Gerard McNamara – Adam and The Ants – Lyceum 1980
Photographer Gerard McNamara recalls, “With Adam and the Ants recently signing to CBS Records, Antmusic had well and truly arrived. This picture was taken on the ‘Kings of the Wild Frontier’ tour at the Lyceum Ballroom (supported by Gods Toys) and shows him in his full glory. A real showman, always great to photograph.”
During February–April 1980, a new version of Adam and the Ants was formed with Marco Pirroni (an ex-member of Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Models, Rema Rema and Cowboys International) (guitar), Kevin Mooney (bass guitar), and two drummers, Terry Lee Miall and Chris Hughes (ex-The Blitz Brothers, future Tears for Fears producer), who took the pseudonym of “Merrick.” Pirroni would become an influential member of the group, co-writing all of their new songs with Adam Ant.
Without label support, the band carried out a major UK “Ants Invasion” tour, at the end of which, they signed a major label deal with CBS Records and began recording Kings of the Wild Frontier, having first rush-released the title track as a single. That album was a hit in the United Kingdom and put the band at the forefront of the New Romantic movement. The album reached No. 1 on the UK album charts on 24 January 1981.
A3 Archival Digital Print
Signed by Gerard McNamara
Rockarchive edition 100
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