15 October 2007

Ryan Adams and the Beloveds

Is there anything better than a lovely autumn Sunday? It’s still a bit too hot here for October, but that didn’t stop my good day.

I spent the afternoon — the lovely, sunny, warm afternoon — at a neighborhood arts festival a few miles from my ‘hood. The Occasionally Beloved Engineer’s band played early in the afternoon, and I hate missing an opportunity to feed my inner groupie. The OBE’s band played a solid hour of damn good cover tunes — everything from The Clash to The Killers. I should pout, though, since OBE didn’t play an R.E.M. tune for me.

The Occasionally Beloved Engineer jams with his boys.

I also got a chance to hook up (and share a beer) with Scrivener and his daughters (his daughters drank apple juice) at the festival. His girls are lovely and lively, and I enjoy every minute I spend with Scrivener.

The heat and the beer went a bit to my head, but luckily I had just enough time for a late-afternoon nap before my night out.

Is there anything more luxurious than a Sunday afternoon nap?

And that night out was Ryan Adams and The Cardinals at the Fox Theater. Pal Cindee scored some good seats, and we prayed for weeks that we’d score Good Ryan.

We scored.

Ryan performed two sets, for a total of about two hours. He covered much of his catalog — “Sylvia Plath” and “Cold Roses,” “Two” and “Bartering Lines,” “Wild Flowers” and “Let It Ride” — and several more.

I think Ryan likes me. I’ve scored Good Ryan both times I’ve seen him — last night and last summer. Supposedly, Bad Ryan took the stage his second night last summer … because, I’m sure, he knew I wasn’t there.
My favorite song of the night closed out the first set. I went to the show with the most rabid Oasis fan in Atlanta, and the band starts playing the opening notes of “Champagne Supernova.” We’re squealing and jumping up and down — much like Scrivener’s daughters on the playground. But wait … the words aren’t quite right. Ryan and the band teased us with that opening to “I See Monsters.” Excellent!

Ryan didn’t talk much during the first set, but chatted a good bit during the second. He thought the Fox was “a nice joint.” He seemed relaxed and healthy. They didn’t play an encore and received some boos when they didn’t return to the stage — but a check of setlists from this year’s tour showed he isn’t doing encores this year. I would have loved to hear him play “Wonderwall” — but I’m glad he played well.

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At 10/15/2007 11:56:00 PM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

Oh a flal festival. That sound like so much fun. Drat I can't type write, ...rite.right. Stupid vicodine. I love Ryan Adams. Bit I don't understand. He started playing Champagne Supernova but didn't? I'm confused.

At 10/16/2007 02:49:00 AM, Blogger jewgirl said...

nobody gives a concert review like you. I think somebody has one hell of an a la almost famous career opportunity. I'm just sayin'

At 10/16/2007 03:09:00 AM, Blogger Moxie said...

I just listened to Easy Tiger today and really enjoyed it. God bless the public library system for offering CDs to check out for 25 cents a pop! Isn't it odd how some musicians are so sensitive and fragile, while others manage to make it big without losing their sense of self?

Some music questions for you: have you started reading Eric Clapton's book (), and have you listened to Mark Ronson's Version? The latter is very fun and funky. I can't speak for the Clapton book, but I did read an excerpt in the latest issue of Vanity Fair and thought, "Wow, what an arrogant asshole." Damn sad about his son, though.

At 10/16/2007 04:55:00 AM, Anonymous gifted typist said...

It's different hearing music in an outdoor venue, more relaxed, less intense. Always love doing outdoor festivals especially for blues.

At 10/16/2007 11:59:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh wow, a Sunday afternoon festival PLUS a Sunday night concert? You be hard-core, girl!

I have my final concert of the season this week, then I sleep.

At 10/16/2007 12:57:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

I kind of want to have sex with Ryan Adams. Don't tell Glenn.

At 10/16/2007 01:19:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

I saw Ryan Adams when he was still with Whiskeytown at a small venue outside Madison, WI. I talked with the band after the show and Ryan stole my lighter. If you see him again, get my lighter back.

At 10/16/2007 02:02:00 PM, Blogger Mother Goldstein said...

I really like Ryan Adams been a fan since the early days. i love "Easy Tiger" it's great CD.

I just wish Ryan felt the same way about Minneapolis as his fans feel about them.


I still love the guy.

At 10/16/2007 02:04:00 PM, Blogger Mother Goldstein said...

that link got cut off


At 10/16/2007 05:20:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

As it turns out, I'm only two degrees away from Ryan Adams -- I am friends with one of his former bandmembers. He had LOTS of stories to tell about Adams' boozehounding.

At 10/16/2007 05:45:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

I don't like Ryan Adams just because I don't ever want to be misheard by someone cool who thinks I'm espousing a love for Bryan Adams. Oh, and because I don't much care for his music.

At 10/16/2007 05:49:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

Any Parker Posey sightings?

At 10/16/2007 09:48:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

ARTFUL DODGER: Ryan and the band played the opening notes to "Champagne Supernova," then went into "I See Monsters." I guess the beer muddled the writing side of my brain.

JEWGIRL: Where do I send my check for your PR services?

MOXIE: I haven't been interested in Clapton since 1987, so I haven't picked up the book. Let me know if I should read it. I'm off to check out the Mark Ronson.

GIFTED TYPIST: I'll find any excuse to get outside in October. Music in a park is the best way to spend those hours, isn't it?

At 10/16/2007 09:51:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BARBARA: I was a complete slug on Saturday, so I was ready for Sunday!

BECKEYE: I do, too. I won't tell Glenn if you don't. He probably does, too, though.

MICHAEL K: Anyone going to see Ryan in the coming weeks? Michael needs his lighter back. (P.S. Don't you love Madison?)

MOTHER GOLDSTEIN: I wonder if it's Minneapolis he hates, or Westerberg. It is a weird phenom, isn't it?

At 10/16/2007 09:52:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BLUE BLANKET: You have the inside scoop on all the coolies, don't you? Dish for us!

PISTOLS AT DAWN: Well, he's no Phil Collins ... hey, wait ... that must mean that Ryan Adams is talented AND cool.

GRANT MILLER: According to the Ryan Adams scholar who accompanied me to the show, he has broken up with Ms. Posey and is now squiring around a model, one of the chicks on the new J. Crew catalog.

At 10/17/2007 11:52:00 AM, Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Wonderwall is my favorite of his, so I'd be disappointed if he didn't play it, too. But "Sylvia Plath" is up there, and — as you said — at least he played well.

At 10/17/2007 08:48:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

BETH: I can tell you, the bandmembers took a lot of shit from Ryan when he was on the sauce (which was all the time). When he was sober, he was massively talented, but when he was wasted, there was no point. He screwed up during concerts and even in the studio and became belligerent about it -- it was embarrassing to them. That was the reason my friend quit. He just couldn't stick around to watch the poor guy destroy his career -- and theirs by proximity.

At 10/19/2007 05:58:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

i can't believe you didn't mention the rem connection with a member of ryan's band. are you slipping on us, dear beth?

At 10/20/2007 10:58:00 PM, Blogger Jacy said...

Beckeye: I too want to sleep with Ryan Adams. Badly.

Glad you got Good Ryan. I got him too, and he was stupendous. Musically, I mean.

At 10/25/2007 08:31:00 AM, Blogger Chicky-babe said...

so good to hear others are experiencing Good Ryan this fall... we may have had chain mail in Dallas, but you got Sylvia Plath, which is phenomenal. He also teased us with changing up the intro to I See Monsters, and it ended up being so beautiful that way.


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