Ryan v Neil: My Dream Pairing Goes Nightmare

Crowded House has been my favorite band for the longest of time.  Yeah, today its “Dad Rock”, but I can go on and on about Neil Finn’s song writing craft and the list of peers that thinks he’s the best out there.  Whatever, I think Neil is the tits.  Last year CH came to Dallas on their tour and Catherine and I were able to meet him before the show.  The band had been taking requests via their website and playing one per show.  In the meeting I told him I had requested the rarity, “Lester”, and he said he’d try to remember.  Well, he did and it was the best concert going moment of my life.  See, Lester is a song about Neil’s dog after it is hit by a car, and Neil’s feelings about the dog.  The week prior to the show our dog, Harley, at the age of 16 died.  We were heartbroken and hearing Lester played live was really a magic moment for the two of us.

Ryan Adams was someone I became aware of because of Scott Richards, the old L&T producer I worked with for 10+ years.  Before the show started every morning Scott would play a variety of songs over the system as we linked to the satellite just to let affiliates know that we were there and getting ready for the show.  Intermixed in those songs were ones that always caught my ear and it wasn’t long before I was asking Scott who it was.  Finding out it was Ryan Adams, someone who I only had read about, but avoided because my impression was that it was too country for my liking, was a discovery.  Needless to say I’ve become a major fan, and my wife and I have been to three different shows, and in fact traveled to Atlanta to see the final Cardinals (his former band) show before they broke up.

Finding out that Ryan and Neil actually performed on stage together for a BBC4 taping of The Songwriters Circle excited me to no end.  Unfortunately we don’t get that channel stateside so watching it has been limited to You Tube videos (below).

The tragedy is that it appears the two got into some sort of argument on stage.  See, Ryan is a sensitive guy.  Neil probably is too, just not as famous for it.  Adams said he was upset that Neil and the other performer sang during his performances, while he sat quietly during theirs.  It seems there was a Finn song, “Fall at Your Feet” that the three were suppose to have done together and Ryan opted out.  This upset Neil, Neil said something to Ryan, Ryan said something back to Neil and I guess the whole taping almost crashed.  Sad, because there are some fine moments in the vids below.  You can sense the tension at the beginning of “Weather With You”, but ignore the drama and enjoy Adam’s performances of Invisible Riverside from his newest CD, “Ashes & Fire” and a flat out killer rendition of “Come Pick Me Up” – which appears to really have the other two on stage in awe.


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