I was sitting there last night wondering where Adam Ant was currently touring in the US (as you do!) and discovered he was playing in 15 minutes just around the corner from me in Boston at the Royale! I quickly raced around there, got a ticket and I was not disappointed. I have only one thing to say:
“Ant Music, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh……..“
Adam Ant, the “Dandy Highwayman” from the UK who was a New Wave Post-Punk hit machine in the 1980’s has returned as the “Blue Black Hussar” and what a show it was! In my youth I always loved his videos and big hits and this show with over a 2 hour set of around 30 songs included all his classic tracks, delving way back to the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Myself and the packed crowd of very diverse ages were ecstatic!
Songs included Ants Invasion, Kings of the Wild Frontier, Vive Le Rock, Ant Music, Stand and Deliver, Prince Charming, Cleopatra, Goody Two Shoes, Physical (You’re So) and also the songs Marrying the Gunners Daughter and Vince Taylor (about a British rock and roll singer) from his latest album – “Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter” (2013 – his first since the 1990’s). With so many songs during the show, including a 5 song encore, it was a total cross-section of Adam Ants career from the early days with The Ants to his present day band The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse.
The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse were excellent with a unique twist of two drummers. They played a pounding back beat that really set the show in motion. Adam Ant mentioned during the show that he was asked by journalists what is was like to be away from music for so long and whether he missed it. His response was that every time he ate Chinese food and unwrapped the chopsticks he couldn’t help but want to tap them together to provide that beat just like in Ant Music! He was never that far away from music at all. Enjoy the return of the Ants Invasion!