This is absolutely insane, seeing double, face-melting stuff. If you didn’t believe me with all the flowery superlatives about how good Ryan Adams’ Berkeley show was last month, just listen to the way he closed the set, with “Shakedown on 9th Street” (from Heartbreaker) flawlessly into “I See Monsters” (from Love Is Hell).
Both songs could stand alone in their own right as excoriatingly blistering performances here, but the way they flow one into the next, like standing on the edge of a precipice as Shakedown ends, drawing in a sharp intake of breath on the four cymbal crashes — and then we hold our breath and plunge into I See Monsters.
Sweet beard of Zeus, I’m sated.
The entire Ryan Adams show from 7/24 in Berkeley is now up for download and streaming at the Live Music Archive as well. Thanks to the tapers for making my day.