Oooooh it was like walking out of Doctor Who's Tardis and transformed back to the 80's, apart from the fact I was a little more grown up (well ok not quite), sporting a different fashion and no perm, I was though in the presence of Adam Ant.
The evening started with support from Glam Skanks, an all female band from the USA and what a sound. A bit of everything here, a slice of punk and glam rock thrown in and they looked great. The lead singer had a great voice and the lead guitarist reminded me of a young female Slash from Guns n' Roses....brilliant!. A nice change and I believe their first time here so welcome to the UK girls and hope you stick around.
Nipped for a quick drink in the interval and think I paid the electricity bill for the whole venue for the night at the bar. So expensive for drinks at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall. I think it's to prevent everyone getting too drunk and causing trouble.....as if! Mind you ply me with gin and I'm ready for a fight, I just can't handle it, makes me moody!. I left my friend for five minutes to pop to the loo and come back to find her taking photos of random men all dressed up in their 80's new romantic get up. There were some fabulously dressed people. I love that, so much fun and yes there were a few white stripes painted over the faces.
If you are very young then you have no idea what I'm talking about but if you Google Mr Ant himself you'll get it My goodness, never thought I'd here myself say 'Google Adam Ant', back in the day we got a copy of Smash Hits magazine out if we needed to know anything, including all the lyrics to the top hits.. Google is what I nearly had to advise a young man on the checkout at Tesco's to do before I even made it into Nottingham. He asked me very kindly where I was going and I answered, thinking everyone knows who Adam Ant is until I realised he was a bit younger than me. It was when he replied that his mum would know who he was that I remembered my age and bolted out of there. I notice he didn't ask me for ID when buying a bottle of fizzy wine. Oh well I am officially getting old.
Still feel twenty mentally although I was only about twelve when Adam Ant entered my young innocent life. yes I was, at one time.......very young. The main event was just awesome, as my son says, at first though to be honest after all these years and never seeing Adam Ant before I didn't know what to expect. I absolutely loved it. he sang all the classics such as Prince Charming, Stand and Deliver, Ant Music, Goody Two Shoes and other songs I had completely forgotten about, he had the audience in the palm of his hands. We clapped along, sang along and danced for a good two hours. That man is 62 years old and still looks great, so much energy and together with his band so entertaining to watch even if you didn't fancy a boogie. As I did watch I thought to myself 'why haven't I been to an Adam Ant concert before?'
I know there are a lot of 80's artists making a come back at the moment but why not I say. It was period of music I just loved. So many songs which saw me through my childhood and I don't care what anyone says, I'm enjoying listening to them all again. If you had told me in 1982 that I would go and see Adam Ant in my late forties I would have said no way or grunted as I was rapidly approaching my teenage years. I'm having a proper 80's revival at present as one of our new songs with Rock Choir is Spandau Ballet's 'True', sounding good as well so far.
The tour is over now as this was the last night but if you do get chance to see Adam Ant in the future go because he is definitely worth a watch. Thanks to Adam and his band, the very talented Glam Skanks and to the venue for a great night. We did have bags checked on the way in, it was worth the wait to feel secure at this time. I would also just like to say a big thank you to the police outside the venue, yes some armed but we felt safe so if you are attending concerts at the moment and wondering whether to go, please do as we cannot let these people stop us from living our lives. The security is out there be vigilant, be safe but most of all go and have a good time.
Thanks for reading everyone, I will be back tomorrow for a bit of Teapot Tuesday.
Bye for now........
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