Last week, Ryan Adams took to the stage at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and played a solo acoustic cover of Bryan Adams’ “Summer Of ’69.” This was more than a decade after he’d kicked a heckler out of the same venue for requesting that song. Depending on who you ask, this was either a funny callback to a funny incident that went viral in a paleolithic era, or it was Ryan Adams exorcising some old demons that he’d never quite dealt with. Bryan and Ryan are friendly with each other now, and the San Francisco Chronicle had the very good idea to ask Ryan Adams about his soundalike homeboy’s cover of his most famous song. Here’s what Bryan had to say:
Yes, I heard it. Ryan wrote to me to tell me the day before that he was going to do it. I think it was some sort of cathartic release for him to return to that venue and play that song, as you probably know the story there. So I think in some ways, he has been haunted by the song somewhat, which is a shame because it’s a really great song. Anyway, I’m happy he did it. He’s a great artist. And sure I’d sing one of his songs. I’m not sure which one, though.
A few things here. First: How nice is it that the two Adams boys are now emailing each other about their cover plans? I think it’s pretty nice! Second: It’s always funny when singers refer to their own song as “a great song,” though Bryan is totally right in this case; “Summer Of ’69” is a great song. Third: I think we can all agree that “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)” is the Ryan Adams song that Bryan Adams should cover. And finally: Has Ryan thought about covering “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” yet? Because I think that would sound good. Thanks to reader Neil Martin for the tip!