Adam Ant talks Paul McCartney, Malcolm McLaren, returning to touring and more
Born during the tail end of the glam wave in British music, Adam Ant was half myth, half man, conquering audiences both on stage and on MTV dressed as a debonaire pirate, with streaks of bold makeup across his face to match his gold lipstick. But a foray into acting and a struggle with mental illness (later diagnosed as bipolar disorder) sidetracked Adam from his music.
Decades passed. Before a short club tour of the U.S. last year, fans had begun to wonder if they'd ever see the dandy highwayman in person again. But last year, he made his way Stateside, performing a few shows in Florida (including one at the Hard Rock Cafe in Tampa), and the reviews were unanimously positive.
"I was very delighted to see the response," the Goody Two Shoes singer said in a recent interview. "It took me six to nine months to get this band together and it'd done quite welling the U.K. with the live stuff, but as I always say, when you go to the USA, it's an entirely different ballgame."
Adam Ant returns to Tampa Bay on Friday with a show at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. Tickets are $25-$145. Click here for details.
For more of Steve Spears' interview with Adam Ant, click here.