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- Posted on Dec 8th 2008 3:00PM by Steve Baltin
Ryan Adams has vehemently responded to an L.A. Times concert review, which suggested the singer-songwriter -- who's been sober for two years after more than 10 years of subtance abuse -- was under the influence during his opening slot for Oasis' Thursday night show at the Staples Center.
In the write up, journalist Mikael Wood said of Adams' set, "Apparently irritated by the audience's reluctance to receive his music with the hushed reverence it deserves, Adams retreated to sarcasm (not to mention bizarre, possibly booze-fueled ruminations on Jethro Tull and 'the tyranny and horrors of math')."
Adams reacted on his own blog Saturday, demanding an apology for the reference to being "possibly booze-fueled."
"If you have any decency for those of us who have overcome addictions and wake to a daily struggle -- knowing to walk a line, a line which I fiercely walk daily, proudly in fact, proud to have over come substance abuse, you will kindly apologize," he wrote.
Declaring himself "proudly sober," Adams goes on to call out both Wood and the paper. "Please remove your comments or apologize for inferring myself or my band members were on substances," he wrote. "Because you were wrong. You were very very wrong to take that from us. As a journalist you don't have to know the life story of a person, but in this case, you were wrong. Take it back, LA TIMES journalist (if you haven't already)."
The 'Times' is not heeding Adams' though, as they posted a mention on their blog about his repsonse, but offered no apology or retraction, only acknowledging that Adams was unhappy with the review.