Posted in music | pictures on February 23, 2009

photos by Tim Griffin

Ryan Adams

"Ryan Adams was born on November 5, 1974 in Jacksonville, North Carolina to Susan and Robert Adams. His father left home when he was nine years old. His mother, an English teacher, encouraged Adams to read and as a child he became familiar with the works of authors including Jack Kerouac, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath and Henry Miller.

Adams' grandmother played a modest role in his childhood, serving as his babysitter after school while his mother worked. When he was eight years old, Adams began writing short stories and poetry on his grandmother's typewriter. He is quoted as saying, "I started writing short stories when I was really into Edgar Allan Poe. Then later, when I was a teenager, I got really hard into cult fiction: Hubert Selby, Jr., Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac." At the age of 14 Adams began learning to play the electric guitar that his mom and stepdad had bought him, and shortly afterwards joined a local band named Blank Label. Although Blank Label did not stay together long, a three-track 7" record exists, dated 1991 and lasting less than seven minutes in total." [Wikipedia]

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals played an approximately 3-hour set at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Sunday (2/22). According to the recently-engaged Ryan, it may have been the last show we see from the Cardinals in a while, or ever, but who knows... More pictures and the setlist, below...

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setlist: (via)

On at 8:35...

I See Monsters
Everybody Knows
Fix It
Let It Ride
Two
Wonderwall
musical band intros
Come Pick Me Up
Grand Island
Why Do They Leave
Freeway To The Canyon

set break (9:35)

Peaceful Valley >
Beautiful Sorta >
Mockingbird >
Dear Chicago
Rescue Blues
Oh My God, Whatever Etc.
Sun Also Sets
evening joke
Goodnight Rose
Bartering Lines
Born Into A Light
Stars Go Blue
Oh My Sweet Carolina
A Kiss Before I Go >
Shakedown on 9th St.

encore at 11:00

Easy Plateau
Dear John
Cold Roses
improv
Magick

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Comments (40)

Was in the back of the room and thought the sound was incredible. Overall a very good show.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 12:59 PM

how is it coming back at that hour via NJ transit?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 1:06 PM

I thought this dork was going to retire.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 1:08 PM

1:06 - Your options are likely non-existent at midnight on a Sunday night

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 1:10 PM

You take the Decamp bus which is right next to the venue - leaves at midnight - takes 30 minutes. you fucking hipster fucks

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 1:12 PM

Wow, great set.

Posted by tremags | February 23, 2009 1:19 PM

Thanks 1:12, i'll look into it for the morrissey show...

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 1:27 PM

phenomenal show. great sound, Mr. Adams was ON. in great spirits too!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 1:46 PM

Why didn't he play "Summmer of '69"? That song is what made him popular and it's a great tune.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 2:32 PM

Why is BV on this dude's jock so bad? There's at least 10 posting a month on what he's listening to, where's playing, how many times he shits a day ect.. Heartbreaker was a great album but everything that has followed is garbage. Not to mention the fact that this guy is the world's biggest prick. total cunt and his shows suck.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 2:39 PM

I don't understand why people choose to take time to write negative things on websites.

People who come around here are interested in his setlists, etc. If you don't care, don't read but to make a Choice, to take your time to rant about something you hate so much that people use words such as 'cunt' and 'prick' all to simply express ones annoyance just seems silly to do so.

way to take the high road, champ.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 2:52 PM

Best ever version of Dear Chicago!

Posted by Elin | February 23, 2009 3:04 PM

great show, MUCH better crowd than New Haven.

Dear Connecticut, shut the fuck up.

Posted by dave | February 23, 2009 4:07 PM

i was robbed.

Posted by eliana | February 23, 2009 4:16 PM

wow he looks amazing these days

Posted by black jesus | February 23, 2009 4:43 PM

I live 2 miles away and was gonna try to get a ticket, but I'm sick and hit the wall early. I suck.

Posted by rich | February 23, 2009 5:08 PM

come pick me up? really?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 5:25 PM

Hearbreaker was his only good album? who the hell are you, eric clapton? This is probably coming from the same guy that sits at Starbucks every afternoon with his cronies and whines about how ultimate-guitar.com didn't post the tabs to the newest Mars Volta record yet.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 6:16 PM

douche!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 6:21 PM

This was so freaking wonderful! The best show I have been too. He was so into the show, it really showed.

Posted by Colleen | February 23, 2009 7:20 PM

Venue looks good and is a short drive from my house, when is someone good gonna fuckin play there

Posted by Mike | February 23, 2009 9:17 PM

Has he paid back any of that dough to Courtney yet?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 10:09 PM

Goodbye L'Enfant terrible, Hello Mr Consistency! Ryan was up there last night happy as can be, downing can after can of diet coke instead of booze. He sounds great and looked happier than ever up on stage. He put on a 3 hour show (as opposed to the 110 minute show WITH a break and NO ENCORE that he put on in '06) It looks like Mandy put his ass into shape and is doing him a lot of good. Glad to have the boy wonder back, lets hope he keeps making records, even if its 1 every 3 years as opposed to 3 records in 1 year that we were accustomed to!

Posted by Craig | February 23, 2009 10:11 PM

"....but everything that has followed is garbage."

wrong.
utterly incorrect and false.
must feel good to be such a dick.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2009 11:44 PM

Forget "Summer of '69," I wanna hear him do a Mandy Moore cover.

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2009 3:20 AM

I drove all the way from Philadelphia to see this show. Definitely one of the best concerts, if not the best concert, I've ever been to. I'm pretty sure that I was the guy that Ryan pointed out when he said, "Hey look at that guy up there..." or whatever his exact words were.

Posted by Mike | February 24, 2009 4:46 AM

i was at the show also, i thought it was great, i do however think it could have been alot better if he didnt let the asshole who was yelling, "MAGNOLIA MOUNTAIN" every five seconds get to him, i wish he would of just relax a bit more, other than that he put on an amazing show with a great set list. I think i speak for everyone at the show when i extend a big FUCK YOU to whoever the fuck kept heckling, i also will probably never listen to Magnolia Mt. again because i will never be able to get that douche out of my head lol

Posted by steve | February 24, 2009 12:09 PM

Whoever brought up Bryan Adams is a fucking idiot... That joke was old in 1999
Missed the show but set list looks incredible

Posted by Tim | February 24, 2009 12:55 PM

I loved the show, all 3 hours. Who does that anymore? I heard all my favorite tunes, nice venue, Ryan was in top form....couldn't ask for more. The whole band came together rather nicely on some of the longer jams. I'm glad I finally got to see them, certainly before Ryan's hiatus.

Posted by Debbie | February 24, 2009 3:08 PM

I agree Debbie. Very reminiscent of the Grateful Dead. Everyone sounded incredible even from way up in the nose bleed seats. Definitely one to remember!

Posted by Gilly | February 24, 2009 3:53 PM

This is my 3rd time seeing Ryan and the boys and I agree with the two SB's above definitely the best show ever. Ryan looked liked he was having a great time on stage. There were a couple of moments but he sucked it up and continued doing what he does best. He was hilarious as Cowboy Man. I never saw that side of him. The playlist was awesome and I never wanted the show to end, especially since I had off from work the next day.

Posted by Pattie | February 24, 2009 4:16 PM

I think I'll get me a cardinal tatoo :)

Posted by SB | February 25, 2009 9:11 AM

I'm getting the cold rose tat

Posted by Pattie | February 26, 2009 12:06 PM

This was a really great show.. my 5th time seeing him! However, I would have to say that his September 08 show in Boston was the best show yet! I was super stoked that he did Dear Chicago.

Posted by Anonymous | February 26, 2009 4:48 PM

i guess he retired from retiring.

Posted by maynard g. krebs | February 26, 2009 11:40 PM

I enjoyed the pre-Oasis set at MSG but even greater was Halloween 07' at Hammerstein.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2009 12:27 AM

This show was in the top 10% of concerts I've seen, fucking hipster fucks notwithstanding. Thought the setlist was great. 10/10, really as far as shows go.

Anyone know of a soundboard tape circulating. Internet Audio Archive has the night before but not this one.

Thanks. JJ&tBF

Posted by Jimmy James and the Blue Flames | February 28, 2009 8:51 AM

Mike, you said, "Venue looks good and is a short drive from my house, when is someone good gonna fuckin play there"

Well since you don't like Ryan Adams, I bet you are a Poison fan. Bret Michaels will be there on March 21st! You and your stupid Budweiser guzzling asshole friends will have a great Saturday night.

Posted by Jimmy James and the Blue Flames | March 1, 2009 12:26 PM

This was so freaking wonderful! The best show I have been too. He was so into the show, it really showed.

Posted by JammRoll | March 20, 2010 9:00 AM

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