|11/28/02||Ryan Adams||Reported Set List:||Previous|
|Olympia Theatre||Sweet Lil' Gal (23rd/1st)||Next|
|Dublin, Ireland||Oh My Sweet Carolina|
|To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)|
|I'm Alright Today|
New Song Debut:
|Thank You Louise|
New Song Debut:
|I See Monsters|
|The Bar Is A Beautiful Place|
|Touch, Feel & Lose|
|My Winding Wheel|
|When The Stars Go Blue|
|Twice As Bad As Love|
|New York, New York|
|Solitaire (w/ Jesse Malin)|
|La Cienega Just Smiled|
This was the one.
People who dont get it, ask why I travel around city
to city, even country to country, to see the same
people over and over. Scruffy Americans strumming
guitars and singing miserable songs, right? My answer
is its not a movie, every show is different, you keep
going for the chance of witnessing something special,
an amazing night, something that makes all the hassle,
time and money worth while, something that makes the
hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, the
killer show. Dublin last night was a killer. This is
what made up a killer show.
An old fashioned music hall, ornate and twiddly decor,
very very steep (I was in an upper circle so steep you
needed help from Sherpas to find your seat- maybe I
was banished there for the sin of being English!),
like a more compact Shepherds Bush Empire. Excellent
acoustics too, didnt need all the reverb that Mr
Soundman had a liking for, even from the upper circle
you could hear Ryans foot tapping during To Be Young.
Diehards. No longer is Ryans audience made up of
people there out of passing interest, its a hardcore
following now. As early as the fourth number,
Firecracker, it was becoming an audience sing along.
Approval was roared for every move, except maybe the
hat, a flat cap worn at a variety of angles! The plus
side of the natural tendency of Irish people to talk
constantly was a whole load of banter, which amused
Ryan when audience members actually began heckling
each other! The down side was that quiet moments were
not always quiet!
Jesse Malin's confidence in these shows is growing
faster than a runaway express train. 'Queen of the
Underworld' and 'Brooklyn' are becoming classics. New
songs 'Arrested' and 'Silver Manhattan' promise much
for the next record. Jesse was so good here I was
thinking even if Ryan has a bad night it's been worth
the trip, how wrong could I be.
The New Stuff
This show was a return to the post Heartbreaker style
with the 'What shall I play now?' attitude, and
'Here's one I wrote last night' ( 'Thank you Louise'
a guitar song similar in style to 'Amy') and 'Hey
Chief, you got those lyrics for that new one?' ('Twice
as Bad as Love' guitar and cello, uptempo number).
Other new numbers 'Shadowlands' on piano, after which
Ryan said jokingly, 'That song is so depressing, what
the fuck is wrong with me?', 'Your Love has Come to
Stay' a guitar song, as Ryan pointed out, happy for a
change, and 'I See Monsters' a guitar song about lying
next to a dreaming girl, reminded me of Elliott Smith.
All very promising.
The Old Stuff
The great thing here was that Ryan was prepared to
have a go at almost anything, he tried Wildflowers,
but couldn't figure it out. But dropped everything to
do 'The Bar is a Beautiful Place' and followed that
with an electric guitar version of 'Touch Feel & Lose'
that took my breath away. An acoustic New York New
York was also in response to requests, and actually
started off sounding like 'Avenues'! 'Bartering
Lines' grew into a full Zeppelinesque blues rifferama,
sounded great. Beth Orton's 'Sweetest Decline' has
been Ryanised, it doesnt sound like a cover at all
now. Jesse Malin reappeared for 'Solitaire' which gave
an indication of how Jesse will be with a band, which
is pretty good. Winding Wheel, and La Cienega both
sounded like absolute classics by any measure. The
string section now sound part of things rather than an
add on , or even an irritant, as they have in the
The X Factor
Call it ambience, spontenaeity, the 'vibe', the 'mood'
whatever, it was there in Dublin, and thats what made
this show what it was. Last night had much more of
the X factor than London or Manchester.
Ryan came on at 9.30, I looked at my watch as I got
back to street level, 10 to 12, so something over 2
hours in all.
Needless to say if youve read this far, but I'll say
it anyway! This was one best shows Ive seen by anybody
anywhere, thats why I do it, the killer show!
(Others may know different on new song titles, though
Ryan did name 'Thank You Louise' 'Shadowlands' and 'I
Sweet Lil Gal
Oh My Sweet Carolina
To Be Young
Your Love Has Come To Stay (?)
Thank You Louise
I See Monsters
The Bar Is A Beautiful Place
Touch Feel & Lose
Stars Go Blue
Twice As Bad As Love (?)
New York New York
Solitaire (with Jesse Malin)
La Cienega Just Smiled
Patrick (Paris next week for the final frontier!)
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