Billy Idol

Music, Rock and indie
Profile of punk rocker Billy Idol.
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Time Out says

The blonde-tipped punk-rock rebel is coming to serenade Sydney with all his impassioned, husky hits

The not at all idle Billy Idol will be firing up stages at a series of headline shows around Australia. We saw Idol bring his four decades of experience (yep, rock’n’roll’s loveable scamp is 63 years old) to the country in 2015, but it seems Australian fans have cried ‘more, more, more’, and since first class passengers (aka Idol fans) get pretty much whatever they want, he’ll be performing in Sydney on February 1, 2020.

Long time devotees will be gunning to hear tracks from the good old days like ‘Dancing With Myself’, which was originally released with Idol’s punk group Gen X and re-released by Idol with wider success in ’81, alongside the scream-along ‘White Wedding’. Idol’s recognisable brand of rebellious rock is heard all the way through to his eighth studio album Kings & Queens of the Underground, and we’ll be listening out for get-up-and-dance 2014 tracks like ‘Can’t Break Me Down’ and ‘Save Me Now’.

Idol’s full band, including long-time collaborator and guitar wizard Steve Stevens, will again be joining him for the Australian shows, and they’ve invited Melbourne rockers the Delta Riggs and grungy punk artists the Kids to the Sydney show. 

Presale tickets to the Hordern Pavilion gig are available from August 13, and the general populous can snatch up the remainder from the 16th.

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