Entries tagged with: Billy Idol
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Run the Jewels/Tame Impala/Disclosure @ ACL Fest 10/2/2015
They came onstage blaring Queen's "We Are the Champions" -- and then threw all irony out the window, by actually proving it. Run The Jewels are untouchable.The first weekend of the 2015 Austin City Limits Festival kicked off Friday (10/2) with sets from Tame Impala, Run the Jewels, Disclosure, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Gary Clark Jr., Brand New, Albert Hammond Jr, Leon Bridges and more. Lots more pictures from Day 1 are below.
Is there anyone in hip-hop with a live show this good? Actually, how about anyone in any genre? The manic energy, the must-bounce-to-it beats, the laser sharp wordplay and social commentary. Killer Mike and El-P in a class of their own.
They started with their killer track, "Run the Jewels," and the crowd lost its mind. Thousands of hands moved to the beat and the MCs went to work. - [Austin 360]
Day 2 of ACL features sets from Drake, Father John Misty, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, San Fermin and more. You can stream ACL live (via Red Bull TV) below.
photos by Rudy Rubio
Echo & the Bunnymen / Billy Idol / Taking Back Sunday
Some of the best action of the day went down on the smallest stages. I can't begrudge anyone for focusing on the big names, but I wish more folks had turned up for the ripping sets from younger acts such as Meat Wave and Joyce Manor (the latter of whom had a sizable crowd anyway). Not that the bigger bands weren't a good time too! Babes in Toyland were fierce. The Damned came out suave and cool while the sun heated things up. System of a Down instantly reminded me why I'd practically glued my copy of Toxicity to my stereo in high school. I'm most thankful for the moments when I forgot I had an agenda except to watch what was right in front of me. [Leor Galil for Chicago Reader]The 2015 Riot Fest Chicago kicked off on Friday and then continued Saturday with all of the above-mentioned artists, plus Rancid, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Drive Like Jehu, Bootsy Collins, Merle Haggard, CIV, Echo and the Bunnymen, Thurston Moore, The Dead Milkmen, Lifetime, Swervedriver, Steve Ignorant, Taking Back Sunday and so many more. Pictures of many of those and more continue below...
The 2015 Outside Lands festival is now underway in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. If you're there, make sure to come say hi to us in the Toyota Tent. If you're not, you might be interested to know you can livestream performances on three separate channels starting at 3:30pm PT (6:30pm EST) each day (Aug 7-9) at sfoutsidelands.com/.
The actual fest schedule is HERE, and the streaming schedule is below...
photo: Iggy Pop in Austin in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.
Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.
Update: Denver additions announced too.
photos by Mimi Hong
When you wait for Billy Idol to sing The Piano Man but it turns out Billy Joel sings it and you kinda cry cus he's trash— nico (@LightskinSuarez) May 31, 2015
@loveandgarbage I always had problems with Billy Idol, Billy Joel and Billy Ocean.— David Whitley (@mrdavidwhitley) May 30, 2015
Billy Idol @ Sweetlife 2015
Billy Idol and his guitarist Steve Stevens are rock gods! On May 29, 2015, they played an outdoor concert on Pier 97 in New York and it rocked so hard! I've seen Billy Idol perform a few times over the years (including earlier in 2015 at the Beacon Theatre - but there is no review because I was on a blog hiatus) and Billy Idol never disappoints.Billy Idol, not to be confused with Billy Joel (or Gene Ween), brought his tour to NYC on Friday (5/29) for a big outdoor show at JBL Life at Pier 97 with openers Cayetana, before heading to Maryland for the Sweetlife Festival. The review above is from the NYC show, which we missed, but we did catch Billy at Sweetlife. Pictures of his set, as well as Lucius' set from that festival, are in this post. Pictures of Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Sinkane and more from Sweetlife day 1 are posted here.
...Because Billy Idol's songs were played to death on the radio in the 80s, you sort of forget how great they sound when you have a concert full of people singing along to his songs and how many times, the songs lend themselves perfectly to crowd participation. For example, hearing the whole of Pier 97 shout out "FLESH! FLESH FOR FANTASY!" at every chorus during that song along with Billy gives me chills thinking about it. Or during "Rebel Yell," when the crowd shouts out "More! More! More! Woooooooowwwwww!" or during "White Wedding" when the audience sings "It's a nice day to.... STAAAAAART AGAAAAINNNNN!" is also chill inducing. During "Dancing With Myself," at every chorus, Billy Idol said "If I had a chance, I'd ask NEW YORK to dance," and if people hadn't completely lost their minds by that point in the show, that sure did it. [According 2 G]
Billy Idol and Cayetana meet again at Riot Fest Chicago.
More pictures, and Billy's setlist from the NYC show, below...
UPDATE: More artists added.
First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.
Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
photo: Cayetana at MHOW in April (more by Mimi Hong)
Billy Idol took out Broncho (who we caught again in NYC this week) on his last tour, and he'll continue to have cool younger bands open when his current tour hits NYC on May 29 at JBL Live at Pier 97. For that show, he'll have Philly indie rockers Cayetana opening, making for an awesome double bill. Tickets are still available, and we're also giving away pair. You can enter the contest below. Updated show flyer below too.
Cayetana's only other currently announced dates are this Friday (5/22) in Harrisburg, PA with Spill, and a June show in Philly with Worriers. Last year Cayetana put out their great debut album on Tiny Engines, and singer Augusta Koch recently filmed an acoustic WZBC session for opening track "Serious Things Are Stupid." Watch that below.
photo: ACL 2014 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
The Austin City Limits festival returns to Zilker Park from October 2-4 and October 9-11, and though the lineup wasn't supposed to be announced until this Tuesday, Austin 360 points out that the festival's website leaked it early. The posting was quickly taken down, but not before 365 Things Austin could screenshot it. It was accurate and the ACL 2015 includes Foo Fighters, Drake, The Strokes, The Weeknd, Disclosure, Deadmau5, Bassnectar, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Tame Impala, Sturgill Simpson, The Decemberists, Brand New, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Billy Idol, Chance the Rapper, Father John Misty, Brandon Flowers, Run the Jewels, Sylvan Esso, Kurt Vile, Waxahatchee, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse and more.
Check out the full lineup below. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (5/5) at 10 AM CDT.
The Sweetlife Festival comes to Columbia, MD's Merriweather Post Pavillion on May 30-31 with a lineup of Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Pixies, Billy Idol, Phantogram, Charli XCX, Lucius, Vic Mensa, SZA, Raury, Sinkane, San Fermin, Goldlink, Bishop Nehru and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full lineup below...
photo: Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
Outside Lands, which happens August 7-9 in San Francisco with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, D'Angelo, St. VIncent and more, announced its daily lineups today. Check those out below.
3-day passes are sold out, and single-day passes go on sale Thursday (4/2) at 10 AM PDT.
photo: Billy Idol @ Beacon Theatre in February (more by Greg Cristman)
Eighties icon Billy Idol continues to tour, and has a few US dates lined up for May, which will bring him back to NYC for a big show at JBL Live at Pier 97 on May 29. Openers have not been announced but tickets for that show are currently on Live Nation and mobile presales, and go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/27) at 11 AM.
All dates, including a stop at San Francisco's Outside Lands fest, are listed below...
Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly and Starr Hill, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, have announced [the] lineup for the eighth annual Outside Lands Festival. After four consecutive sold-out years, the world's only gourmet music festival that Rolling Stone hailed as "one of America's best," and the Huffington Post called "a well-rounded cultural event," will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 7 - 9, 2015. While the Eager Beaver on sale had the fastest sell-out in the history of the festival, a limited number of 3-Day General Admission and VIP regular tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 26th at 10am PDT via SFOutsideLands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department. The festival has given more than $10 million to the department since its inception.The full lineup for this year's fest is listed, and in Funny or Die video form, below...
Photos by Greg Cristman
Billy Idol & Steve Stevens
Billy Idol brought his current tour to NYC for a sold out show at Beacon Theater last week, and to NJ for another sold out show at Wellmont Theather the very next day. I was at the Beacon, but the pictures here are from Wellmont.
Though some of the songs are slightly slowed down, Billy's 17 song set is full of crowd pleasers with very few dull moments, thanks in part to original guitarist Steve Stevens belting out flashy solos by Billy's side. Also not dull: when some women in the front row reached up and touched Billy's privatest of parts, in clear view of everyone in the audience at Beacon Theater during "Cradle of Love" (it was a bit awkward).
Sometimes shirtless (which was not awkward at all), the 59 year old Idol ripped through favorites like "Cradle of Love", "Dancing With Myself", "Flesh for Fantasy", "Eyes Without a Face", "Rebel Yell" and "White Wedding". There were Generation X songs written in the 70s, and cuts from his October 2014 album Kings & Queens of the Underground. He also still does his Doors cover. I was hoping he didn't actually still play his 1981 Top 40 hit "Mony Mony" (a Tommy James and the Shondells cover), but he actually closed the encore with it. Maybe he feels like he has to play it, but it seemed like an unnecessary extended ending to an otherwise great show (do we really even need to hear anything else after "Rebel Yell" into "White Wedding"?). The full setlist can be perused below.
Oklahoma indie rock band Broncho somehow landed the opening spot on the ongoing tour, which was convenient because I was hoping to catch them live one of these days. They sounded good, but I got in a bit late and it was weird seeing them in a theater. They since played a rescheduled-due-to-Juno club show at Rough Trade NYC (how was that?), and have been added to all four Growlers shows at Baby's All Right, part of a bigger tour with the Growlers.
Updated tour dates are listed with the rest of the pictures from NJ (t-shirts included), below...
Oklahoma power pop band Broncho have rescheduled their Rough Trade show that got canceled on Monday due to Juno. They're coming back on February 2, and Dreamers and Heaven will open. Any tickets from Monday's show will be honored if not already refunded, and a new ticket link should be up soon.
The band is currently on a tour with Billy Idol, which hits NYC tonight (1/28) at Beacon Theatre. Sold out.
Updated dates (including a run with The Growlers whose tour includes four nights at Baby's) are listed below...
photo by Jaret Farretusco
As discussed, Oklahoma power poppers Broncho are going on tour with Billy Idol this winter on the heels of the new LP they dropped this year. Before that tour stops at NYC's Beacon Theatre on 1/28 (tickets), Broncho play a headlining show at the smaller Rough Trade on January 26. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (10/31) at noon.
All Broncho dates are listed, with the video for "Class Historian" from the new LP, below...
Billy Idol will have a busy month with a new book and album, as well as an appearance at the CBGB Festival in NYC. His new album, Kings & Queens Of The Underground, is his first studio album in nearly a decade and was produced by Trevor Horn and Greg Kurstin with guitar contributions by longtime collaborator Steve Stevens. Two songs, "Can't Break Me Down" and "Postcards from the Past," can be streamed below. The album's out October 21.
Meanwhile, Billy Idol's autobiography, Dancing With Myself, is out this week (10/7). Later this week, he'll play acoustically and participate in a Q&A as part of the CBGB Fest's keynote address happening Thursday (10/9) at CBGB Fest HQ, Center548 (548 W 22nd St) with Ex-Cops and Skins (tickets).
Then in January, Billy Idol will launch a proper tour with support from Broncho (who put out a solid album this year) that will hit NYC on January 28 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that show will go on sale Friday (10/10) at 11 AM.
All dates are listed, along with song streams, below...
Billy Idol at Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As previously discussed, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is returning to various NYC venues from October 8-12, and since we last spoke there's been some updates to the festival. We knew Billy Idol would be participating this year, and we now know that he'll be the interviewee at the keynote interview and will also perform a short acoustic set. That takes place October 9 at CBGB Fest HQ Center548 (548 W 22nd St), two days after his autobiography comes out and a couple weeks before his new album comes out. Walking Papers (featuring GNR's Duff McKagan), The Skins and Ex-Cops will also perform. Tickets for that event are on sale now.
The majority of the festival's schedule has also been posted. It includes the Muffs / Miriam / Upset show at The Bell House, Macy Gray at City Winery, and a handful of other shows. Check out the full thing here.
Daniel Lanois, who has a new album and curated the ANTI-Thesis show, is showing clips and discussing past works as part of the film portion on October 8 at Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Tickets for that are on sale now.
CBGB Fest also confirmed early on that there would be an event in Times Square again this year. Last year that was where their biggest bands played for free with the lineup and location announced really last minute due to city regulations. This year, Devo, Jane's Addiction, We Are Scientists, Robert DeLong and Surfer Blood are still without a confirmed venue with less than a month to go before the festival, so it makes sense that this year's Times Square concert will in fact be those bands. Plus Devo confirmed on Facebook that they're playing a free concert on October 12 for CBGB Fest ("exact location TBA") and MyFreeConcert is also listing those five bands as the Times Square lineup for that date.
We Are Scientists and Surfer Blood will also be touring together surrounding CBGB Fest. Those dates are all listed below...
As mentioned, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is back for a third year, going down October 8 - 12 at venues across NYC. The initial lineup for this year was just announced and includes Jane's Addiction, Devo, Billy Idol, Macy Gray, The Muffs, Upset, Duff McKagan, and more.
The film portion of the CBGB Fest includes the world premiere of Hardcore Devo Live!, Carter Family / Johnny Cash documentary The Winding Stream and a 30th Anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap (which the New York Film Fest is showing too).
Ticket info and other details are still TBA but you can check out initial lineups for both music and film below....
Hot in the city today, and this news just in. After almost 10 years, Billy Idol is back with a new album. The press release reads:
Rock icon BILLY IDOL announced today that he will release his first new album in almost a decade, this October. The album will come out on IDOL's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Trevor Horn, the new album will arrive close to the release of IDOL's highly anticipated self-written autobiography, Dancing With Myself, which as previously announced will be released in the U.S. via Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Inc., on October 7.Flesh! Currently announced tour dates are listed below...
IDOL recently launched his book campaign with a notable appearance at New York's Book Expo America and is now on the road in Europe with his band, which includes longtime collaborator and lead guitarist Steve Stevens. The current leg of Idol's tour continues until July 4 in Luxembourg.
Initial music from the new album will be released in late summer; IDOL's world tour will continue into 2015.
Doug Gillard also plays a release party for his new album, Parade On (due out 4/8 via Nine Mile), at Glasslands on April 8 with White Lighters. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Billy Idol is playing The Space at Westbury on June 1. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
The Whigs are playing Bowery Ballroom on April 24 with Nikki Lane. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Bjork / Empire of the Sun @ Bonnaroo, 6/15/2013
There's no shortage of kooky costumed folk at Bonnaroo, but it's usually the antendees who are eccentrically attired. On Saturday (6/15), though, the main stage gave them a run for their money. Ever fashion forward, Bjork wore a headdress that either made her look like a dandelion or an extra from Hellraiser. (She wore it at the Hollywood Bowl too.) Australia's Empire of the Sun was a close runner up with their over-the-top headlining set that could've been from Flash Gordon. Mumford & Sons had to cancel (replaced by shoe-phobic folkie Jack Johnson), but Saturday also main stage sets from Billy Idol, R. Kelly, Nas, Cat Power, Matt & Kim, Portugal. The Man, The Lumineers and more. Pictures from those sets are in this post.
Elsewhere at Bonnaroo on Saturday, Mac DeMarco, JEFF the Brotherhood, Lord Huron and others on the smaller stages, a live episode of Scott Aukerman's Comedy Bang Bang, and in the Cinema Tent, Police Academy's sound effects wiz Michael Winslow (who played with Animal Collective the night before) did a one man show.
weird (weird Al even) but true...
Make your Bonnaroo 2013 schedule now.
Tickets for the Joan Baez shows at Central Park Summerstage and New Jersey Performing Arts Center with Indigo Girls go on sale today at 10 AM.
Memory Tapes and Sleep Over are playing Mercury Lounge on April 14. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Billy Idol is playing The Capitol Theatre on May 31. Tickets for that show go on sale today at noon.
Tickets to see LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, De La Soul, and DJ Z-Trip at Roseland Ballroom and New Jersey Performing Arts Center go on sale today at noon.