Pop review: Ryan Adams at the Royal Albert Hall

As the troubled boy-king of alternative country, Ryan Adams concert review is notorious for his artistic temperament. He has picked fights with fellow musicians, castigated critical journalists and, most famously, lost it with naughty audience members who heckle him with requests for Summer of ’69 by Bryan Adams.

At this prestigious concert he was on his best behaviour, delivering a solid set that showcased his versatile abilities: thoughtful singer-songwriter, maudlin country balladeer, bar-room rock’n’roller. At times, though, the B separating Canadian arena-filler Bryan from North Carolina cool guy Ryan became very small indeed.

Adams began with Do You Still Love Me?, from 2017’s Prisoner, a heartfelt cry of need inspired by his divorce from the actress Mandy Moore. It was a just a little too heartfelt, actually,…

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