Adam Ant talks MTV, sex appeal and performing live today
Adam Ant doesn't talk to the press often, but when he does, usually some interesting things pop out of his brain. His latest interview with Pollstar.com is no exception. Adam, on a rare U.S. tour that brings him to all corners of the country (including Florida in a couple weeks), had plenty to say about the early days of MTV and more. Here are my favorite parts. Click here to read the full interview.
PERFORMING LIVE TODAY: "Eighteen months ago I stripped some of my songs down to acoustic arrangements and started playing them for friends and in a few small clubs in London on my own and then recruited a band. I found that the help of a cracking band, which I got now – I really couldn’t get a better, more supportive bunch of kids – has made it a lot easier to do. So, in a way I’m really enjoying it more than ever before because I can just get on with singing and pushing myself every night. It’s like running [up] a mountain every night. It keeps me fit and it keeps me happy."
ON HIS STAR POWER IN HIS GLORY DAYS: "I don’t think it got to me that much. I’ve got too much of a work ethic. I never thought it would last that long. By the time I was singing Kings Of The Wild Frontier in America, I was working on the Prince Charming album. ... The work can keep you out of trouble to a certain degree."
ON MTV NAMING HIM SEXIEST MAN ALIVE DURING '80s: "I didn’t get a trophy for that. There was no (laughs) presentation. ...I think at that stage MTV was a baby, but it did certainly have a great deal to do in breaking me in the USA. People got to see me. But I thought it was a double-edged sword. I always thought it was absolutely vital to show you can play live. But I mustn’t grumble. It’s lovely to get any kind of award."
WHICH ACTOR SHOULD PLAY HIM ON FILM: "James Franco, a lot of people say he looks like me. Someone like Tom Hollander because he has the accent down and he’s obviously a Londoner."
[Adam Ant performs Sept. 27 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa and Sept. 29 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando.]