Ryan Adams and the Shining Perform New Song, ‘Blue Light,’ In New York City
During last night’s (Nov. 23) gig at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, Ryan Adams and the Shining played a brand-new song to a packed, sold-out house. Entitled ‘Blue Light,’ the tune is part of an upcoming and yet-to-be-announced Pax Am 7-inch single (likely following ‘Do You Laugh When You Lie?’ out Dec. 9) -- but Adams was so excited about it, he decided to bust it out at the show. Watch the performance above (the song kicks in around the :45 mark).
In the same vein as ‘Do You Laugh When You Lie?’, ‘Blue Light’ sounds like it might have been left on the cutting room floor for Adams’ latest self-titled studio album. It’s jam-packed with Adams’ now-signature clean-but-distorted guitars and is a fast-paced rocker, reminiscent of the likes of R.E.M. -- inspired by people who constantly stare at their cell phones.
“People, when they’re on their iPhones, they don’t know that you don’t know that you’re watching them,” he tells the crowd before starting ‘Blue Light.’ “I don’t mean this in a negative way, I just mean this in a regular way. Their faces are illuminated in blue light and they look sort of like Sith Lords. But I just want to clarify that in no way is this song associated in any way with George Lucas.”
What do you think about the new song? Do you like it? Let us know in the comments section below, and then take ‘Do You Laugh When You Lie?’ for a spin in the video below:
Adams' New York City concert wrapped up his latest leg of his current tour -- he picks things back up in Houston on Dec. 3. Get his full schedule here.