he kicked someone out for requesting the classic Bryan Adams tune - "Summer of 69". Well this time around, Ryan pulled out all the stops. During the shows he invited Natalie Prass, Jason Isbell, and Amanda Shires to sing with him onstage; performed some rarely played songs like "Jacksonville Skyline", "Anybody Wanna Take Me Home", and "The End"; and towards the end of the 2nd show played a beautiful stripped down acoustic version of "Summer of '69".

While in Nashville, Ryan and the band also played a special Pax-Am Records showcase at Grimey's Record Store. During this in-store performance he talked about the label, and then proceeded to play guitar, and drums for Mike Viola, Daniel Clarke, and Phoebe Bridgers; as they took turns playing their latest singles. All in all, these 2 days in Nashville were a fan's dream!

But these weren't the only highlights of the tour. A total of 43 different songs were played over the course of these 15 shows. Warhorses like "Peaceful Valley" and "Magnolia Mountain" were stretched out to new lengths. But the best part of all, was the re-emergence of some early solo favorites like "Shakedown on 9th Street" (first time played with a band since 2009), "To Be Young" (first time with a band since 2007), "Nobody Girl" (only played one time with a full band since 2006!), "Gimme a Sign" (first since 2001), "The End" (first time with a band since 2009), and "Love is Hell" (first time since 2008). Ryan Adams and the Shining were also invited to perform at one of the last ever David Letterman shows, and chose another rarity that hadn't been played since 2003 ("Starting to Hut")!

Other Notable Highlights...

In Charleston, Jenny Lewis came out to sing on "Oh My Sweet Carolina". The band played "Shakedown on 9th Street" and "To Be Young" for the first time together. Also "The End" was performed for only the 2nd time by the Shining.

In Miami, Jenny Lewis came out again to sing on "Oh My Sweet Carolina". "Gimme a Sign" and "Nobody Girl" made very rare appearances in the set.

At the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, Photographer and film-maker Danny Clinch joined the band on harmonica for "New York New York". The Danzig song "Mother" was also played in honor of Mother's Day.

In Wilmington, Natalie Prass joined the band to sing on "Oh My Sweet Carolina".


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