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Adam Ant - Australian Tour 2012

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by Sue (subscribe)
Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional.
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It was Bristol, UK, 1981. I was a shy, fifteen-year old, greasy-haired school girl sitting in the lounge area of the Robin Cousins Sports Centre. This school sports outing was supposed to encourage us to use the centre's sports equipment and to play squash: but the lounge had a jukebox, so it was cool.

Some of my classmates had money to put in the jukebox. That's when I first heard the now very familiar dueling-drumsticks intro to Ant Music by Adam and the Ants.

For a short time, Adam and the Ants were all over the charts. Catchy songs, with a great beat from two drummers. Frilly shirts, tight trousers, and Adam Ant's trademark white-striped face and eyeliner. He couldn't go wrong.

Ant Music was followed up with; Goodie Two Shoes, Prince Charming, and Stand And Deliver. They were all huge hits but in 1982 he disbanded the group and went solo.

Adam Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) kept himself busy over the years with solo projects and collaborations, as well as many acting roles for TV and films. Diagnosed with bi-polar disorder at 21, he also had a long battle with its symptoms, and while medicated, spent many years out of the limelight.

However, these days he is in great shape and since March 2010 he has been very busy. He set up a new label called, Blueblack Hussar Records and returned to his live music roots. Over 2010 and 2011 he toured around the UK to great reviews with his band, The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse.

It would seem that at 57 years old, this charismatic king of the wild frontier has still 'got it' and his live shows sound amazing. The band plays a good mix of very old songs that the crowd absolutely go bonkers for, some covers, and a new song or two. His voice and stage presence are still fantastic.

You can catch Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse's Australian tour at the following venues:

March 23 - Sydney, Enmore Theatre
March 27 - Perth, Metro City
March 30 - Melbourne, Palace Theatre
April 5 - Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre
April 8 - Brisbane, The Tivoli

If you'd like to know more about this unique and interesting man, he has a 2006 autobiography called Stand and Deliver.

His new album should be available in June 2012, it is awkwardly titled, Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter. There is also a documentary in the works titled The Blueblack Hussar, filmed in 2011 that follows his work on the new album and his tour of the UK.
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Why? To feel 15 again, but without the greasy hair and spots.
When: 23 March to 8 April
Where: Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Brisbane
Cost: Varies according to venue, $73.60 to $96.10. More for meet and greets
Your Comment
I saw Adam Ant when he performed at Festival Hall in Brisbane in 1980 (?) -- I know, I'm showing my age. I also went to the Park Royal Hotel early the following morning and got autographs from him and the rest of the band. My signed program is still a treasured souvenir and, to this day, I've never seen a man more handsome than he was back then. Maybe I'll have to get along for old time's sake...
by Michelle MacFarlane (score: 2|401) 3462 days ago
Australian Fans don't forget to watch Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight, on Feb 15, 2012. Adam Ant is a guest and Adam Hills is a HUGE fan of his: should be good.
by Sue (score: 1|64) 3456 days ago
Unfortunately the Adelaide show has been canceled. I don't know why: such a shame.

For up to date information, follow @AdamAntZone on Twitter. Also, Adam has his own Twitter account @AdamAOfficial. Or if you are into Facebook, there's his page at,
by Sue (score: 1|64) 3447 days ago
Adam Ant will be on Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight once more. This time as the band for the mass same-sex TV wedding episode, to be aired on March 28. Look out for it at 8.30pm on the ABC.
by Sue (score: 1|64) 3422 days ago
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