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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
17/09/2017Ryan Adams
Sage 1, Gateshead
09/08/2017Ryan Adams
Vega, Copenhagen
05/08/2017Ryan Adams
Hinterland Music Festival, Saint Charles
28/07/2017Ryan Adams
Palace Theatre, St. Paul
16/07/2017Ryan Adams
Tempodrom, Berlin
15/07/2017Ryan Adams
Muffathalle, Munich
11/07/2017Ryan Adams
Cavea Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Rome
27/05/2017Ryan Adams
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

This just in

19/10/2017
INSIDE THE MAKING OF TEGAN AND SARA'S 10TH-ANNIVERSARY THE CON TRIBUTE ALBUM (Entertainment Weekly)
Sara Quin, Cyndi Lauper, Ryan Adams, and Sara Bareilles break down the new covers album that reimagines the band’s seminal 2007 LP
RYAN ADAMS PRISONER WORLD TOUR GIG POSTERS (Proper Magazine)
Designed by illustrator / designer Ivan Minsloff, the posters are in the classic style of US rock posters, with nods to Ryan’s obsession with cats, automobiles and the cities he’s playing.
16/10/2017
MEET PHOEBE BRIDGERS, THE RYAN ADAMS-ENDORSED LA MUSICIAN CREATING CONFESSIONAL POP (Hero)
With a website address like phoebefuckingbridgers.com, you’ve got to have a ballsy, head-strong attitude and LA-based singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has just that.
WATCH RYAN ADAMS PAY TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY WITH “EVEN THE LOSERS” AT ACL FEST (Relix)
Ryan Adams closed out his Prisoner 2017 tour with a special nod to Tom Petty at Austin City Limits Festival, where he covered Petty's "Even the Losers" as his final song.
14/10/2017
RYAN ADAMS - LIVE @ AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FESTIVAL, USA, 06-10-2017 (Live Bootlegs)
Exclusive concert from Live Bootlegs Blog!
12/10/2017
RYAN ADAMS GOES OFF ON FAN AFTER FLASH DURING SHOW IN IRVING (Star Telegram)
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams ripped a fan who wouldn't stop taking flash pictures during his show Wednesday night at Toyota Music Factory.
07/10/2017
RYAN ADAMS’ HOURLONG ACL FEST SET PROVIDES A SAMPLING OF HIS DEEP CATALOG (Austin 360)
Hourlong sets at music festivals aren’t really the best musical environment for a performer like Ryan Adams, who’s written so many songs over the last two-plus decades that boiling it down to just a dozen or so is fairly limiting.
06/10/2017
ACL REVIEW: RYAN ADAMS (Austin Chronicle)
Americana’s ex-enfant terrible delivers the hits
03/10/2017
LISTEN TO RYAN ADAMS COVER TEGAN AND SARA’S ‘BACK IN YOUR HEAD’ (NME)
Adams' rendition will feature on the pair's 10th anniversary reissue of 'The Con'
RYAN ADAMS ON TOM PETTY: HE 'INSPIRED ME MY ENTIRE LIFE' (Rolling Stone)
"This world needed him, and he did not disappoint," Adams says
02/10/2017
RYAN AND ME: A DOZEN MEMORABLE MOMENTS WITH RYAN ADAMS OVER THE YEARS (My Statesman)
A dozen encounters with Ryan Adams over two decades offer a glimpse at the artist, who’s playing ACL Fest.
27/09/2017
EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: RYAN ADAMS RETURNS TO THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (Royal Albert Hall)
Excellent photos by Andy Paradise.
26/09/2017
PILGRIMAGE FESTIVAL SEES FINE SETS BY EDDIE VEDDER, RYAN ADAMS, AND MORE [PHOTOS] (Live For Live Music)
Though the heat was formidable, the weather didn’t stop festival-goers, with both days of the festival selling out and many folks staking claim at the front of the festival’s four stages to get close spots for Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder, Ryan Ad
RYAN ADAMS REVEALS SUBTLE SCIENTIFIC TRIBUTE ON THE COVER OF HIS ALBUM GOLD (Relix)
If you've never taken a long, careful gaze into the cover of Ryan Adams' landmark record Gold, then you probably never connected the subtle nod to the actual element of gold.
POP REVIEW: RYAN ADAMS AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL (3 OUT OF 5 STARS) (The Times)
Adams showcased his versatile abilities: thoughtful singer-songwriter, maudlin country balladeer, bar-room rock’n’roller

Latest blog post

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

Prisoner: 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 046Ten Songs from Live at Carnegie Hall by Ryan Adams from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 053Killer by Phoebe Bridgers from PAX-AM (cat. no. PAX-AM 050

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

from Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival, Franklin on 24/09/2017
Come Pick Me Up from Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 12/09/2017
Come Pick Me Up from Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017
New York, New York from Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017
My Winding Wheel from Breese Stevens Field, Madison on 29/09/2017
One Single Red Balloon from Breese Stevens Field, Madison on 29/09/2017
One Single Red Balloon from Breese Stevens Field, Madison on 29/09/2017
Oh My Sweet Carolina from Breese Stevens Field, Madison on 29/09/2017
Oh My Sweet Carolina from Breese Stevens Field, Madison on 29/09/2017
What The Hell Are You Doing Up In That Crane from Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival, Franklin on 24/09/2017
Magnolia Mountain from Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 12/09/2017
Broken Anyway from Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 12/09/2017

Latest photos in the database

Ryan Adams at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater, Austin on 05/10/2017 Ryan Adams at The Orpheum, Memphis on 30/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Breese Stevens Field, Madison on 29/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival, Franklin on 24/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival, Franklin on 24/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Royal Albert Hall, London on 22/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Corn Exchange, Cambridge on 21/09/2017 Ryan Adams at 02 Academy, Leeds on 18/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Sage 1, Gateshead on 17/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 15/09/2017 Ryan Adams at Usher Hall, Edinburgh on 15/09/2017

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