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Billy Idol At The Wiltern: Show Review

Jared Bass |
February 19, 2015 | 3:12 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

(Jared Bass/Neon Tommy)
(Jared Bass/Neon Tommy)

Two sold out nights at the Wiltern, a setlist full of more hits than imaginable and a show stopping guitar solo all proved that Billy Idol has not only managed to stay in the light over the past few decades, but also keep an engaged following.

With opener BRONCHO testing out the crowd, it became apparent that the audience had come prepared to dance. Nearly every song brought forth loud applauses and had everyone on his or her feet moving. 

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When headliner Billy Idol came out, though, the audience's cheers could not be mistaken. He has developed an intense fan base over the years and he's who they came to see. Opening with new songs from his 2014 album “Kings and Queens of the Underground,”  the number of voices singing along and the amount of participation from the audience showed that even his newer songs have reached the fans, and they have embraced them just as they embraced his biggest hits of the '70s and '80s.

Billy Idol and guitarist Steve Stevens (Jared Bass/Neon Tommy)
Billy Idol and guitarist Steve Stevens (Jared Bass/Neon Tommy)

Idol, famous for number one hits and immediately recognizable songs such as “Rebel Yell,” "Mony Mony" and “Dancing With Myself,” pulled out all the stops in his headlining show, not missing any hit from his past. Almost 60 years old, Idol does not show any signs of slowing down, with more stage presence than newer acts and vocals that are as strong as they were on the original tracks. Idol is a marvel to witness.

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However, one of the biggest surprises and one of best moments of the night was when Idol took to the side of the stage and let his guitarist, Steve Stevens, take the limelight. Over the course of more than five minutes, Stevens let loose on his guitar, even playing familiar riffs from Led Zeppelin. He had the audience mesmerized and by the end completely engaged with some of the loudest cheers of the night.

Coming out for a encore, Idol continued to play his slew of hits while also including a drum solo to build anticipation for the final number, “Mony Mony.” Nearly two hours after beginning, he had finished his set and the audience was noticeably more than satisfied with what they had witnessed. If anything was clear during the show, it was that nobody was dancing by themselves when Billy Idol took the stage.

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