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Ryan Adams at the Hordern

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Well, an amazing hour-and-50-minutes show delivered to a packed house at the Hordern, opening with “Do You Still Love Me?”

In the first part of the show he pumped out the stand-out tracks from his latest album, Prisoner, including “Doomsday”, “Prisoner”, “Outbound Train” and “Tightrope”.

Flashbacks included “Gimme Something Good”, “New York, New York” and “Cold Roses”.

He did a mind-blowing cover of the Oasis anthem “Wonderwall”, which was very special and truly appreciated.

Adams, along with his five-piece band, put on an outstanding guitar show with plenty of psych-blues solos, which towards the end could feel a little self indulgent, but hey, when you can play guitar like that, why not?!

You don’t realise how good the Prisoner album is until you hear it live.

With the request from Ryan to not use camera flashes (due to his suffering Meniere’s Disease) it was nice to see most of the audience keep their phones in their pockets to enjoy a live performance in the flesh.

The only negative? He didn’t play “Shiver and Shake”, one of my favourites!

 

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