During the 2014 FUV fall member drive, we're shining a spotlight on live concerts and performances. The FUV on-air staffers compiled individual lists of five memorable and marvelous shows that have stayed with them over the years, for one reason or another.
Carmel Holt (FUV Weekday Host, Assistant Music Director):
This is an impossible task, but here are 5 concerts I'll never forget, in no particular order:
Ryan Adams, solo acoustic, Beacon Theater, October 2002:
This was Ryan's biggest NYC show to date, and it was incredible. He was only a couple years out of his band with Whiskeytown, and had just released his third solo outing, Demolition. I am, and always have been, a diehard fan, and have seen him at every opportunity over the last 12 years, both solo and with his band, The Cardinals. It was hard to pick a favorite show. Was it his Carnegie Hall solo acoustic show back in 2011? Was it with the Cardinals' Halloween show at The Apollo Theater in 2008? But my first Ryan Adams concert still pulls on my heartstrings. I feel so lucky to have seen him at this time in his career. The show pulled material from Heartbreaker, Gold, of course, and the new album. This was also the first time I experienced Ryan's deadpan humor, which I have come to look forward to as much as the music. That night we got a few breaks in the beautiful sadness with fun and silly covers like "Brown Sugar" and, most memorably, Madonna's "Like A Virgin".