Ryan Adams, the multiple-Grammy-nominated folk singer and songwriter from Jacksonville, North Carolina, began covering RATT‘s 1984 smash “Round And Round” while touring behind his latest album, “Ashes Fire”. Only shaky YouTube videos surfaced, but a few days days ago he dropped by NPR‘s “Weekend Edition Sunday” for a quick interview and performance of the RATT song. You can now listen to it using the SoundCloudplayer below.
According to RollingStone.com, Adams hosts a black metal talk-show on YouTube called “Night Sweats”, where his female co-host, Balphazar, wears corpse-paint and groans her approval amid the skulls and candelabras. Adams performs the morose theme song on banjo.
“I love it,” he told station DJ Jason Bentley during an interview. “There’s all these musicians in the world, and anybody that takes enough time to create a record or even think about the fantasy of rock and roll, it’s a vulnerable place to be in, it’s a huge thing to do. I hear that when I listen to black metal.”
Adams also praised metal legends AC/DC, BLACK SABBATH and OZZY OSBOURNE, and gave his stamp of approval to the newest album from RATT, 2010’s “Infestation”. “It is so good. Put track two on, sit down on your couch and wait for fucking Memorex hair,” he said, only half-joking. “The sickest guitar parts ever. It’s like every song is ‘Round And Round’. Every song is that good.”