Extrovert 80s icon booked for April Villa gig
ICONIC performer Adam Ant will play the Isle of Man in April.
With his trademark face paint and elaborate stage outfits, Ant will take to the stage with The Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse, with whom he has been touring for the last couple of years.
The extrovert musician first entered the public conscious on October 16, 1980, when he gave a blistering performance on Top of the Pops, as part of Adam and the Ants.
After three ferocious minutes of Dog Eat Dog, the phenomenon was born and the band dominated the charts for the next few years with extraordinary success.
Famous for huge hits such as Stand and Deliver, Prince Charming and Goody Two Shoes, at one point he had eight singles in the top 40 in one week.
Born Stuart Leslie Goddard in 1954 in London, Ant was a figurehead for the new wave/post-punk era.
After massive success with The Ants, he went solo and also became a star in America, where he was once voted sexiest man in the US by the viewers of MTV.
Ant has also appeared in films and on television, including 1996 film Drop Dead Rock and TV series La Femme Nikita, in 1999.
He was also a pioneer in the use of music videos in the 1980s, which was probably why he was awarded the honour of becoming MTV’s first ever guest VJ.
In 2008, after a prolongued period of musical inactivity and well-documented mental health problems, Ant was presented with the Q Music Icon Award.
The recognition resulted in a series of low key gigs in the ensuing years, starting in London before moving further afield, and during this time he put together his new band.
Since 2010 his musical career has gained momentum once again and he has recorded a new album and performed two full-length UK tours.
He also has a US tour scheduled.
The Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse played to thousands of people last year, and after his recent successful tour of Australia, ‘the BlueBlack Hussar’ is due to appear at many festivals this coming summer, before taking his raw, raucous, raunchy campaign around the UK in November.
He’s set to stop in Douglas on April 19.
Although he hasn’t been a huge name for some years now, the self-proclaimed Highway Dandyman attracts a loyal following, known as ‘antpeople’.
Tickets for the Villa Marina show are now on sale, priced £26, and are available from the Villa website or by calling the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal on 600555.
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