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Adam & the Ants Manager Malcolm McLaren Dies, Aged 64

Malcolm McLaren outside SEX, 1977Malcolm McLaren, outspoken manager of the New York Dolls, Sex Pistols, Adam & the Ants and Bow Wow Wow passed away earlier today, Thursday 8 April 2010.

Aged just 64, Malcolm Robert Andrew McLaren died this morning at his home in New York City in hospital in Switzerland after a battle "for some time" with cancer. McLaren's apparent sudden death came as a shock to most as he had kept his illness quiet. In February he had travelled to New York for the launch of an art book before returning to Switzerland to be treated at a clinic.

A highly regarded – albeit controversial – figurehead of the early Ants community, McLaren was a key influencer of Adam's tribal sound for the regenerated Ants line-up of 1980 after the punk impressario nabbed Dave Barbe, Leigh Gorman and Matthew Ashman for his own rival band Bow Wow Wow.

Adam Ant: Leave My Beautiful Hayley Alone!

Adam Ant with Hayley ThompsonAdam Ant has hit back at negative criticism from fans with regards to his friendship with Hayley Thompson, former Satanic Slut who performed on drums with Adam at the Troubadour last Friday night.

Speaking to Ant Lib via Hayley on our Facebook page, Adam tells fans who have been leaving negative personal comments on internet forums:
"Everybody is entitled to their opinion about my public acitivites but when it comes to my private ones, if you respect me or my work or my attitude to sexuality in any way shape or form, I think you should keep your judgements for my work. You have the right to say that it's good or bad but not that it's right or wrong. Hayley is not only a beautiful person and an excellent drummer, but a shining example of 21st century pirate metal womanhood. Love and kisses, Adam."

When asked on whether we should / could pass on his words, Adam concluded with "Please do, if they're fans they'll understand, if not then they should wallow in a tub of misery. Remember - It was always Ant Music for Sex People. They don't sound like sex people to me."

From what we hear of last Friday's performance, Hayley is indeed a talented young lady and we at Ant Lib are pleased to welcome her into the Ant family.

Adam Ant Live at the Troubadour Last Night

Adam Ant - Live at The Troubadour, Earl's CourtAdam Ant made one of his now legendary guerrilla live performances Good Friday night, this time at his old Earl's Court haunt, The Troubadour Cafe.

Featured in Adam's autobiography Stand & Deliver as a favourite hang-out when he lived in Redcliffe Gardens back in the late 70s, the Troubadour played home to an awesome extended live set of early Ants favourites including Red Scab, It Doesn't Matter and Lady along with hits such as Stand & Deliver and even a rare live outing for Prince Charming.

The gig also saw the debut of Adam's new song, written with Satanic Slut Georgina Baillie - the infamous grand-daughter of Andrew Sachs - who was at the centre of the Radio 2 'Sachsgate' affair involving Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross.

With recent late night visits to the recording studio this week, Adam had the benefit of playing the last minute set with a full backing band (which included members of Rachel Stamp) as he performed to the small crowd of 30-40 lucky punters between 1-2am in the small hours of this morning.

Added 6 April 2010: New video of Adam performing Red Scab!

Adam Ant at Drawn Petition Launch

Adam Ant - The Drawn PetitionAdam Ant showed off a new look on Monday evening as he sported a new image and - at last - clean trews for the launch party of the Drawn Petition exhibition in Piccadilly, central London.

Looking not too dissimilar from Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka in Charlie & the Chocolate Factory in his black ensemble of tailored suit, top hat and black bob-style wig, Adam appeared alongside his new celebrity chum Noel Fielding for the opening of Natasha Gomperts' (pictured right, with Adam) Drawn Petition exhibition, raising awareness and funds for sex workers.

Featured in the exhibition is a photo of a drawing of Natasha by Adam, which will be up for auction this Saturday 3 April. Bids can be made through the week in person at The Gallery, Shepherd Market W1 or at the auction on Saturday.

For more information on the exhibition and petition, visit the campaign website.

Photo: Charlie Pycraft

Adam Ant Papped with Noel Fielding

Adam Ant & Noel FieldingAdam Ant was caught out and about with Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding last night as they hit the Groucho Club, Soho, our mates at Holy Moly! report today.

Described as looking "reasonably well" (despite his uncharacteristic mucky fingers), Adam was spotted with alternative comedian Noel Fielding and Serge from Kasabian. Holy Moly also fuel speculation of Adam's forthcoming album with Ant cohort Marco Pirroni, Erasure's Ride's Andy Bell and Chris McCormack of 3 Colours Red.

Adam was also spotted with Brand Managers at L'Oreal UK HQ, Hammersmith yesterday - fuelling rumours of an Ant flavoured advertising tie-in.

And yup. He's still wearing those same trousers...

Read the full story with more pictures of Adam last night here.

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