Friday, July 20, 2007

Ryan Adams: Live @ The Wilshire, 7/19/07

[Yes, Row U - this is the glamorous life of a low-level blogger.]

Though last night’s show at the Wilshire got started off slower than most people in the crowd expected or desired, last night’s Ryan Adams and the Cardinals show was a good one. It was nice to see him play a ton of songs off his latest release, Easy Tiger (amazing album, by the way), his voice sounded great, and the acoustics left nothing to be desired . However, the show’s overall weakness was its set list. I would have liked to hear Adams dust off a Whiskeytown tune, would have enjoyed hearing at least one song from Heartbreaker, and felt that he spent a little more time on 29 than was necessary... Despite these things, the show really picked up towards the end, especially when Adams got up front for "Is This It." "Magnolia Mountain" was amazing to hear live as the last song of the night, leaving everyone wanting one more song. Especially entertaining were Adams' playful remarks inbetween songs - he'd bark/growl, tell us that collectively, our hair looked really good (true), and referred to the silence as "first date silence." Nice to see that he's doing well and is enjoying performing -- can't wait to hear what he's going to be putting out next (after December's rumored box-set).

"Please Do Not Let Me Go"
"Blue Sky Blues"
"Oh My God, Whatever, Etc."
"The Sun Also Sets"
"Blue Hotel"
"Dear Chicago"
"Let It Ride"
"Elizabeth, You Were Born To Play That Part"
"Off Broadway"
"Dear John"
"I Taught Myself How To Grow Old"
"Starlite Diner"
"Cold Roses" (<-- one of the songs I really wanted to hear)
"Peaceful Valley"
"Goodnight Rose" (forgot how good this song is!)
"This Is It" (<-- re-energizing!)
"Goodnight Hollywood Blvd."
"How Do You Keep Love Alive?"
"A Kiss Before I Go" (<-- sounded great)
"Magnolia Mountain" (<-- blew everyone away)

P.S. -- You have to check out I Am Fuel, You Are Friends this week if you're a fan of Mr. Adams. They've got some great Easy Tiger alternative versions not to be missed.


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