Despite what the bulging, braided waistcoat was trying to tell him, Stuart Goddard was absolutely adamant that he could recreate his most famous nom de plume, Adam Ant, more than thirty years on from when Prince Charming made Adam and the Ants music royalty.
Performing at the Manchester Ritz, Adam Ant is on the march again. Now 58 and somewhat more portly than in his chandelier-swinging days, he proved he can still belt out the hits even if his belt is struggling to keep everything in.
To be fair, he’s not in that bad nick, especially considering he’s had to combat bi-polar disease. But trying to fit in a pair of pantaloons almost as tight as those famous silver-grey, satin drainpipes exhibited all the extremities one would rather not see.
Adam Ant with cummerbund – fashion statement or necessity?
The famous Ant Rap white stripe is gone, too. In spectacles and outlandish clothing he was more like a Randy Bi-Gay Man than Dandy Highwayman, but Adam Ant was not to be fazed as the 80’s gusset-guzzler wowed the crowd alongside ‘The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse’, The Ants obviously given their marching orders.
So Adam Ant hits the long dusty tour road again. As well as a hectic November in the UK, The Blueback Hussar Tour is also venturing across the North Sea into Holland.
There are still three dates left in the UK if you have fond memories of drawing love hearts on your forehead and daubing your cheek with make up to look like a 70’s Ajax home shirt.
Tonight (Nov 27th), Adam Ant appears at the St Albans Arena. The penultimate gig is at Cambridge’s Corn Exchange on the 28th. Then there’s a day off (is Thursday pension day?) before concluding the UK leg of the Blueback Hussar Tour on Friday 30th at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.
For ticket information you can visit the Adam Ant official website.