Adam Ant Concert Review
Nearly twenty years since his last full American Tour, uber-talented rock icon Adam Ant has hit the road again. Saturday night he visited Orlando’s Hard Rock where he offered a captivating two hour set to a fervid fan base. The set featured all of his eighties hits, a nice sampling of newer tracks and some deeper selections from across his vast library.
He has become legendary for the theatrical performances he offers live, and this night was no different. Ant constantly played to the crowd with his facial and body expressions and was bouncing across the stage throughout the entire show, despite the years now under his formidable belt. The stage set-up was striking and the light show excellent.
When I last saw him perform live, Ant was travelling with an eleven piece band including a brass section. On this night, the smaller four piece supporting band led to new takes on some of the classics. One thing that remains constant is Ant’s penchant to stack his band with two talented drummers and two full drum kits. It’s a unique arrangement that gives the live show a fantastic full sound. The absence of a brass section, however, did leave two of the classics, “Desperate But Not Serious” and “Goody Two Shoes” sounding a bit more hollow than the original versions.
Ant is touring in support of Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter, his first studio album in eighteen years. It’s a rocking album, excellent stuff, but a bit different than the stuff that made Ant a legend, and his touring band The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse were perfectly suited for the new tracks. “Cool Zombie” and “”Vince Taylor” were two strong new tracks that were spotlighted and “Shrink” was one of the highlights of the show. It’s a powerful new rocker that perfectly utilized the duel drummers – one of my favorite parts of the entire night.
Ant had a few fun interchanges with the audience. At one point offering, “Hello Orlando, now we’re going to play all of my love songs. This is the one…” He then shared a story about his girlfriend leaving him before kicking into a nice version of “Wonderful.” He followed that with a Fifty Shades of Grey reference before kicking into his ‘other’ love song “Whip In My Valise.” Good stuff…
Other show highlights included a powerful, crowd-pleasing version of “Stand And Deliver,” and a mini striptease in “Strip.” We were also offered up a nice surprise during the four song encore when the band offered an homage to T Rex with a great version of “Bang A Gong,” as well as killer version of “Press Darlings.” (see the full setlist below)
Despite all of the years that have transpired since Antmania was sweeping the New Wave landscape, it was evidenced in full-force at The Hard Rock. The predominantly middle-aged fans who packed the house were on their feet the entire show, many of them dancing throughout and a slew of them looking resplendent in their pirate and period costumes. Many of the fans apparently pulled the outfits from the deep reaches of their closets and shoehorned themselves into the costumes oblivious to the twenty-five years and pounds that have passed since their last wearings. Interesting sight…
Los Angeles based rockers Prima Donna opened the show, and offered up a superb thirty minute set. The band sounded fantastic and put on a killer stage show. Definitely a band that I’ll be looking to catch again in the future. We’ll publish a full review for the Prima Donna set in the next few days…
All told, it was a fun night of rock, with plenty of fun flashbacks as well a glimpse of Ant’s powerful new music. Nearing sixty, Adam Ant still puts on a strong show, and at two hours, a generous value. It’s a concert that any Adam Ant fan needs to catch when they come to your city.
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MARRYING THE GUNNER’S DAUGHTER
DOG EAT DOG
BEAT MY GUEST
HARD MEN TOUGH BLOKES
STAND AND DELIVER
ROOM AT THE TOP
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER
WHIP IN MY VALISE
STAY IN THE GAME
DESPERATE BUT NOT SERIOUS
NEVER TRUST A MAN WITH EGG ON HIS FACE
VIVE LE ROCK
GOODY TWO SHOES
BANG A GONG (T. REX COVER)