Adam Ant at The Ritz, Manchester, UK – 1st April 2014

Posted by Bianca on Tuesday Apr 1, 2014 Under New Wave, Pop, Post-punk

Gig Review and Photography by Kate Snape

Adam Ant

The opening for Adam Ant’s UK tour begins tonight in Manchester, and it’s not a good start to say the least. Scheduled to appear on stage at an early 8.30, there are whispers around the auditorium that he is running a little late and will be appearing at 8.45. By 9.25 the restless crowd of white stripe painted faces flood the baking hot room with boo’s and angry jeers aimed at the 80’s Nu romantic star. An hour after he’s scheduled to start, the stage manager comes to the front and flashes his torch, indicating that the show is finally about to begin.

Adam Ant

For this tour, Adam has recruited two of his original band members Dave Barbarossa and Leigh Gorman to join him and the rest of his band, naming them “The ministers of new new superheavy punk funk.” Barbarossa, Gorman and Adam were the very last line up to perform The “Dirk wears White Sox” album live in 1979 and this album will be played in its entirety for only the second time ever at the London show later this month.

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As the band members take to their instruments, the hostility in the room quickly fades away with the appearance of the main man himself. Dressed head to toe in black leather accompanied with a bowler hat and blue tinted spectacles, tonight Mr Ant looks more like the love child of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s child catcher and a 80’s rock n roll pirate, than a dandy highway man.

Adam Ant

The show opens with “Car Troubles” before slipping into further early days tracks such as “Digital Tenderness” and “Day I met God”. Adam swaggers around the stage, with a number of theatrical movements, still as energetic and charismatic today as he was back in his prime of the 70’s/80’s, it’s hard to believe that this man is 59 and still rocking’ it like this.

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A number of crowd pleasers are thrown into the mix mid set, which include the well known and anthemic “Stand and Deliver” “Antmusic” and “Goody Two Shoes”. Sending the crowd into a real raucous, before performing one of his bigger hits from the 90’s “Wonderful”.

Adam Ant

The set comes to an end with “Prince Charming” and then finishes with the guitar thrashes and Adam’s pelvic grinds of “Physical (you’re so)” Exiting the stage and leaving the crowd of devoted Ant’s desperate for more.

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Despite the rocky start,  Adam Ant and his band quickly redeemed themselves and make up for the lost time with a set list filled to the brim with classics, although I was slightly disappointed in that no songs from his more recent album were included, a little bit of “Cool Zombie” wouldn’t have gone a miss.

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