The long and strange saga of Ryan Adams’ many visits to the Twin Cities is about to get longer and probably stranger.
The former Americana music golden boy has booked an Oct. 21 date at the State Theater in Minneapolis as part of an eight-city fall tour. It will be the first time Adams has performed in town since The New York Times published an investigative article in February 2019 detailing his many years of sexually predatory and harassing behavior towards women and girls.
Tickets for the Friday night show — priced at $64 and up — go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster, whose corporate partner Live Nation is promoting the concert.
Adams always worked with First Avenue Productions for his Twin Cities dates before his fall from grace, but not this time. First Ave had seen him through several big and several really troubled shows over two decades, including a gig at the State Theater in 2007 where he kept moving stage monitors and stormed off after 70 minutes. A December 2003 show in the main hall saw him drunkenly railing at local music hero Paul Westerberg and ended up crying, saying, “I’m just coming home for Christmas.”
Now supposedly sober, Adams, 47, has regularly tried to come back after his career came to a halt following the Times story. The famously prolific singer-songwriter has self-released four albums in the past three years. He also already played his first public performance last month at Carnegie Hall (reportedly a solid three-hour performance), and is due out at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles next week.
Among the women who accused Adams of emotionally abusive behavior and/or sexual harassment in the Times article were fellow indie music star Phoebe Bridgers, his ex-wife Mandy Moore and another musician who was underage. at the time but who told Adams she was 18. Bridgers was 20 and Adams was 40 when she said they had a relationship that became hurtful and “obsessive”.
While he initially denied most of the allegations, Adams penned a lengthy, creeping apology published by the Daily Mail in 2020 in which he admitted, “I’ve abused people throughout my life and my career.”
“For a lot of people it will sound like the same hollow excuses I always used when I was called out, and all I can say is that this time it’s different,” he said. he writes.
“Having truly realized the harm I have caused, it has destroyed me and I am still reeling from the devastating effects my actions have unleashed. There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different , but it is the albatross that I deserve to take with me as a result of my actions.”
Moore – who is due to perform at First Ave on July 12 – said of the apology: “I find it curious that someone is apologizing publicly but not doing so in private.”
Another singer-songwriter who alleged misconduct in the Times article, Karen Elson, gave this reaction: “He (called) me a liar, which added more pain and disillusioned me. of the entire music industry. I would like to hope that he would reach out to the women he has hurt through his reps to apologize privately and give us the opportunity to speak our truth about all the ways his actions have caused suffering, and for him to listen and try to make amends.”