Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has announced plans to perform at Carnegie Hall in May in his first major public engagement since the 2019 release of a New York Times statement in which several women accused him of emotional abuse, manipulation and harassment.
The show, presented by Metropolitan Entertainment, will take place on May 14 at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. A spokesperson for Carnegie Hall confirmed that Metropolitan Entertainment had rented the venue for this event.
“As you know, Ryan has gone under the radar for a few years,” said Ian Noble, Senior Producer at Metropolitan Entertainment. “Based on huge demand from his fans, Ryan and his team felt it was the right time to return. His team put on this gig and, looking at the overwhelming fan response, we’d say they were right.”
He noted that the promoter has no sort of agreement with Carnegie to put on a certain number of shows per year.
“If we feel a show is suitable for the venue, we approach them on a case-by-case basis,” Noble said. “Carnegie Hall may have a policy of quality control, but that’s never been an issue for us with the shows we’ve brought there.” (Adams previously released the live album Live at Carnegie Hall in 2015.)
As for the “huge demand”, Noble said there has been a “steady drumbeat” from a large fanbase on social media.
“We are comfortable presenting this concert knowing that the consumer has the ultimate power to make an informed decision and support an artist,” added Noble.
That sentiment was echoed by Howard Bragman, CEO of La Brea Media, a crisis communications company that worked with Adams.
“I can tell you that Ryan has been very happy at home writing and working on music and other projects, and along the way he spends a lot of time talking to his fans on social media.” , Bragman said in an email. “They were quite aggressive/insistent in wanting him to perform again and Ryan and his team felt the time was right as well. It was a very intuitive decision, and based on the fact that he sold the tickets allocated within hours. , it was apparently the right decision. He is very excited, humbled and grateful for the response and the love and excitement out there.”
Adams posted new sobriety songs and notes on Instagram. Last week he wrote that he was five months sober. He also teased the gig on Instagram, writing over the weekend, “So next week I’ll have something VERY special to share. Oh man…” Fans responded to the post in droves with praise and excitement. .
In addition, he sells “Carnegie Hall” t-shirts promoting the concert with a faux-New Yorker blanket.