Iconic '80s new wave musician Adam Ant is in the middle of a North American tour which is bringing him to the music-buying public's consciousness once again.
Last year Adam's tour drew sellout crowds throughout the UK and U.S. It was his first tour in 17 years.
"Last year I did 23 shows. It was very good. This year I have 44 shows so it's double the fun," said Adam, during a recent telephone interview from London.
The British musician, along with his band The Good, The Mad & the Lovely Posse, will perform Aug. 1 at Concord Music Hall in Chicago. His performance was originally scheduled at Congress Theatre which recently closed.
Adam said it's great to be back on the road again performing for fans.
"It's the thing I love doing best," Adam said. "And It's strange. I'm enjoying it more than ever," he added. Not being on a big industry label, he said, makes it easier. "I'm not wasting any energy," Adam said, about trying to meet the demands of a record company label. "I've got my own record label which gives me the freedom to do things at my own pace."
Audience members will get a chance to hear tunes from his latest album "Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter," an autobiographical work addressing various aspects of his life.
"We'll be choosing songs from my catalog (for the show) and some of the new stuff as well," Adam said.
In addition to making his mark on the music scene, Adam also delved into acting, writing, and producing his own videos. In 2006, his autobiography "Stand and Deliver" was released, in which he talked openly about his professional and personal life, including his time living in the small community of Dayton, Tenn. and his struggle with bipolar disorder.
Adam said his new album, which was in the works since 2010, exposes listeners to various musical genres.
"It's quite eclectic in its style," said Adam. Having his own label, (Blueblack Hussar Records), he explained, allowed him to present various genres all on one album and make the work exactly what he wanted it to be. He's also able to concentrate a lot more on songwriting.
"Songwriting is my priority," he said. "But I love performing as well."
Looking back on the punk rock era, Adam said he sees it as "the last great (musical) effort that actively changed the industry." He also felt he was "in the right place at the right time" to be involved in the movement. As many people believe, Adam helped shape that era as well.
The musician said he's currently looking forward to developing his autobiography "Stand and Deliver" into a movie.
FYI: Adam Ant will perform at 9 p.m. Aug. 1 at Concord Music Hall, 2047 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Open to concertgoers 17 years of age and older. Visit concordmusichall.com