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Prisoner Tour

Prisoner album coverage at this show

Do You Still Love Me?
Haunted House
Shiver And Shake
To Be Without You
Anything I Say To You Now
Outbound Train
Broken Anyway
We Disappear

Album coverage:
50 %


Source: Leigh Zohs

Source: Ryan Adams

Source: Chris Warne



Black Hole Sun

Black Hole Sun

Black Hole Sun

Black Hole Sun



Coup de Main Magazine
A sombre moment came in the second cover of another artist, with Adams paying tribute to the tragic recent passing of Chris Cornell, through a performance of Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’. An extended version of ‘Shakedown On 9th Street’ sadly marked the end of the show - however left fans somewhat confused with no encore, as the house lights were left off, leaving patrons waiting for an encore that never came. Despite the lack of encore [which was due to the venue’s strict curfew which they just hit with the last song], no-one left feeling disappointed, instead full with musical joy from witnessing one of the greats perform. [full review here]

13Th Floor
I will say that this was probably the best band I’ve seen Adams play with. They really went to town during Magnolia Mountain, stretching out like classic Grateful Dead, before trying out some metal riffs and a bit of prog-rock puffery, going on for close to 15 minutes. The band was practically beaming afterwards, looking somewhat surprised and very pleased with themselves. Then there were the covers. An almost-solo version of Oasis’ Wonderwall is a staple of Adams’ live shows, but after stunning versions of New York, New York and Anything I Say To You Now, Adams and the band were clearly working up something new…and sure enough, after a tentative-sounding intro, we were treated to Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun. [full review here]

Life Uncuffed
The stage is lit and in front of the speakers, sit tiger soft toys, alongside the keyboards a 1950’s lampshade. Guitars are ready on their stands as Ryan Adams pre-selected 80’s TV themed music plays throughout the theatre. The 2,400 capacity sold out crowd await in anticipation of their blue denimed hero to walk the stage. Ryan Adams struts out, grabs his guitar, speaks into the mic saying “Hi, we’re gonna have some fun tonight” steps back counting 1, 2, 3 and the keyboard begins playing the first single “ Do you still love me” off the new album Prisoner. [full review here]

Fan reviews

Review from Ryan Adams Archive
Review by Chris Warne

A few rambling thoughts on DRA in Auckland NZ last night... I was fortunate to catch the second night of Beacon theatre in NYC a couple weeks back and I can't help but compare the two; I have to say Auckland was noticably better, audiance seemed far more attentive and into it - maybe cos we only get to see him once each album cycle down here. Straight out the gate the band sounded massive and loud - perfect audio mix too. Some of the guitar jams were long and exploratory, I'd estimate that cold roses last night was close to ten minutes. The band looked comfortable jamming too; dynamic with lots of space in the sound. My highlight of the show was the run of Prisoner/invisible Riverside/sweet illusions. Prisoner started out solo acoustic and the band came in after a lovely build up in the second chorus. Invisible riverside had the 'dirty rain' band treatment and sounds great as an electric band track. Sweet illusions had a subtle 80s make over in the tempo and guitar tone and it fits nicely with the new material. Black hole sun was a great surprise, I hope it sticks around for the whole tour, it was a fitting tribute. The show was over two hours in length but ended kind of abruptly, house lights stayed down for 5 mins after shakedown and then eventually the house lights came up with no encore despite the audiance going pretty nuts for one. I hope the lack of encore isn't the lasting impression people take from this show. Lastly, at the prior 3 shows I've attended Ryan has only said a few words to the audiance, no banter which I miss a little. Thankfully each time he has been engaged with the music and has come off as quiet rather than pissy about something. Maybe we are just in a new phase... Overall this show was super and I hope the band sticks around. Todd rules.

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