Over the weekend at a Jesse Malin show in Los Angeles, Ryan Adams performed live for the first time since being accused of sexual and psychological abuse by several women.
The New York Times published an article in February 2019, which highlighted sexual and psychological abuse allegations from his ex-wife Mandy Moore, singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Liz Phair, and Karen Elson, and several other women. Following the news, the release of his new record Big Colors was cancelled.
In July, Adams resurfaced on social media. “I have a lot to say,” Adams wrote. “I am going to. Soon. Because truth matters. I know who I am. What I am. It’s time people know. Past time.”
Shortly thereafter, Adams’ former manager Ty Stiklorius quit, and posted a conversation with Adams to her Instagram story. “I want my career back,” Adams had texted her, adding, “I want a professional to handle it. And I want to work. And move on. I’m not interested in this healing crap. I want a plan and I want to work. That’s it.”