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Adam  Ant proves that Ridicule and Critics are nothing to be scared of as he turn in  a quality performance.

Adam Ant – Live at The Troxy, London, UK, Sunday 20th November 2011 – Concert Review

As I approached the rather incongruous art deco theatre /former cinema in an unfashionable (some would say rough corner) of London with my gig companion of the night, I could not help wonder what sort of show we were in for. Entry to the venue was a convoluted process having to go through security that did not recognise an e-ticket as a ticket. This was not an auspicious start. In addition, having seen a number of number eighties revival acts, it is difficult to know what you’re going to get in terms of quality.  As Adam and the Ants and in particular the album” Kings of the Wild Frontier” are one of my iconic musical teenage experiences, there was a lot riding on this gig.

Nor did we have hardly any time to get drinks from the rather gaudy neon bar and down a couple of sips before Mr Ant and his band latest band came on stage.  The opening paid homage to Adam’s punk roots with “Plastic Surgery” and this was followed by Adam and the Ants first hit 1980 hit “Dog eat Dog” but in truth Adam and the Band took a little time to ease into the gig. When the set reached new wave pre “Kings….” hits – “Car Trouble” and “Deutsche Girls”, some parts of the crowd had just started to sing. That was when Adam, in a pirate costume and three-cornered that reminded me of Captain Sensible, addressed the audience for the first time. From thereon, the pace and quality of the gig soared beyond my expectations. The first mass sing-along occurred not unsurprisingly with the playing of “Stand and Deliver” – a massive hit UK hit back in ’81 and this continued along with some weird bopping during “Puss in Boots” and “Kings of the Wild” frontier. The backing band “The Lovely Posse capably replaced the “Ants” . The double drumming in “Kings….” was especially impressive.   It was quite a testament to Ant’s back catalogue that he dusted off so many hits but there was variety in the gig as well with a new song about the 50s and 60’s star rock star Vince Taylor and old Ant stalwarts like “Desperate But Not Serious” and “Vive le rock”.  “Antmusic”, to which Adam warned the crowd not to request in a Chinese restaurant (reference to the unique drumstick intro), is probably the most loved track from Adam and the Ants.  It is fair to say that Adam faithful rendition of this new wave classic had everyone in raptures and was like being injected with a big nostalgia high. “Goody Two Shoes” that followed it was also immensely fun.

Then it was in the encore section that Adam and the band tackled probably his most well known and iconic hit “Prince Charming” like a man who was now ready to embrace  his heritage for a song that received a mixed critical reception back in the day, probably due in some part to its flamboyant video.  Yes, it even had The Good , The Bad and The Lovely posse’s two backing singers doing the arm crossing dance which many in the crowd duly imitated.  The other notable moment in the encore was a slightly punky rendition of T-Rex’s “Get It On”.

At  1 hour 50 minutes this show was a lot longer than I had expected but goes to prove great performers never really fade away and that mental health issues are not necessarily a bar to achievement. Well done Adam Ant. My fond teenage memories are still intact and in fact have been enhanced by what was an excellent concert.