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Adam Ant hits the road to charm his fans again
EIGHTIES pop icon Adam Ant is back and loving every minute of it.
He’s back on the road with his new band, the Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse with a series of summer dates, including a visit to Westcliff’s Cliffs Pavililion at the end of the month.
He beams: “It’s fantastic to be back. I’ve always said in the pop world every record is a kind of comeback.”
He was born in 1954 in London and after leaving London’s Hornsey College of Art, he began playing in a number of bands, including Bazooka Joe, who supported the Sex Pistols in 1975.
That gig inspired him to form the B Sides, who became Adam and the Ants in 1977. But it wasn’t until the start of the Eighties, with a new “Ants” line-up, that the flamboyant musician finally hit the big time.
The band’s debut album, Kings of the Wild Frontier, and single, Ant Music, sent the UK into Ant mania. The follow-up, Prince Charming, with the title track of the same name, and Stand and Deliver reached number one.
But almost as quickly as they burst on the scene, Adam and the Ants split up in 1982. He says: “We were slaves to the record company and it was seriously affecting my health. Now I’ve got a great new band. and I’m loving being back on tour.
Adam Ant plays at the Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Westcliff, on July 28 at 8pm. Tickets are £29.50 and £23.50.
Call 01702 351135 or go to www.cliffspavilion.co.uk
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