Adam Ant at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

Adam Ant at the Wedgewood Rooms, by Paul Windsor
Adam Ant at the Wedgewood Rooms, by Paul Windsor
David Cassidy pictured in 2008. Picture: PA

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Whatever you have read in the press ignore. Adam Ant proved at Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms that pure talent does not fade. More than this, Adam always had his own voice, and it is a great singing voice.

The show sold out in seconds and those lucky enough to attend will tell you that they were treated to a very special night by our own dandy highwayman, our own prince charming.

He played all the hits (many of them number ones around the world): Dog Eat Dog, Stand And Deliver, Prince Charming and Goody Two Shoes.

And he followed every hit with an obscure album track or rare recording that sent the knowledgeable Wedgewood Rooms crowd wild with delight.

He played with us and we responded, creating that most rare of things, a night that you cannot quite believe you were there for, or that it was quite so brilliant.

The man is a rare thing, a genuine A-List global superstar who knows how to slum it, and enjoy the experience.

He took the whole audience on a trip with him though his psyche and by the end you felt you understood him better.

Antmusic seemed a highlight for most. But others cited the rendition of Wonderful (his tender and heartfelt single from the mid-1990s which so deserved critical recognition), or the band’s brilliant encore of Press Darlings.

Other encores were T Rex’s Get It On and Iggy Pop’s No Fun.

Adam was sexy, dangerous, funny, fun, brilliant and wilful. Go and see one of his forthcoming festival appearances and see who can follow him on stage. Very few, I venture.