Billy Idol Rocks Port Chester, New York, With Big Assist From Guitarist Steve Stevens
More than 30 years into his career, Billy Idol remains the true definition of a rock star. The amazingly youthful 57-year-old rocker brought his live show to the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., last night (May 31) and shared the spotlight with his longtime guitarist, the virtuosic Steve Stevens.
Idol kicked the night off with ‘Ready Steady Go’ from his pre-solo punk band Generation X, and right from the get-go he proved he’s as vital as ever. From there, Idol and the band went right into the classic ‘Dancing With Myself,’ another Generation X cut which became a massive hit when Idol re-recorded it as a solo artist.
While Idol played a number of fan favorites throughout the night, it wasn’t just a greatest-hits set. He and the band worked in a couple of new songs, one titled ‘Love and Glory’ and another called ‘Ghosts in My Guitar,’ along with some deeper album cuts like ‘(Do Not) Stand in the Shadows’ and ‘Pumping on Steel.’
Over the course of the evening, Idol handed over the stage to Stevens, a legend in his own right, who showed why he’s one of the best and most respected rock guitarists on the planet. In addition to stepping to the forefront during select songs, Stevens was given his own solo showcase in the middle of the set, seamlessly working in Flamenco-infused fretwork with Led Zeppelin riffs.
Of course it was the hits that got the biggest reaction, as Idol peppered in classics like ‘Eyes Without a Face,’ ‘Flesh for Fantasy’ and ‘Sweet Sixteen’ into his nearly 2-hour set, which also featured the rock icon autographing fans’ vinyl albums mid-song and tossing signed drumsticks and frisbees into the crowd.
The highlight of the night came with a rousing rendition of ‘Rebel Yell’ that had everyone singing along and pumping their fists. That was followed by the two-song encore of ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Mony Mony.’
Billy Idol’s North American tour runs throughout the month of June. Click here for a full list of dates.
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