Songwriting superhero Ryan Adams is fond of telling the music press lately that he plans on making the Cardinals' current line-up his permanent band and he's even uncomfortable still being called a solo artist. But last night at the Marin Center in San Rafael, Calif., all eyes were clearly on him as he "led" the Cardinals through two sets of original material, before kicking off the encore with a solo piano version of 'Sylvia Plath.'
Still, Adams refused to be seen in the spotlight -- quite literally. The musicians were all backlit and shrouded in an ever-changing mosaic of mood lighting. When a heckling fan complained that she couldn't see Adams' face, he held up a lighter and suggested she "go see Coldplay" instead.
She stayed. It was the right decision. The Cardinals "featuring Ryan Adams" jammed out, slaying song after song like one unified beast of rock 'n' roll.
Yeah, keep them, Ryan.
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