The iconic Adam Ant returns to Minneapolis for the first time in decades on September 1, 2013. Mill City Nights is packed full of eager fans, many who haven’t seen him since the 1980s. The age range has changed considerably since Minneapolis last saw Adam Ant, as they are older. However, that has nuot stopped a number of them from going as far as to even dress as Adam. They are in for a treat, as he presents them with a two hour set, backed by his band, the Good, the Mad, and the Lovely Posse.
His extended set consists of a number of songs from throughout his career much to the delight of the crowd. The show was introduced with Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” followed by a speech from The Charge of the Light Brigade. It’s then that Adam twirls onto the stage in his well known flamboyant nature, dressed eclectically, and singing the new, “Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”. Immediately, he switches into, “Dog Eat Dog”, which really picks the audience up, recognizing their familiar beloved track from the album, Kings of the Wild Frontier.
Adam Ant is the star of the show, having his band very much in the background. The Good, the Mad, and the Lovely Posse consist of guitarist Tom Edwards, the bassist who is only introduced as Joe, and two drummers backing them up, Andy Woodward and Jola. Their look is much different than Adam’s, not matching up much with his eccentric style. They are much simpler in nature, which contrasts heavily with his look.
The set continues with several different songs, including, “Shrink”, “Room at the Top”, a heavily introduced “Whip in My Valise”, and more. “Good Two Shoes”, “Car Trouble”, and “Prince Charming” close out the official set, which is followed by a long break between that and the encore. He closes out the night with four encores, those of which include a cover of “Bang a Gong (Get it On)” from T Rex, as well as “Physical (You’re So)”.
Adam Ant leaves the fans enthusiastic and lively after the show, happy to have seen him once again, or maybe even for the first time. With this show, he was able to transcend many years of his career into two hours, taking them on a journey of some of hits and even some of the lesser know pieces.
Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter – Dog Eat Dog – Beat My Guest – Kick – Ants Invasion – Hardmentoughblokes – Stand and Deliver – Shrink – Room at the Top – Kings of the Wild Frontier – Wonderful – Whip in My Valise – Vince Taylor – Stay in the Game – Cool Zombie – Strip – Desperate But Not Serious – Cleopatra – Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face) – Zerox – Vive Le Rock – Antmusic – Goody Two Shoes – Cartrouble – Prince Charming – Lady/Fall In – Red Scab – Bang a Gong (Get It On) – Physical (You’re So)