In case you're wondering what noted British New Wave eccentric Adam Ant has been up to, here's your answer: He's been touring on a comeback record that rivals Fiona Apple's catalog in the rambling-title department (Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, out last January via Ant's own label) and looking a bit like a cross between Captain Jack Sparrow, Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele and How I Became the Bomb's Jon Burr (see above). Ant's tour will bring him and his backing band — The Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse — to Nashville's Cannery Ballroom on Aug. 5. According to a press release, longtime fans of the dandy likely won't be disappointed in the set list:
In concert, fans can expect all of the hits including “Goody Two Shoes”, “Stand and Deliver”, “Prince Charming”, “Ant Music”, “Strip” and “Wonderful” as well as deep cuts from Adam’s early days and selections from the new album. The new album, a musical autobiography with 17 musical stories about Adam’s life featuring collaborations with Boz Boorer (Morrissey), debuted at #8 on The Official Chart in the UK and climbed to #3 on the UK Indie Albums Chart.
Anyhow, Ant's story — like his music — is largely singular and interesting. Did you know he once had a place in Tennessee, and that he's long struggled with mental illness? Good to see him touring again. Tickets for Ant's Aug. 5 appearance go on sale this Friday, April 12, at 10 a.m. via this link.