Still looking as cool as he did in 1983 when “Rebel Yell” was his claim to fame, Billy Idol who is now fifty-seven years old continues to resemble the Billy Idol of old. Idol has been building up a reputation for outstanding live shows for over thirty years now. Rumor has it that Idol plans on recording new material later this year which his fans truly hope happens.
Making a concert appearance to a “Sold Out” audience at The House of Blues in The Showboat Casino, on Saturday night, June, 2013, Idol with his spiked blond hair and still looking very fit and energetic took the stage to cheers and screams.
Just as important as his appearance is his ability to impress the crowd with his voice. Idol continues to possess a wide ranging voice that easily transitions from a deep base to a very pleasing crooning sound.
Idol, along with his long time band mate, guitarist Steve Stevens created a fresh style and sound of music that mixed Idol’s punk attitude with Steven’s hard-driving rock guitar. This distinctive blending resulted in Idol dominating the Billboard charts during the 80’s with top 40 hits, “White Wedding,” “Mony, Mony,” and “Eyes Without a Face.”
With a set list of seventeen songs plus a two song encore, the show began with “Ready Steady Go” and “Dancing With Myself,” two songs stemming from Idol’s early days with Generation X. Followed by “(Do Not) Stand In the Shadows” grabbed and please longtime fans. After finishing the third song, Idol stripped off his jacket and shirt and donned a black leather vest to the sheer joy of the females in the audience.
Idol is always on target with his fans when he brings his classics to his performance. The night ended with Idol listening to his admirers and performing “Rebel Yell,” With fans yelling and whistling for more, Idol performed his two song encore with “White Wedding” and a cover of “Mony Mony,” ending the show on a very high note.
Billy Idol was born William Broad, November 30, 1955 in Middlesex, England. He left Sussex University in 1976 to join the punk movement, specifically the group of Sex Pistol fans called the Bromley Contingent. Many members then went on to form their own bands and Idol started Generation X with Tony James. Generation X achieved marginal success during the punk 1970’s primarily in England with Idol singing lead. The band split up in 1981 and Idol came to the states. His debut album, “Billy Idol” came in 1982 and was on the charts two years spawning the hits, “White Wedding” and “Hot In The City” which also helped Idol become seen as a more mainstream rock figure. Idol became even more of a rock cult figure with his second album, “Rebel Yell,” which sold two million copies and gave Idol his hit ballad, “Eyes Without A Face,” “Cyberpunk.”
Idol, who was made his Atlantic City casino debut in 2001 proved that he could still stir up an audience. His energy and combined styles of mixing his punk roots with more standard music captivated the sold-out crowd. Idol is still one energetic and exciting performer.