Ryan Adams Returns To Touring After 3 Years; Midwest Mini-Tour Follows Quietly Booked East Coast Plays

After playing a series of largely unpublicized dates including a stop at NYC’s Carnegie Hall earlier this year, Ryan Adams is taking the next step in resurrecting his career with an eight-stop Midwest tour in the fall.

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Ryan Adams (Photo by Andrew Blackstein)

Tickets went on sale today for the tour, which begins Oct. 14 in Atlanta at the Tabernacle before moving to Wolfe Auditorium in Ashville, N.C.; The Louisville Palace in Kentucky; The Factory in St. Louis; The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisc.; Chicago Theater, the State Theater in Minneapolis and winding down at the Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, Oct. 22.

Adams has largely been out of the spotlight since the New York Times published in February 2019 accusations by several women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore and singer Phoebe Bridgers, that the singer/songwriter had engaged in abusive and sometimes harassing behavior with them, all in the context of the then-burgeoning “Me Too” movement.

He has told TMZ that he has been sober for at least nine months and publicist Howard Bragman confirmed Adams’ present sobriety to Pollstar, adding he isn’t interested in representing the singer, who has publicly struggled with drugs and alcohol over the years, if he’s not.

In the meantime, Adams has recorded new music – double albums Chris and Romeo & Juliet were released within weeks of each other in April, followed May 14 with the sold-out Carnegie Hall appearance that marked the first date of the five-date spring mini-tour.

Producer Don Was recorded the Carnegie Hall show for a future release, expected later this year.

Bragman tells Pollstar that there was high ticket demand for the shows, despite the fact the team did not publicize them beyond Adams’ fan club and social media accounts.

He sold 2,741 tickets at Carnegie Hall for a gross of $150,205 reported to Pollstar. Shows included at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music; New York’s Beacon Theater and the Shubert Theater in Boston and, all told, Adams reportedly moved just shy of 8,600 tickets and grossed about $600,000.

According to a statement, the upcoming concerts will feature Adams on guitar and keyboards, running through his sizeable repertoire. Bragman says that on the spring tour, his shows averaged 2 hours and 40 minutes and spanned 168 songs over the five nights.

“The word of mouth from the first leg of the tour was so good that promoters came to us,” Adams’ manager, Richard Jones, said in the statement. “Ryan hasn’t toured since 2019 and there seems to be a voracious appetite to see him perform live.”

The tour was conceived and orchestrated by Jones and Mike Hayes, Adams’ agent at ICM Partners.

Tickets will be offered to Adams’ fan base first, and what is left will be made available to the general public. Tickets are available HERE.