Following his Kings of the Wild Frontier tour earlier this year that saw pop icon Adam Ant play his landmark album to over 50,000 fans in sold-out venues throughout North America and the UK, the English singer and musician announced his new North American tour, kicking off Wednesday, Sept. 6 at Fort Lauderdale’s Parker Playhouse. The second date will bring him to Clearwater. Tickets start at $39.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Adam Ant will play his classic chart-topping singles as well as rare singles, B sides and personal favorites. For more information about the tour, visit www.adam-ant.com.
From his early days in London as an underground, post-punk artist with a cult-like following to his explosion on the world stage that would lead him to become one of the most iconic artists of the ’80s, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of nine albums and 25 chart-topping singles around the world. He has sold more than 40 million albums and had eight singles in the Top 40 in one week, globally.
Adam Ant released “Dirk Wears White Sox,” his debut album, in 1979. The album was the first No. 1 album in the UK on the newly-created UK Independent Albums Chart that debuted in 1980. “Kings of the Wild Frontier,” his follow-up album, catapulted him to the world stage, spent 12 weeks at No. 1 in the UK and produced three chart-topping singles including “Dog Eat Dog,” “Antmusic” and “Kings of the Wild Frontier.” The album featured his trademark Burundi Beat style of Central African drumming, a musical signature that remains to this day.
As Antmania continued to sweep the nation, “Prince Charming,” his third album, introduced his landmark single “Stand and Deliver” that crowned the UK Singles Chart for five weeks and entered the U.S. dance chart.
In the United States, “Friend or Foe,” his fourth album which featured the massive hit “Goody Two Shoes” and follow-up hit “Desperate But Not Serious,” turned him into a household name and earned him a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1982.
In 1990, Adam Ant recorded and released “Manners and Physique” that included the hit “Room at the Top.” A follow-up album, “Persuasion,” would have been his fifth solo studio effort – but the album was never released due to conflicts with the record label. In 1995, Adam Ant released “Wonderful” and supported it with successful tours of the UK and North America.
Following the tour for “Wonderful,” he did not perform live again until 2006 when he read extracts from his autobiography “Stand & Deliver.” The book laid bare his childhood and his well-documented struggles with mental illness.
In 2008, Adam Ant received the Q Music Icon Award alongside fellow recipients Paul McCartney and Bryan Ferry. According to a press release promoting the current tour, this recognition led directly to a series of performances in 2010 – and it inspired him to form his new band, Adam Ant & The Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse.
After a string of sold-out shows during 2012 tours, Adam Ant released his most recent album, “Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.” The album, a musical autobiography with 17 musical stories about the musician’s life and things that interest him, debuted at No. 8 on The Official Chart in the UK and climbed to No. 3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.
Opening the show will be Los Angeles rockers Glam Skanks.
Glam Skanks will hit the road with their rock-drenched, glitter-rock set in support of their album “Glitter City,” featuring their new single “Karma,” a follow-up sequel to their first single “Bad Bitch.”
On “Glitter City,” produced by Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn, Glam Skanks create a technicolor audiovisual feast using familiar tints from T Rex, The Runaways, David Bowie and The Sweet with the genuine rock sensibility of Aerosmith wrapped in a full-blown cosmetic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” meets “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” androgyny. Like a rock and rollercoaster ride in a blazing cloud of feather-boa glitter with a swagger that screams Sunset Strip dreams and Hollywood nights, the album is Drag Rock for the masses.
“Glitter City” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and Bandcamp.
In addition to the “Glitter City” album, their “Miss Androgynous” single is also featured in director Kevin Smith’s most recent movie “Yoga Hosers,” starring Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith with Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler and Adam Brody.
Glam Skanks members are Millie (bass), Ali Cat (vocals), Veronica Volume (guitar) and Cassie (drums).