Eighties icon Adam Ant rolled though the Baltimore Soundstage and being a part of the very packed crowd first hand, you would have thought it was 1983 all over again. But here it is 2017 and this place was rocking and I was in complete awe by his popularity still. Witnessing this with my own eyes, Ant came out firing on all cylinders on this aptly named Anthems tour and for a soon-to-be 63 year old, you would have though he was 33 the way he was moving on stage.
“Beat My Guest,” which was a B-side and never released on an album, led the way and blew the roof right off. “Vive Le Rock” was up next from the 1985 album of the same name and Ant was in full on lead singer mode, posing when needed, showing off to the crowd when desired, and sounding incredible. Sneaking a peak at he set list beforehand too, I knew I was in for a long evening of Antmusic, pun intended, as he had 25 songs ready to perform and the crowd pretty much sang along to whatever he played. Now a lot of bands do not tour with two drummers, but the sound of Ant’s music always called for having two drummers, ergo, Andy Wooodard and Jola were both in the background, setting up the rhythm for each song and doing an incredible job. “Antmusic,” “Prince Charming,” “Kings of the Wild Frontier,” and “Strip” were just perfect to listen to and watch. Now I mentioned earlier that Ant sounded great and just watching the reaction to the crowd and feeling the energy of the show was more than proof enough to me that Adam is nowhere near ready to hang it up. Although he has only released one new album since 1995, he still tours regularly in the UK, tours when he can over here in the US, and also tours Australia sparingly.
“Stand and Deliver” closed the set before the encores and the crowd was in a frenzy singing along to this song, raising their fists in the air, and just having a wonderful time. “Goody Two Shoes,” “Lady/Fall In,” “Red Scab,” and “Physical (You’re So)” were the last songs of the evening and Ant was done. Not only was this show one of the best I’ve seen all year, but I see a resurgence of 80’s icons lately still playing for the fans and bringing in the fans more than newer bands. Whether that’s a good or not, I don’t know, but for this long time fan, I sure am not going to complain about it.