Cleveland, Ohio – The dandy highwayman known as Adam Ant made a return stop to the North Coast this weekend and the ant fans could not have been happier . The tour marks the only time that the seminal 1982 album ” Friend or Foe ” was played in its entirety and it was sight and sound to behold and the Cleveland Masonic Hall was the perfect venue for it .
To be honest this album was my first exposure to Adam as an adolescent and I have been hooked since . Adams fans are die hard . I was speaking to Allison K of Columbus Ohio and she said it was her 23rd show of Adams .That is a true fan
One of the highlights was hearing songs such as ” Hello I Love You ” and ” Man Called Marco ” which usually do not get played .I did miss him not playing ” Wonderful ” but it understandable as you cannot include every song in a set . Another highlight was ” Xerox” and ” Strip ” . I forgot how good Adam can play the guitar as well that as that was a treat also . Adam’s backup band or ant warriors as we like to call them did an outstanding job as usual and they have been with him for quite a while so that is not a surprise .
Andy Woodard, Drums
Will Crewdson, Lead guitar
Joe Holweger, Bass guitar
A.P. Leach, Rhythm guitar
Opening slot was none other then the Glam Skanks who did a great job and I will be doing a separate review for as well . The only negative of the night was the over use of the fog machine . It was it very difficult to see and a few people in the front row said they had issues with coughing from it . So from one Ant fan to the next make sure you check out Adam And if he comes to a city near you .
(LONDON) August 12, 2019 … Hollywood rockers Glam Skanks are opening for music icon Adam Ant who is performing his landmark, solo album “Friend or Foe” for the first time, live in its entirety, throughout the USA from September 4 to October 1. For ticket information, visit http://www.adam-ant.com.
Following the success of their critically-acclaimed “Glitter City” album, Glam Skanks partnered with Jack Douglas and Aaron Smart for their forthcoming album “Anywhere In Between” (LA Confidential with Unison Music) and they’ll preview new tracks on the tour. “Anywhere In Between” is produced by GRAMMY-nominated producers Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn.
Glam Skanks formed in Los Angeles in 2013 and, after selling out local clubs including the world-famous Viper Room, they quickly emerged as a buzz band for their provocative, colorful style with influences ranging from T Rex and The New York Dolls to Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.
They’ve also opened for Alice Cooper, The Skids, played as Cherie Currie’s (The Runaways) backup band, have jammed with Steven Tyler and toured throughout Europe twice.
In addition, director Kevin Smith personally asked if they would record music for his “Yoga Hosers” film, starring Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith, and the band performed at the premiere of the film.
Glam Skanks are Veronica Witkin (guitar), Millie Chan (bass), Vanessa McNiel (vocals) and Jessica Goodwin (drums).
One of our all time favorite artists, a must see concert !
In honor of Adam Ant announcing both a UK and US Friend or Foe tour we decided to list the five reasons you must see Adam Ant live !
1 -The Hits
There are few artists alive who have had as many popular and got songs ,even less is the number of artists who are touring to play those hits . ” Prince Charming ” has turned up in many a TV series and movie along with his plethora of other hits .It is the stuff of legend .
2- The Show
Adam puts his 100% effort into every show ,with the duel drummers and approximate show time of two hours it is a show not to be missed .He plays guitar ,sings and dance all along while teasing the audience.He is not just an singer but a true performance artist .
Adam s band is a tight knit unit ,many of them have been with him a very long time .Duel drummers Jolo and Andy Woodard, bassist extraordinaire Joe Holweger ,and on guitars AP Leach and the talented punk rocker Will Crewdson .
it actually costs less to see an artist perform all their songs live compared to buying all the discs or downloads and life is about memories .Do you really remember all those coffees you had at Starbucks or that time you saw a concert with your friends,memories are priceless .
Take yourself back to a time when mortgage didn’t matter , taxes where of no concern and you could dress or be who you want .MTV played your favorite songs and you could ” Stand and Deliver ” what ever you wanted .
All what I’m trying to say is get your butt a ticket and see an original ,the one Johnny Depp and many more copied.Please see Adams website for more info about locations at http://www.adam-ant.com
(LONDON) March 18, 2019 … Pop icon Adam Ant performs his landmark, solo album “Friend or Foe” for the first time, live in its entirety, throughout the USA from September 4 to October 1.
Artist presale tickets are available from Tuesday, March 19 at 10 am local time through Thursday, March 21 at 10 pm local time. General tickets are available from Friday, March 22 at 10 am local time. For more information, visit http://www.adam-ant.com.
Following a world tour to sold-out venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Adam Ant confirms his 2019 “Friend or Foe” USA tour from September 4 to October 1.
Adam Ant will play his landmark “Friend or Foe” album in its entirety as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favorites.
The “Friend or Foe” album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included three hit singles. The massive hit “Goody Two Shoes” reached #1 in the UK, was also #1 in Australia and hit #6 on the USA Billboard Chart.
“Friend or Foe”, the single, was another top ten hit in the UK while “Desperate But Not Serious” was the album’s third UK smash.
“Friend or Foe” his most successful solo album to date, made #5 in the UK and was certified gold album status on both sides of the Atlantic after selling over 100,000 copies.
In the USA, the album reached #16 on the Billboard album chart and turned Adam Ant into a household name, resulting in a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist and an MTV Award for “Sexiest Man Alive”.
From his early punk days in London to his explosion on the world stage that would lead to him becoming an icon, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of nine albums and 22 chart-topping singles worldwide. At one point, Adam had eight singles in the UK Top 40 in one week.
His 1979 debut album “Dirk Wears White Sox” was the first number one album in the UK Independent Albums Chart.
The follow-up album “Kings of the Wild Frontier” that featured his trademark burundi beat style of African drumming spent 12 weeks at #1 in the UK and was the best-selling album of 1981. The “Kings of the Wild Frontier” album produced three UK chart-topping singles, “Dog Eat Dog” #4, “Antmusic” #2 and “Kings of the Wild Frontier” #2 and won Adam a Brit Award for Best New Artist.
On its day of release, the smash hit single “Stand and Deliver” went straight to #1, and remained at the top spot in the UK singles chart for five weeks, earning Adam two prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for Best Songwriter of the Year and Best British Record.
As “antmania” continued to sweep the nation, his next “Prince Charming” album produced yet another #1 single, “Prince Charming” and firmly established Adam Ant as a global star.
Adam Ant “Friend or Foe” USA tour 2019
Wednesday, September 4, Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre
Friday, September 6, St. Louis MO, The Pageant
Saturday, September 7, Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
Sunday, September 8, Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
Wednesday, September 11, Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
Friday, September 13, Detroit, Royal Oak Music Theatre
Saturday, September 14, Cleveland, OH, Masonic Auditorium
Sunday, September 15, Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall
Tuesday, September 17, Boston, MA, Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Thursday, September 19, New York NY, Beacon Theatre
Friday, September 20, Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater
Saturday, September 21, Mashantucket, CT, Fox Theatre
Monday, September 23, Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
Wednesday, September 25, Greensboro, NC, Carolina Theatre
Friday, September 27, Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
Saturday, September 28, Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
Cleveland ,Ohio – The 1980’s were alive again this past Saturday when Adam Ant packed Cleveland’s House of Blues to a sold out audience.At one time Adam was the worlds most prolific rock star with an amazing number of hits in a very short time span .One of the best parts of his shows is that is is not a normal rock concert. It is a giant TARDIS time machine that transports us all back to 1981 again, free of the pains of aging, bills , reading glasses , children and problems. We are free to enjoy folly and dance and dress outrageous if we want. “Ridicule is nothing to be scared of ” to quote Adam’s song Prince Charming which of course he played that night along with all of his ” Anthems ” hence the name of the tour of which I caught two nights of this time around. The band and Adam were on fire with a vim and vigor of performers 1/3 his age .Recovering from a tragedy this past January of Adam’s guitarist Tom Edwards passing suddenly the band did what true professionals would do . They played on in his memory and packed the house .I am a first generation fan having owned the original cassettes back as youngster, dressing dandy and extremely happy to be an 80’s child .
The show lasted approximately two hours with about 20 or more songs , but some of my favorites were Dog Eat Dog, Prince Charming ,Kings of The Wild Frontier, Christian Dior and Stand and Deliver . To be honest I love most of his songs , and he likes to mix up his sets so do not expect the same songs every time but if you only see one tour this season make sure it is this one .
Adam’s band is a tight knit unit and one the best in music . The members are A P Leach -Guitars, Andy Woodard-Drums ,Joe Holweger– Bass Guitar , Jola-Drums and Will Crewdson on Guitars
The opening support slot were the up and coming The Glam Skanks from Hollywood .They reminded me of the Runways mixed with Sweeny Todd add a heaping of confidence and Girl Power rolled into one.All young but skilled musicians in their own right I am curious to see how the band develops as song writers in the near future.But I really enjoyed the majority of their set . The band members are Ali Cat on vocals, Millie on Bass, V playing guitar, and Cassandra Khalileh on drums. To learn all about The Glam Skanks check out https://www.glamskanks.com/
That dandy highwayman himself, the musical maestro known as Adam Ant brings his unique styling this fall to 16 cities across the US, did your city make the cut . We plan on trying to catch at least two of the performances as this artist doe not come around that often , more details to follow but below are the dates !
Wednesday, September 6, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse (Broward Center PAC)
Friday, September 8, Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
Saturday, September 9, Orlando, FL, The Beacham Theatre
Sunday, September 10, Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, September 13, New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
Friday, September 15, Detroit, MI, Sound Board @MotorCity Casino Hotel
Saturday, September 16, Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
Sunday, September 17, Pittsburgh, PA, Palace Theatre
Tuesday, September 19, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Sound Stage
Wednesday, September 20, Richmond, VA, The National
Friday, September 22, Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
Saturday, September 23, Atlanta, GA, Variety Playhouse
Sunday, September 24, Nashville, TN, War Memorial Auditorium
Tuesday, September 26, Denver, CO, Paramount Theatre
Friday, September 29, San Francisco, The Masonic
Saturday, September 30, Los Angeles, Greek Theatre, with special guest L7
(CHERRY HILL, NJ) Tom Edwards, 41, guitarist and MD for Adam Ant, passed away yesterday from suspected heart failure at Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, NJ.
Tom was on tour with the band as part of the North American Kings of the Wild Frontier tour that began two nights ago in Washington DC. He was found unresponsive then rushed to the hospital where he passed away yesterday in the late afternoon.
An autopsy is pending. No further details are known at this time.
Tom was an esteemed guitarist throughout his career and had played with Roddy Frame, Fields of the Nephilim, Rebelles, Edwyn Collins, Andrea Corrs, Arno Castens and Spiderbites.
“On behalf of Adam and his band, we thank all of you for your best wishes and support during this most difficult time, Tom shared his musical gifts with the world and his spirit will live on forever.”
In order to pay respects to their honored bandmate, Adam and his band have postponed their upcoming concerts at The Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia (January 26) and Webster Hall in New York City (January 27), but will resume the tour at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto (January 29).
Story Credit Adam Ant Facebook . Photocredit David Kay