Music review

Adam Ant: Still Standing and Delivering (Live in Pittsburgh at Stage AE)

As I watched Adam Ant gyrate and dance around the stage on Friday night in Pittsburgh, It hit me, I have been listening to this mans music the majority of my life. That’s one hell of an accomplishment considering I am no spring chicken.  The 80’s marked the dawn of my crush on Adam Ant. I have to admit, There is something about a sexy man that can pull off wearing make up and a pirate hat that gets me going. Although Adam did not speak one word to the crowd until after at least 5-6 songs, everyone was captivated. At 58 years of age, Adam’s voice is as strong now as it was 20+ years ago. His band is just as talented as he is with two drummers adding that extra rhythm one expects from Adam Ant.

Although it was not a completely sold out show at Stage AE, there was not one person in the crowd (including my metal head husband) that was not dancing when hits such as “Ant Music”, “Desperate But Not Serious”, “Stand and Deliver” and “Goody Two Shoes” were played. Adam’s newer music seems to have taken a more alternative/rock turn as opposed to his pop past and wow, is it good.  At times leaning towards the sounds of his new wave counterparts The Cult, Adam’s new material is  stunningly relevant and poignant.  This is Adam Ant’s largest North American tour in 18 years to support his new album, “Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”. In expectation of the tour Adam spoke to several media outlets:

“Fans can expect a massive, full-on musical attack that’s bigger and better than ever,” Adam says.  “It took years to record this very personal and intimate album.  And I’m excited to share the experience with my friends and fans.”

In concert, fans can expect all of the hits including “Goody Two Shoes”, “Stand and Deliver”, “Prince Charming”, “Ant Music”, “Strip”and “Wonderful” as well as deep cuts from Adam’s early days and selections from the new album.  The new album, a musical autobiography with 17 musical stories about Adam’s life featuring collaborations with Boz Boorer (Morrissey), debuted at #8 on TheOfficial Chart in the UK and climbed to #3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.  Adam absolutely delivered on all promised and more when he visted Pittsburgh.  it was one of the most intimate and stunning shows of the year that took his older fans back to their heyday and won them over again, as well as showed the “newbies” why this man is an icon for the ages and still continues to pump out awesome quality tunes…no one hit hit wonder like so many of today’s fare.

Many people know that Adam, one of the most recognized faces of the 80s who has sold more than 40 million records, lived in Los Angeles for several years while pursuing film roles.  But most people never knew that later in life he quietly bought a house and lived in the small town of Dayton, Tennessee.  With its swampy, southern flavor, “Cool Zombie”, the debut single, speaks to this aspect of his life.

“I lived in Tennessee for a couple of years,” Adam recalls. “And after a while I started to think about music. I missed it, the creative process and the live side of it.”

The first part of the album’s enigmatic title is a nod to Adam’s iconic “Kings of the Wild Frontier” character who wore the trademark white stripe.  Adam now refers to the character as The Blueblack Hussar, a fictional reference to a European cavalry hussar officer ofthe 19th Century.   The second half of the title, “Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter”, is the name given to a form of 18th Century naval punishment chosen to reflect some of his experiences in the music business.

Now, Adam has released this album on his own label, Blueblack Hussar Records.  This is available in a deluxe double-gatefold vinyl edition as well as a CD with a 36-page deluxe booklet.

For more information, visit www.Adam-Ant.com.

All photos ©2013 AWELDINGPHOTO and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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ADAM ANT SETLIST

MARRYING THE GUNNER’S DAUGHTER (New song – Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter is an old naval term for being bent over a cannon and flogged.  This reminds Adam of some of his experiences with major record labels)

DOG EAT DOG

BEAT MY GUEST

KICK

ANTS INVASION

HARD MEN TOUGH BLOKES

STAND AND DELIVER

SHRINK

ROOM AT THE TOP

KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER

WONDERFUL

WHIP IN MY VALISE

VINCE TAYLOR (This new song about the European rock star is about a friend, French Valerie, who gave Adam a gift – Vince’s gold-plated chain)

STAY IN THE GAME

COOL ZOMBIE (This new song speaks to Adam’s time living in Tennessee and his neighbor Ronnie B. who introduced him to great country music)

STRIP

DESPERATE BUT NOT SERIOUS

CLEOPATRA

NEVER TRUST A MAN WITH EGG ON HIS FACE

ZEROX

VIVE LE ROCK

ANTMUSIC

GOODY TWO SHOES

CAR TROUBLE

PRINCE CHARMING

 

ENCORES

PRESS DARLINGS

LADY/FALL IN

RED SCAB

PHYSICAL

 

 

2013 North American Tour Dates for Adam Ant & The Good TheMad &The Lovely Posse

9/4/13

Revolution Center

Boise, ID

9/6/13

Vogue Theatre

Vancouver, BC

9/7/13

Showbox at the Market

Seattle, WA

9/8/13

Roseland Theatre

Portland, OR

9/10/13

Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

Reno, CA

9/11/13

Ace of Spades

Sacramento, CA

9/12/13

The Regency Theatre

San Francisco, CA

9/14/13

The Republik

Honolulu, HI

9/17/13

Tower Theatre

Fresno, CA

9/18/13

Fremont Theater

San Luis Obispo, CA

9/20/13

Hard Rock Café on the Strip

Las Vegas, NV

 

Biography for Adam Ant

www.adam-ant.com

Twitter @AdamAofficial

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Adam-Ant/69349615331

 

In 1980, millions of UK TV viewers saw Adam and the Ants perform ‘Dog Eat Dog’ on Top of the Pops.  The phenomenon began andthey would dominate the charts for several years.  But this was no overnight success.  It had been the culmination of years of toil starting at Hornsey College of Art where Adam formed the band Bazooka Joe. With Adam on bass, they played around London and, in 1975, Adam’s life changed when he saw The Sex Pistols play their first-ever gig supporting Bazooka Joe at St. Martins College of Art.  He formed The Ants and in 1979 they released their debut album, ‘Dirk Wears White Søx’ that topped the independent chart.  In 1980,the Ants left Adam to work with former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren.

Adam put his new ‘warrior’ sound into practice and soon had a fresh band including two drummers.  They signed a major-label dealand recorded the album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ that became a huge hit, spent 12 weeks at number one and won a ‘Best New Artist’ Brit Award.  Antmania swept the nation.  ‘Stand and Deliver’ hit the number-one spot for five weeks and earned Adam an Ivor Novello award.  ‘Prince Charming’ also hit number one and another 12 singles went Top 30.  At one point, Adam had eight singles inthe top 40 in one week!  ‘Goody Two Shoes’ crowned both the UK and Australian charts.  In the USA, Adam earned a ‘Best New Artist’ GRAMMY nomination in 1982.

His first solo album, ‘Friend or Foe’, delivered three top-twenty hits on the USA Billboard Top 100 chart and in 1983 he appeared onthe ‘Motown 25 Special’(NBC) alongside Michael Jackson who performed his moonwalk dance for the first time.  Adam’s second solo album, ‘Strip’, produced the top-five UK hit ‘Puss in Boots’, but the BBC banned the video and the song for the follow-up single ‘Strip’.  While recording his third solo album ’Vive Le Rock’ with producer Tony Visconti, Adam started an acting career by appearing in a theatre production.  In 1985 Adam performed ‘Vive Le Rock’ at Live Aid and the next few years were devoted to acting in films including Nomads, Love BitesandSlam Dance and TV shows such as The Equalizer, Tales from the Crypt and Sledge Hammer!

During the 1990s Adam, again, split his time between chasing film/TV roles while recording ‘Manners and Physique’ that included thehit ‘Room at the Top’.  The follow-up album, ‘Persuasion’, remains without an official release to this day, but in 1995 Adam released ‘Wonderful’ with its self-titled single and follow-up ‘Gotta Be A Sin’ that were accompanied with successful tours of the UK and USA.  It would be twelve years before Adam would play live again, acoustically, in 2006, when he read extracts from his autobiography ‘Stand & Deliver’. The book laid bare Adam’s childhood and his well-documented mental-health battles.  In 2008, Adam received the ‘Q Music Icon Award’ alongside fellow recipients Paul McCartney and Bryan Ferry.

This rekindled recognition resulted in a series of gigs in 2010 and Adam formed a new band called Adam Ant & The Good, the Mad &the Lovely Posse.  After sold out USA and UK tours in 2012, Adam released his new album, ‘Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter’, in 2013.  The album, a musical autobiography with 17 musical stories about Adam’s life and things that interest him, debuted at #8 on The Official Chart in the UK and climbed to #3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.

Now, after a successful 2013 UK tour, Adam is bringing his new sound back to his fans on both sides of the pond.

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