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The Ryan Adams & The Shining Tour

Ryan Adams album coverage at this show

Gimme Something Good
Am I Safe
My Wrecking Ball
Stay With Me
Feels Like Fire
I Just Might
Tired Of Giving Up
Let Go

Album coverage:
36 %


Source: Ollie Labone

Source: Ollie Labone

Source: Ollie Labone

Source: Ryan Adams



Off The Tracks
The mature Adams is a wonder to see and hear. No hissy fits, minimal banter – until he’s comfortable, then he’s hilarious – and a belief that, finally, there’s nothing to so desperately prove and it’s all about letting that catalogue of songs do the work. Present the gifts, keep the fans happy. [full review here]

There seems to be a new found maturity to Ryan Adams these days, whether this is a result of a healthier lifestyle since being diagnosed with Meniere's disease, a degenerative ear condition that can cause extreme vertigo. A new found sobriety and overcoming drug related issues, becoming an author and a move to Los Angeles to start his own record label seems to sit well on his shoulders if his Wellington concert is anything to go by. [full review here]

The Wireless
Tiny Ruins’ Hollie Fullbrook was a fitting opening to the evening, demonstrating her deep Nico-toned, jazzy vocal talent and fingerpicking skills. Fullbrook’s warm voice was well played off against occasional bursts of staccato guitar plucking. There’s a beautiful simplicity to the music she creates, which can be goose bump inducing. [full review here]

Pip Squeaks
Big rock tracks like Magnolia Mountain and Peaceful Valley showcased the pure talent of the rockers ruling the stage. Adams lead grungy guitar solos in true style, flipping back his trademark face-covering, shaggy hair and showing us he is entitled to wear the quintessential rocker outfit of denim on denim. But five tracks into this series of solo after solo, which flicked from shades of Neil Young and Crazy Horse to Tom Petty to U2, the crowd became a little weary. I found it hard to connect for this long when I’d still had no introduction to the band members of the Shining, so far we had no real feel for the group behind the music and who they were. [full review here]

Everything Gone Green
The most striking thing for me, having prepared myself for this gig by repeatedly consuming his abbreviated acoustic – and very mellow – Live at Carnegie Hall album (see here), is just how much richer and complete a number of these tunes sound with a full band behind them – most notably ‘Nobody Girl’, which morphs into an extended full-blown psychedelic twin-guitar wig-out. That song is one of several “climax” moments, coming at the end of a run which includes ‘Peaceful Valley’, ‘Kim’, ‘Oh My Sweet Carolina’ and ‘Shakedown on 9th Street’. [full review here]

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