Will Adam Ant deliver in his comeback shows?

editorial image
Victor Ariat

Smooth sailing for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Portsmouth Guildhall

Have your say

One of the most instantly recognisable artists of the 20th century, Adam Ant returns to Portsmouth next week.

The 1980s pop idol announced in March that he was planning his first full UK tour in more than 15 years.

Now, the Antmusic singer is all set to hit the road on Monday with a brand new line-up called The Good, The Mad and The Lovely Posse.

As the leader of iconic New Wave/post-punk group Adam and the Ants, and later as a solo artist, Adam scored 10 UK top 10 hits, including three number ones in just three years.

Ant was also a star in America, where he not only had a string of hits, but was also voted sexiest man in America by the viewers of MTV.

Not just a multi-million-selling recording artist, Adam Ant is also an actor, having appeared in more than two dozen films and television series.

He is currently recording new material and fans may well get a taste of this on his tour.

But it is a greatest hits tour, so we can expect to hear all the favourites, including Prince Charming, Beat my Guest, Stand and Deliver and Goody Two Shoes, when the he makes his way to Southsea.

After kicking-off in Brighton on Monday, Adam and his new band will play a sold out gig at the Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday.

It will be Ant’s first appearance in the city after holidaying here a year ago.

Ant spent a fortnight-long break in Portsmouth in May last year.

The star, who is passionate about Nelson, booked his break at the Lady Hamilton pub and B&B at The Hard to take in the city’s rich naval heritage.

Throughout his stay he kept on turning up in pubs and music shops to stage impromptu gigs, but he left under a cloud after outraging fans at a Christian charity concert with a series of blasphemous rants.

Now, after numerous tribulations, including well-publicised mental health problems, he is making a dramatic comeback to music with this series of shows.

See our review in The Guide next week to find out what we think of his Wedgewood Rooms show.