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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.
Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.
Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.
There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...
"Modest Mouse without a cloud in the sky!" -rojacaliente
"If this were Make A Wish and you were going to die in 20 min, just long enough to play Freebird, we wouldnt play it -Modest Mouse" -georgeferris
"Modest Mouse is testing my love for them by keeping the kid awake with their heavy bass and drumming two blocks away. /fistshaking" -woolyknickers
This time, the opener was the Americana singer/songwriter Marcellus Hall and his backing band. The pairing was a bit odd. Modest Mouse prompted people to shout along to every song and to rush the stage. Marcellus Hall's performance had people turning around to admire the setting sun over the Manhattan skyline and leaving polite pockets of space throughout the crowd.
After Marcellus Hall's relatively short set, the anticipation for the headliners steadily grew, but more than thirty minutes passed before they marched on stage. As if making up for their severely truncated show last July, Modest Mouse then played a lengthy set - nearly 2 hours long when you factor in the encore.
"Welcome back!" Isaac Brock said by way of introduction. They kicked off the show with "Gravity Rides Everything." Taking no time to get into the show, the crowd enthusiastically sang along from the opening verse. (fittingly, the song contains the line, "Everything will fall right into place.") Isaac Brock hardly talked between songs. He didn't need to. The audience was wholly engaged. Each song was met by cheers and triumphantly extended fists. After all, for many of the people present, this was take two.
From "Cowboy Dan" to "Autumn Beds," the band pulled songs from throughout their career and readily switched between the more raucous and reserved. The pump organ, banjo, glockenspiel, accordion, and trumpet made regular guest appearances that nicely punctuated the set and revealed the surprisingly decent sound quality. The stage lights - which were absent during opening set - certainly helped to set the mood for Modest Mouse.
The band closed their initial set with "The View," leaving the audience with the soothing sound of electronic crickets to underlie their cries for more. After an unusually long wait (10 minutes), they returned for another five(ish) songs before finally concluding just short of 10:00, saying, "Thank you all very much. Have a good night" and delivering a PSA discouraging "driving while drinking and drinking while driving." Luckily, Brock didn't say anything about smoking and riding the subway.
Isaac Brock and gang have one set of shows left on their calendar, on October 23rd and 24th at Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View, CA as part of the annual Bridge School Benefit. The band will join a reformed Buffalo Springfield. Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, T-Bone Burnett's Speaking Clock Revue (with Elton John & Leon Russell, Elvis Costello, Ralph Stanley, Neko Case and Jeff Bridges, they play NYC on 10/20), and Grizzly Bear among others.
The Bridge School Benefit lineup by day, more Waterfront pics and the Modest Mouse setlist is below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Billy Idol band 2010
Billy Idol will be taking on a fairly massive world tour this summer and into the fall. He goes across Russia and Europe in June and July before playing North America shows in August and September. Billy will be at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, September 15th. Tickets are on sale.
Two days later (9/17) he plays House of Blues in Atlantic City (tickets TBA). For all the upcoming dates, he'll have some new band members in tow.
In addition to his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, Stephen McGrath on bass and Derek Sherinian on keyboards, Billy Idol will be joined this year by acclaimed guitarist Billy Morrison and drummer Jeremy Colson. Morrison, one of the founders of Camp Freddy and front man for Circus Diablo, has previously played in The Cult, Stimulator, Doheny and Into a Circle, while Colson (Morrison's collaborator in Circus Diablo) is known for his work with Steve Vai, with whom he's worked since 2002.How will the show be? If the live video of "White Wedding" posted below is any indication, Billy's voice has taken some hits over the years (and the 'lounge' version of "Rebel Yell" will hopefully stay retired). The full band rendition of "Rebel Yell" fares quite a bit better though. Those videos and all tour dates are below...
the view from the Bonnaroo ferris wheel - June 12, 2008 (cred)
Not mainstream (not even 80's) (they broke up in '79): Teenage Jesus & The Jerks are playing their reunion shows tonight.
The Fratellis play Webster Hall in NYC tonight (June 13). They also play a free show at the Virgin Megastore in Union Square at 12:30 pm THIS AFTERNOON. You might have already seen that listed on the free events calendar.
Also on the free events calendar: where to get free Trojan condoms in NYC until 2pm today, where in Brooklyn you'll find a Pride festival tomorrow, and what free shows are happening at BAM this weekend.
I thought it would be a good game to try and see every single concert that brings me back to the 80's this summer. I already failed by missing Duran Duran at Summerstage, and the Cyndi Lauper shows at Jones Beach and Radio City, and I'll probably continue to fail by not actually going to most of these: George Michael, Boy George, Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann, New Kids on the Block, Yaz, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and The Human League. I did sorta go see Madonna though, but that doesn't count because she only played newer songs.
I knew something besides Michael Jackson was missing from my list though, but not anymore. Billy Idol is playing Hammerstein Ballroom on August 26th and 27th. Tickets go on sale (for one of them at least) Friday @ 10am. All tour dates below....