Adam Ant Recruits Two Original Members of Adam and the Ants to Perform a Six Show Tour of the UK!

You better snap up the last few tickets for Adam Ant’s upcoming UK Dirk shows…


21st March 2014

Adam Ant Has Recruited Original Drummer, Dave Barbarossa And Bass Player, Leigh Gorman To Join A Brand New Line-Up Entitled:

‘The Ministers Of New New Super Heavy Punk Funk’

Featuring two members of his current band

Jola: Drums

Tom Edwards: Gtr

Will Crewdson: Gtr

Dave Barbarossa and Leigh Gorman (and Adam) were the very last line-up to perform the ‘dirk wears white sox’ album live, at the electric ballroom, on 31st december 1979, prior to malcolm mclaren recruiting barbarossa and gorman for bow wow wow and prior to adam, forming adam and the ants 2, to go on and enjoy global success.

Last year Adam released his highly acclaimed album, ‘Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter’.

On his own Blueblack Hussar Record Label, supporting it with a 44 city us tour, last summer.


This culminates in over 300 live shows completed by adam since summer 2010.

Legendary film director, Jack Bond, (director of the extraordinary film, ‘Dali In New York’ ) captured Adam’s return to the music business with his documentary ‘The Blueblack Hussar’.

The film capture’s Adam playing at some of the old venues he played in his old punk rock days, 100 club, electric ballroom and a get together with producer Mark Ronson And Jamie Reynolds (The Klaxons) at the original sex pistol rehearsal premises in Denmark St.

Before moving on to Paris, where he was filmed recording some of his favourite french rock pop tunes of Johnny Halladay, Serge Gainsberg And Plastic Bertrand! . . . and meets up with the his favourite actress, Charlotte Rampling.

It also captures Adam performing at London’s o2 and ends with him taking the stage at London’s Hyde Park, as a special guest of Rod Stewart with Jon Bon Jovi looking on approvingly, from the side of the stage.

The film co-produced by Adam And Jack Bond for dal-segno pictures, is to be released later this year.

The Hammersmith Apollo show, on 19th april, coincides with record store day which will see the re-release of the ‘Dirk Wears White Sox’ album. Adam will be appearing at Rough Trade Records On The Portobello Rd and at siSter Ray’s In Berwick St, London.

5,000 limited edition (3,000 white vinyl) are mastered by Adam and including a special bonus insert package with publicity items from Adam’s personal archive.

This constitutes the second release on Adam’s Blueblack Hussar Label is licenced by Sony Music, who have allowed Adam complete artistic freedom to produce what adam calls “a labor of love”, a collectable for record buyers, vinyl lovers and music lovers in general.

The Hammersmith Apollo show will be the only performance of the ‘Dirk’ show in it’s entirety, in a 2 part show, the second part being a selection from his 22 top 40 singles including the 3 number 1 hits, Stand And Deliver, Prince Charming and Goody Two Shoes.

The show is conceived and designed by Adam ant personally and will feature a limited edition of T shirts and other merchandise, chosen from his archive and produced by his fashion line, blueblack hussar.

Song selections from ‘dIrk Wears White Sox’ will feature heavily on the other 5 shows on the current tour.

  • April 1st Manchester
  • April 3rd Edinburgh Sold Out
  • April 4th Newcastle
  • April 11th Cheltenham
  • April 12th Yeovil
  • April 19th Apollo (Limited Tkts Available)
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  1. Now, you guys need to hit the studio. Although, we know Adam takes control of everything, it would still be nice to hear an album with Adam, Dave & Lee. It’s nice to see Adam using guys around his age. Honestly, to me, seeing him on stage with a bunch of kids only made is age more evident & made it seem like he was trying to reclaim the glory days. Advice, Adam, you don’t need kids sounding you to look cool. You are cool on your own. Make nice with Marco & see if you cannot talk him into joining you, Lee, & Dave make a proper Adam (& the Ants) album. Although, I don’t know if Marco will go for it. Judging from his past comments about Adam & the Antz (prior to Malcom helping to shove a wedge in the band), Marco wasn’t too fond of Maff’s guitar playing. (Maff was a little more versatile than Marco IMO).

    P.S. Talk Adam into recording Nietzsche Baby. That song is awesome. We just need a proper studio version.

  2. @Caryne: Lee never claimed to be an original member.

    In fact, years ago, he told me that he wasn’t even present for the majority of the “Dirk Wears White Sox” recording sessions. He came in at the tail end of it & toured with the group.

    Maff wasn’t an original member, either. Johnny Bivouac was the original guitarist. Andy Warren was the original bass player.

    But, anyone who has followed Adam knows, that there was no Adam & the Ants, just Adam Ant. The “band” was whoever Adam desired to keep around. Members came & went like the weather. Hell, he took Kevin Mooney in the band based simply on his look & that only lasted until he got Gary Tibbs.

    When you think about it, he had two GREAT bass players in his career, Gorman & Tibbs.

    • @ The Orangutang
      Lee Gorman was not even recruited until well over a month after Dirk was completed, mixed and mastered and he only ever played the one gig at the Electric Ballroom on New Year’s Night 1979/1980. Also re. Johnny Bivoac – there was Mark “The Kid” Ryan before him and the actual founder Ant guitarist Lester Square even before that.
      Also re. Kevin Mooney, if he hadn’t got into heroin and credibility sickness, Adam would have kept him on – he had plans to mentor Kevin up to maestro level. Gary Tibbs proved to be an egotistical nightmare backstage, constantly demanding more money via his own personal manager.


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