Adam Ant : Ipswich : debut date of Kings Of The Wild Frontier : live report



Adam Ant

Ipswich Regent Theatre

Live Review

photos and notes : Andy Greenley


Kings Of The Wild frontier is one of the great albums.

In terms of vision, ideas and pure artful pop it’s one of the perfect British pop albums. Post punk Adam Ant turned himself into a pop star with an album that was 3D technicolour pop – there is an in depth review of the album here. Listen to it now and it’s mind blowing in its scope and imagination and the decision of Adam to take it on the road is the perfect follow up to his revisiting of his debut album Dirk Wears White Sox.

The tour kicks off in Ipswich at the Regent Theatre – a huge seated venue, but not for long as the audience all piled down the front. Adam takes the stage and is looking like a lean machine, having lost weight – he is in great shape and got himself into peak condition for the tour. His hair is also longer and he is dressed in his classic braid jacket with his now customary tricorn pirate hat and looked happy and without any angst.

After hitting the stage the band play a powerful take on the whole of the Kings album straight through with no talking between the songs bringing the album back to life after decades. It’s hard to remember now just how huge this record was and how much of an impact those tribal classics like Dog Eat Dog and the title track made once they were hits.


The last song on the album is Human Beings and is a LTW favourite – a powerful, rumbling song and paean to the native Americans. The current version has a bigger sound than on the album and is a great way to finish off the Kings set.

With Adam live you always get your moneys worth. This is no mere rerun of just the classic album only and they return for the many encores which are a variety of b sides from the same era as Kings and other Ant classics.

Someone in the audience shouts out for debut single Young Parisians so Adam did an impromptu solo version with the crowd singing along.

There is a moment of confusion after the second encore as the  house lights come on and people started to leave. Of course the band return and play a cover of Bolan’s genius Get it On and then a thundering take on Physical before Adam then added Red Scab to the set

set list below…





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  1. It was at The Regent!! X

  2. Darren Stuart

    Going to the Brighton gig on Saturday. Can’t wait

  3. Going to see the great man in York this Tuesday .its going to be great Adam delivers .

  4. Also going to the York gig can’t wait. Its my first time seeing the legend that is that Ant man .

  5. York for me!! Also looking forward to seeing ukfeds! Can’t wait!!

  6. Sage in Gateshead June 1st !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t wait!

  7. Gill Dimbleby

    So glad he is well and happy again, and doing what he does best – entertain!

  8. Alison Jane Morris

    The legend that is Adam Ant just gets better and better. I can’t wait for Manchester on 2 June.

  9. Johnny Koshmar

    The Man played with a new pizazz, it was a return to greatness and a refreshing hurricane of fresh air in these days of bland and over-produced vanilla muzak. See him at any cost!

  10. Was a fantastic night .. Adam was full on, delighting his fans with his performance ..Can’t wait to see him in Brixton ..

  11. I watched him in Pompey last night (review Bloody awesome. Mr Robb I saw you in a documentary with Mr Ant and I thought you were the quietest ever, what happened? I think you met your match!

    • Ha! no – I was listening to his new album at the time in his kitchen and interviewing him – not my job to talk all over the person getting interviewed!!

  12. Best night of 2016 for me. Great crowd, Adam and the band did not disappoint. In fact he just gets better and better. Thank you Mr Ant for the music

  13. A new Adam Ant blog. Slapdash Eden –

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