ADAM Ant has lived a film script life, creating as much controversy as he has music – and now he’s back for more.
With a new album due out next year and another image change on the cards, the original Prince Charming of pop plays Sheffield’s O2 Academy on Tuesday after 15 years away from touring.
“I’ve missed it – and the money,” he says simply when asked ‘Why now?’
“It’s what I do .”
Adam has devised a fresh character for the next stage of his career – the arrival of the Blue Black Hussar coincides with Ant starting his own record label to release his music and that of other acts without corporate interference.
Judging by a sneak preview of his live show at a bar beneath Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium recently, he still gets a buzz from his chosen path.
“More now, because I know what I’m doing,” he confirms. “I’ve got my own label and I want to hopefully bring out more hit records.”
He is the first to agree 15 years is a long time out of the music business, however.
“I don’t think it’s any better or worse. There are some very fine bands out there... Jarvis and I think Gaga has got a lot of talent.
“There’s a lot going on – you can’t be ignorant about it. It’s almost too much and everybody’s got a website, everybody’s famous.
“But it’s coming back down to people who want to be in the same room. They don’t care about karaoke. But I saw Sinatra and he sang live. I want to be like that. I want stadiums, I want lighters.”