Homer's Travels: Music: Billy Idol

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Music: Billy Idol

My second concert of the year, this time shared with the Wife, was Billy Idol.  Actually, I think the Wife shared the concert with me instead.  She is a big Idol fan and this was the second time she's seen him live.

The evening was perfect for a concert.  Comfortable temperatures, low humidity, and a warm breeze made for a perfect outdoors concert.  Looking around the open air venue, you could see who the fans were.  I looked around the crowded Stir Cove and saw a sea of fifty-somethings all remembering their college years.  If I'd had a mirror I would have seen one more.  I would have been a bit happier if the crowd had been a bit more diverse but that's the risk you take when you go see a classic rock performance.  Yes ... the music I grew up with is Classic Rock.  I guess that makes me a Classic too.

This has been the second concert I've gone to that didn't have a warm up act (the other being John Cougar Mellencamp in 2011).  Billy Idol got on stage and rocked it for two straight hours with only small breaks along the way, often filled by awesome guitar riffs supplied by Steve Stevens.  He hit all the favorites and even did a few new songs along the way.  A very satisfying concert.

The amazing thing is the guy is fifty seven years old but still has his singing voice and has the chest and abs of a much younger man.  The only place the age is showing much is in his face.

The only sour notes came during his performance of Rebel Yell when he was seriously out of tune.  Not sure I would blame this on his age or in bad feedback to his earpieces.

He ended the concert with a very interesting rendition of White Wedding followed by a rocking performance of Mony Mony.  An awesome concert.

Pictures can be found in my 2013-06-28 Billy Idol Concert Google Photos album.


  1. I'm impressed he's aged that well too. Glad you both had a nice time overall!