Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Summer of '69: Ryan, Bryan Adamses and the Cardinals

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 3:26 PM

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In the summer of '69, Bob Gibson won 20 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, notching a miniscule 2.18 ERA over the course of 314(!) innings--a feat that, even with Lefty Carlton also in the rotation (17 wins, 2.13 ERA), could not save the Cards from a 4th-place finish in the National League East.

In "Summer of '69," Bryan Adams sings, "I guess nothing can last forever," and that's true. Just ask Tim McCarver. (Side note: The first cassette I ever bought, back in the "Chromium Dioxide/Audiophile" days, was Bryan Adams' Reckless, and he will forever be looking at me mysteriously with the top half of his face slightly brighter than the bottom.) A friend of mine once started a band called Summer of '69, and they played different versions of that song, exclusively. This is the band before she started the She Bee Gees. Anyway. Bryan Adams plays The Ryman on Jan. 11.

Speaking of The Ryman, that's where we found out that another one of a seemingly infinite number of ways to piss off Ryan Adams is to request that he play the song "Summer of '69." If the guy was cool, he'd probably just learn and play the song, since a) it's awesome and 2) it would be one less thing for him to not have a sense of humor about.

Now, the Cardinals have always, to the best of my knowledge, been known as Ryan Adams' backing band. Like Prabir's Substitutes, Jem's Holograms, King Khan's Shrines, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, etc. But it's always been Ryan Adams, first billing, ampersand, the Cardinals. Which is why it seems a bit unusual to see an announcement for Cardinals (Mar. 14 at War Memorial). Not Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, but rather Cardinals featuring Ryan Adams, Neal Casal, Chris Feinstein, Jon Graboff, Brad Pemberton.

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It's one thing when an obviously charismatic lead singer in a band insists on deflecting suggestions that he or she is the focal point, but when a solo artist like Adams folds himself into the band concept it's kind of interesting. I assume that the Adams-Cardinals connection is strong enough for fans so that it won't hurt ticket sales to have it billed this way, but still...perhaps a signal of some sort? I would have checked Adams' Tumblr page, maybe, but the link I have is busted. Have you ever really loved a woman? These are the questions of our times.

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