I went to see him play in Toronto at Massey Hall this week. Gimme Something Good, the first track on the album and also the first to open the show, is an anthem to reckon with. The chorus has this 80s vibe but in every perfect way. It’s gritty, heavy with electric and leaves with you kind of a longing feeling. He also played a new song called Do You Laugh When You Lie for the first time during the show which is the latest single to be revealed on his next 7-inch coming out in early December. Keep your eye out for this one, it's incredible. He played a full 2 hours through many crowd favourites like Dirty Rain, Stay With Me and Oh My Sweet Carolina to name only a few.
He also played This House Is Not For Sale which he prefaced by saying, "this next song is really just a review of the movie Beetlejuice...I wish I was kidding." He also had everyone in stitches while retelling a story of the time an old ex walked in on him blasting a Puddle of Mudd ballad from a mix tape he'd made himself titled "best worst possible ballads of all time".
Reluctantly he ended the show with Come Pick Me Up. I would say that of all the shows I've been to, Ryan Adams has the best sense of humour. His interaction with the audience is very authentic, spontaneous and he feeds off being in the moment with you. Then as if the night couldn't get better, through a series of random events, divine favour and my friend Emily's sister, we got to hang out with Ryan after the show while they packed up the tour. He loves his pinball, pizza and some others P's and that is all I will disclose. Stay weird.