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Adam Ant, live in London

Live Review

Venue: Islington Assembly Hall, London

Pop-star extraordinaire celebrates 35 years of Dirk Wears White Sox

Reviled by punks for 'selling out', picked apart by the mainstream for being too weird and remembered by today's youth for throwing a car alternator through a pub window, one could almost feel sorry for Adam Ant. Then again, you'd be hard-pressed to sympathise were you to witness him tonight – the third of four packed-out gigs sees Ant on formidable form.

Clad in leather and bounding about the stage with unkempt energy, Adam guides Islington through a two hour master-class in how to do a proper rock show. Opening with Cartrouble and slogging through the entire Dirk Wears White Sox record with little fanfare, crowd banter is kept to a minimum – the music speaks for itself.

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