Ryan Adams has performed a live cover of his near-namesake Bryan Adams‘ 1984 hit ‘Run To You’.
Pitchfork reports that the 39-year-old played the song at a gig in Santa Barbara, California last night (October 1). Click above to watch a fan-recorded video.
Ryan has given mixed messages over the years about his feelings towards the Canadian rock star (who, remarkably, also shares his birthday). In a 2008 blog entitled ‘Facts About Me’, he wrote “In my opinion he [Bryan Adams] is not a serious artist. His songs have ‘implied target audience’ written all over them and in fact he is quite embarrassing in general. Also a piss poor photographer.”
At a gig in 2002, as reported by Billboard, the former Whiskeytown frontman refused to play until a fan who screamed a request for Bryan Adams’ ‘Summer of ’69’ left the auditorium. According to Spin, however, he has covered the track since, and in a recent interview with The Globe And Mail, Ryan asserted that the 54-year-old has been a major influence on his career.
“Bryan Adams was a totally huge part of everything that I am musically,” he said. “The beginnings of MTV had everything to do with me as a kid. I was transformed by that. I challenge anyone to put on ‘Run To You’ and let that wash over you in a pair of headphones, in your normal listening zone. That stuff is fire-hot.”
Earlier today, Ryan Adams announced he is to release a Halloween-themed EP titled ‘Vampires’. The record comes swiftly on the back of a self-titled LP, which dropped last month.