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Though it was an opportunity to play in their home town for Charis and Curse Of Lono's guitarist Joe Hazell, it was an occasion tinged with sadness as Charis' partner Tom Edwards had died just weeks earlier.Tom, 41, a guitarist with Adam Ant, suffered a sudden heart failure while he was on tour in America in January.He gained popularity in the early 80s when he appeared as the main lead singer of the New Wave band Adam and the Ants.After the group’s split up in 1982, Ant decided to pursue a solo career while also battling depression and a bio polar condition.Charis said: "They carried on the rest of the tour, which was so brave of them."Curse of Lono also considered cancelling their shows in the wake of the tragedy, but Charis was adamant they should soldier on."I was determined to carry on with the gigs, as he was a musician as well, and honour the shows," she said."The reception was wonderful – I felt very at home."I had a lot of friends who wanted to come - there were so many.
When I ask what he wears on his day off, he laughs, and says, “I probably wouldn’t get out of my dressing gown.” Stuart Goddard, better known to the world as Adam Ant, is about to release his first album in 17 years, with the unwieldy title Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter.
He explains it to me as we settle down in a small, cramped room, stacked to the rafters with books, paintings, photos and old records, while he chain smokes cigarettes and a giant French mastiff sniffs and slobbers around us.
“I grew up in the glam era and, for me, every album should have a look as well as a sound,” he says, poring over the gatefold packaging of his vinyl double album.
Ant, real name Stuart Goddard, has battled with bipolar disorder and his latest strange antics have left fans worried about his wellbeing.
Reviewer Emma Slee, editor of the Western Gazette newspaper, wrote: "He spent a great deal of time talking to the crowd about his two acrimonious divorces and his mistrust of women - plus how badly treated he felt he had been by the music industry and the press.The couple later separated which pushed Ant into a mental crisis.