Adam Ant to Stand and Deliver in St Albans
FORMER 80s chart-topper Adam Ant performs live in St Albans tonight (Tuesday).
RIDICULE is nothing to be scared of...
So sang post-punk icon Adam Ant during his 80s heyday on number one hit Prince Charming.
Too young to have heard the 1981 single? It’s currently enjoying a new lease of life in the Tesco Christmas adverts for Champagne.
And the man behind the song? In the 80s, the flamboyant Adam Ant was one of the biggest pop stars in the country and certainly the most colourful with his warpaint and feathers.
With his distinctive look – think Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow character from the Pirates of the Caribbean films and you’ve got a fair idea – Adam and The Ants enjoyed huge chart success 30 years ago.
Singles Kings of the Wild Frontier and Dog Eat Dog were both top five hits, while Antmusic reached number two.
Antmania reached its peak with Stand and Deliver, which entered the UK charts at number one, a feat rarely achieved in those days.
Follow-up single Prince Charming also scaled the charts as the Brit Award winners swept the nation.
Real name Stuart Goddard, Adam Ant also enjoyed a solo number one with Goody Two Shoes before his career stalled.
The charismatic stripey-faced singer’s music went out of fashion, he took up acting, battled personal demons and seemingly disappeared from performing live.
However, after years in the musical wilderneess, the warpaint-wearing Dandy Highwayman is back touring again and the one-time Prince Charming of the UK pop charts will be appearing live in St Albans tonight.
Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse can be seen at the Alban Arena from 8pm.
The concert is in support of his rather wonderfully named new album Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunners Daughter.
His live show will not only feature songs from the album, but will also include classic hits such as Antmusic, Prince Charming, Kings Of The Wild Frontier, and the Ivor Novello award-winning Stand And Deliver, the video for which was filmed in the grounds of Hatfield House.
Tickets for the show cost £28.50 seated and £25 standing.
Ring the Alban Arena box office on 01727 844488 or book online at www.alban-arena.co.uk