Only around this time did it become public knowledge that Goddard had a history of mental illness.
At 21, shortly before his rise to fame, he had attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which has both driven and overshadowed his entire career.
He was subsequently sectioned under the Mental Health Act, but on his release was sectioned again following another incident in which he hurled stones at his neighbours’ windows.
Adam dressed the same as we’re used to seeing him recently (and 3 decades ago), a pop Napoleon with his chunky bicorn hat and gold brocade military jacket festooned with tightly wrapped waist sashes.
The current lineup features guitarist Tom Edwards, of Fields of the Nephilim and Edwyn Collins fame, who has added a reliable professionalism to the sound since he joined the touring band in 2011, Joe on bass, and on the two drum kits for that distinctively pounding tribal beat, Andy Woodward and Jola, who resembled a sequined Cinderella when Adam prompted her to stand up for applause at one point.
He talks with disquieting candour about his illness.
“I feel very grateful to be alive and well enough to make music,” he says, “because for a time there, it was like the Alamo. It got a bit sticky.” As has been documented in tabloid exposés, TV documentaries and indeed his own autobiography, Goddard’s quest for success was a compulsion, pushed to extremes by his condition .