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NME - Does Rock 'n' Roll Kill Brain Cells?

NME - Adam AntEvery Adam & the Ants fan will know that Kings of the Wild Frontier "woz robbed" of the number one slot in early 1981, but it seems - quelle surprise - that even the almighty NME, who claims on their website to have "chronicled and helped to shape the history of music over the last 50 years" can't get their Ant facts right.

This week's edition features a pop quiz with Adam, testing his mental agility and memory of thirty years of on-off Ant action. Scoring 6 out of 10 (well, 7 out of 10 in real money), Adam faltered on remembering who directed the Apollo 9 video (come on, we've all forgotten Francis Frances...um whatisname's... errr, name every now and again..?), the number of years between Apollo 9 and Room at the Top (well he was having a swell old time over in Hollywood...), and some bird's name in an obscure* television part.

Not bad, considering the glaring inaccuracies in Adam's autobiography, Stand & Deliver....

NME magazine is available now from all half-decent newsagents across the UK and most large music/book stores internationally.

Adam Ant: "Up and Down Like a Bride's Nightie"

Adam Ant with Joan CollinsWhile Antpeople buff up their leathers in anticipation for this Friday's Scala gig, The Quietus music blog has published its unabridged interview with Adam Ant (pictured right with Joan Collins at the Little Black Gallery, last Thursday) in a warts 'n' all feature by lifelong Ant fan and long-term Ant Lib member Simon Price.

Politicians, David Bowie, Paul Morley, Liam Gallagher and Bono all fall victim the wrath of Ant, with Adam talking candidly - albeit erratically - about his ongoing mental health issues, recent 'guerilla' activities and "taking the piss".

Read the full article here.

Adam & the Ants and Bow Wow Wow Members Reunite for McLaren Funeral

Adam Ant with Annabella LwinAs punks, alternatives and Antpeople alike lined Camden High Street yesterday afternoon, members of Adam & the Ants and Bow Wow Wow buried the hatchet and came together to celebrate the colourful life of Malcolm McLaren, who passed away on 8 April 2010.

Marco Pirroni, Dave Barbe, Jordan, Adam Ant and Annabella Lwin (the latter of which are pictured together, right) were all in attendence with the funeral cortège, which included traditional horse drawn hearse plus a reveller-filled doubledecker bus to Nowhere pumping out Sex Pistols and McLaren hits, moving onto a star-studded wake at Proud, Camden Lock.

A new interview with Adam will feature as part of a documentary tribute Malcolm McLaren: Artful Dodger, aired 8.15pm Saturday 24 April on BBC2.

Photo: Dyler Plummer

Ant Fans Doin' it For Themselves...

Ant Fans at EddiesAdam Ant may have blown out his two regional Glitter Band guest appearances in spectacular style this weekend, but it was the Ant fans who stole the (no)show in Birmingham on Friday night.

With Adam apparently thigh deep in the arrangements for Malcolm McLaren's funeral this coming Thursday*, the entertainment was left to Ant Lib Live! II headliners Mechanical Cabaret with a welcome return of their rather splendid electro techno version of Desperate But Not Serious to their live set, plus Wayne Hibberts - singer with this year's Ant Lib All Dayer headliners Ant Muzic - who joined the Glitter Band for Antmusic, Vive Le Rock and I'm the Leader of the Gang (I am).

Despite being dramatically let down by Adam's no-shows at Eddies in Birmingham and Satan's Hollow in Manchester, Ant fans made the most of both evenings with some excellent performances from the Glitter Band and supporting acts. The exact circumstances surrounding his non-appearance on the Saturday night still remain unclear, with Ant fans speculating more than ever on Adam's ongoing mental health issues.

Watch highlights exclusively edited from Friday night at Eddie's...

*The funeral of former Ants manager Malcolm McLaren will be taking place on Thursday 22 April. For members of the public who would like to pay their last respects to him, the funeral cortege will travel between 1.15pm and 2.15pm through Camden High Street, Chalk Farm Road, Ferdinand Street, Malden Road and Southampton Road en route to his final resting place. For more information, visit www.humanade.org.uk.

Adam Ant Live: Back with the Glitter Band This Weekend - Birmingham & Manchester

Adam Ant at The ScalaThe Glitter Band have this evening confirmed that Adam Ant will again be appearing as Special Guest for their forthcoming gigs this weekend in Birmingham (Friday night) and Manchester (Saturday night).

Spurred on by their live collaboration of Antmusic last Friday night at The Scala, the glam legends will again be joined by special guests Adam Ant and Angie Bowie for the following regional gigs:

Friday 16 April 2010: Eddie's Rock Club
Gough Street, Birmingham B1 1HN
Saturday 17 April 2010: Satan's Hollow
101 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD

Adam is currently planning on performing up to six Ant tunes with the Glitter Band, plus a couple of covers with style icon Angie Bowie. Ant Lib favourites Mechanical Cabaret will also be performing their cover of Desperate But Not Serious in the hope that Adam will join them for a chorus or three...

For further information & tickets for upcoming Adam Ant gigs, visit the Flag Promotions website.

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