Music Review: Adam Ant at the Roadmender
WITH Adam Ant, a performer who hasn’t graced the top 20 of the UK singles charts for the past 22 years, charging £25 a head for his gig at The Roadmender I wasn’t expecting to have too much company as I headed down to Lady’s Lane.
But how wrong could I be?
The self-proclaimed Dandy Highwayman may be well past his chart-topping prime, but there’s no doubt he can still pull a crowd, as his loyal army of ‘antpeople’ packed the Roadmender to the rafters.
And, thinking about it, why shouldn’t people want to see Ant?
He was one of the biggest pop stars of the 1980s, with his band Adam & The Ants totting up two number one singles with Stand & Deliver and Prince Charming, as well as five other top 10 hits, before a solo career produced a third number one with Goody Two Shoes, and further string of hits.
56 year old Ant has put together a great new band – official title Adam And & The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse – and they produce a fantastic sound, with the trademark two drummers at the back of the stage.
Fronting up alongside Ant and providing backing vocals is Georgina Baillie, the singer, dancer and model who was at the centre of the Sachsgate scandal, starts the night dressed to the nines in a ball-gown – and ends it in her underwear via a skimpy nurse’s uniform... I’m not sure why, but none of the men in the audience seemed to mind!
A great night from a great showman – and I doubt if anybody who was there will be grumbling about the £25 ticket price. Money well spent I would say...