Music Review: Adam Ant
Adam Ant. Picture: Niki Nikolova/Getty Images.

At 57, you would think Adam Ant might have lost just a bit of the swagger that made him into a genuine 80s new-wave heart-throb. Not so.

Walking on to the Astor stage in his trademark outfit, looking like the love child of Hook and Captain Jack Sparrow - but all in all, pretty good for his age - it might as well have been 1981.

The crowd went nuts. And Ant didn't disappoint.

In his first visit to Australia since 1981, the new-wave icon winked and thrusted at the audience like the past 30 years hadn't happened, as he bounded straight into his early punk days with Plastic Surgery.

The endearing 1980 classic Car Trouble followed, and the crowd was eating out of his hands.

Although the Astor was only two-thirds full - possibly due to the "mature" music audience being at a certain Fremantle festival - what they lacked in size they sure made up in noise.

For many it was a glorious trip back in time, and when the singer and his backing band of young musicians, the Good, the Mad and the Lovely Posse, broke into the familiar rumble of classic Stand and Deliver, their night was made.

Some mums and dads even did the little "humph" - hip thrust and all - during the chorus.

In his first real address to the crowd, Ant said there were some songs he had written that had stood the test of time, Kings of the Wild Frontier being one of them.

And Ant hadn't lost his sense of showmanship, ripping off his shirt halfway through the classic, which got the ladies in the crowd - and some blokes - a little flustered.

A little lull followed with some newer tracks, however, Vince Taylor, which will appear on his new album in July, stood up against the classics.

The instantly recognisable drum clank introduction of Antmusic inspired many out of their chairs and on to the dance floor, and earned the biggest reception of the night.

After nearly two hours, a singalong to Prince Charming was a highlight of the second half of the show, a fitting way for Ant's crew of dedicated fans to show their appreciation for a highly entertaining gig from a true 80s icon.

The West Australian

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