Ryan Adams Covers Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” at the Ryman

Ryan Adams returned to Nashville and created a full-circle moment in his career with this unexpected acoustic cover.

During the second night of two performances at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Ryan Adams surprised the crowd with his acoustic cover of Bryan Adams‘ “Summer of ’69.” Adams has done countless covers over the years, but this one marked the acknowledgement of something that’s haunted his relationship with the Music City for years.

12 years ago, Adams made headlines for his angry, curse-laden on stage rant at the Ryman after a fan shouted a request for Bryan Adams’ hit, “Summer of ’69.” Adams responded with a long, curse-filled rant that ended with the fan being ejected from the venue with a $40 dollar refund for his ticket.

With so much history behind Adams’ relationship with that song, Nashville, and the Ryman, there was the opportunity for his performance to feel somewhat sarcastic or ill-willed. After the first few lines, the chaos that initially erupted in the Ryman was silenced. His acoustic performance was sweet and heartfelt, without any tone of satire or bitterness. The crowd responded wildly with a standing ovation that showed the relationship between Adams and Nashville was better than ever.

The surprise cover was one of many special moments during his two night stay in Nashville. Jason Isbell and wife Amanda Shires surprised concertgoers when they joined Adams on stage to perform a stirring rendition of “Jacksonville Skyline.” Adams also performed the rarely heard “16 Days,” from his Whiskeytown era, and a cover of the 1980’s classic “She’s Like the Wind” with opener Natalie Prass.

Still, the most eventful moment of his trip back to the Ryman was the full-circle moment that finally closed a chapter in Adams’ career in the best way possible.


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Ryan Adams Covers Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” at the Ryman