Last night I went to Ryan Adams’ show at Hammerstein Ballroom for Halloween. (I was dressed as… the ubiquitous Amy Winehouse, which I planned a few weeks ago. Although I gotta say, this guy’s project to photograph tons of people wearing an Amy Winehouse cardboard head cut-out is pretty hysterical.)
The show started at 8pm on the DOT and lasted until a few minutes after 11pm, curfew be damned. They played two sets with an intermission. The band and Ry didn’t dress up, but Ryan made three outfit/(costume?) changes–sweater and jeans, t-shirt and jeans, and er… another sweater and jeans. A jack-o’-lantern rested on the piano. When Ryan sat down at the piano, if you had the angle *just right*, he became a true “Halloweenhead”, with the pumpkin replacing his face on his body.
He sang mainly songs from Easy Tiger, but threw in the occasional oldie like “Dear John” and “Stars Go Blue.”
Ryan was sober–swigging Pellegrino through the course of the set. Did his steadfast sobriety influence the staging of the bar areas at the back of the house, which were blocked from sight in the ballroom area after being shrouded with black curtains? Who knows.
Girlfriend Jessica Joffe was there supporting her man, lookin’ like she stepped out of a J.Crew catalog with skinny jeans tucked into classic zip-up riding boots, and a cropped blazer, her red hair pulled back into a sloppy ponytail.
Overall the night was pretty tame. No crazy outburst from Ryan or the crowd. “Halloweenhead” was performed in a slowed down piano version, with the crowd members singing along as best as they could. Some fans were disappointed with the mellow set, others felt differently. I appreciated the lack of jerks yelling and crazy people dancing in the aisle, especially b/c I was having a hunger attack since I didn’t get a chance to eat before the early show start.
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Full set list from Alt-Country.org:
Sun Also Sets
Stars Go Blue
Freeway to the Canyon
Jon Joke/Spacewolf HB bit
Please Do not let me Go
Kiss Before I go
Why Do They Leave
I See Monsters
Let it Ride
Down in a Hole