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Published: 2008/10/28

Ryan Adams Delivers Stealth Afternoon Gig

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals celebrated the release of their new album Cardinology with a secret show at New York’s Cafelect this afternoon. After several online hints, Adams confirmed the show on his blog around 3:30 PM, shortly before heading down to the tiny cafor a 4:30 PM performance. The Cardinals then huddled in a corner of the intimate cafor a stripped down, acoustic performance for approximately 75 fans. As expected, the first part of Adams and the Cardinals’ set consisted of material from Cardinology—-‘Born into a Light,’ ‘Evergreen,’ ‘Fix It’ and ‘Magick’—-but Adams later opened up the floor to requests and offered two cuts from 2005’s Grateful Dead-inspired Cold Roses: the rare ‘If I am a Stranger’ and a timid ‘Cherry Lane.’ Adams then entertained a few additional requests, before closing with another Cardinology track, ‘Let Us Down Easy.’ ‘It was very hot in there, I liked it,’ he said. ‘People were nice and the vibe was nice.’ On several occasions he also joking apologized to the crowd for ruining their lunch.

The entire performance was webcast on Adams’ daily blog, Foggy. ‘I think I am neurotic, I spend too much time alone,’ Adams posted shortly after his gig. ‘Maybe I’ll nap, gonna set an alarm and then do the secret electric gig.’ Earlier in the day Adams was rumored to the play the nearby Elizabeth Art Gallery, but the show was reportedly cancelled to due to inclement weather.

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