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Seriously Serious Concert No. 2: The Cardinals with Ryan Adams, 3/12/09 by Barbecue Bros
March 13, 2009, 1:50 pm
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In what could possibly be my last opportunity to see Ryan Adams live (it remains to be seen if he is really retiring from music since his original blog post has since been erased), Kenny, Susong and I trekked down to Columbia, SC in hopes to recreate our experience seeing him in Asheville in 2006. It certainly started out similarly, as we found a place to eat in town where we could order three pitchers and eat before the show (this time a Mellow Mushroom, and I had forgotten how good their pizza was).

After realizing we were running late as we finished our meal, we downed the rest of our food and beer as quickly as possible  (and saying hi to a friend we randomly ran into) and made our way to the venue, dubbed I believe “The Rad Auditorium” for the night by Ryan Adams himself. After some running to and from the car on my part (first tickets, then phone) and some unintentional yakking on Kenny’s, we made our way to our seats to realize we had missed the first 25 minutes and seven songs (can’t believe we missed “Come Pick Me Up” and “Wonderwall”).

The rest of the show that we did see was still aces though, with “When the Stars Go Blue,” “I See Monsters/Champagne Supernova,” “Let It Ride” and “Magick” being the highlights of the main set for me. “Magick” especially kicked ass to close the set. Sadly, there were no Mandy Moore sightings in the wings backstage or as a duet on “Two” (or “Candy” as was my hope going into the show). However, as was the case in Asheville nearly 3 years ago, I don’t think the patrons sitting in front of us took a liking to our singing along, but screw ’em.

After a brief interlude, the band came back for a short encore kicked off by a spirited version of  “Oh My Sweet Carolina” with nearly the entire auditorium singing along. He finished off with an extended version of “Easy Plateau” before thanking the crowd once again (he totally called us “so fucking fun earlier in the night” and I agreed) and the house lights came up. He ended up playing for a little over 2 hours, though with the seven songs we missed due to our late arrival I felt a litle unsatisfied. Here’s hoping this won’t end up being my last opportunity to see him.

The setlist, courtesy of

On at 8:40

Beautiful Sorta
Born Into a Light
Cold Roses
Come Pick Me Up
Everybody Knows
Freeway to the Canyon
**weird banter about a cameo video
Fix it
When the Stars go Blue
Grand Island
Shakedown on 9th Street
A Kiss before I go
Goodnight Rose
**band intro and a birthday song for Chris
Let it Ride
Lost Satelite?
Rescue Blues
Oh my God, whatever, etc

Oh my sweet Carolina
Easy Plateau
Off at 10:50

A few more photos from the show can be found at my Flickr photostream


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Are you going to write a book to review Seriously Serious concert #4?

Comment by Kenny

Also, did you hear The Hold Steady on FNL?

Comment by Kenny

Also, I’m fucking pumped.

Comment by Kenny

Yea, I noticed THS on FNL. They’ve been playing a ton of great music this season.

Comment by twoguns

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