For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Ryan Adams Wants You To Shut the Eff Up and Listen
|Frank Campagna's mural advertising that night's show, one among many gone-but-not-forgottens highlighted on his GTR art page|
"You guys pay all this money to run your fucking mouth and ruin it for everybody else?" he said in a tone of voice somewhere between furious and resigned. (You remember. You were there. Well, Grimes was anyhow.) "It's like everywhere we go -- it's like, nothing's sacred. 'I'm gonna go to the rock show and pay $30 to ruin everybody else's time because I'm a big fat fucking moron.'" At which point he told the audience: Handle it yourselves, 'cause I won't. "I won't fight the audience, but ya know what? You can. You can. You can. ... Fuck it. It's like going to a museum to look at paintings and watching a guy piss up a rope." At which point he walked off and took a breather. You remember, right?
OK, so maybe you don't. Maybe you missed it. No need now. That tantrum's well-documented. So too is an astonishing set -- one that's probably better than the October '07 SMU show to which we linked back on January 29, our very first regularly scheduled FYWLP. (It certainly sounds better -- this is a soundboard keepsake.) Funny thing is, as pissed as he got, Adams still played all the hits -- chief among 'em a clenched-fist take on "Shakedown on 9th Street," that "Wonderwall" cover and a version of "Come Pick Me Up" that reminds me why it's still my favorite Adams composition among an ever-growing list.
We'll do another one of these tomorrow. Hell, maybe 10 of 'em. You need something to listen to tomorrow night, right? Right.