Support comes from UK feds, a Birmingham four piece who play a heavy mix of Ska and Punk. Their lively set gets the crowd bopping in their seats as the venue slowly fills up and by the end they get a good round of applause from an enthusiastic crowd.
Adam Ant is here to perform “Kings Of The Wild Frontier” in its entirety tonight. Released in 1980 and hitting the number one spot in 1981, the album had the right mix of punk, swagger and camp to capture the nation, spawn hit singles and show Adam Ant to be a true pop star in every sense of the word.
His band consists of two drummers at the back of the stage on a raised platform, bass, rhythm guitar and Will Crewdson the demon guitarist from Scant Regard. They launch into the first track on the album, the iconic “Dog Eat Dog” which was also a single, and the intro alone is enough to get the entire seated audience up on their feet.
He looks in good health and perform like he really loves to do so, running from one side of the stage to the other in his Hussars jacket and bicorne hat, looking every inch the swashbuckling dandy of old. The very next song on the album is “Antmusic” and this quick “one two” of bona fide classics is a sure fire way to get a great gig off to a fantastic start. From there, it’s an energetic blast through the rest of the album. He dedicated “Press Darlings” to an ever intrusive press whilst a punkish version of “Killer In The Home” ends what would be side one of the (vinyl) album.
Of course side two opens with the rip roaring “Kings Of the Wild Frontier”, another obvious crowd favorite that gets plenty of people singing along. The band is well rehearsed and solid, giving Adam Ant a great foundation on which he can showcase his career highlights. Once they’ve finished the songs that make up the album, we’re treated to another hour of great tunes ranging from early Punk tracks on the 1979 “Dirk Wears White Sox” album like “Car Trouble” and “Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)” to his more poppier numbers like “Prince Charming” and “Goody Two Shoes”.
The three song encore is “Red Scab”, his cover version of the T.Rex classic “Get It On” and finally “Physical (You’re So)”. At almost two hours, the set is a great retrospective from one of the UK’s true pop stars, when pop stardom meant having intelligence, wit, humour, the ability to perform and possessing great songs, not the reality TV driven factory fodder that passes for pop stardom these days.
Long may Adam Ant continue to entertain us.