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If you didn't attend a show, how are you gonna hear it? Well, since the beginning of Ryan Adams' solo career people have been big enough fans and kind enough persons to record and share hundreds of Ryan Adams shows. As of now there are 550+ shows on Internet Archive, a highly recommended repository for recorded live shows of many artists.

The latest shows to be recorded are:

11/10/2017Ryan Adams
Irving Music Factory, Irving
22/09/2017Ryan Adams
Royal Albert Hall, London
21/09/2017Ryan Adams
Corn Exchange, Cambridge
18/09/2017Ryan Adams
02 Academy, Leeds
17/09/2017Ryan Adams
Sage 1, Gateshead
15/09/2017Ryan Adams
Usher Hall, Edinburgh
10/08/2017Ryan Adams
Øya Festival, Tøyenparken, Oslo
09/08/2017Ryan Adams
Vega, Copenhagen
05/08/2017Ryan Adams
Hinterland Music Festival, Saint Charles
28/07/2017Ryan Adams
Palace Theatre, St. Paul

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18/02/2018
BABY I LOVE YOU CHORDS BY RYAN ADAMS (Guitartabs Explorer)
Guitar chords with lyrics.
BABY I LOVE YOU CHORDS BY RYAN ADAMS (Ultimate Guitar)
Based on the studio recorded version.
16/02/2018
NEW RYAN ADAMS MUSIC VIDEO SHOT IN SPRINGFIELD BY NATIVE (Springfield News Leader)
The latest music video from Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ryan Adams contains glimpses of well known Springfield spots.
HAVE YOU HEARD RYAN ADAM’S NEW VALENTINE’S DAY SINGLE? (Gibson)
Is the rampant over-cynicism usually associated with Valentine’s Day starting to fade? Ryan Adams certainly seems to be a fan of the day, releasing a new single called ‘Baby I Love You’ on February 14.
15/02/2018
NAMM '18 - BENSON AMPS THE SORCERER RYAN ADAMS SIGNATURE AMP (Premier Guitar)
Ryan Adams' upcoming signature amp will be a reality soon.
RYAN ADAMS, WEEN AND EVERY NEW DENVER CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT (Westword)
Ryan Adams, who released a new song ("Baby I Love You") on Valentine's Day, headlines Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Thursday, June 14, with First Aid Kit opening
14/02/2018
LISTEN TO RYAN ADAMS’ NEW SONG “BABY I LOVE YOU” (Pitchfork)
Happy Valentine’s Day
RYAN ADAMS CELEBRATES VALENTINE’S DAY WITH NEW TRACK ‘BABY, I LOVE YOU’ (NME)
It's a smoocher
RYAN ADAMS DROPS SURPRISINGLY HAPPY SONG FOR VALENTINE’S DAY (Triple M)
A change of direction
12/02/2018
HIGH MINDED: RYAN ADAMS (Gossamer)
Rock and roll’s most prolific class clown.
05/02/2018
ANDERSON EAST INTERVIEW (Entertainment Focus)
Speaking of Ryan [Adams], I heard him say one time, ‘there’s no such thing; you just keep writing’.
19/01/2018
STARCRAWLER WANTS TO FREAK YOU OUT (Vulture)
It was from their shows that the band got the attention of Ryan Adams, the prolific rock-and-roller and denim-jacket connoisseur who produced Starcrawler’s album at his Pax-Am Studio.
05/11/2017
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RYAN ADAMS: ‘RYAN IS DEAD’ GRATEFUL DEAD COVER COMPILATION (JamBase)
A version of a compilation featuring Ryan performing Grateful Dead songs or tunes the group would frequently cover circulates on YouTube and focuses on Adams’ shows as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends.
02/11/2017
BETTE SUSSMAN COVERS RYAN ADAMS' 2005 TRILOGY (To Be Young)
Just came out in 2017.
MARGO PRICE, RYAN ADAMS OFFER SNARKY RESPONSES TO 2017 CMA AWARDS MEDIA GUIDELINES (The Boot)
Adams tweeted out a snarky list of "approved topics" for the 2017 CMA Awards red carpet. His suggestions include "wagon wheels," "cussin' at snakes," "dangits" and more.

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Ryan Adams' first Finnish concert

This week the Prisoner tour is making its way through Scandinavia, hitting both Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Juli from Finland has sent me this great write-up of the first time Ryan played in Finland, way back in November 2002. Read for yourself what went down - and thank you, Juli!

Ryan Adams gave his first appearance in Finland on a cold November night at Savoy Theater, a seated concert hall - an unusual place for a rock ‘n roll show.

Adams started to play at 10 pm, a half an hour late. There was an anxious energy throughout the crowd waiting for the show to begin. On stage, there was a black grand piano, red wine, an ashtray, a harmonica holder, and a guitar.

For the first songs the grand piano was played by two women taking turns. They also sang and played the cello, violin and tambourine. Adams played an acoustic guitar sitting, an electric guitar standing and the grand piano. He walked from one instrument to another between almost every song with a cigarette burning, mostly in the ashtray, nearly all the time. The ashtray was taped on the table with black duct tape. After ripping off the ashtray, Adam looked underneath it and placed it on top of the acoustic guitar.

A man shouted “AMY”. Adams buried his face in his hands, shook his head, poured the rest of the red wine down his throat and mumbled “I should never have done that to her”. His black hair was in front of his face and it was hard to see him. He didn’t say a word between the numbers and felt really distant and inaccessible.

The women accompanying Adams seemed apathetic. They hung their heads like they were about to fall asleep waiting for the part to join in. However, the cello sounded amazing. There was a photographer taking pictures. It was so quiet I could hear him taking pictures during the music all the way to the 19th row and it really annoyed me.

Adams played barely for an hour. I was really confused after that. If that was the end, I would have been disappointed. Even the faster songs were arranged ultra slow and he didn’t say a word to lighten up the mood. Adams was the perfect opposite of Malin, who was opening for him. Luckily, there was more…

We applauded for a really long time before Adams took the stage again. I was thinking to myself that he’s a complete asshole, if he doesn’t come back. But he forgot his cigarettes on the table and he had to return to get them. I wouldn’t have been surprised, if he didn’t. Especially when people were leaving. There was an older couple sitting on my right side, they left. I was all alone.

Ryan took the cigarettes and sat down by the grand piano. He used the black duct tape to tape his mouth shut. Then he noticed he can’t drink or smoke and half opened the tape. He gulped down the wine, filled the glass with the ashes and closed the tape again. He removed the tape, but it got stuck in his fingers. He used it to tape a cigarette on his finger and played the first encore.

For the next song he stood up. He started to play the intro, but stopped. He pulled up his pants and closed the belt instead. I guess we know why it took so long for him to return…

After the song he eventually played, he started talking into the microphone for the first time the whole evening. He made a joke about needing a haircut. Said he looked like a junkie Beatle. He even joked about cutting his wrists with the scissors. That’s some dark humor.

Ryan told us he was really tired after flying in from Cork, Ireland. All he wanted to do was go to a bar and get wasted, but he promised to play as long as he could stay awake. There was nothing else to do anyway, because it was so cold outside. He told a joke about two nuns driving a Volkswagon and their encounter with the Devil “which is bad for nuns,” he explained. I didn’t get the joke but it was still funny. Telling jokes was clearly not his day job. He told about the time he applied to work for McDonalds and being underqualified for the job. He filled in the application backwards so that they had to read it with a mirror. They had been very confused. He wasn’t hired. I started wondering what Ryan would do if he didn’t make music, assuming that he had not died of substance abuse.

Ryan was curious about the man requesting to hear AMY. He said “Who was asking for that song?” and the lighting guy to turn on the lights. He jumped down from the stage, walked up to the man and shook his hand. He promised to play it next and returned to the grand piano. The lights were faded out. Ryan noticed the cool fading and asked the lights to be turned back on. He faded them on and off. “On!” “Off!” “On!” “Off-On!” It was hilarious. Eventually he played the song and it was beautiful.

The encore lasted at least as long as the set and the show was over at half past midnight, way past the venue’s closing time. When Chief, the guitar tech, tried to tell Ryan that time was running out he replied “They can’t make me [stop].”

All songs were slow ballads. They were heartbreakingly beautiful and true. Ryan played songs from Heartbreaker, Gold, and Demolition. In addition, he played Whiskeytown’s “Ballad of Carol Lynn”, The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar”, Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone” and “Freight Train” by Elizabeth Cotten. The newest song he had composed the night before and he had the lyrics in front of him on a piece of paper. He could not sing “Wish You Were Here” to the end without cracking up.

I think Ryan is a brilliant songwriter. Each songs is more beautiful than the last and I have no doubt they were written with his heart on the sleeve. Even if the concert wasn’t exactly entertaining in the traditional sense, it was still good. If you just listen to music passively, it doesn’t make you think or feel anything and your thoughts are somewhere else the minute the music stops. You might feel good for a while, but it’s not stimulating.

This concert was so distracting that I had to stop and think if it was really bad or really good. I think it was superb, because especially before Ryan started to speak, he communicated with the audience only with gestures and you really had to pay attention. Who knew that goofing around with an ashtray and cigarettes can be art. No words were really needed. I got a strong feeling that he really meant what he sang.

Even though Ryan had Jesse opening for him, he was his own opening act in a way. The songs were pretty much the same in the set as in the encore, but the way he took his audience was completely different. You really want to listen to the songs when they are performed by a feeling creature. It was impossible not to feel empathetic. Even if it was a confusing beginning, he eventually won me over. The members of the audience who were left in the end, gave Ryan a standing ovation.

All I can feel is a deep compassion for Ryan and gratitude for making me feeling quite OK myself. I am sold and miss him already.

Helsinki, 15 November 2002

(you can listen to the show here)

Latest releases from PAX-AM

Baby I Love You by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. Live At Rough Trade by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 059Prisoner: END OF WORLD Edition by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 058Spotify Singles Session by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. Prisoner by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 058Heartbreaker Deluxe Edition by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 0561989 by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 057WIllow Lane by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 047Burn In The Night by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 046

Latest interviews

10/10/2017KXT KXT host Brad Dolbeer caught up with the singer-songwriter ahead of his October 11 show at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Listen to the full interview for Adams’ take on how tech affects the volume of music we consume, his first concert ever and more.
10/08/2017Vanity Fair Ryan Adams’s Latest Album Is Full of Pain, but He Still Calls It “a Celebration” He shares his thoughts on pinball machines, divorce, leaving New York, and coming back again.
27/05/2017Radio NZ Ryan Adams developed a taste for punk rock and began playing electric guitar in his early teens.
25/05/2017Channel 10 Ryan Adams is currently in Melbourne, Australia today May 25, 2017 and among the many things we find out about Ryan Adams tonight for those like myself who were unaware is that one of the most important things in Ryan's life are his cats, two of which Ryan explains are extra special for reasons you'll hear shortly.
23/05/2017Music Feeds Ryan Adams: ‘Music Is How I Contribute’.
20/05/2017The Music Show Ryan Adams came in to chat about his recording process, producing other artists in his own Pax Am studios and his interest in the music of pop megastar Taylor Swift. He's also got strong ideas about why technology is dehumanising us.
19/05/2017Hauraki Melanie Bracewell interviews Ryan Adams. Mel was lucky enough to catch up with Ryan leading up to his only NZ show in Auckland, which was sold out. Ryan tells Mel about his dream of recreating the Titanic film but only using cats, his music and a whole lot more!
13/05/2017Triple M "We Catch Up With Ryan Adams Ahead Of His Aus Tour". Ryan Adams gives a detailed interview about the inner workings of the Prisoner Tour.
08/05/2017CBC Ryan Adams breaks out on new album Prisoner. Adams talked about the creative process behind his new album and how it has affected his personal relationships.
12/04/2017Clash Music The Hour Of The Wildebeest: Ryan Adams Interviewed “I got a really good heart / I just can’t catch a break..”

Latest videos in the database

New York, New York from Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival, Franklin on 24/09/2017
This House Is Not For Sale from Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival, Franklin on 24/09/2017
Two from Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival, Franklin on 24/09/2017
Gimme Something Good from The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, Columbia on 01/10/2017
I See Monsters from The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, Columbia on 01/10/2017
Do You Still Love Me? from The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival, Columbia on 01/10/2017
Prisoner from Stiefel Theatre, Salina on 03/10/2017
Two from Stiefel Theatre, Salina on 03/10/2017
Gimme Something Good from Stiefel Theatre, Salina on 03/10/2017
Cold Roses from Stiefel Theatre, Salina on 03/10/2017
Happy Birthday from Stiefel Theatre, Salina on 03/10/2017
When The Stars Go Blue from Stiefel Theatre, Salina on 03/10/2017