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Adam Ant at SoundBoard, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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If there’s a rocker who knows how to deliver an anthem, it's Adam Ant.

You can tick 'em off -- "Stand And Deliver," "Good Two Shoes," "Wonderful," all songs that bring a crowd to its feet singing along like the songs are modern hymns, just louder. Ant (real name Stuart Goddard) has built a catalog full of 'em since he and his band the Ants formed during 1977, and as recently as his last album, "Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar..." in 2013.

It's fitting, then, that Ant's latest roadtrip is called the Anthems Tour, which is hitting North America after a successful run through Europe earlier this year. Stand-up guy that he is, Ant promises the shows will deliver as they should...

So what makes a good anthem? "It's something where you come up to the chorus and you can just (point) the microphone out and let the audience singing it for you without being prompted," Ant, 62, says by phone from London. "It's just everybody singing along, almost like another choir out there. It's a wonderful feeling to share the choruses with the audience. I always look forward to doing that."

Anthems aren't just the hits, either, as Ant's show embraces the flip side of his biggest singles as well. "The B sides are very important," he explains. "There's as much thought put into the selection of B sides as there are A sides. When I've dropped in a B-side in the encore or something, the response to something like 'Christian D'or' is as strong as it is to 'Prince Charming' or 'Stand And Deliver' or something. So the flip side gets the attention and TLC that perhaps they otherwise wouldn't get rather than focusing on just the A sides."

This year, meanwhile, marks 35 years since "Friend Or Foe," Ant's first solo album following the dissolution of the Ants. "It wasn't something I really planned on," he recalls. "The splitting up of the band was very, very sudden. I didn't have much time to think too much about it; I thought maybe I should keep going and keep playing and keep the sound going and get out there. It was a name change but 'Friend Or Foe' was different from the previous two albums, and thereafter all the albums hopefully sound as different form the one before as I could make them. That was what concerned me most now that I was on my own. Obviously I missed the guys; It was a bit of an unhappy time but I got out and continued to play the songs."

Adam Ant and Glam Shanks

8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15

SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $35-$40.

Call 1-866-783-9622 or visit soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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