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billy idol

Billy Idol may have initially made a name for himself as a young punk rocker but when the man born in Stanmore decamped to the States in the early eighties, a wild rocker was born.

Making radio friendly rebel rousing rock, becoming an actor, breaking a leg in an almost fatal bike accident and a drug overdose have all played their part in making Billy Idol a living legend.

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It's easy to believe that Billy Idol is in fact immortal. Fast approaching 60 he gets hysteric screams tonight from the females when he strips down to his leather waistcoat baring his muscular, bronzed torso before 'Flesh For Fantasy'.

After a mid paced start, including the recent single 'Can't Break Me Down', it's when Idol asks London to dance that this party really explodes into life. 'Dancing To Myself' brings everyone to their feet where they will remain throughout this enthralling gig.

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Fans listen intently as Idol tells the love story behind the writing of 'Sweet Sixteen'. The acoustic remains in place for the autobiographical title track of his new album 'Kings And Queens Of The Underground'.

Idol is not the only star of this show. With glam rocking guitarist Steve Stevens, the epitome of coolness by his side, Stevens licks really provides the gasoline for songs to speed along including the rip roaring Doors cover of 'LA Woman'.

billy idol

Billy Idol stated that this was his first ever time he had played at the legendary venue lovingly known as the Hammersmith Odeon and how Generation X used to rehearse just around the corner from here. Old Gen X favourites 'King Rocker' and 'Ready, Steady, Go' were most welcome additions.

Riding out onto a 'Blue Highway' with the fist in the air anthem 'Rebel Yell' before returning with 'White Wedding' and the Tommy James & the Shondells cover of 'Mony Mony', this was a show worth every dollar.

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