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New wave/post-punk powerhouse doesn't miss a beat after lengthy absence

Adam Ant
Cubby Bear, Chicago, IL
October 13, 2012
Adam Ant

Review by Andy Argyrakis
Publicity photo by Robert Kenney Images

One of the most familiar faces of the 80s just so happens to be one of the most reclusive, but after a 17 year hiatus from American shores, Adam Ant is finally back. Touring with his purely live band The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse, the eclectic post-punk powerhouse made sure none of his MTV favorites were forgotten, though fans were also treated to a preview of 2013's alt-rock return "Adam Ant is The Blueblack Hussar in Marrying The Gunner's Daughter."

Given the rare appearance, coupled with his continued star power (at least as far as "Goody Two Shoes" is concerned here in the States), Chicago's Cubby Bear club had no trouble selling out within seconds. And Ant made sure to make up for lost time, turning in nearly 30 career spanning tunes accompanied by his whipsmart backers throughout a ceaseless two hours.

Though he's now 57, the one time Adam and the Ants singer turned solo star was lean and fit, ensuring early presentations of "Plastic Surgery," "Dog Eat Dog" and "Be My Guest" were loaded with new wave-inspired energy. Even though they could be considered oldies simply by their age, punkers like "Stand and Deliver" and "King of the Wild Frontier" didn't sound even a day stale and Ant still belted out the ultra-fierce notes like his twenty-something self.

More glam rock-minded cuts like "Strip" and "Goody Two Shoes" attracted even more applause, while his last major hit "Wonderful" showed off the acoustic side of this sometimes underrated rock n' roll chameleon. Add in a gritty mash-up of T. Rex's "Get It On" and "20th Century Boy," his own gothic growler "Prince Charming," plus the super-charged finale "Physical," and Ant made it clear he's serious about blazing the comeback trail.

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