Ryan Adams – Live on Letterman, New York City (5th Dec 2011)

Still can’t believe I managed to blag a ticket to this — I literally begged on Twitter (to no avail) — in the end I think the people doing guestlist on the door took pity on me and let me in around 5 minutes before showtime :)

What’s even more unbelievable is that once inside the Letterman studio an announcement over the tannoy actually encouraged the audience to take photos/videos and Tweet and update your Facebook about the event whilst it was being livestreamed to the web. I’d seen Ryan Adams play eight shows in 2011 up to this point and at every single one there was a strict no camera policy.

Here’s a quick photo – I have a few more to upload yet…

Including the two New York shows I saw, that took my total up to ten Ryan Adams shows this year:

2011-06-16 London Barbican, England
2011-06-23 Manchester Bridgewater Hall, England
2011-10-27 London Union Chapel, England
2011-11-01 London Cadogan Hall, England
2011-11-02 Paris Le Trianon, France
2011-11-05 Brussels Cirque Royal, Belgium
2011-11-08 Gothenburg Konserthuset, Sweden
2011-11-12 Malmo St.Johannes Church, Sweden
2011-12-05 NYC Live on Letterman, USA
2011-12-06 NYC Carnegie Hall, USA

I was able to fund this insane European/US roadtrip thanks to some incredibly lucky gambling back in August. I backed Man City to score four goals in the second half when they were 0-0 at home to Swansea at half time (15th Aug, finished 4-0), and I also landed a 5-team accumulator at 74/1 (permed every combination so it was effectively 50 bets across those 5 teams) on the weekend Man Utd thumped Arsenal 8-2 (28th Aug), and later on that same day I backed Ronaldo to get a hat-trick at 14/1. I promised myself I’d spend the winnings on my first proper holiday in 11 years.

Edit – another photo: