Ryan Adams @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC [6/24/06]
Unbelievably tired, so I'll keep this short. Ryan and band went on at 2am, off at 3:30am. One set (thankfully). Set was heavy on Cold Roses, a few from the Rock n' Roll and Love is Hell era, a couple from Heartbreaker and a few other songs scattered throughout. Highlights for me were "Dear Chicago", "Cherry Lane" and "To Be Young".
All told, it was a good Ryan show, if not great. I thought they did a good job of putting together a pretty upbeat setlist without too many lulls like they had on the first Cold Roses tour where they were jamming everything out over two sets. At the same time, the only ones who really seemed like they were happy to be there were Ryan and Brad. The new guitarist, whose name I don't know - note: former guitarist JP Bowersock was seated in the balcony - stuck out like a sore thumb. Didn't seem to fit with the band, or be particularly happy to be there. I think he's been in the band for the better part of a year, but it sure didn't seem like it.
Oh, why exactly did it take until 1:30am for them to let us upstairs at Bowery?