Review: Adam Ant, Ipswich Corn Exchange, Friday, July 13

Adam and the Ants exploded on to the pop scene in the late 70s – initially as more of a punk band – but later developing a solid fan base with mainstream hits such as Stand and Deliver and Prince Charming.

He was always an original performer, but Adam’s widely publicised mental health problems have meant that he has only just started touring again after a gap of some years. So the question was – has he still got it?

We had to wait a little while to find out as we were entertained by support band Georgie Girl and her Poussez Posse, a very seductive all-girl punk group, but once he did hit the stage there was no doubt – Adam Ant is back – and is still a performer with prodigious musical talent.

With two superb guitarists and two drum sets to back him up, he hit the stage with panache and power.

This is called the Blueblack Hussar tour – and there he was – a mixture of pirate, hussar and Indian brave – oozing sex appeal and strutting the stage like he had never been away.

Adam obviously loves to perform, and has such presence on stage that he has the audience eating out of his hand.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening – let’s hope he comes back to Ipswich soon.

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