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Adam Ant Plays Free Gig at Proud, Camden

Adam Ant at Proud, CamdenAdam played a modest live acoustic gig earlier this evening with Rapid Fire Radio vocalist/guitarist Mick Lynes for the Bloody Awful Poetry Elysian Nights night of alternative music and performance at Proud Camden in north London - his first (known) live concert performance of 2011.

Adam performed a 22 minute set consisting of mostly covers: Get It On (T-Rex) / I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash) / Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly) / No Fun (Iggy & the Stooges) / Physical (Adam & the Ants*) / Honky Tonk Women (Rolling Stones).

Despite the recession-busting gig on offer this evening, Adam's back to performing for the bourgeoisie with two shows planned for the 350-capacity 100 Club (and possibly Ronnie Scott's) later this month.

With tickets again currently priced in excess of half an tonne each, we just hope he's making a fair donation to the Oxford Street venue's survival campaign in return...

*Obviously

Adam Ant at the Signal Gallery - via Steve Strange, Stringfellow & Shabba Dabba Da...

Adam Ant at The Face earlier this monthToday sees the launch of Beyond Punk art exhibition at the Signal Gallery, east London, featuring early artwork of Adam Ant and his punk/new wave contemporaries including Poly Styrene, Spizz Energi and Gaye Advert who curates the exhibition.

The Signal Gallery told Ant Lib: "Adam has given us two very rare and unseen drawings from 1976, which really demonstrate his talent as an artist. We spent a great evening looking through his portfolio of work from that period with him. It was very exciting for us, as Ant fans ourselves, to look through with him, all the artwork from that early period."

The gallery is also planning to issue a strictly limited edition, signed print of one Adam's drawings from the 1970s.

Adam may not have made his tentative date at the Electric Ballroom this week but he's certainly been prowling around London's nightlife of late, with a short surprise PA at Steve Strange's new club night The Face where he performed an impromptu version of Young Parisians (pictured, above). He also popped into Peter Stringfellow's Angels club a few days later.

This Saturday 14 August, Adam is billed as Special Guest DJ for Shabba Dabba Da III at Avalon, Shoreditch High Street E1 6JE.

  • Find out more on the Beyond Punk exhibition here
  • Find out more on The Face clubnight over at Facebook here
  • Read Peter Stringfellow's blog post on Adam's club visit here
  • Add yourself to the Shabba Dabba Da III £5 guestlist here

Photo: Gerard McNamara

All Girl Action for Adam Ant Band

Adam Ant at the Scala earlier this yearWe all know from his autobiography that Adam has a prolific eye for the ladies, but it would seem he's replaced his Pirate Extravaganza with an ALL FEMALE band for forthcoming London shows over the summer months.

Currently in rehearsals in east London, Adam is working with a new backing band featuring original Babyshambles drummer Gemma Clarke for a revamped live set which includes a large chunk of tracks from unreleased solo project Persuasion for a rumoured show at the Electric Ballroom on Thursday 12 August.

Also in the band is Gemma's pal Claire Wakeman, lead guitarist/vocalist with the Suffrajets and underground NME darlings The Krak. It is understood the only remaining member of Adam's original 2010 live band is guitarist Miles Davis Landesman who has been quite open about the Electric Ballroom show on his Facebook page.

There are t's to be crossed and i's to be dotted first, but look out for official confirmation from the promoters early next week relating to forthcoming live Adam Ant shows.

In the meantime, there will be a hint of Ant essence for the Spear of Destiny gig at Electrowerkz (Slimelight), London EC1V 1NQ on Saturday 24 July - with Marco's mates Department S, Pirate Extravaganza's The Cesarians, and Ant Lib All Dayer 2007 openers Dead Heaven supporting; plus Ant Lib's Madam Stan will be DJing the aftershow. Simply tell the door staff "There's a whip in my valise" for half price entry (£7) all night - bargain!

Adam Ant Returns to the Fold

Adam Ant at with Chris SullivanOne month after his most recent admittance to hospital, Adam Ant is back on the town. Attending the invitation-only launch party for Mark Powell's latest store in Soho last Thursday, Adam mixed with the likes of Paul Weller, Martin Freeman and old punk pal Chris Sullivan (pictured, right).

Looking fresh-faced from his 28 day stay at 'Her Majesty's Pleasure', Adam was also spotted in Chelsea at the weekend jamming at a local bar - fuelling speculation that he may be returning to London's underground live circuit in the coming months.

From the hundreds messages we received on news of Adam's recent hospitalisation, fans are generally hoping Adam will take it a bit easy for a while and not rush a comeback this time around.

Photo: ContactMusic.com

Adam Ant Sectioned Under Mental Health Act

Adam Ant in Portsmouth May 2010Adam Ant has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 following reports of an incident yesterday (Tuesday 18 May) evening.

Last week, the UK press reported controversy surrounding Adam's appearance at the Oasis, Portsmouth on Monday 10 May. Adam has since returned to London where he performed with his live band at Paper Dresstival, Curtain Road, EC2 on Saturday 15 May.

Adam is currently undergoing initial psychiatric assessment and more details will follow when appropriate. Ant Lib Online would like to wish Adam all the best in his recovery.

Update: Thursday 20 May - 12noon:

    Message from Adam:
    "Ant fans - please send me postcards at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Fulham Road. Please dont come down here as it may upset the staff who have been really pleasant. I am having a well earn rest at Her Majesty's pleasure and am painting and continuing being an art student. I have a great view and am considering gigs later in the year. x

Please feel free to use our contact form to send any messages of support to Adam.
Photo: Nick Courtney

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