Ryan Adams arrived in Belfast yesterday ahead of a show tonight at Ulster Hall. Adams took to his Twitter to gauge the audience response to an unannounced gig around the city and of course the overwhelming response was yes, prompting Adams to head to McHughs Bar for a late night show that benefitted the Assisi Animal Shelter.
Those who entered donated to the shelter and Adams hit the small stage for a solo acoustic show that included cuts like the Cardinals’ “If I Am a Stranger” as well as new tunes like “Doomsday,” “Do You Still Love Me?,” “To Be Without You” and “Prisoner.”
The back half of the set included a number of surprises including an acoustic cover of Danzig’s classic “Mother” as well as the ultra rarity “Funny How I’m Losing You,” not played by Adams since 2002. The show closed with an improv song about saving cats to go along with an earlier improv tune about Adams’ jet-lagged state.
Adams and his band kick off their UK run tonight.