"Straight in at Number One"
by Margaret Morley for remotegoat on 28/03/11

The snow is falling and the queue is forming. Adam Ant is performing live in London. Pass holders this way, ticket holders that way. Adam started his set shortly after the club opened with a different show from the previous dates of the tour. It was the first opportunity in three decades for some to see him live in concert.

Adam performed quite an eclectic mix of his well-known songs such as Stand and Deliver, Christian Dior, Deutscher Girls, Zerox Machine, Plastic Surgery, Cartrouble, Never Trust A Man (With Egg on His Face), Kings of the Wild Frontier and Ant Music. He also included, Why do girls love horses? from 1982, which he sang in public for the first time ever. Cover versions included a rendition of The Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Woman and Johnny Kidd and The Pirates' Shakin' All Over.

For the first half of the set, Adam was dressed quite casually and for the second half his apparel included a military hussar jacket and a Napoleonic hat. He was backed by Will Crewdson on guitar, Tom Edwards on bass, Johnny Love on drums, and Georgina Baillie and Sarah White on vocals, he also played electric guitar himself on some of the songs. The playing was strong and tight and this helped to give a streetwise feel to the gig.

Adam first entered the music stage as part of the Punk scene. He sang some songs from this genre in the latter part of the show and also some from his albums entitled, Kings of the Wild Frontier and Prince Charming. The King of the Wild Frontier....Prince Charming was turned into the King of Glam Rock as a result of his music videos. The characters he portrayed included a Knight in Shining Armour as well as a "Dandy Highway Man". Adam's communication with the audience is excellent. He speaks of personal matters that have affected him. Returning to his hometown, he said it was a shame he didn't get paid for his hits. He dedicated a song to his late step-father and to a friend's cat.

Continuing, the impassioned single singer/song-writer announced, "I want to make my intentions clear." Unfortunately, not all of his fans got to hear what that was, as some could not attend as they found the tickets to be fairly expensive. Combined with the fact that it was near Christmas, some of them found it difficult to afford tickets on top of buying Christmas presents.

It had been fifteen years since Adam last toured, and when a pent-up fan shouted, "I love you," Adam asked, "How much?" However, one audience member commented that the band members were not the original Ants, they were not, but they were not billed as such, he then continually requested his favourite songs which resulted in the show ending four songs earlier than the scheduled end of the concert. The concert lasted for over two hours and approached the three hour mark. This length of time can be quite demanding for both the artists and the audience.

Looking considerably younger and fitter than his years, and with amazing stage presence, Adam Ant mesmerised the audience and then left them wondering how he learnt to sing and move as effortlessly as he did.

Adam's hit single, Stand and Deliver, went "Straight in at Number One", on Top of the Pops in 1981. He has not toured since his Wonderful tour in 1995 and is making a sensibly passed return to live performances. He has what must be an innate artist ability, and both the visual aesthetics and the high standard of his stage performance are in parallel with that of his music videos and can be described as being, "Straight in at Number One".

Adam's forthcoming album is entitled, "Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar for Marrying the Gunner's Daughter." It is to be released on his own record label, Blueblack Hussar Records.

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