Oregon Zoo Presents
Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour
Friday, August 3, 2018
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pmOregon Zoo
$35.00 - $95.00
This event is all ages
The Terrace is an exclusive concert experience with a private cash beer and wine bar and a delicious buffet available from 6 – 8 p.m. This spacious area features first-come, first-served seats with limited stage views. Other obscured seating options are available, including tables and chairs for dining and visiting with friends.https://www.zooconcerts.com/event/1662826/
But this was no ‘overnight success’, Adam Ant had been working hard behind the warpaint and feathers for his moment. The journey had started at Hornsey College of Art, where Adam had teamed up with some college friends to form the band Bazooka Joe. With Adam on bass guitar, they played the pubs and colleges around London and it was on a night in November 1975 that he saw a group that was to change his life forever.
The Sex Pistols played their first ever gig, supporting Bazooka Joe, at St Martins College of Art and the explosive punk band inspired Adam to start something new. He formed The Ants and performed live repeatedly at many venues including the Vortex and The Roxy before getting a Thursday night residency at the famous Marquee club in London. The band built a huge cult following despite being unpopular with the established music press, and in 1979 they released their debut album, Dirk Wears White Søx, which topped the independent chart on release. It has been said that if Adam and the Ants had appeared on television at this time, then they would have ‘made it’ but the moderate success made the rest of the band despondent and in early 1980, the Ants left Adam, after an offer to work with the former Sex Pistols manager, Malcolm McLaren.
With a new sense of freedom and clarity, Adam immediately put his ideas for a new ‘warrior’ sound into practice and within months had put together a fresh band that included two drummers.
The new band signed a major label deal and recorded the album ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’. Released in November 1980 it became a worldwide hit, spending 12 weeks at number 1. The singles, ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ and ‘Antmusic’ both hit number 2 in the UK chart and ‘Dog Eat Dog’ reached number 4. “Antmania” swept the nation and after winning the Brit Award for ‘Best British Album’, Adam Ant became one of the most publicised faces in Britain.
In May 1981, ‘Stand and Deliver’ hit the number 1 spot and stayed there for 5 weeks, and became his most successful single, winning him the prestigious Ivor Novello Award For Songwriting. On it’s release, the follow up album and single ‘Prince Charming’ went straight to number one and a further 12 singles went top 30, at one point, Adam had 8 singles in the top 40. . . in one week!
He became the first VJ (video jockey) on MTV and at a time when videos were the most popular way to promote music, Adam’s charismatic performances in some of the most lavish visuals of the period paved the way for his acting career.
His first solo album, ‘Friend or Foe’ continued his success in the USA, delivering 3 top twenty hits on the Billboard Top 100. ‘Goody Two Shoes’ was also a number 1 in both the UK and Australia and after being voted ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by the viewers of MTV, he celebrated this success in the USA with a ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy nomination.
In 1983 he appeared on NBC Television Network’s ‘Motown 25 Special’, alongside Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. The second solo album ‘Strip’ produced the top 5 UK hit ‘Puss ‘n Boots’ but the follow-up single ‘Strip’ and the sexy spectacular video was banned by the BBC.
While recording his third solo album ‘Vive Le Rock’ with legendary producer, Tony Visconti, Adam set out on an acting career by appearing in a theatre production of Joe Orton’s ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’ at The Royal Exchange in Manchester.
In 1985 Adam performed ‘Vive Le Rock’ at Live Aid and spent the next few years concentrating solely on acting in a string of films including Nomads, Junk and Slam Dance! as well as appearing in several US TV shows such as La Femme Nikita, Northern Exposure, The Equalizer and Sledge Hammer!
During the 1990’s, Adam again, split his time between acting and music, returning to the studio to record and release the album ‘Manners and Physique’ in 1990 which included the UK top 20 hit, ‘Room at the Top’. The follow up album, ‘Persuasion’ remains in limbo without an official release to this day, but in 1994 Adam recorded his next album, ‘Wonderful’ in London’s famous Abbey Road studios. Released the following year, the album, along with ‘Wonderful’ the single and the follow up ‘Gotta Be A Sin’ were accompanied by successful tours of the UK and USA.
It would be twelve years before he would play live again, with an acoustic show, in 2007, at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, where he read extracts from ‘Stand and Deliver’ his recently released autobiography.
In 2008, Adam was presented with the ‘Q Music Icon Award’ placing him alongside fellow recipients Paul McCartney and Bryan Ferry. This rekindled recognition resulted in a series of low key gigs in 2010 which enabled him to select a new band and to perform several sell-out shows in London.
In 2011, Adam performed at the Hard Rock Calling in London’s Hyde Park and over the year continued playing live to over 250,000 people. After 2 successful tours the USA, mainland Europe and Australia, Adam released his first album for 16 years: Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.
2014 saw Adam return to his roots to perform the Dirk Wears White Søx album at a sellout show at Hammersmith Apollo, along with 2 live performances for Record Store Day in London that afternoon. This coincided with the release of a limited edition white vinyl of the Dirk album.
Adam then closed the year with 4 more performances at Islington’s Assembly Hall.
Due to public demand Adam toured the Dirk album early in 2015 at a series of intimate concerts around the country to much critical acclaim with several of the venues selling out within minutes.
A DVD of the 2014 Apollo show was made available and Adam finished off 2015 working on the re-mastered anniversary release of his iconic Kings of the Wild Frontier album, which was released prior to Adam embarking on the Kings of the Wild Frontier Live 2016 tour throughout the UK.
With the LP back in the charts, the sold out tour had Adam playing the classic and now iconic album, in sequence, to over 30,000 people, which culminated at Brixton Academy in London in a true riotous Ant gathering with fans coming together from all around the world to be part of the spectacle.
Over the summer Adam took part in the Isle of Wight festival closely followed by 3 headlining slots at each of the Rewind festivals in Perth, Cheshire and Henley and he finished the year with a sold-out performance at the Roundhouse in London.
In 2016, Adam celebrated the 35th anniversary of his landmark Kings of the Wild Frontier album with a reissued version of the album as a boxset on Sony Legacy UK followed by tours in the UK and North America where he played sold-out shows to more than 50,000 fans.
Now, in 2017, Adam is traveling the world by taking his Kings tour to Australia and New Zealand as well as embarking on ANTHEMS – The Singles tour in the UK and USA to play a collection of his best singles – from classic hits to B sides and rarities.
Instantly recognizable, The Fixx sound is unmistakably unique and stands out among the thousands of artists filling the airwaves. Songs such as “One Thing Leads To Another”,“Red Skies” and “Saved By Zero” remain everyday staples on the playlists of the rock, Hot AC and alternative radio stations that continue to break new acts inspired by the era that The Fixx helped to define.
It is rare for an audience to experience a band that has continued to thrive for twenty-five years. The Fixx were, and still are- Cy Curnin on vocals, Rupert Greenall on keyboards, Jamie West-Oram on guitar, Adam Woods on drums, and recently reacquired bassist Dan K. Brown, who returns after spending a decade with The Fixx, during the height of it s popularity.
The Fixx began their career over three decades ago with MCA Records and the gold selling album “Shuttered Room” which spent an entire year on the Billboard Hot 100 and spawned the hit single “Stand Or Fall”. Next came 1983 s ground breaking “Reach The Beach”, a double-platinum selling effort which including the singles “Saved By Zero” and “One Thing Leads To Another”. They also embarked on a North American tour with The Police, which earned The Fixx critical acclaim and lifelong fans for their songs and captivating performances.
A surprise hit for The Fixx on Billboard s Hot Club Play chart was “Deeper and Deeper” from the soundtrack of the 1984 film “Streets Of Fire”. The band continued ahead with a string of top selling albums, “Phantoms” included “Are We Ourselves?”, and “Walkabout” produced the hit single “Secret Separation”.
Departing MCA for RCA Records, The Fixx release “Calm Animals” featured the single “Driven Out” which soared to the top of the charts and ended the year as the #4 most played rock song of 1989 according to Billboard magazine. Following the band s continued success, MCA released a greatest hits package which sells more than two million copies.
The 1990 s represented a turning point in music and for The Fixx. The decade began with the release of “Ink” from which the single “How Much Is Enough?” climbed into the Modern Rock top ten. But then, after a decade together, with the then-burgeoning grunge scene dominating music, and with families to raise the band decided to take time apart from one another and finally pursue other interests, while letting the musical world decide where it was going.
After a hiatus, the band returned to the studio in 1997. “Elemental” marked a new, contemporary evolution in the band s history, blending the familiar Fixx signature sound with a fresh, compelling, modern feel. Always continuing forward, the band independently released 2003 s “Want This Life” which included the singles “Are You Satisfied?” and the infectiously danceable, “You Don’t Have To Prove Yourself”.
More recently, The Fixx released its 10th studio album Beautiful Friction . This collection of new songs, called among their very best has allowed The Fixx to prove once again that they are always evolving and seeking new musical horizons.
Live, in concert, the band consistently delivers that same sonic authenticity fans have come to expect from their performances because The Fixx is the genuine article, the real deal. Concert-goers, whether longtime fans, or those experiencing The Fixx for the very first time, are thrilled by the band s dynamic stage presence and trademark sound.
With this combination of classic hits, and innovative new music, The Fixx continues to excite and inspire, both recorded, and in concert.