Ryan Adams’ Salt Lake City set proves incendiary, even without the smoke machines

“Imagine there’s smoke … almost like you’re at a rock show,” Ryan Adams said to a packed Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City on Sunday night. His crew didn’t use smoke machines at his concert because, according to Adams, the theater wouldn’t let them.

“And I was like, ‘But it’s theater!’ ” Adams said.

I don’t think anyone would have even noticed. Who needs smoke when most of the songs were lengthened by the band jamming, riffing and showing off their rock chops?

He played a pretty even mix of track...