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originally uploaded by Phil & Catherine Wilkins.

We finally caught up with Ryan Adams last night at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. This was our third attempt to catch him live (the first tour got cancelled because Ryan managed to break his arm walking off stage in Loverpool, the second due to ill health).


The performance was pretty good, it certainly demonstrated his musicianship & and workaholic rate, as Ryan backed Neal Casal’s support slot on drums, and then his own set wasn’t stopped to mess around with encores, they plaid straight through until the curfew.


The band played through a lot of material from the albums last year, with the audience responding particularly well to the material from Cold Roses.


The ownly irritation of the evening, was that both Neal and Ryan demonstrated Dylanesque attitudes. Neal, stopped a couple of times to rant at tha audience for talking. Although sympathetic to his case, but people talking whilst you’re performing is par for the course when you’re the support. Then Ryan reacted badly to hecklers later in the show when was talking between songs about the problems of picking up coughs and colds whilst on the road. Think Ryan needs to learn a couple of good put-downs.


I managed to capture some pictures on the 3megapixel phone camea (sony ericsson K800i) – a set of which is available on our flickr photoss.


Overall, I’d say a band worth seeing.