Ryan Adams covers Foo Fighters’ ‘Times Like These’ in Sydney – watch

Singer performs cover of hit single during Opera House gig

Ryan Adams produced a delicate solo cover of Foo Fighters‘ ‘Times Like These’ in Sydney last night, while performing at the Opera House.

The singer-songwriter performed the song acoustically in front of the 5,700-capacity audience during a set that focused heavily on his debut album ‘Heartbreaker’.

‘Heartbreaker’ will turn 15 in September this year, and its tracks have featured particularly heavily in Adams’ live repertoire over recent months, with ‘Oh My Sweet Carolina’, ‘Why Do They Leave?’ and ‘Don’t Ask For The Water’ also featuring in last night’s set.

Adams played a two-hour show, stretching to curfew, without his band The Shining. The performance is part of a short Australian tour that also takes in Splendour in the Grass festival, a second show in Sydney and a show in Melbourne.

The Foo Fighters cover came as part of Adams’ encore alongside debut classic ‘Come Pick Me Up’, and was played in tribute to “carrying on despite being totally broken”, a nod to Dave Grohl’s recent experience in finishing a concert in Sweden after breaking his leg falling from the stage. Grohl later described the break as “a blessing in disguise”.

Adams will appear at Splendour In The Grass this Friday, alongside Death Cab For Cutie, Johnny Marr and Friday night headliner Mark Ronson. The other shows in his Australian tour will feature his full band.