ADAM ANT & the Good, the Mad & the Lovely Posse tour
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
In 1980, millions of UK viewers saw the Adam and the Ants perform ‘Dog Eat Dog’ on Top of the Pops. The phenomenon
began and they would dominate the charts for several years. But this was no overnight success. It had been the
culmination of years of toil starting at Hornsey College of Art where Adam formed the band Bazooka Joe. With Adam on
bass, they played around London and, in 1975, Adam’s life changed when he saw The Sex Pistols play their first-ever gig
supporting Bazooka Joe at St. Martins College of Art. He formed The Ants and in 1979 they released their debut album,
‘Dirk Wears White Søx’ that topped the independent chart. In 1980, the Ants left Adam to work with former Sex Pistols
manager Malcolm McLaren.
Adam put his new ‘warrior’ sound into practice and soon had a fresh band including two drummers. They signed a
major-label deal and recorded the album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ that became a huge hit, spent 12 weeks at number
one and won a ‘Best New Artist’ Brit Award. Antmania swept the nation. ‘Stand and Deliver’ hit the number-one spot
for five weeks and earned Adam an Ivor Novello award. ‘Prince Charming’ also hit number one and another 12 singles
went Top 30. At one point, Adam had eight singles in the top 40 in one week! ‘Goody Two Shoes’ crowned both the UK
and Australian charts. In the USA, Adam earned a ‘Best New Artist’ GRAMMY nomination in 1982.
His first solo album, ‘Friend or Foe’, delivered three top-twenty hits on the USA Billboard Top 100 and in 1983 he
appeared on the ‘Motown 25 Special’(NBC) alongside Michael Jackson who performed his moonwalk dance for the first
time. Adam’s second solo album, ‘Strip’, produced the top-five UK hit ‘Puss in Boots’, but the BBC banned the video and
the song for the follow-up single ‘Strip’. While recording his third solo album ’Vive Le Rock’ with producer Tony Visconti,
Adam started an acting career by appearing in a theatre production. In 1985 Adam performed ‘Vive Le Rock’ at Live Aid and the next few years were devoted to acting in films including Nomads, Love Bites and Slam Dance and TV shows such
as The Equalizer, Tales from the Crypt and Sledge Hammer!
During the 1990s Adam, again, split his time between chasing film/TV roles while recording ‘Manners and Physique’ that
included the hit ‘Room at the Top’. The follow-up album, ‘Persuasion’, remains without an official release to this day,
but in 1995 Adam released ‘Wonderful’ with its self-titled single and follow-up ‘Gotta Be A Sin’ that were accompanied
with successful tours of the UK and the USA. It would be twelve years before Adam would play live again, acoustically, in
2006, where he read extracts from his autobiography ‘Stand & Deliver’. The book laid bare Adam’s childhood and his
well-documented mental-health battles. In 2008, Adam received the ‘Q Music Icon Award’ alongside fellow recipients
Paul McCartney and Bryan Ferry.
This rekindled recognition resulted in a series of gigs in 2010 and Adam formed a new band called Adam Ant and The
Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse. After sold out USA and UK tours in 2012, Adam released his new album, “Adam
Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter”, in January, 2013. The album, a musical autobiography
with 17 musical stories about Adam’s life and things that interest him, debuted at #8 on The Official Chart in the UK and
climbed to #3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.
Now, on the eve of his UK and USA tours, Adam is bringing his new sound back to his fans on both sides of the pond.
A five-man high-energy machine, Prima Donna have only been on the scene for three years, yet in that time have knocked out over 325 shows, nearly a third of which were overseas. Their live show is a whirlwind of color, energy, bravado, volume, and an avalanche of catchy, sing-along choruses. Clearly inspired by the early punk of groups such as X-Ray Spex, the Ramones, and the Sex Pistols as well as '70s glitter such as Mott the Hoople and David Bowie, the group's sharp n' concise songwriting sidesteps any notions of the group being "retro." How retro can a group be if their average age is 22?
All of this live excitement and excellence caught the eyes and ears of Acetate Records, who in the past have had the good taste to issue music by such artists as The Hangmen, Throw Rag, Jackson United, The Black Halos and Nine Pound Hammer. Prima Donna's Acetate debut 'After Hours' is a ten-song collection of all-original, driving Rock n' Roll. Song's like "Soul Stripper" and "Dummy Luv" openly defy you to sit still, arranged to cause maximum sonic damage. Combining thick, rhythm guitars with stinging lead lines, the sound is explosive, propelled by ceaseless forward motion, yet never is melody sacrificed. Solos never noodle or shred - whether taken by Kevin (of Green Day side project Foxboro Hot Tubs) on guitar or Aaron on sax or keyboards, they are as soulful and melodic as the songs they support. Up front and center, Kevin proves to be the man of the hour, singing in a strong tenor that is at once sultry and swaggering, clear and unaffected.
Co-producing the album with Messiaz (Eddie Spaghetti, Neila, Monique Powell, Ladykillers), the band's pure vision of what Rock n' Roll is permeates every track. Muscular riffs, to-the-point lyrics, killer licks, songs that get themselves over with in under three minutes - it ain't a formula if you're living it. These guys live it, all year 'round, on the road, in the studio, in the street.