Thursday, August 11, 2005

5 things I learned about Ryan Adams

1. At 14, Ryan Adams joined his first band, the Black Flag-inspired Blank Label. He played drums. The band recorded an EP, pressed 200 copies and sold them all to record shops in Raleigh, Greenville, Wilmington and Rocky Mount.

2. On that famous night at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium where a fan continued to heckle Ryan by requesting Bryan's "Summer of '69" -- Ryan performed a cover of Bob Dylan's "Joey" (off Dylan's best album, Desire).

3. Ryan Adams has performed "Summer of '69" on at least three occasions: 11/13/01; 11/28/01; 07/26/05.

4. Ryan Adams is a friend/fan of Alanis Morissette. They wrote a song together called "1974" (not to be confused with the same-titled song on Rock N' Roll). The title comes from the year both of them were born. They performed the song once live at the Troubadour in L.A. on 2/20/01. The chorus goes, "So leave me alone/So leave me alone/So leave me alone/I'm busy breaking bones."

5. Ryan Adams originally wrote "In My Time Of Need" for Johnny Cash to record. Cash didn't get around to recording it before he died and the song ended up on Adams' Heartbreaker.

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At 5:40 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

wow...he has actually played summer of 69?? thats awesome.

At 9:35 AM, Blogger tj1972 said...

Just lamenting the cancelled Wiltern show which I should have been at last night. Hope Ryan has a speedy recovery and schedules a new tour soon.

At 7:17 PM, Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

2nd time he's cancelled on me at the wiltern. what's that all about?


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