Tuesday night, Ryan Adams played his first full-band show in almost four years, as part of a star-studded benefit for the Teenage Cancer Trust at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Reports indicate that the set included a song made up on the spot plus “Oh My Sweet Carolina,” several new songs that will be on his upcoming album, a lot of very funny banter and “Come Pick Me Up” as a closer. Even though he didn’t do a single Whiskeytown song (Oh, Ryan — Ryan, Ryan, Ryan…), I truly wish I’d been there. The always-reliable Mega-Super-Gold was first on the scene with a setlist (the original is viewable here); reviews and show reports are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here; and you can download a recording of the show here.
Ryan also popped up on the interwebs this week as part of a punk band called Pornography, which is putting out a limited-edition seven-song seven-inch (!) next month. Check out opening song “Last Nite at the Opera,” all 53 seconds of it, here; and you can start pestering your favorite independent record store about snagging one of the super-rare vinyl copies that will be released April 20 for Record Store Day.
Meantime, there’s talk of a U.S. tour when Ryan’s album comes out, and hope springs eternal that he’ll bless his old home state with a show. But it’s pretty much as certain as death and taxes that he won’t play anywhere near his former Raleigh stomping grounds.
Since Ryan won’t come play here, then, it seems like the thing to do is to get some folks together to play some of his songs. And that’s exactly what is going to happen later this spring at a club in Raleigh, a Ryan Adams tribute show. It’s still coming together, so I can’t spill details just yet. But there should be a date, a place and a lineup to report very soon.