Billy Idol

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Billy is Back: 80's idol is back to entertain another new generation of rockers
Venue/Date: Bank of America Pavilion (Boston, MA)
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May 20th, 2005
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Idol leaves crowd wanting more, more, more

By Bill Brotherton
Sunday, May 22, 2005

Every year, some vintage rocker revives a dormant career and reaches unheard of levels of success. Poised to be 2005's comeback kid: Billy Idol.

And what a comeback it'll be. The 49-year-old father of two has survived a couple of drug overdoses, a horrific motorbike crash and, from the look of things, more plastic surgery than the terrifying Janice Dickinson.

Idol is back, touring behind the new ``Devil's Playground.'' He'll also be doing selected dates on the Vans Warped Tour this summer, introducing him to another generation of rock fans.

Yes, it's a nice day to start again!

Friday night, kicking off the season at the Bank of America Pavilion on Boston's waterfront, Idol and a crackerjack band, which includes longtime sidekick Steve Stevens on guitar, delivered nearly 2 hours of big, fun, dumb-ass '80s bubblegum punk 'n' rock.

Idol gave the people what they wanted. All the old hits were performed: ``Dancing With Myself,'' ``White Wedding,'' ``Eyes Without a Face,'' ``Flesh For Fantasy'' and a jacked-up ribald ``Mony, Mony.'' There were classic-rock covers of songs by The Who, Van Halen, Elvis and The Doors (``L.A. Woman'' had moved to Boston). And if there's a more sublime concert-going moment this summer than Idol and band's scorching ``Rebel Yell,'' I hope I see it.

Idol worship began in the '80s, when his videos were omnipresent. He hasn't changed much: That bleached-blond spiky hair remains, as does the cartoonish pout, the snarl and the metal-clad leather ensemble. He wags his tongue like Gene Simmons on steroids and his eyes bug out wider than those of runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks. .
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