Iconic new wave sensation Adam Ant returns to good old blighty to kick off the opening night of his UK tour.

Having recently completed an extensive spell of sold out dates Stateside whilst performing his seminal album Kings of the Wild Frontier in full, Adam Ant has switched up the format of his show for this run. 

Throughout his monumental forty plus year career, Adam Ant has released an impressive twenty-five singles to date. Many of these tracks have become part of the soundtrack to our everyday lives having been broadcast frequently on radio, MTV, and Top of the Pops. Subsequently, as a result, these unmistakable numbers have been interwoven into the fabric of our very consciousness.

The focus of tonight’s date in the North East and this run of shows, in particular, is Adam’s myriad of chart-topping hits and anthems.

Upon arrival at the Metro Radio Arena this evening, it’s very apparent that ‘Antmania’ has swept over Tyneside. Dedicated legions of fans approach the venue dressed in attire which reflects the various stages of the superstar’s career, whilst others opt for his trademark war paint across their face. Eager parents also bring along the next generation of Adam Ant fans to see their idol.

Having opened for the likes of Alice Cooper as well accompanying Adam Ant during his recent North American tour, tonight Hollywood glitter-rockers The Glam Skanks fulfil their dream of performing in the UK. The band is currently touring in support of their excellent debut album Glitter City

The Glam Skanks enigmatic and engaging lead vocalist Ali Cat, who is dressed in a fetching sequin leotard and white heeled boots, prowls the stage and most certainly makes an impact on the Newcastle audience.

The band is a perfect fit for this bill, bringing with them in tow a sound that encapsulates the glam rock era of the 1970s. The quartet delivers a set centring on their latest offering whilst conjuring up images of groups likes The Runaways, particularly during “Tube Tops” and the sultry “Karma”. On the other hand, tracks like the band’s sweet little love song “Fuck Off” and “Bad Bitch” are performed with true rock and roll attitude.

The Glam Skanks perfectly set the tone for the rest of the evening, it’s therefore of no surprise why they were hand-picked a second time to open for Adam on this run.

With the sounds of classical music resonating throughout the Metro Radio Arena, Adam Ant takes to the stage, accompanied by his five-piece band and launches into an emphatic rendition of “Beat My Guest”. Ant is dressed in black and donning a straw hat, with a scarf hanging from his waist and the whole room is immediately up on their feet.

The crowd is won over from the off, with the likes of anthemic numbers such as “Ant Music” featuring early on in the show. The song is typified by Adam Ant’s unmistakable vocal over top of the hard-hitting synchronous rhythm of duelling drummers Jola and Andy Woodard, who are perched up high on a pair of drum risers mounted above video screens bearing the star’s name. Tonight, Adam Ant sounds just as good as he did back in 1980 when the song was first released.

Adam addresses the audience stating ‘It’s lovely to be here with you for the A’s and the B-side’s’. Of course, the show is centred around the hits, but there’s also plenty of rarities and flip sides including a notable first live performance of “Can’t Set Rules About Love” and deep cut “Whip In My Valise”. 

Tonight Adam Ant leaves no stone unturned, during his almost two-hour set as he takes a retrospective look back on his entire career. The show traverses everything from his 1978 debut single “Young Parisians”, during which the stage lighting illuminates the band in the red, white and blue of the French Tricolore flag, through to his mid-90’s releases such as “Wonderful” and “Gotta Be A Sin” and almost everything in between.

The show is packed full of old favourites which the fans lap up in abundance. The likes of “Dog Eat Dog”, “Goody Two Shoes” and “Prince Charming” are enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and take the Metro Radio Arena to eighties heaven. The latter of which see’s the crowd getting into the swing of things with the much-imitated arm crossing dance as portrayed in the music video for the number.

Only three of Adam’s multitude of singles are excluded from the set this evening, that being “Deutscher Girls”, “Cool Zombie” and “Ant Rap”.

Heading into the final strides of the show Adam breaks into “Kings of the Wild Frontier”, flipping and spinning his mic stand as he goes before bringing his main set to a close with an electrifying rendition of “Stand And Deliver”, which leaves the audience wanting more. To which they are duly rewarded with a three song encore of “Red Scab”, “Xerox” and “You’re So Physical”.

Following its completion in the UK, the Anthems – Singles tour will switch continents as it moves to both the USA and Australia/New Zealand and is definitely not to be missed.

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Event Date: 05-MAY-2017

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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