Ryan Adams recently announced that he will be performing The Rolling Stones’ classic 1972 album Exile in Main St. in full at a one-off performance in New Orleans. Billed as “Exile On Bourbon St.,” the event will take place at the Big Easy’s Saenger Theatre on May 5.
A legendary group of New Orleans musicians will join Adams and the group, revealed on Wednesday, includes Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers and The Meters), keyboard star John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), horns master Mark Mullins (Bonerama), distinguished funk drummer Terence Higgins (Dirty Dozen Brass Band) and more.
Longtime Rolling Stones producer Don Was will serve as the event’s music director. “I’ve listened to all the multi-track tapes from the Exile period and it’s not hyperbolic to say that this is probably the greatest rock ‘n roll ever recorded!” says Was. “I can’t wait to dig deep into these songs with The Mighty Ryan Adams and this incredible group of musicians.”
Last year, Paste highlighted Exile on Main St. as one of 10 classic rock albums everyone should own on vinyl. Paste’s Max Blau wrote that the album showcases the band “at the peak of their country-gospel greatness.”
Adams, meanwhile, is currently doing his homework:
Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000. Local fans can also purchase tickets at the Saenger Theatre Box Office.
Listen to a 2006 Adams performance from the Paste Cloud below.