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Live Review: Adam Ant: Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown NJ


A riveting and vibrant start for the U.S. Anthems Tour revisited, as Adam salaciously appeared from the darkened abyss, onto the well produced, multi chromatic  grand stage of the Mayo Performing arts Center to sing his premier track, “Beat My Guest”. Looking fit and oozing with sexual tension, and an irresistible swagger, the crowd rose from their seats, exhilarated. The  punk rocker, extraordinaire, never grows tired, and neither does his shows, as I’ve seen him live over 35 times in the past several years. Instead Adam remains a venerable statesman in the rock genre, and an iconic example of excellence.

The congregation extremely and uncritically fond of the treasured rocker got exactly what they came for as they marveled at their radical Idol while he sang, “Viva Le Rock”, “Apollo 9”, “Friend or Foe”, “Antmusic”, and the remainder of the full 25 song set list. His anthemic hits examples by. “Prince Charming”, “Greta X”, “Desperate But Not Serious”, “Stand and Deliver”, and of course Adam’s heart, “Kings of the Wild Frontier” sounded fresh and relevant. His four song encore included “Goody Two Shoes”, “Lady/Fall Out”, “Red Scab”, and “Physical”, his usual grand finale.

The band was tighter than ever, well-rehearsed and radiant. Will Crewdson, lead guitarist, and master of nearly every cool band on the planet, sporting some outrageous eyewear, Mighty Joe Holweger, on bass looking hot as ever, hair flowing in the wind, the magnificent A.P. Leach, also on guitar, appearing suave and handsome, Andy Woodard, entrancing as ever,  playing one of the drum kits, and the fabulous, ravishingly beautiful Jola, pounding the drums as well, both set high above the stage, overlooking the band.

A quick word about opening band, Soraia whom cannot go without a mention. Members including: Zou Zou Mansour, Mike Reisman, Travis Smith, and Brianna Sig, encompassed one of the best supports I have ever seen. Their music was punk flavored, and they rocked the house. They proved to be a very talented ensemble.

There were several Adam Ant virgins in the audience who left the venue vowing with their complete soles to see the other two concerts in the area, as well as frequenting the sparkling superstar in the future. As for the loyal fans in this sold out performance, there was not a disappointed expression in the entire arena. You can be assured, Adam gives each performance everything he possesses and more. The 80’s rocker, voted the sexiest man on earth by MTV, takes his production to the highest heights humanly possible, and then effectuates even more than humanly possible. If you can catch any of his performances, don’t hesitate, they are life changing in the best imaginable way….Adam is better than ever!

Aside from this American tour, Adam will be playing the Kubix festival in the U.K. On August 11th, and will also be appearing at the Roundhouse in Camden December 19th and 20th…


Other dates:


July 21st – Asbury Park, NJ, Paramount Theatre

July 22nd– Ridgefield, CT, The Ridgefield Playhouse

July 25th– Las Vegas, NV, Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino

July 27th– Los Angeles, 80’s Weekend

July 28th– Los Angeles, 80’s Weekend

July 29th– San Diego, CA, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

August 2nd– Seattle, WA, Zoo Ampitheatre

August 3rd– Portland, OR, Portland Zoo Summer Concert

August 4th– Reno, NV, Silver Legacy Casino

Photo Credits Billy Hess




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