Aiken Promotions are proud to present Adam Ant plus special guests / support act The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse live at Vicar Street in Dublin on Friday the 25th of November 2011. Doors open 19:30 and the show starts at 20:30. Tickets for this live concert date are priced from €29 including booking fee and will be on sale from Monday the 3rd of October 2011 through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets!
Alternatively, if you would like to order tickets by telephone, please contact:
0818 719 300 – Republic of Ireland customers
0844 277 4455 – Northern Ireland customers
00353 1 456 9569 – International customer
Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint exact turning points in the history of an artist or band, but the 16th October 1980 is one such precise date for Adam Ant, when he was thrust upon the general public with his first national television performance on the BBC’s flagship music programme; Top of the Pops. The show launched Adam’s face, along with his relatively new band, into millions of living rooms in the UK and their ferocious but fresh new sound enabled the direction of British music to take a new turn.
Cue thousands of kids smearing toothpaste across the bridge of their noses, emulating the war-paint of this new swashbuckling pop hero here to save the charts from the shiny suits and limp disco-ballads of the New Romantic generation. It was a revolution.
Adam & the Ants fell between the cracks of literally everything at that time. It was a unique hybridisation of punk music and pop music, of fashion and sexual ambiguity (if you examined the logo close enough you could see the inscription “Ant Music For Sex People”), of Jolly Roger and Red Indian, Vivienne Westwood and the Scarlet Pimpernel. It was dangerous, yet it was everywhere.
For almost 2 years Adam & the Ants dominated the charts. Kings of the Wild Frontier, the band’s second album, charted for 66 consecutive weeks, 12 of which were in the number 1 position. The singles “Dog Eat Dog”, “Kings of the Wild Frontier” & “Antmusic” were unique, tribal call-to-arms pop songs, led by the yelping vocal of Adam Ant.
Previously the band had been very much an underground entity. The first album, Dirk Wears White Søx, was a more grainy vision of what was to come but a brilliant post-punk collection nonetheless. It had enjoyed moderate success in the independent charts and was the culmination of years of hard work and a journey which began whilst studying at Hornsey College of Art where Adam, then Stuart, teamed up with some college friends in their band Bazooka Joe and his Rhythm Hotshots.
With Adam Ant on bass, the group toured the colleges and pubs of north London and it was playing these shows that encouraged him to turn his hand to writing and actually performing his own material. In late 1975, Sex Pistols played their first ever gig supporting Bazooka Joe at St Martins College of Art, after which everything changed. Within a year, the “Punk” phenomena had swept through the country, Stuart became Adam and his next band The B-Sides came and went leaving him to kick start Adam and the Ants into action.
The Ants, as they were known in 1977, had several line-up changes, starred in Derek Jarman’s film “Jubilee”, performed at the Vortex and The Roxy before setting up a residency at the Marquee in London. The fan base grew despite harsh treatment from the established music press, but Adam persevered and within three years had become a household name.
When the third album, Prince Charming, landed in 1981 and unleashed the singles “Stand & Deliver”, “Prince Charming”, and “Ant Rap” Adam Ant became an icon of the music video era, an unashamedly theatrical, sexual, MTV chameleon, as a Dandy Highwayman, a Knight in Shining Armour or even a male Cinderella.
Two more years and Adam Ant was celebrating his third number one single, Goody Two Shoes, the first as a solo artist. With an Ivor Novello award for the “Stand & Deliver” single (5 weeks at the top spot), A Brit Award for the Kings album plus a Grammy nomination under his belt, Adam concentrated on the United States and for the next few years was almost constantly on tour. It was during this time that he took up the chance to pioneer as a VJ for a fledgling MTV, this new media approach to the video format was a natural progression for Adam Ant, already a star of his own mini cinematic productions.
This ultimately led to a period alternating between writing and recording his third solo album Vive le Rock with producer Tony Visconti and setting out on an acting career starting with a theatre production by one of his favourite playwrights; Joe Orton in Entertaining Mr Sloane at The Royal Exchange in Manchester.
After this the next few years were spent concentrating solely on acting in a string of films including Nomads, Love Bites and Slam Dance as well as appearing in several US TV shows such as The Equalizer, Tales from the Crypt and Sledge Hammer!
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