Adam Ant at The Palace Theater, Greensburg, PA - September 17

It is hard to believe that the most recent song showcased (“Gotta Be A Sin”) was released 22 years ago, because Adam Ant performed with such exuberance that it felt he was untouched by age. His charisma was in full effect, and he worked the crowd with every element of his showmanship.


There is a cynicism with greatest hits tours, earned by bands merely cashing in on nostalgia, going through the motions to collect a paycheck. Then there are times when the artist loves performing and does one of these tours to celebrate with their fans.

The night opened with a set from Glam Skanks, a glitter-rock band evoking the likes of The Runaways and T. Rex. The crowd was saving most of its energy for the headliner, but momentum built through fun and well-executed songs like “Fuck Off” and “Bad Bitch to the set-closer “Glitter City”. The lines at the Skanks' merch tables at both intermission and after the show are proof that they made a great impression on their new audience.


Adam Ant captivated the audience for two hours of Antmusic. The bare-bones stage setup offered no distractions from the performances, and none were needed. From the opening chords of “Beat My Guest,” the crowd was on its feet. Ant explained that the tour is called “ANTHEMS” because when everybody sings along, they transform from rock songs into something more “anthemic.”

The band—complete with two drum kits—was in full rock mode, delivering well-orchestrated, high-energy renditions of “Vive Le Rock,” “Room at the Top,” “Strip” and deeper cuts like “Christian D'Or” and “Greta X,” only slowing down for the acoustic “Young Parisians.” Through it all the crowd did their part, culminating in the main set closer/encore opener one-two punch of “Stand and Deliver” and “Goody Two-Shoes.”


Whether you have seen him in his heyday, or never had the opportunity, anyone debating attending one of the remaining stops on this tour should definitely make the effort, as Adam Ant is in top form.

 

The Glam Skanks