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The Wolfmen Return - with a new cub in the Big Man's shoes

Married to the Eiffel Tower - out nowThe Wolfmen are back! And this time they mean business with a new album Married to the Eiffel Tower and gigs a-plenty kicking off this Thursday at the 100 Club, Oxford Street.

The Wolfmen, named the Antpeople's favourite Adam & the Ants offshoot band in our poll is, of course, the pet studio project of former Ant axemen Marco Pirroni and Chris Constantinou. With Marco now retired from live shows, Ant aficionados could be excused for worrying that the Wolfmen may have lost some of their bite for the forthcoming tour. But have no fear, new cub in the den (and top Marco impersonator) Ciaron Marlow is on the scene to step into the Big Man's shoes.

"I got to know Marco around the time that the Wolfmen were starting and we worked on a number of songs together - Marco was kind enough to send me some guitar straps, one of which he used at Live Aid. Now let me tell you, for me, that was quite something!", recalls Ciaron, who cites Adam & The Ants as a key influence with Marco as his inspiration - learning to play guitar as a child from Ant song books, playing along to the records.

"When the Wolfmen's material started to surface I naturally gravitated towards it because it was Marco and Chris. Vive Le Rock has always been my favourite Adam Ant album, so anything with half of that team on it had got to be worth checking out and I was hooked straight away. I joked with Marco that if they ever took the band out on the road, and they needed a second guitarist, then give me a call".

Chris naturally wanted to play live but Marco had retired from life-on-the-road so the Wolfmen needed someone to fill his shoes. "They didn't have to ask me twice!!" says Ciaron, who began his Ant tribute career with Madam & the Ants in 2004 and is now a regular at Ant Lib events. To Ciaron's amazement, it transpired that he was Marco's first choice as replacement live guitarist.

"Things are shaping up really, really well", reports Ciaron, "We've got a really strong band line up and the songs are all sounding great. I'm really looking forward to the show at the 100 Club. The place has so much history so to be a small part of that lineage is really special thing".

We'd like to wish Ciaron and the Wolfmen the very best for the forthcoming shows. The Wolfmen play 100 Club this Thirsday (14 July), followed by a residency at the AlleyCat Bar, Denmark Street from Saturday 3 September.

Married to the Eiffel Tower is available now from with CD format to be found in all half decent record shops from August.

Adam Ant Live at the Water Rats - 7 April 2011 - Video Exclusive

Adam Ant - Live at the Water Rats, LondonAdam Ant performed at the Monto Water Rats as part of the live bill for the Little Episodes book launch last Thursday.

It's been a busy week on Planet Ant this week, with Adam appearing and performing at the the Society Film Club's Q&A and screening of Jubilee on Monday, interviewed for ITV's Loose Women on Wednesday and playing a short set the next day at the Water Rats with backing from Georgina Baillie and Twinkle, the latter a new addition to the Ant band.

Adam's full set list for Thursday 7 April 2011: Cleopatra, Get it On, Cartrouble, Never Trust a Man (with Egg on His Face), Honky Tonk Woman, No Fun and Physical.

Watch highlights exclusively edited from the show...

Adam Ant Live at the Garage - 2 April 2011 - Video Exclusive

Adam Ant - Live at the Garage, LondonAdam Ant played a live forty minute solo set at the Relentless Garage, London as part of the We Love Japan fundraiser last night.

Wearing a black military jacket and skinny black jeans, Adam headlined the charity showcase, which was quickly organised to raise money for the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund - almost exactly a year on from Adam's controversial solo appearance at Shore Leave. There was a measured improvement to the Ant solo show a year on, but it was evident that the set lacked the focus and sophistication one would expect for an upcoming tour - something we hope a backing band will bring.

This was a second charity gig of the week, with Adam also making a brief appearance at the Get Tested! Hepatitis C Trust benefit at the Jazz Cafe on Thursday 31 March, at which he performed Young Parisians and Get it On with show organiser and fellow 80s legend Boy George.
Adam also performed a private show on Friday 1st April at Woody's Tattoo Studio in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

Adam's full set list for Saturday 2 April 2011: Young Parisians, Get it On, Cartrouble, Honky Tonk Woman, Cleopatra, Never Trust a Man (with Egg on His Face), Cast Iron Arm, Ants Invasion, Peggy Sue, No Fun, Wild Thing, Prince Charming and Physical.

  • For more on the Japan Society Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund click here
  • For more on the Hepatitis C Trust click here

Watch highlights exclusively edited from the show...

Adam Ant UK Tour 2011 Dates Confirmed

Adam Ant at his Stamford Bridge press conference earlier todayToday became 'Ant Tuesday' with Adam holding a press conference at Stamford Bridge, appearing on John Humphrys' On the Ropes for Radio 4, trending on Twitter for the first time and even an Ant exposé from Gary Numan in this morning's Metro newspaper.

Performing a private showcase (pictured, right) for a carefully selected audience of media and industry knobs, Adam revealed his new band and forthcoming full UK tour. Further to the previously announced Brighton show exclusively revealed by Ant Lib last week, Adam has added more dates for May and June 2011 as well as a screening of the Prince Charming Revue with Q&A at the Coronet in Elephant & Castle, South London Notting Hill on Wednesday 11th May.

Dates as follows:
Wed 11 May - London Coronet (Prince Charming Revue screening/Q&A)
Mon 16 May - Brighton* Concorde2 - SOLD OUT
Tue 17 May - Cambridge The Junction - SOLD OUT
Wed 18 May - Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms - SOLD OUT
Sat 21 May - Dundee Fat Sams
Sun 22 May - Inverness Ironworks
Mon 23 May - Glasgow O2 ABC Academy - NEW VENUE!
Tue 24 May - Sheffield O2 Academy
Thu 26 May - London Indigo2
Sat 28 May - Liverpool O2 Academy
Sun 29 May - Newcastle O2 Academy
Tue 31 May - Cardiff Coal Exchange
Wed 1 June - Birmingham O2 Academy
Fri 3 June - Holmfirth* Picturedrome - SOLD OUT
Sat 4 June - York Duchess - SOLD OUT
Sun 5 June - Manchester Academy
Fri 17 June - Exeter Phoenix - NEW DATE ADDED
Sat 18 June - Falmouth Princess Pavillions - NEW DATE ADDED
Mon 20 June - Poole Mr Kyps - NEW DATE ADDED
Tue 21 June - Brighton Concorde2 - NEW DATE ADDED
Wed 22 June - Southend Chinnerys - NEW DATE ADDED
Sun 26 June - London - Hard Rock Calling Hyde Park

All tickets go on sale Friday 1 April 2011 (except dates marked with a * which are available NOW) from Ticketweb, See Tickets and Ticketmaster, again for sensible prices of around the £20 mark.

Aftershow Parties
If you would like to be involved with the organisation of aftershow parties for the above gigs or can suggest suitable small (cheap ...or free!) venues willing to host an event in any of the above towns, please do drop us a line ASAP.

Adam also addressed issues surrounding the much talked about new album, with release plans now shelved until 2012. So, apparently this tour will not be to promote new material.

  • Listen to Adam's interview with John Humphrys here
  • Read about Gary Numan's 'Ant'ics here

Photo: Carol Pearson

Adam Ant Live: Concorde 2 - Brighton Monday 16 May 2011

Adam Ant at home recentlyAdam Ant, in association with Family Entertainments, has announced a live show at Brighton's premier alternative live music venue Concorde 2 for Monday 16 May 2011.

Tickets are on sale now from Ticketweb for the budget-friendly price of £20. For more information on getting to Concorde 2, click here.

This is the first headline Ant show to be announced since Adam fled to France after January's lacklustre 100 Club gigs. Letting rip for Clink Music blog, Adam vents his frustrations by describing fans as "A bunch of fucking Teletubbies". Seems like there isn't just the one Laa-Laa, eh Adam?

Photo: Imelda Michalczyk

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