Kings of the Wild Frontier - Adam Ant and guests to play Matthew Ashman remembrance gig, Nov 2010

Posted: 24th September 2010
Adam Ant

For those that won't remember Matthew Ashman, he played a huge part in the formative years of the art-house band Adam & The Ants (before they became buddies with every kids' pocket-money and won a BRIT), before jumping ship to join another Malcolm McLaren-nurtured (some said 'manufactured' - they may have been right) band Bow Wow Wow.

With the latter he finally tasted success with the hits "I Want Candy" and "Go Wild in the Country", the band later to become admired by the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pretty Girls Make Graves. Ashman went on to form Chiefs of Relief with Paul Cook (ex-Sex Pistols), recording just the one album in 1988.

Ashman passed away in 1995 with extreme diabetes - cue friend and band-mate Adam Ant with the idea of a memorial concert to be held at the dandyman's second home (he played there back in April), London's Scala.

The date to remember is one night only - Sunday 21st November and tickets are on sale now, priced at £20. Proceeds will go to Diabetes UK, a charity devoted to research and recovery from this evermore common condition.

The evening will be packed full of Antmusic, Bow Wow Wow and Chiefs Of Relief classics, played by a welter of special guests including Paul Cook, Andy Taylor (Duran Duran), Annabella Lwin (BWW singer), Leigh Gorman and Dave Barbe (AATA/BWW members), members of CoR plus members of Billy Idol and Gary Numan's bands. Others will be added in due course.

If Adam Ant isn't your thing, why not donate to the cause at

Paul Pledger