Of all the tours to hit the road in recent months, Adam Ant's 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' tour is the one making the industry as well as artists (both classic and freshmen) stop and take notice. This is how it's done, folks. You take what people loved about you and your music to begin with, roll it out in all it's glory and don't change one thing. Then, when you hit the stage you do it all exceptionally well. Make no mistake, Adam Ant has this formula on lock down.
Let's go back for a moment to November 3, 1980 when 'Kings Of the Wild Frontier' was released to critical acclaim. It reached number 1 on the UK album chart, spawned 3 hit singles; 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier,' 'Dog Eat Dog' and 'Ant Music.' It was at number 1 in Australia for 5 weeks, spent 34 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 chart, was the UK's number 1 selling album in 1981, won Best British album at The Brit Awards and earned a Grammy nomination. To say that this album made a tremendous impact would be an understatement. To choose 'Kings' to play start to finish for the die hard Adam Ant fans out here in the states was a brilliant decision, and considering that 13 out of the 17 dates of this tour were sold out it would appear that the Ant people agree. On Request has been keeping a very close eye on the tour after reading great review after great review. Being one of the die hard Adam Ant fans myself, this show wasn't going to be missed.
Before we dive in to Adam's set, we need to mention the very talented openers that warmed up the crowd. The Glam Skanks are an all-female glam punk band that definitely impressed us. The house was packed with Adam's fans impatiently waiting for him to hit the stage, so I wasn't sure how focused they would be on the opening act. Then they hit the stage and they definitely got the crowd's attention. Lead vocalist, Ali Cat, sounded and looked amazing as she strutted around the stage with perfect punk flare. Think Mick Jagger meets Johnny Rotten. She was a commanding presence on stage and the band was equally talented and fun to watch.
The Glam Skanks are Ali Cat (Vocals), Millie (Bass), Veronica Volume (Guitar), and Cassie (Drums). They treated the crowd to an 11-song set that got the crowd aptly pumped up for the rest of the night's festivities. We will be reviewing their music and talking with them in the near future, so stay tuned.
When it comes to how the rest of the night went, quite honestly it was like stepping back into 1980 and watching each song being performed at the height of Adam's career. This is no exaggeration. There are so many different inflections in Adam's voice that his fans have come to love and expect, and those perfect nuances were ever present from the moment he stepped on stage. When a classic artist goes out on tour when they reach Adam's age, people like to say things like, "He can still move pretty well on stage," etc. I will say that the classic Adam Ant stage presence and moves were all there, and even guys in their 20's would do well to watch the way he carries himself and mesmerizes the crowd. The set began with the entirety of 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier' being played from start to finish, which would have been enough to please any fan. Things did not stop there, however, and without any break in the action another set of classic hits came to life with such hits as 'Desperate But Not Serious,' 'Beat My Guest,' 'Stand and Deliver,' 'Goody Two Shoes,' 'Prince Charming,' and more before wrapping up with a cover of 'Get It On' and 'Physical.' You can see the entire set list below. The crowd sang along to every track and even though they played a great set, it didn't stop the fans from begging for more.
I've covered more shows than I can count at this point in my career, and I can say that seeing Adam Ant on the 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier Tour was definitely the most satisfying. His vocals, musicianship and stage antics didn't miss a beat. It's easy to see why there hasn't been one negative review to come out of this tour yet. The tour continues through February and we can only hope this isn't the last time he comes through our neck of the woods. To echo the crowd at the end of the show, "COME BACK ADAM!"
To give everyone an idea of how fun this show as, here is a clip of 'Kings Of The Wild Frontier.' The set list is as follows:
DOG EAT DOG
FEED ME TO THE LIONS (This tour is the first time that Adam is playing this track live)
KILLER IN THE HOME
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER
THE MAGNIFICENT FIVE
DON’T BE SQUARE
THE HUMAN BEINGS
Adam continues with some of his favorite selections:
BEAT MY GUEST
STAND AND DELIVER
VIVE LE ROCK
DESPERATE BUT NOT SERIOUS
NEVER TRUST A MAN (WITH EGG ON HIS FACE)
GOODY TWO SHOES
GET IT ON by MARC BOLAN (Cover)