Adam Ant: New York City, NY October 6, 2012
With minimal banter, Ant was clearly on stage to perform. One of the many highlights from the evening was his performance of a track from his upcoming Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, slated for a release in early 2013. The song, "Vince Taylor," had Ant's trademark feel, like one of his classic hits.
Not one to deprive the audience of his chart topping hits, the band struck all the right notes with crowd favorites including "Stand and Deliver," "Room at the Top," "Strip," "Antmusic," "Kings of the Wild Frontier," "Desperate But Not Serious," and "Goody Two Shoes." "Wonderful" started out with a sparse, acoustic arrangement, growing into a hard-driving full on rock number.
"Here's a song I wrote about Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away last year," Ant recounted, as he led the Posse into a spirited version of "Cleopatra." Asking the enthralled crowd if they like to rock, Ant and the band raised the bar with a seamless version of "Vive Le Rock." Emerging, after a short break, ready for an encore in a T-shirt and vest that showed his ample arm tattoos, Ant thrilled the crowd with "Christian D'or" , the surprise "Bang a Gong (Get it On)" and "Lady/Fall In. "
Any doubts were wiped away as the house lights came up and the packed venue emptied out onto the streets of midtown Manhattan, with Ant's soulful voice still resounding in their heads.
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