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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:

05/05/2018Ryan Adams
Saenger Theatre, New Orleans
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

This just in

02/07/2018
IS FENDER’S RYAN ADAMS SIGNATURE MASTER BLASTER STRAT DUE FOR IMMINENT RELEASE? (Gearnews)
Rumours about the Ryan Adams Signature Stratocaster Master Blaster have been gaining traction, and we had hoped for an official release at Summer NAMM. But it didn’t happen. Mostly.
29/06/2018
RYAN ADAMS, CONOR OBERST CONTRIBUTE NEW SONGS TO ROCK ROM-COM JULIET, NAKED (Stereogum)
Adaptations of Nick Hornby novels always come with some music woven into them.
26/06/2018
THE NIGHT RYAN ADAMS SAID “F**K YOU” TO THE FILLMORE (Salon)
It was 1998. I was tour manager for Whiskeytown. We were fried and frustrated by the time we played San Francisco.
25/06/2018
RYAN ADAMS POSTS UP-CLOSE VIDEO OF TO-BE-RELEASED SIGNATURE STRATOCASTER (Reverb)
The short, close-up video reveals that the black finish contains iridescent sparkles and shows the enormous "Strat" headstock detail in full.
21/06/2018
TOUR MANAGER RECALLS "BRILLIANT WRECK" OF RYAN ADAMS AND WHISKEYTOWN (Houston Press)
“Tour managing Whiskeytown was going to be like chaperoning eighth graders on a class trip to D.C.,” he writes. “Eighth graders who drank and smoked pot.”
19/06/2018
RYAN ADAMS HAS A WHOLE BUNCH OF ALBUMS READY TO RELEASE, INCLUDING ‘PRISONER’ SEQUELS AND LONG-LOST LP ‘BLACKHOLE’ (NME)
The musician has given fans an update on some projects he's been working on.
14/06/2018
RYAN ADAMS GUESTS AS DENVER WEATHER PRESENTER (NME)
The musician said he's always dreamed of doing the weather, “partially because of the movie Twister”
13/06/2018
LISTEN TO RYAN ADAMS’ ABSURD NEW SONG FOR DENVER TV STATION (Pitchfork)
Tomorrow, he’s presenting the weather forecast on the local channel
WATCH RYAN ADAMS DO THE WEATHER ON DENVER 7 NEWS (Stereogum)
Adams told the newscasters he was sitting at home with his three cats when he got the call to do the weather on Denver7. Tonight he wore a Batman shirt and sunglasses while presenting the forecast.
09/06/2018
RYAN ADAMS SHARES SUMMER-THEMED SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS (JamBase)
Ryan Adams prepared a pair of Spotify Playlists to soundtrack your summer days and nights and you don’t have to wait until the solstice to listen to them.
05/06/2018
RYAN ADAMS SHOCKED US WITH A SONG FOR WESTWORD (Westword)
Here's the story behind the music, and a dissection of the lyrics, which include a job application and announcement of Adams's new band, Megacat*.
29/05/2018
RYAN ADAMS HONORS COLORADO RADIO STATION IN NEW SONG (Paste Magazine)
Clocking in at just under two minutes, the track, wielding some heavy guitar and clanging drums, very much evokes ‘80s hair metal.
RYAN ADAMS WROTE A JINGLE FOR A SMALL RADIO STATION IN COLORADO (SPIN)
Adams just released a one-off song—more of a jingle, really—dedicated to a specific FM radio station in Colorado.
25/05/2018
NICKI BLUHM SHARES RYAN ADAMS COLLABORATION ‘BATTLECHAIN ROSE’ (JamBase)
Nicki Bluhm co-wrote “Battlechain Rose” with Ryan Adams. The pair first came together for a set at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival that also featured The Infamous Stringdusters.
23/05/2018
WATCH RYAN ADAMS PERFORM ON “THE VOICE” SEASON FINALE (Pitchfork)
Florence and the Machine also appeared on the final episode of season 14

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

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

Dear Chicago from Ulster Hall, Belfast on 08/09/2017
To Be Without You from The Voice, Los Angeles on 22/05/2018
Shine A Light from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Torn and Frayed from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Happy from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Rocks Off from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Sweet Virginia from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Ventilator Blues from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Let It Loose from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Can't You Hear Me Knocking from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Shine A Light from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018
Tumbling Dice from Saenger Theatre, New Orleans on 05/05/2018