Adam Ant Tour 2019! Adam Ant is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of new romantic /post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three No.1s. Ant was also popular in the United States, and once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in over two dozen films and television episodes from 1985 to 2003. Since 2010, Ant has undertaken an intensive reactivation of his musical career, performing live regularly in his hometown of London and beyond, recording and releasing a new album and with three full-length UK national tours, a US national tour and a short Australian tour all now completed and a second US national tour currently scheduled.
Adam Ant has announced a North American tour where he’ll be performing his 1982 solo album, Friend or Foe, for the first time in its entirety. The album yielded a #12 pop hit, “Goody Two Shoes.”
Following a world tour of the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Ant has scheduled a 17-date U.S. tour (plus one date in Toronto) beginning September 4.
Tickets are available here.
When Adam and the Ants were first presented to U.S. Top 40 in 1980, station program directors weren’t quite sure what to make of the group and its pirate-costumed frontman. Rock and alternative stations, however, played several tracks from 1980’s Kings of the Wild Frontier, including the catchy “Antmusic.”
The release’s original press materials touted “an exciting new step forward in rock and pop music. Drawing on the rousing chants and heroic legends of American Indians, pirates and adventurers, Adam writes and sings very earthy, stirring anthems for today’s world.”
By 1982, the band had run its course and Adam Ant began a solo career with Friend or Foe. Thanks to the success of “Goody Two Shoes,” the album reached #16 in the U.S. and was certified Gold.
“Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?”
Related: Top radio hits of 1982
The tour will also feature various singles and personal favorites.
From the March 18 tour announcement: “From his early punk days in London to his explosion on the world stage that would lead to him becoming an icon, Adam Ant’s musical career spans the course of nine albums and 22 chart-topping singles worldwide. At one point, Adam had eight singles in the UK Top 40 in one week.
“Adam and the Ants’ 1979 debut album, Dirk Wears White Sox, was the first #1 album in the U.K. Independent Albums Chart.
“The follow-up, Kings of the Wild Frontier, featured Ant’s trademark burundi beat style of African drumming and spent 12 weeks at #1 in the U.K. and was the best-selling album of 1981. It produced three U.K. hits, ‘Dog Eat Dog’ (#4), ‘Antmusic’ ( #2) and ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ (#2) and won Adam a Brit Award for Best New Artist.
“On its day of release in 1981, ‘Stand and Deliver’ went straight to #1, and remained at the top spot in the U.K. singles chart for five weeks, earning Adam Ant two prestigious Ivor Novello Awards for Best Songwriter of the Year and Best British Record.
Adam Ant “Friend or Foe” 2019 North American Tour (Tickets are available here)
Sep 04 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre
Sep 06 – St. Louis MO – The Pageant
Sep 07 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
Sep 08 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages Theatre
Sep 11 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
Sep 13 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Sep 14 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium
Sep 15 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
Sep 17 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Sep 19 – New York NY – Beacon Theatre
Sep 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Merriam Theater
Sep 21 – Mashantucket, CT – Fox Theatre
Sep 23 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
Sep 25 – Greensboro, NC – Carolina Theatre
Sep 27 – Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall
Sep 28 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol Theatre
Sep 29 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
Oct 01 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore