Adam Ant ready to stand and deliver

 

Friday night

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By Hart Baur

Adam Ant promises to put on a really good show at Seminole Coconut Creek Casino Friday night.

“I’m kind of choosing songs I like to play,’’ said the British New Wave artist known for such ’80s classics as Desperate But Not Serious, Goody Two Shoes and Stand and Deliver with his early band, Adam and the Ants. The singer (born Stuart Goddard) also has a new album, Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter. Its songs are “about moving forward,” he says, but “also quite traditional sounding. I think fans will be surprised. Hopefully, it will take you on a bit of a trip.”

Still two drummers? Yep. That’s Ant’s signature. “It sounds great,’’ he says. “It’s so dynamic and powerful. You just knock the audience on their head.” Not easy, though. “You have to find two drummers who complement one another and watch each other,’’ Ant, 57, explains. “It’s also double amount of time and sound checking but I think worth doing.”

What many fans may not realize is that some of his biggest influences are from Motown acts and singers like James Brown and Marvin Gaye.

"Those were all my childhood heroes,'' he says, adding that Gaye was something special. "Just the way he got in front of the mike and improvised. You get this euphoric joy when you get to listen to this man. I don't think he got the kind of recognition he deserved. A great innovator."

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