Adam Ant Brings ‘Friend or Foe’ to Yorkshire

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by David Schuster

In 1982 Adam Ant launched his first solo album, Friend or Foe, following his split with band The Ants. The iconic New Wave record sold more than 100,000 copies and included three hit singles; ‘Goody Two Shoes’, which was a UK number one, ‘Desperate But Not Serious’ and the title track. Almost forty years on Adam will play the album in its entirety, along with many of his other hits, at venues across the country, beginning in November.

adam ant tour poster 2019 ukIt promises to be a great show as the flamboyant singer’s extraordinary musical career includes nine albums 22 hit singles and an impressive array of accolades; Best British Album at the Brits, an Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year and he was given Q Magazine Icon status in 2008. At one point he had no less than eight singles simultaneously in the UK Top 40, including ‘Stand and Deliver’, which went straight to number one in the UK singles charts on the day of its release and stayed in the top spot for five weeks.

“Powerful Burundi beat”

Adam and the Ants shot straight to fame with their 1979 debut Dirk Wears White Sox, which reached number one in the UK Independent Music Charts. However, it was for the follow up Kings of the Wild Frontier that their music became best known, with its powerful Burundi beat style of African drumming. It spent 12 weeks at number one in the UK and was the best-selling album of 1981. Prince Charming, which was launched that same year, also became the band’s second platinum selling disc.

Since parting with the Ants, the British musician has released six solo albums with another, Bravest of the Brave, rumoured to be in the pipeline for this year. The ‘Friend or Foe’ tour includes more than 25 venues across the UK, and comes hard on the heels of last year’s world tour, on which Adam played to sold out audiences across North America, Australia and New Zealand, and I for one am looking forward to seeing how Adam’s unique musical sound has evolved over the years.

Adam Ant plays Sheffield City Hall 8 Nov, York Barbican 14 Nov and Hull City Hall 15 Nov
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