Ant returns to Portsmouth

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Eighties pop idol Adam Ant returns to play the Portsmouth area for the third time this year next week.

The Adam and The Ants frontman will play a gig at the Pyramids on Saturday, December 3, having appeared at the Wedgewood Rooms in May and West Dean Festival in August.

It seems that Prince Charming can’t get enough of Portsmouth since his holiday here in May 2010 (at which point he had not toured properly in more than 15 years).

Since that fateful fortnight, the pop star has returned to the musical fray with a new band, The Good The Mad And The Lovely Posse. A new album, Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Huzar In Marrying The Gunnar’s Daughter, is due for release early next year.

One of the most instantly recognisable artists of the 20th century, the Antmusic singer was a leading light in new wave post-punk with a career spanning more than 35 years.

His gig at the Wedgewood Rooms in May was branded a comeback triumph. Our reviewer said: ‘The man is a rare thing, a genuine A-list global superstar who knows how to slum it, and enjoy the experience. He was sexy , dangerous, funny, fun, brilliant and wilful.’

When he returned to West Dean in August, we reported: ‘Adam had the crowd in the palm of his hands. He has still got the voice – and the look – to make many aspiring frontmen envious, and his new Blueblack Hussar pirate image is definitely working.’

His recent renaissance has also seen him complete a sell out UK tour and support Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks at the Hard Rock Calling festival in Hyde Park.

He told The Guide: ‘I am the only one left standing whose chest hasn’t dropped. I don’t want to do the 02 for money or do a 1980s album or DJ.

‘Every time I go on stage I am always thankful for people coming to see me. They sing lots, know the albums and the records. I don’t care if it’s two people or 200. I can’t see anything, because I have terrible eyesight. I am only interested in music lovers.’

Tickets cost £25 from seetickets.com.