You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Red Sox Live

9

2

▲  9th Inning 0 outs

Music Review

A recharged Adam Ant storms Royale

Adam Ant (pictured in London in 2011) performed for almost two hours Monday night at Royale.

Jim Dyson/Getty Images/File

Adam Ant (pictured in London in 2011) performed for almost two hours Monday night at Royale.

Johnny Depp has said that he based his sozzled pirate Captain Jack Sparrow in part on Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. But watching another British rock star gallivant around the stage at Royale on Monday night, it seems possible that Depp had at least fuzzy memories of the cut of Adam Ant’s jib.

During his ’80s heyday, Ant hoisted the Jolly Roger while rocking a nutty war-painted dandy pirate fashion sense and belting out everything from punky snarls about S&M (like “Whip in My Valise”) to pure pop ditties (like “Goody Two Shoes”).

Continue reading below

Ant has struggled with mental health issues in the last decade-and-a-half but has been enjoying a solid comeback over the last two years. While the US reception hasn’t been as loud as in his native UK, where he had more hits, Ant (real name: Stuart Leslie Goddard), appears up to the task.

During his nearly-two-hour set Monday, a fit Ant — decked out in an iteration of his ’80s look, including the British Army jacket and a Napoleonic chapeau — was a high-energy presence, his fleet feet still nimble and his idiosyncratic shout/war cry/croon in sturdy shape.

Backed by the capable The Good, The Mad, and The Lovely Posse — vitally including two drummers — Ant delved into the (sometimes wildly) disparate chapters of his catalog.

He reached all the way back to the late ’70s for noisier, new wave tunes like “Zerox” and the galloping “Cartrouble.”

He dipped into the more stylized era of the early ’80s with Burundi-beat-powered gems like “Dog Eat Dog,” “Kings of the Wild Frontier,” and the stately manifesto of dandiness “Prince Charming.”

The accessible ’80s pop phase was represented by the giddy “Goody Two Shoes,” “Desperate But Not Serious,” and the even-sillier-sounding-now “Strip.”

And the straightforward rock of later ’80s and ’90s tracks like the revving “Vive Le Rock” and “Room at the Top” were strong. Both his onstage vibrance and a pair of tunes from his forthcoming album, due in January, pointed to Ant still having some treasure left to plunder.

Sarah Rodman can be reached at srodman@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeRodman.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.