Adam Ant Part Four
Unlike most from the 1980’s, he has continued without stopping, which means Adam Ant Part Four, isn’t the last one, so let’s get on with it.
2013–Present: Release Of New Album And Tours
Adam Ant performing live at the Republik in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a concert by the BAMP Project
The album, the focal point of the comeback considering that 2010, finally received its release on January 21,2013. Its gestation had a lengthy background which had actually been running alongside the live comeback; in 2009, it was announced that Ant was intending on putting a new record out, with “sources“ informing The Sun that labels were associated with a bidding war over the new material. Adam likewise expressed interest in working with The Kaiser Chiefs.
In an April 2010 interview for the NME, Ant revealed 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 intended to include collaborations with former 3 Colours Red guitarist Chris McCormack, Ant‘s long-time songwriting partner Marco Pirroni, a member of Oasis (later on recognized as Andy Bell) and Morrissey‘s writing partner Boz Boorer. According to Ant, the album is a “live record that lends itself to performance“ as well as will include a “kind of concept. It‘s a very old-fashioned, old-school, step-by-step album“. He also explained the album as “very autobiographical, very personal.“ Furthermore, Ant re-recorded a song in tribute to the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, that died earlier that month, and also that 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, however Ant stated he intended 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“. The song took it’s name from a term of endearment bestowed upon McLaren by Ant— describing his “quite prominent teeth“.
On December 31,2010, Ant gave an interview for The Sun (included in the “Something for the Weekend“ section) in which he discussed in considerable detail the numerous controversies surrounding his recent life and musical activities. He summarized his upcoming album therefore: “The Blueblack Hussar is me coming back to life. I‘m like The Terminator—– I was a dead man walking“. He also talked about individual songs on the album— along with Gun in Your Pocket (which, besides the Troubador live performance, had likewise been offered a club dance floor play by Ant himself as guest DJ at the Family Affair club night in Shoreditch, London on April 24,2010), The interview in The Sun also referred Shrink, a song regarding Ant‘s experiences in the mental healthcare system. Ant had formerly discussed both of these songs in his April 2010 interview with Simon Price for online fanzine The Quietus. On his second visit to Iain Lee‘s show on Absolute Radio on January 4,2011, two more new tracks were debuted, “Hard Men, Tough Blokes“ as well as “punkyoungirl“ In an interview for Bizarremagazine published that month, Ant named the song co-written with Andy Bell as “Cool Zombie“.
January 21,2013 release date was officially announced by Ant onstage at his September 2012 concert in Chatham by Ant‘s own record label Blueblack Hussar Records. Regardless of the decidedly DIY nature of the release, the album reached number 25 on the UK Albums Chart, just one place lower than its predecessor had managed when released on the corporate EMI label almost eighteen years earlier. It had previously gone to number 8 in the Midweeks. To promote the album, Ant performed a series of concerts around the British Isles during April and also May (billed as a “Spring Tour“) culminating in a gig at The Roundhouse on May 11,2013. A free concert in Rome occurred on June 14,2013 and a second full length 40 plus show US tour got underway on July 17,2013 in San Diego and ran to September 21,2013 in Anaheim. Before the tour, Ant as well as 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.
During early 2014, Ant went to work recording his next album, entitled Bravest of the Brave. On April 19,2014, Ant performed his debut album Dirk Wears White Sox at the Hammersmith Apollo with a band consisting of former Ants Dave Barbe and also Lee Gorman, preceding this with several UK tour dates. He also reissued the Dirk album on white vinyl on his Blueblack Hussar label, with a launch party gig at the 100 CLub. Both London concerts were filmed and later on released as the DVD album Dirk Live At The Apollo. Ant would ultimately perform the full album once again with his regular band for four nights at the Islington Assembly Hall in November 2014 as well as a full UK tour in Spring 2015. Jack Bond‘s documentary on Ant, The Blueblack Hussar, covering his life and also performances from late 2010 to mid 2011, was released on DVD in July 2014 by Sunrise Pictures.
Ant toured the UK in 2016 and North America in early 2017, performing his Kings of the Wild Frontier album in its entirety. Sony Records released a deluxe box set of the album connected to the UK leg of the tour, consisting of a gold vinyl pressing of the album (as previously announced by Ant at the 100 Club gig in 2014). After his January 24, 2017 show in Boston MA Ant‘s guitarist and music director, Tom Edwards, unexpectedly died as a result of suspected heart failure; he was 41. After cancelling shows in New York as well as Philadelphia, the tour proceeded. Later the very same year, he toured the UK and also announced he would certainly return to North America with another tour, “Anthems: The Singles“ in the fall, and later on would be taking the Kings tour to Australia as well as New Zealand.
On 25 June 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Adam Ant amongst hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. Ant announced the Friend or Foe tour, which would travel North America and also the UK from September to December 2019. He performed the album in it’s entirety in a 18-date tour in North America before going back to the UK for 26 shows. The North American tour was expanded with an added 16 shows planned for April—May 2020.