So I got an email yesterday from a “Losering” reader named Kyle Foushee, who provided a nice little puzzle piece from Ryan’s recent history. Chapter 17 of the book recounts a 2007 show at Red Rocks, in which Ryan went out of his way to avoid interacting with his former bandmate Phil Wandscher (who was opening the show with Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter). But, as documented in several photos, that didn’t stop Ryan from intently watching Wandscher’s performance from the wings. Phil had sent those pictures my way last year; and it turns out that Kyle was the photographer.
“I took them with a simple point-click camera, so the quality isn’t great,” Kyle says now. “But they are clear enough. I actually flew from Charlotte to Denver for the show. I met a friend there, who had befriended Phil while living in Seattle. We naively thought we would be backstage and possibly get to meet Ryan and the Cardinals, Lucinda, Old 97s. Obviously, turns out that did not happen, ha. It was indeed an odd show.”
For those of you reading at home, this falls on pages 186-187.