Gig review: Adam Ant, Edinburgh

Adam Ant. Picture: Contributed
Adam Ant. Picture: Contributed
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ADAM Ant’s transformation from predatory punk to panstick-coated pop star back at the cusp of the 80s – call it the moment when he doubled the drummers in his band – was so dramatic that it seems hard to credit now.

Adam Ant

Liquid Room, Edinburgh

Star rating: * * * *

But his dual appeal is still evident in the mingling of the punk and pop tribes which has characterised his successful comeback of the last few years.

On this outing, it was the old age punks who were to be favoured by a set generously drawn from the Ants’ debut album Dirk Wears White Sox and contemporary singles, a dark, uncompromising, somewhat tune-averse gothic punk selection from Car Trouble to Zerox, which gave the naturally charismatic frontman license to prowl at will while the band laid on heavy, gutter-trawling backing.

Unfortunately, he also could not resist a mocking and momentum-killing rant, with stadium rock, the 1990s, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys for some reason in his misjudged line of fire. Thankfully, a couple of catchy hits perked up the middle of the set and justified the point of taking two drummers on tour. Stand & Deliver and Antmusic were a tonic, driven by original percussionist Dave Barbarossa in tribal sync with the magnificently beehived Jola and eliciting cathartic yodels from the crowd.

Later in the set, Dog Eat Dog and the disposable but playful Goody Two Shoes had much the same effect after further musical longueurs and some uncomfortable disrobing from the former dandy highwayman.

Seen on 03.04.14