Adam Ant: In His Own Words

July 9, 2013 7:11 pm

Eighties legend speaks ahead of Los Angeles date on July 20

An exclusive interview for Brits in LA/British Weekly

Words by Lisa Marks

Adam Ant: the one and only. Photo ©Edward Fielding

Adam Ant: the one and only. Photo ©Edward Fielding

Eighties post-punk legend Adam Ant has sold more than forty million records worldwide but he’s also spent the last 18 years living out of the limelight. Now back with a new album, “Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter” and a north American tour, – including a date at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on July 20th – the singer talks about playing his old hits live, his acting days in LA and why he’s a fan of Gwen Stefani.

Adam, you’re just about to start on a 44 date tour of the US. Do you enjoy gigging?

I’ve been touring for the past two years. I like to write the songs and record but the best part is going out and playing live. I played all over Europe and it took about a year to put the band together. I wanted to see who would come to the shows before I released the album.

Some artists won’t play old hits but your set list contains a lot of yours, including “Prince Charming” “Stand And Deliver” and “Antmusic”.

I constantly play my back catalogue and that’s what I’d like if I went to see someone that I’d grown up with. If I was at a Roxy Music show, I’d want to hear “The Strand” or “Virginia Plain”. I don’t understand why you wouldn’t do that. To me songs are like your children. You put a lot of care into their production and putting them out there but the challenge is making them sound like the record. I’ve never really played “Prince Charming” live in the States but this version is pared right down. I love seeing the audiences faces when you play those first chords. People go mad, it’s a wonderful kind of energy, an indescribable warmth.

How did you end up living in Tennessee?

It was purely by chance. The idea was that me and my missus were were going to drive from Miami to Vegas to get married in the Elvis chapel (he was married to fashion PR Lorraine Gibson from 1997-1998). We rented a 4×4 and en route stopped off in Tennessee at a small diner for lunch. I always look at the local magazines and saw an A-frame wooden house for sale. We had a little time to spare so we went to have a look. It was very remote and had incredible views over the valley. We thought, “Sod it, we’ll get married here”, and we did, by the sheriff in the town hall.

And you stayed!

Yes, it was a pioneer thing. You see things there that you don’t see in real life. The local rodeo comes to town, and they grow a lot of apples in that part of the States, so you’d be driving behind an Amish wagon. It’s a really stunning place. I didn’t write any music while I was there but all the country stars play the circuit, people like Merle Haggard, so I think subconsciously I absorbed all the country and blues, and that came out on the album.

 You’ve described the new album, “The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter”, as a ‘musical autobiography’. Is that what you originally set out to do?

I’d put out a lot of records and stopped to take a break. I took the opportunity to appreciate the music. I think if you put lots of records out you take them for granted but I had an opportunity to miss it. I knew there’d be questions about where I’d been, and so this is the most personal record (Adam has famously battled bipolar disorder). It covers 17 years and because I’ve released it on my own label, it’s been a lot more work. You’ve got to get involved in distribution, manufacturing and PR as well as all the artwork. It’s been a learning curve definitely.

You moved to LA in 1990 to act. What do you remember of those days?

My first job as an actor was in a Joe Orton play in Manchester, and I kept getting offers but wanted to learn the ropes. I went over to LA, enrolled in acting class and was there for about five years. I started as a beginner and auditioned like everyone else. I didn’t go ‘Hey, here I am!’ I had a little house in Silverlake but when I first got there I rented an apartment in Hollywood, right in the middle of everything. It’s a working town so I’d go to bed early and then get up and go on auditions. I had a good experience in LA.

 You were the self-proclaimed Dandy Highwayman, and the leader of a post-punk generation. What do you think of music today?

There aren’t a great deal of bands that I listen to, and I think these days, most of the visual work is being done by the girls. You know, people like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Gwen Stefani. The women are paving the way and having a go. I was very happy when Gwen Stefani covered “ Stand and Deliver”. It was rock and roll.

Adam Ant plays Club Nokia on July 20, 2013.

Find more US tour dates at or Twitter @AdamAofficial


Comments are closed

More to Read...

  • Latest E-dition Sat. April 19th e-dition

    Sat. April 19th e-dition


    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Paul Oakenfold honored at UKTI bash in Beverly Hills

    Paul Oakenfold honored at UKTI bash in Beverly Hills

    On April 23rd at 6.30pm the UKTI Business innovation awards will honor recipient Paul Oakenfold, the internationally acclaimed, globe-trotting DJ recorder producer and remixer, with a Creative Fusion Award at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, at 300 South Doheny Drive. The 5th Annual Business Innovation Awards, presented by Virgin Atlantic, celebrates outstanding achievement and innovation in Technology, Social Impact, Product Design and Business Services, and Oakenfold certainly qualifies. From his early years as a DJ in a Covent Garden Wine Bar in […]

    Read more →
  • Local News Academy Award winner Sandy Powell to speak at the Getty

    Academy Award winner Sandy Powell to speak at the Getty

    Academy Award-winning British costume designer Sandy Powell OBE will be visiting the Getty Center on April 27th to discuss photography, Victorian fashion, and costume concepts from her films, including The Young Victoria (2010). Powell will be joined in conversation with Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis, director of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA. They will discuss the role of photographs and other visual sources in costume design, with particular reference to A Royal Passion: Queen […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Brit-Weekend at the Channel Islands Harbor

    Brit-Weekend at the Channel Islands Harbor

    BRITWEEK events are not limited to just Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The growing British presence a little to the north can also get in on the act with a “BritWeekend” scheduled next weekend (April 26-27th, from 11am-5pm) in the Channel Islands Harbor in Ventura County. The event, which is free and open to the public, will highlight British culture, art, music, high tea, swordplay and Shakespeare, classic cars and motorcycles, soccer, food and an Open Air Pub Garden. The […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Shakespeare at the New Roads School

    Shakespeare at the New Roads School

    A VARIED cast of gifted performers will present An Evening of Shakespeare on Friday, April 25th at 7:30pm at the Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, General and VIP tickets are  now on sale. Nineteen leading actors will perform sonnets, readings and songs to celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday, and the evening is hosted by the performers Ioan Gruffudd (pictured) and Joely Fisher. The actors scheduled to perform are Ashley Bell, Eric Braeden, Claudia Christian, Nigel Daly, Neil Dickson, Mira Furlan, Judy Geeson, Michele Greene, Harry […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 British sculptor Sarah Danays showcased at Bergamot Station

    British sculptor Sarah Danays showcased at Bergamot Station

    The Robert Berman Gallery will present British sculptor and photographer Sarah Danays in conjunction with BritWeek and Month of Photography Los Angeles now through May 3rd at the Robert Berman Gallery, Project Room, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica. Open To The Public. Danays work pays homage to centuries of anonymous sculptors, and aims to transcend time, scale, cultural and religious barriers. She meticulously photographs her sculptural work, which combine marble and alabaster hand-tooled pieces with sacred and […]

    Read more →
  • BritWeek 2014 Newport Beach Film Fest showcases three new British films

    Newport Beach Film Fest showcases three new British films

    The 15th annual Newport Beach Film Festival will dedicate an evening to celebrating British cinema, automobiles, and fashion as part of its upcoming UK Spotlight. The event will feature the West Coast Premieres of three new UK films, Belle, God Help the Girl and Jadoo and a gala reception hosted by BritWeek – OC and Ted Baker London at Jaguar/Land Rover Newport Beach. Belle, directed by Amma Asante, is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), […]

    Read more →
  • Brits in LA Meet a Member: Victoria Fratz

    Meet a Member: Victoria Fratz

    Meet Victoria from Baltimore who moved to LA 2 months ago to pursue entrepreneurship! Was there a particular reason you chose LA? Yes, funny story, I came home from Thanksgiving dinner last November to find that my house had been destroyed from a huge fire on our block, I took it as a sign from the universe that it was time to head out west. Ok, so that didn’t sound very funny but I swear it was a blessing in disguise! […]

    Read more →

You need to log in to vote

The blog owner requires users to be logged in to be able to vote for this post.

Alternatively, if you do not have an account yet you can create one here.

Powered by Vote It Up