Adam Ant
English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants
Adam Ant
Adam Ant is an English musician who gained popularity as the lead singer of New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants and later as a solo artist, scoring ten UK top ten hits between 1980 and 1983, including three No.1s. Ant was also a star in America where he not only scored a string of hit singles and albums, but was once voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV.
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Adam Ant's personal information overview.
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‘Heroic, sexy and a warrior bravado’: how Adam and the Ants redefined pop
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
They were a riot of makeup, feathers, tribal drums and surf guitars – and, for a spectacular moment, they became the biggest band in the UK. Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni tell the story of their breakthrough On the morning of 17 October 1980, Adam Ant discovered he couldn’t go to the corner shop. Or, at least, he couldn’t go to the corner shop without attracting attention: “[There was] pointing, girls chasing us down the street, and all the rest of it.” He was nearly 27 years old and had become a pop star literally overnight. The previous evening, Adam and the Ants had appeared on Top of the Pops for the first time. Their single, Dog Eat Dog, wasn’t really high enough in the charts to warrant a slot on the biggest pop show on British TV. (It had scraped into the Top 40 at No 37 – a distinct improvement on anything Adam and the Ants had achieved in the previous three years of their career, but hardly a seismic eruption to trouble the artists that hogged the top of charts: the Police, Madn ...
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CHILDREN, BEHAVE! Pop Sensation TIFFANY'S Wise Words To Millennials!
Huffington Post - 9 months
It's been almost thirty years since Tiffany Renee Darwish, or better known to the public as just Tiffany, covered Tommy James and the Shondells, "I think We're Alone Now" and shot to superstardom, and the tune is still stuck in fans heads and hearts. More popular than even "Call Me Maybe" at the time, Tiffany's catchy chords and raspy voice has resonated deeply with a devoted fan base that spans generations- and if the latest reboots of all things 80's and 90's have proved anything, it's that millennials are loyal fans to the things that warm their nostalgic hearts. With the major anniversary of her first big hit coming up, Tiffany is back on tour with her new album; A Million Miles, and she couldn't be more excited to spend time in the studio, produce- a new experience for her that she's thrilled about- and perform for her fans- which she says is her favorite part of the gig. If there were any doubts to the statement or thoughts that she could be pandering, that is put to r ...
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8 Great Things From the '80s That I'm Keeping Alive for My Kids
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I am lucky enough to have grown up in the 1980s, which you may think of as the decade full of things that were over-the-top -- the hair, the fashion, the makeup and the music. But to me all of these things were glorious. My 8- and 10-year-old boys flip through the photo albums of my youth in amazement, seeing examples of my extreme over-the-top-ness in each of the categories mentioned above. Especially the fashion. And the hair. Mainly the hair. And while I may never be able to share with them how awesome hanging outside a Camelot Music store eating a plastic bowl full of nachos could be, there are still a few '80s nuggets from my teenage years we can experience together. Like: 1. Video stores. My first two jobs -- my two favorite jobs -- were at mom-and-pop video stores back in the '80s. Thank God for Movie Madness here in Portland -- the best video store in the world. I would so much rather spend an hour with my kids here, having them pick up DVD (and VHS!) boxes and rea ...
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Adam Ant pulls out of Bridlington gig
Birdlington Free Pass - about 3 years
Adam Ant has cancelled a concert planned for The Spa Bridlington in March, it has been announced today.
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Birdlington Free Pass article
Adam Ant plans to stand and deliver in Sacramento
The Sacramento Bee - over 3 years
Adam Ant swashbuckled through MTV’s early days, a randy pirate/dandy highwayman who brought cheek and great cheekbones to videos for songs such as “Stand and Deliver” and “Goody Two Shoes.” British singer Adam Ant pulled out of the music scene in 1995 but is touring in support of his new album’s release.
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Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of September 4-10. WEDNESDAY 9/4 MUSICFESTNW: CHVRCHES, DEERHUNTER, JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, & MORE (Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our guide to MusicfestNW. THURSDAY 9/5 MUSICFESTNW: TYPHOON, BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY, BOB MOULD, & MORE (The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th) Read our guide to MusicfestNW. NW HIP HOP FEST (Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash; Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) It may seem counterintuitive to schedule a music festival the same week as MusicfestNW. Yet NW Hip Hop Fest, now in its third year, does exactly that. This year, the festival takes place at both Kelly's Olympian and the Ash Street Saloon over three nights, featuring densely packed bills of talent at both venues. While most performers are Portland-based, acts from Salem, Spokane, Seattle, and beyond are represented. Highlights include Thursday's Proper Knocks Showcase at the Ash Street featuring Big Bang, L ...
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The Face of Mental Illness: Celebrity Edition
Psych Central - over 3 years
Ooooh, I woudn’t want to be in Brian Williams’s shoes right now. Of course, there’d be a lot of room, given he seems to have shoved BOTH his feet in his mouth last Thursday. During what’s probably been the most stigmatizing statement I’ve heard all year, Williams announced that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade, was “arguably the face of mental illness.” Let’s paint that picture again, just for good measure: Brian Williams told America that Ariel Castro, a man who kidnapped three women and held them captive, raped them, and beat them for 10 years, was “arguably the face of mental illness.” Not just the fact, but arguably the face. I mean, wow. Unsurprisingly, mental health consumers and advocates far and wide are enraged, and rightly so. Williams’s comment adds fuel to the mental health stigma fire we’ve been trying so hard for years to put out. Using his national platform to tell us that Castro represents mental illness was just ...
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New Music Venue Alert: Concord Music Hall Opens In August
Huffington Post - over 3 years
With the Congress Theater still out of commission until at least October, Logan Square and Wicker Park residents can instead look to the area's newest venue, Concord Music Hall, for their live music-listening needs. Opening Aug. 1 with a show headlined by Adam Ant, Concord will be taking over the space currently occupied by the club VLive at 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. (just spitting distance from the embattled Congress). Other acts coming soon include Jimmy Cliff, The Misfits and Less Than Jake. According to the venue's website, Concord is the collective efforts of the Chicago promoters behind Riot Fest, Silver Wrapper, and React Presents, otherwise known as the minds behind North Coast Music Festival, Spring Awakening Fest and the hotly-anticipated Riot Fest. With a capacity that can range from 700 to 1,600 (depending on whether balconies are open), Time Out Chicago reports the space's 20,000 square feet include two levels and five bars. The Tribune's Greg Kot, who wa ...
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The return of Adam Ant
CNN - over 3 years
80s pop star Adam Ant returns for his biggest tour in 20 years after battling bipolar disorder.
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Adam Ant to play Fremont Theater in SLO
Cal Coast News - over 3 years
By COLIN JONES Eighties new wave icon Adam Ant will make a rare San Luis Obispo appearance when he plays the historic Fremont Theater, on Sept. 18, CalCoastNews has learned. Both as leader of Adam and the Ants and a solo artist, Ant was part of the unique ‘New Romantic’ movement in England with such [...] Related posts: Fleetwood Mac guitarist to headline Fremont Theater show Vina Robles announces inaugural concert series Fremont Theater to reopen on Valentine’s Day
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Man Who Made Your Favorite Songs Reveals His Secrets
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Buoyed by his recent work with Daft Punk and made all the better by his charming disposition, legendary producer and pioneering artist Giorgio Moroder is experiencing quite a career revival. Since appearing on "Random Access Memories" in "Giorgio By Moroder," a spoken word track ("I thought that it could be the sound of the future...") that explodes into a sonic masterpiece. Then he lines up a choice DJ gig (his "live DJ debut") with the Red Bull Music Academy and, as he says in the above lecture, the interviews, production asks and management offers just keep rolling in. It's that lecture -- also given as part of the Red Bull Music Academy -- that's debuting exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment. The two-hour special is a treat for music fans, regardless of how familiar they are with Moroder's work (and with production credits for Donna Summer, David Bowie, Blondie, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, Bonnie Tyler, Freddie Mercury and Oscars for scoring "Midnight Express" and creat ...
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Adam Ant bursts back onto the music scene
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
Feb. 22 - Famed for his outlandish style and classic pop tunes in the 1980s, Adam Ant returns with his first record in 18 years after battling bipolar disorder. Matthew Stock reports.
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Adam Ant delivers first new album in 18 years
Reuters.com - almost 4 years
LONDON (Reuters) - Flamboyant and wild, Adam Ant stormed the British pop scene in the 1980s dressed as a pirate and highwayman, but crashed out of the music world in 1995, exhausted and battling mental illness.
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Rebecca Walton: Why I Just Want to Give It All Up
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Those of you who know me or have read any of my posts will already be fully aware that I am a mental health campaigner. After suffering with several mental health illnesses myself (including ongoing agoraphobia) and witnessing close friends and family struggle with disorders; I vowed I would help to end the stigma, raise money for awareness and also for more in-depth research. During my time as a campaigner I started to put together a book of stories, pictures and poems from real people suffering with a mental health disorder. I have been crowd funding the book since the beginning of the year but now I just want to give it all up. I want to put down my sword and say 'I can't win this fight any more'. Here is why me and many other campaigners for charities or causes feel like doing just that. 'Not allowed to give to charity' One of the first websites I tried to crowd fund the book on is one of the largest in the World; Kickstarter. I paid for someone to put together a vi ...
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After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again
NPR - about 4 years
The flamboyant artist behind "Goody Two Shoes" and "Stand and Deliver" hasn't been seen in the pop world for close to two decades — but he's been busy all along. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Adam Ant squeezes a fuller frame into his highwayman costume as he takes to the stage for tour
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
The 1980s heartthrob is performing a series of shows across Britain as part of his Blueback Hussar Tour.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adam Ant
    FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 58
    21 January 2013 release date was officially announced by Ant onstage at his September 2012 concert in Chatham by Ant's own record label Blueblack Hussar Records.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the decidedly DIY nature of the release, the album reached number 25 on the UK Albums Chart, only one place lower than its predecessor had managed when released on the corporate EMI label nearly eighteen years earlier. It had previously been at number 8 in the Midweeks. To promote the album, Ant performed a series of concerts around the British Isles during April and May (billed as a "Spring Tour") culminating in a gig at The Roundhouse on 11 May. A free concert in Rome took place on 14 June and a second full length 40 plus show US tour got underway on 17 July in San Diego and ran to 21 September in Anaheim. Prior to the tour, Ant and his band appeared on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote the new album, performing a live version of the track Vince Taylor.
  • 2012
    Age 57
    On New Year's Eve 2012, Ant and his full band appeared on Jools Holland's Hootenanny New Year music show, performing new album track Vince Taylor as well as old hits Stand And Deliver and Antmusic.
    More Details Hide Details The album, the focal point of the comeback since 2010, finally received its release on 21 January 2013. Its gestation had a long history which had been running alongside the live comeback; in 2009, it was announced that Ant was planning on putting a new record out, with "sources" telling The Sun that labels were involved in a bidding war over the new material. Adam also expressed interest in working with The Kaiser Chiefs. In an April 2010 interview for the NME, Ant announced he was also working on a new album, with the title Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter. This was planned to feature collaborations with former 3 Colours Red guitarist Chris McCormack, Ant's long-time songwriting partner Marco Pirroni, a member of Oasis (later identified as Andy Bell) and Morrissey's writing partner Boz Boorer. According to Ant, the album is a "live record that lends itself to performance" and will feature a "kind of concept. It's a very old-fashioned, old-school, step-by-step album". He also described the album as "very autobiographical, very personal." In addition, Ant re-recorded a song in tribute to the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who died earlier that month, and who also once managed Adam & The Ants. Named Who's A Goofy Bunny Then?, the track was only previously available as a demo recorded in the early 1980s, but Ant said he wanted to release a new version in tribute to the late punk manager. "Malcolm was a sort of mentor in my life", he explained. "As close as you can get to a surrogate father".
    After six assorted dates around the UK in early July, Ant's next major show was a headline slot at the Silverstone Classic Festival on 21 July followed the next day by an appearance at Rewind in Perth and then at Camp Bestival on 27 July 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The rest of the summer saw Ant mix festivals such as the Summer Sundae Weekender on 18 August, Solfest on 24 August and the Isle of Wight Bestival with dates in such locations as Swindon, Southend-on-Sea, Warrington and Croydon. Later in the year, Ant's postponed US tour finally went ahead, commencing 13 September in Los Angeles and finishing on 20 October in nearby Anaheim. The third UK tour of the 2010s, the Blueblack Hussar Tour, commenced on 1 November in Glasgow and ran to 30 November at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire. During the tour, the first single of the new album was released – Cool Zombie, with the formerly planned A-side Gun in Your Pocket now as the B-side.
    Ant also played the first full band concert in continental Europe of his 2010s comeback on 24 June 2012 at the Parkpop festival in the Zuiderpark in the Hague, Netherlands, with his set broadcast on Dutch national TV.
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    Subsequently, for the second year running, Ant was scheduled to make appearances on the summer festival circuit, interspersed with various one-off dates around the UK. This got off to an early start when Ant stepped in as replacement headliner at the Bearded Theory festival in Derby on 18 May 2012, when the Levellers had to pull out due to one of the band members being injured.
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    In mid February, Ant made a warm-up visit to Australia, including an appearance on the Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight show recorded on 13 February 2012 for transmission on 15 February and promotional work in Melbourne and Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details Although poor ticket sales forced the cancellation of the Adelaide gig, the remaining four concerts all went ahead. The Sydney Morning Herald gave a reservedly positive review of the opening Sydney date on 23 March (which it rated three stars out of five), noting "In a set plus two encores (the first cheered for; the second not really but played anyway) comprising 30 songs, it was kind of the equivalent of throwing a lot of make-up at the mirror and seeing what stuck. There were more excursions than expected into the patchy punk-rock of late-1970s Adam and the Ants and, with only guitars to provide melody, the early-1980s, solo-era Goody Two Shoes didn't work as well as it should have – even sampled brass would have helped there. But when things came together you could see why Ant still inspires such dedication in the faithful. The likes of Ants Invasion, with its piercing, menacing lead-guitar line, and the sleazy, swaggering glam of Physical showed that there were enduring gems among the album tracks and B-sides, while hits such as Stand and Deliver, Antmusic (sweetly dedicated to Molly Meldrum) and Prince Charming reminded you what a deliciously odd pop star he truly was." Ant also made further Australian TV appearances including a return to Adam Hills in Gordon Street Tonight recorded on 26 March for transmission on 28 March, including live performances of Stand and Deliver and new album track Vince Taylor with his full band.
    An exhibition of photographs of Ant – entitled Adam Ant – Dandy in the Underworld ran from 7 March 2012 to 29 April 2012 at Proud Camden in London, featuring images of Ant throughout his career, including the work of Chris Duffy, Gerard McNamara, Jill Furmanovsky, Denis O'Regan, Chris Cuffaro, Hannah Domagala, Robert Matheu, David Corio and Janette Beckman.
    More Details Hide Details To promote this exhibition, Ant performed a solo charity concert at the gallery on 6 March with the same two band members as the Ronnie Scotts concert from the previous December. The concert was well received, although an inebriated Chrissie Hynde who was in attendance, heckled throughout the performance. While this exhibition was on, Ant took his band on tour to Australia with an initial five date schedule spread over a two-week period from 23 March to 8 April, taking in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane.
    A five-date warm-up UK mini tour for Ant and his band nonetheless went ahead for 19–24 January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The mini tour – and Ant – received some unexpected publicity three days before the opening date when a 36-year-old Japanese female was detained in a raid on Ant's home by the UK Border Agency pending deportation due to an expired visa.
    A few days before the end of the second leg of his UK tour, it was officially announced that Ant would be making his return to the US with a 15 date North American tour in February 2012, starting on 2 February in Ant's former adopted hometown of Los Angeles and running until 25 February in nearby Anaheim.
    More Details Hide Details A few days into the new year, however, it was announced that the tour was postponed until the Autumn.
  • 2011
    Age 56
    Ant also announced a follow-up UK tour (described as the "second leg" of the 2011 tour), initially scheduled to run for twelve dates from 11 November 2011 in Bristol until 13 December 2011 in Newcastle.
    More Details Hide Details As with the previous leg, Ant passed the time until the tour playing one-off dates, appearing with his tour band in Bedford on 10 September before three days later reuniting with 2010 band members Crewdson and Love for a charity show on board HMS Belfast. As with the previous tour, the itinerary was expanded from the initial 12 dates to an eventual 21 dates running from 10 November in Frome until 16 December in Norwich, (with a non-tour acoustic gig at a benefit event for London's Wilton Hall venue thrown in for good measure). Just three days after the final Norwich date of the tour, Ant was back onstage again with two members of his live band on 19 December at a charity event at Ronnie Scott's. The first record release of Ant's 2010s comeback also occurred at this point, with the release of the Sex Drugs and HIV compilation album featuring Ant's version of Get A Grip which had been recorded a year earlier while the World Tour of London was in progress.
    The Seaside Tour follow-up to the main UK tour and a warm-up to Ant's appearance at Hard Rock Calling 2011 in Hyde Park on 26 June 2011, third on the bill to Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks before an audience of 45,000.
    More Details Hide Details Ant later slotted in some more solo gigs, including the Soho Festival in London's Wardour Street on 11 July.
    There was only one serious negative onstage incident, at Fat Sam's in Dundee on 21 May 2011 when Ant reacted angrily to some crowd elements who booed his kilt decorated with the St George's Cross.
    More Details Hide Details The tour closed in Manchester on 5 June with a show at the city's Manchester Academy.
    That same day, Ant held a press conference and media preview gig at Under The Bridge in Chelsea at which he formally unveiled plans for an eleven date UK concert tour (as with the Paris concert, the first such event in 16 years) due to run from 16 May to 4 June 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Also announced at the Chelsea event was a public screening of the December 1981 Prince Charming Revue concert video plus a question-and-answer session to be held in South London's Coronet Cinema on 11 May 2011. By the time the tour got underway on 16 May in Brighton, the original eleven date itinerary had been expanded to fifteen dates. Ant successfully completed the entire schedule of tour dates which were overwhelmingly enthusiastically received.
    On 29 March 2011, BBC Radio 4 transmitted an interview of Ant by John Humphrys for the On the Ropes series in which Ant discussed his bipolar condition and its impact on his career.
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    Ant was back playing live two days later on 23 December, when he and Baillee guested onstage at the Christmas party of West Rocks at Shepherds Bar in Shepherds Bush and played live again at Proud, Camden on 5 January 2011 and at Madame Jojo's in Soho on 17 January.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the month by playing further dates of his "... WORLD TOUR OF LONDON " with a two-night stand at the 100 Club on 26 and 27 January 2011. Ant spent time in Paris where he played low-key shows (his first gigs outside the UK in nearly 16 years.).
  • 2010
    Age 55
    On Tuesday 18 May 2010 Adam Ant was returned to psychiatric hospital – in his own words "at Her Majesty's Pleasure" —, albeit in a comfortable regime at a London NHS hospital, where he remained until mid-June, subsequently returning home under outpatient supervision.
    More Details Hide Details In an official statement, Ant expressed an intention to perform further gigs later in the year once his hospitalisation had ended. Although he gave at least one live performance in the immediate aftermath of his release (a jam at a Chelsea bar at some point during the weekend of 19–20 June 2010), which appeared consistent with his previously stated intentions, he otherwise kept a mostly low profile for the rest of his supervised outpatient period. Some smaller guerilla gigs were performed that Autumn which received no advance billing whatsoever, including a solo show at the Dark Mills festival at London's Colour House Theatre on 4 September 2010, the launch party of the Illamasqua store on 16 September (at which Boy George served as DJ), and a guest spot at the Monster Raving Loony Party's annual conference in Fleet, Hampshire, on 25 September. On Thursday 21 October, Ant performed at the Union Chapel, London.
  • 2006
    Age 51
    In September 2006, he published his autobiography, Stand & Deliver.
    More Details Hide Details Marking the release of the book, Adam Ant did a UK book signing, which went from London to Edinburgh. After the success of the first edition the paperback edition was published (a year later, September 2007); it contains a new epilogue which covers the year following the initial hardback release. On 4 March 2010 Adam Ant registered his new label Blue Black Hussar Ltd. as a private limited company at Companies House. That month also marked a return to live music. Ant's first live performance since The Bloomsbury in 2007 was at "Through The Looking Glass" bookshop in London on 18 March, at which he played "Ants Invasion", "Cartrouble", "Physical", and a cover of Iggy Pop's "The Passenger". A day later, on 19 March, Ant guested at a Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction gig at the Pipeline Bar, London E1, in which he provided lead vocals for the band's Top 20 hit "Prime Mover". Ant performed yet another low key show at the Southwark Playhouse on Saturday 20 March. During the intervals Ant talked about Sony records, how he rejected an alleged £2.6 million O2 deal, and a new album collaboration with Chris McCormack.
  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 48
    In 2003 the television special entitled The Madness of Prince Charming was aired in the UK in 2003 documenting Ant's career and his struggle with mental illness (he was diagnosed as suffering with bipolar disorder).
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    In June 2003, he was arrested again by police after a conflict with a neighbour resulted in him attempting to smash in the neighbour's patio door with a shovel, and then lying down on the concrete floor of a café basement with his trousers pulled down, curling up, and trying to sleep.
    More Details Hide Details Once again he was charged with affray and criminal damage and spent time in psychiatric wards. In September of that year he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983, and spent a further six months receiving in-patient psychiatric care. He was eventually granted a conditional discharge by the judge at Highbury Magistrates Court. One project from this period, however, which did go all the way to release was a guest appearance on an EP, Mike's Bikes by former Ants bassist Kevin Moody's new band, the Lavender Pill Mob, on Moody's own label Le Coq Musique. Ant provided lead vocals for Black Pirates, a reworking of the song Chicken Outlaw by Moody's earlier band Wide Boy Awake, which was inspired by Moody's departure from the Ants.
  • 2002
    Age 47
    Ant was poised to join the 1980s-focused Here & Now tour in January 2002, but was unable to do so after he was charged with throwing a car alternator through a pub window and then threatening patrons with an imitation firearm.
    More Details Hide Details The previous evening, Adam has since claimed, he had received telephone threats to himself and his young daughter from the jealous husband of a female Camden Market stallholder who had agreed to make some clothing for him. The following morning, advised by people around Camden that he would find the man in question at the Prince of Wales pub in Camden, Ant arrived there to confront his persecutor. Some of the pub patrons made fun of his appearance and told him in mocking terms that the man he was looking for was not present. Staff then asked him to leave as the premises were a private members' club. Before storming off, Ant angrily told them all that he would be back. Some hours later, finding a discarded car alternator in the street, Ant threw it through the pub window. The broken glass injured a local musician. Chased through the backstreets of Camden by pub security and others, he drove them away by pulling out an old World War II-era starting pistol, once the property of his father. Returning afterwards to the main street, he was spotted by a police patrol, gun still in hand, and arrested as he tried to leave the scene in the back of a minicab.
  • 2001
    Age 46
    In 2001, following the 11 September attacks, Ant recorded a charity single for New York firefighters; a double A-side of Neil Diamond's America with an X-rated new song of his own entitled Big Trouble.
    More Details Hide Details In interviews from the time, Ant talked of numerous varied plans, including starting another new record label, reforming Adam and the Ants, and a star-studded benefit concert for a forest in Patagonia.
  • 1997
    Age 42
    In 1997, Ant married a 25-year-old PR assistant for Vivienne Westwood.
    More Details Hide Details The ceremony took place in Dayton, Tennessee. They divided their time between Dayton and London, and in April 1998 the couple had a daughter. However, the couple separated soon afterwards. Ant, who does not own a television, enjoys reading, particularly historical novels. He has tattoos depicting Lord Nelson's last prayer before Battle of Trafalgar, an image of his grandfather, and a quotation from Oscar Wilde: "Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."
  • 1996
    Age 41
    In 1996, Ant and Pirroni recorded two new songs, Lamé and Inseminator, for the soundtrack to Ant's latest film Drop Dead Rock.
    More Details Hide Details Also around this time, they recorded a cover version of the T. Rex song Dandy in the Underworld. The duo continued to demo other songs around this time, including such titles as Tough Blokes, Justine, Picasso Meets Gary Cooper and Call Me Sausage, (the last of which leaked out into bootleg circulation among fans). These new songs with Pirroni were for Ant's own new label Blend Records. Pirroni later referred to these recordings as the Blend Demos. They also guested with such bands as Dweeb and Rachel Stamp.
  • 1995
    Age 40
    In 1995, Ant released the album, Wonderful.
    More Details Hide Details The title track was a successful single, as was a tour of the US in support of the album. While Ant and his group (which retained longtime guitarist Pirroni) played in smaller venues than they had played in the 1980s, the houses were often packed with enthusiastic fans. The tour was cut short due to Ant and Pirroni both contracting glandular fever. Ant also played three shows at Shepherds Bush Empire in London and did a mini tour of Virgin Record Shops playing selected tunes from the album Wonderful and signing records. Adam and his band also played shows in Dublin, Glasgow, Middlesbrough and Stoke-on-Trent.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 35
    In 1990, Ant returned with Manners & Physique, a collaboration with André Cymone, a solo artist and an early member of Prince's band.
    More Details Hide Details The album was another moderate success, and featured the single Room at the Top, which was a Top 20 hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Rough Stuff became the second single for the United States and Germany as Can't Set Rules About Love charted in the United Kingdom
  • 1986
    Age 31
    He severed ties with CBS in late 1986, following the release of the Hits audio/VHS compilation.
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  • 1985
    Age 30
    Ant paused his career in music at the end of 1985 to focus on his acting career.
    More Details Hide Details The Fort Lauderdale show was Ant's last full-length concert until February 1993. Indeed, between December 1982 and February 1995, Ant's only public live concerts outside North America were the four aforementioned UK/Spanish shows, Live Aid, a 1987 fanclub party performance, and a September 1994 EMI corporate event in Brighton.
    In July 1985, Ant secured a spot at the Live Aid concert – the first live performance of the "Ant/Marco/Wiczling/De Niro" band – but was asked to cut his set to one song, for which he chose his new single, the Vive le Rock title track Ant later claimed to regret playing the fundraiser, saying, "I was asked by Sir Bob to promote this concert.
    More Details Hide Details They had no idea they could sell it out. Then in Bob's book he said, 'Adam was over the hill so I let him have one number.' Doing that show was the biggest f**king mistake in the world. Knighthoods were made, Bono got it made, and it was a waste of f**king time. It was the end of rock 'n' roll." A year after the top 15 hit single success of "Apollo 9", which reached no.13 in September 1984, the parent album Vive Le Rock was released in September 1985, to mixed reviews. As part of the promotion, the band performed a live TV session for Channel 4 music show Bliss hosted by Muriel Gray. Several songs were recorded, although only two – Miss Thing from the new album and Killer in the Home from Kings of the Wild Frontier – were actually transmitted.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 29
    Ant formally unveiled a new four-piece band at the 1984 Montreux Pop Festival,
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  • 1983
    Age 28
    He resumed the US tour, completed on 18 May 1983 at the Bronco Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details During his recuperation from the knee injury, Ant worked with Pirroni on new material that formed the basis of Ant's second solo album Strip. With promotion on the Strip album complete, Ant reduced his band to the quartet of himself, Pirroni (now out of retirement again), Wiczling and Constantinou. The latter two adopted the stagenames Count Wiczling and Chris De Niro respectively and were upgraded from live backing musicians to being full-time band members, featured on record sleeves, logos and even in song lyrics. The LP "Strip" produced a top ten single, "Puss'n'boots", which reached no.5 in October 1983.
    On the nineteenth tour date on 20 February 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio, Ant suffered a knee injury onstage (a relapse of a previous injury suffered while filming Jubilee in 1977), forcing the postponement and/or cancellation of dates throughout February and March while he recuperated.
    More Details Hide Details Ant eventually returned to performing, performing as a guest on the NBC show Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, joined onstage by Diana Ross.
    I split my cartilage in Cleveland doing "Goody Two Shoes", it was my body saying, 'Look, no!' Then I was back onstage doing the Motown 25 1983 show 10 days later, having had the operation.
    More Details Hide Details Nobody could have stopped me, or make me do it. I did it. I was very, very bad at pacing," he later remembered.
  • 1982
    Age 27
    The new band made its debut at London's Astoria Theatre on 1 October 1982.
    More Details Hide Details A US tour began in New York on 8 November.
    In March 1982, feeling certain band members "lacked enthusiasm" Ant disbanded the group.
    More Details Hide Details A few months after the split Ant launched a solo career (though he retained Marco Pirroni as guitarist and co-songwriter). Merrick returned to the band Dalek I Love You and subsequently produced many hits for Tears for Fears. After the split, Ant went solo, taking his song writing partner Pirroni with him. Merrick also briefly stayed aboard as drummer/producer for the UK edition of the first solo hit single "Goody Two Shoes" (which made it to No. 1 in the UK) and demos for the upcoming Friend or Foe album before moving on to other production work, while Miall and Tibbs' contracts were left to expire. The "Friend or Foe" album also produced another top ten single, "Friend or Foe", which reached no.9 in September 1982. Ant recruited a new band for touring, consisting of new dual drummers Bogdan Wiczling (ex-Fingerprintz) and Barry Watts (ex-Q-Tips), plus guitarist Cha Burns (also ex-Fingerprintz), bassist Chris Constantinou and the former Q-Tips brass section of trumpeter Tony Hughes and twin saxophonists Stewart van Blandamer and Steve Farr.
    His debut as a recording artist was the song "Deutscher Girls", which featured on the film's soundtrack, along with "Plastic Surgery" which was performed in the film itself. "Deutscher Girls"/"Plastic Surgery" was re-released as a single in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details The band toured extensively around the UK, but proved to be unpopular with much of the British music press who disliked their fetishistic lyrics and imagery. Late 1979 saw the release of their début album Dirk Wears White Sox (1979, Do It Records), with Matthew Ashman on guitar, Leigh Gorman on bass and Dave Barbarossa on drums. Adam Ant approached Malcolm McLaren (the manager of The Sex Pistols) and asked him to manage the band.
  • 1981
    Age 26
    In November 1981, Adam & the Ants released another highly successful album, Prince Charming.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured two United Kingdom No. 1 singles – "Stand and Deliver" and the title track "Prince Charming" – as well as the No. 3 UK hit "Ant Rap". This trio of singles were promoted by some of the most lavish music videos of the period, and paved the way for Adam Ant's later acting career. The work schedule Adam Ant imposed upon himself was punishing. "I took no holidays – and I mean no holidays. When Kings of the Wild Frontier took off, I was halfway through making Prince Charming, and so on, because we had to bring out an album and four singles a year. But the price you pay...
  • 1980
    Age 25
    The single 'Antmusic' went to No. 2 on the UK singles chart by December 1980, but made it to No. 1 in the charts in Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Following the abrupt departure of Moody in February 1981, the well known bassist Gary Tibbs, formerly of Roxy Music, joined the band.
  • 1977
    Age 22
    He dated Amanda Donohoe between 1977 and 1981, Jamie Lee Curtis in 1983 and Heather Graham in the early 1990s.
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    Adam and the Ants started as part of the burgeoning punk rock movement. Ant later acted in Derek Jarman's seminal "punk" film Jubilee in 1977, as Adam and the Ants were beginning to gig around London with manager Jordan from the SEX Boutique on Kings Road.
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    Upon his discharge from the hospital, Goddard renamed himself Adam Ant (Adam being the first man and Ant because "they are resilient little buggers") with Mills renaming herself Eve. Ant remade connections with fellow former B-Sides Lester Square and Andy Warren and together with drummer Paul Flanagan, they formed Adam and the Ants (initially named just 'The Ants') in 1977, with the inaugural band meeting held in the audience at a Siouxsie and the Banshees performance at the Roxy Club in London's Covent Garden.
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  • 1975
    Age 20
    Ant married Carol Mills in 1975, divorcing her shortly after.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on November 3, 1954.
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