Adam Ant – Stands Proud

Written by Angela Loughran/
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I received a last minute message on 5th January 2011 telling me to throw on some eighties makeup and hot foot it down to Proud Camden, where Elysian Nights were putting on a night of music and burlesque, which incidentally included a secret set by Adam Ant. How could I refuse?

I arrived there expecting to find the place rammed, but word obviously hadn’t got out and even though it was held in the South Gallery, which is the smaller of the two rooms, there was plenty of space to move about.

I estimate that there were about hundred to hundred fifty  people enjoying the free show, a mix of; people in the know, Liam Young of XFM and Club NME,  Sunta Templeton of XFM,  Darien Smith from Krakatoa and Georgina Baillie, as well as the odd tourist.

I procured myself a spot on the floor and sat cross legged near the front, alongside anyone else without a seat. The atmosphere was so laid back that the bar staff were picking their way though us to collect any empties. Now I hadn’t seen any recent footage of Adam, so didn’t know what to expect, and to say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement.  
Adam has somehow managed to turn back the clock, recapturing his boyish good looks. I heard more than one person liken him to Johnny Depp. Adam played an acoustic set alongside Mick Lynes (of Rapid Fire Radio) and considering they hadn’t rehearsed, they played amazingly well together. Texas Bob Juarez of the Television Personalities played harmonica and sat at the side of the stage at Adam and Mick’s request.

They played an eclectic mix of music including; No Fun, Get It On, Walk The Line, Peggy Sue, Physical, and Honky Tonk Woman.  To be honest the sound could have been better, there was no sound coming from the guitars at all initially, this apparently was no fault of the sound engineers, but was an electrical fault within the building. Someone captured the magic and uploaded a ‘best bits of’ footage on YouTube.

You could see that Adam was enjoying himself, his smile lit up the room as he was playing. He was as happy and as comfortable playing as a duo stripped down to an acoustic guitar as he is with a full band, and his cheeky little mouth clicks and guitar slaps accompanied by that wry little smile gave the gig that personal feeling, more like a jam that could be in your own living room.

After the gig Adam willingly posed for photos with all who asked. He stayed on for a couple of hours, sipping a few beers and chatting with his friends and fans, he really was on top form.

I didn’t chat much to Adam, but what I did get was affirmation of what a genuine guy he is, it was a fantastic night out and I wish him luck with his London tour, he truly is a Prince Charming.......

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