Last month, Ryan Adams revealed to NME that he had recorded versions of all the songs on ‘Is This It’ as “a blues record” for his own amusement, but that it might never see the light of day.
The news prompted mutual fans the The Strokes to give
Ryan Adams their blessing and in an interview, also with NME, asked to hear it.
The rising alt.country star surprised fans at the city’s Apollo venue by playing ‘Last Nite’ after initially teasing them with the introduction. His version is largely faithful to the original, with only a few Americana flourishes to distinguish it from that which its writers played at the same venue last week.
After the song he joked, “that’s not bad for the first time with the band,
Last night’s show kicked off Ryan Adams‘ brief visit to the UK as part of the NME 5.0 celebrations. He was accompanied by his five-piece band the Sweetheart Revolution.
Predictably, most of the set was taken from current album, ‘Gold’, along with old favourites like ‘Oh My Sweet Carolina’. He did not, however, play recent single ‘New York, New York’, instead teasing the audience with the opening lines of the swing classic of the same name, before encoring with a version of the Rolling Stones‘ ‘Brown Sugar’ Other covers included Ryan Adams‘ regular acoustic version of Oasis‘ ‘Wonderwall’ and a section of the Cher/Sophie
Ellis-Bextor hit ‘Take Me Home’.
[a][/a] plays London’s Brixton Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 9-10).
A new single, ‘Answering Bell’, is out today (April 8) through Lost Highway.