David Ryan Adams Goes Gonzo with a Secret Late Lunch Show in NYC

So it was rumored on Brooklyn Vegan, the secret Ryan Adams show DID happen around 4:30pm at Cafe Select on Lafayette Street. It was webcast live in the Cardinal Cave, although judging from what could be seen on-site, the laptop that was streaming the show kept crashing and the broadcast probably cut in and out.

So close you could pinch his cheeks

The site of the stripped down show was a mid-sized snack/coffee shop, with perhaps no more than 100 people sitting down in the space. Chairs were brought out in the walk-through aisle so people in the front could sit down and folks in the back could see.

Ryan strolled in after 4 wearing a blue windbreaker, a rock t, jeans, dark rimmed glasses, rainbow colored socks, and his signature brown hair all in a tizzy. He and his band strummed out a number of tunes off the new album including “Evergreen” and “Fix It.”

Video of banter and “Fix It” (sorry it’s so dark… there wasn’t a lot of light there):


Requests were made for some older tunes, including an emphatic request from a man in the front for “Cherry Lane.” Ryan joked that he didn’t know that song, and he didn’t like to play it because of what it was about, to which the man responded, “I understand,” which made Ryan and the band laugh. Ryan started to strum the song, and played it all the way through.

At the end of the number Ryan explained to the guy who requested it what the song was about–Cherry Lane Theater in the West Village. Ryan told the audience how he was drunk and probably on illegal narcotics at the time, bored and needing inspiration for things to write about for a song. He stumbled upon the Cherry Lane Theater and caught a show by Kiki and Herb. He wanted to pay homage to the great show, so he wrote a song using the theater’s name… “the rest of the song” Ryan said, “is about girls.”

Ryan sprinkled the set with jokes about the location of their unconventional gig–apologizing for disturbing people’s late lunch. He then asked the audience members to raise their hand if they had just came to eat lunch. No one did, until a guy in the front feigned being upset, claiming they had ruined his meal–to which Ryan joked back, “Oh, the guy taking pictures was just here to eat lunch!”

He chatted with a girl up front about her shoelace-free Chuck Taylor style sneakers. “They save time,” she responded. Then Ryan inquired about whether or not she’d sewed them (she didn’t, they came like that). He swigged from a huge bottle of Pellegrino, and made jokes about the food menu above his head, “There’s something wrong with their potatoes–they’re leeking.”

After the eight song set, Ryan was immediately surrounded by enthusiastic fans, with one guy rushing over to ask Adam to call up his boss and explain why he wasn’t at work. Ryan instantly agreed, and made up reasons why the young man had to skip work, “I just ran into him on the street and made him come help me with a show I’m doing…I needed him to remind me what songs to play…” he ad libbed.


Ryan helped this guy get a pass for playing hooky.

What a lovely way to spend a Tuesday!

Set list:
Born Into A Light
Evergreen
Natural Ghost
Fix It
Magick
If I Am A Stranger
Cherry Lane
Let Us Down Easy

More over at The Music Slut, Billboard.com, Brooklyn Vegan

Author: laura

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15 thoughts on “David Ryan Adams Goes Gonzo with a Secret Late Lunch Show in NYC”

  1. I feel your pain Jim. I live in Virginia Beach and we are even more out of the loop here. Heavy sigh……….

  2. Jim I feel your pain as well, and said the exact same thing when I got home today! I live in D.C. and nothing like this ever happens here…. ever.

  3. I feel everybody´s pain plus infinite, ´cause I live in Manhattan, but I was working at the moment. SHIT!

  4. I also forgot to add that Ryan amended the ending of “Let Us Down Easy” so that the woman was a robot (with shiny “mirrored eyes”) and she shot laser beams out of her eyes. Classic Adams.

  5. haha, i live in the black forest in germany and that NEVER happens, hahahahah He’s playing tonight in dublin and i was tempted to fly over for 2 nights to catch the gig but…

  6. Caught the halloween show after wrapping my own record in NYC–tho i live in miami (YUCK)..inspiring, bittersweet performance..howd ryan get into such a shite mood in 2 days?….oh yeah, A FEMALE, I BELIEVE HE SAID.. At least some things NEVER change. RYAN IS A DAZZLING HUMAN BEING and an inspiration..discuss your work schedules near the water cooler. This is about beautiful, heartfelt, timeless, f**kin MUSIC!!

  7. What makes ryan such a supreme dickhead? I’d honestly like to know what te rationale is behind that? Does prostalker KNOW the man? Please feel free to explain..

  8. What makes ryan such a “d…”????? I’d honestly like to know what te rationale is behind that? Does prostalker KNOW the man? Please feel free to explain..

  9. What makes ryan such a “d…”????? I’d honestly like to know what te rationale is behind that? Does prostalker KNOW the man? Please feel free to explain..

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