Friday, September 18, 2009
Ryan Adams - Roseland Theater - April 24th, 2006
Drunk, stoned, and mumbling incoherent babble in between a few decent songs. No this isn't a description of me at the show last night. This unfortunately was Ryan's pathetic attempt at a solo acoustic show. Jesse Malin's inspired, energetic opening only further highlighted what this show could've been. Although Malin isn't quite as talented as Adams, he is still hungry whereas Ryan knows that most of his devoted fans will gush and fawn over even the most aborted renditions, false starts and lame jokes as he took 5-10 minutes between each "song" to tune his guitar and order vodka drinks. I've seen what he's capable of at previous shows and I don't expect for him to play hits, Whiskeytown or otherwise but I also won't give a good review to a lame show. Just because his voice is beautiful and he writes incredible songs does not mean he always puts on great shows and he fell way short here. Even the very cool surprise of Phil Lesh coming out to play with him on a few Dead classics could not save this trainwreck. Put down the bong, pick up the guitar, shut up and sing a song. That's why we're here.