2009 started awfully for Ryan Adams’ fans. He announced his retirement from music, mainly because of a problem of hearing loss and balance issues. We didn’t know whether this was a temporary stage or it was a definite decision, but it was a great blow.
Approximately a year before I had gone to London to see him at Hammersmith Odeon, and it was magic. I’ve just found the setlist for that incredible night:
- Peaceful Valley
- Beautiful Sorta
- The Rescue Blues
- When The Stars Go Blue
- Off Broadway
- Goodnight Rose
- The Sun Also Sets
- Let It Ride
- Freeway to the Canyon
- Please Do Not Let Me Go
- Bartering Lines
- Wild Flowers
- Cold Roses
- Why Do They Leave
- Everybody Knows
- Goodnight Hollywood Blvd.
- You Don’t See Me Crying
- Rip Off
- A Kiss Before I Go
- Shakedown on 9th St
- I See Monsters
After that, the idea was to see him every time he was touring Europe, but unfortunately after holidays, I couldn’t make it for Cardinology tour, you know how this goes, at the end of the day money talks.
When the official announcement reached me first I felt devastated, but after thinking for a while I concluded reckoning I’d see him again, because he’s a workaholic and loves music above everything, and is definitely his channel to express himself.
Last year he offered two treasures: limited edited Orion and III/IV with The Cardinals, I luckily managed to buy on vinyl. Moreover, he was constanly updating about his composing cycles in a positive way, so the step for his coming back to stages was getting closer.
And yes, eventually as if nothing was happening, he left this message posted on FB:
I wrote some new tunes this winter on my acoustic guitar. I think I’d like to play them for whoever wants to hear them. Please don’t yell at me
Friday, June 10, 2011 Stockholm, Sweden Cirkus
Saturday, June 11, 2011 Oslo, Norway Folketeatret
Monday, June 13, 2011 Malmö, Sweden The Consert House
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark Koncerhauset
Thursday, June 16, 2011 Lisbon, Portugal Aula Magna
Friday, June 17, 2011 Porto, Portugal Teatro Sa Da Bandeira
Monday, June 20, 2011 London, UK Barbican
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Brighton, UK Dome
Thursday, June 23, 2011 Manchester, UK Bridgewater Hall
Saturday, June 25, 2011 Glasgow, UK Academy
Sunday, June 26, 2011 Oxford, UK Oxford New Theatre
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Amsterdam, Holland Concertgebouw
Again, no dates in Spain, shit! What’s the problem??? Plus Azkena Rock Festival close…Am I gonna miss him again??? Noooo Waaaaay!!
Trying to figure out how to manage to see Adams, an angel, Verónica, even a die harder fan of the singer, encouraged me to move my ass anywhere to see him.
Where would the final destination be? I’d love it was Stockholm or Oslo, be surrounded by gorgeous tall and blonde people, and have some time to recover and get ready for the festival, but in the end, my friend worked very hard and found flight tickets at ridiculous cost, thus, once everything been set and arranged, we’ll finally see Mr. Ryan Adams in Oporto, hell yeah!!! Can’t wait!!!
I feel weird though, for it’s been the first time in my adulthood I haven’t arranged anything regarding the event. Veronica has organized everything and the only thing pending is the accommodation. During my relationship I bought every single flight, booked every hotel and bought most tickets, being this the first time I don’t have to do anything makes me feel uneasy somehow, but very very grateful to my friend. Veronica, I OWE YOU! And yess, it’s great the two of us go together, I won’t feel so ridiculous when I get hysteric or start crying 🙂
Tickets are still available, would you like to join us?