Billy Idol was the punk pin up who packed a punch with the vastly underrated but overtly entertaining Generation X. After a brief spell in Chelsea, Idol went on to front Generation X (Gen X) from 1976 until 1981 before he moved on to score global glory as a solo star. Generation X were a potent power pop product who scored several hits; and, this blistering band are best explored as a studio and stage entity via colossal BBC led compilations such as Radio 1 Sessions and Live at the Paris Theatre ’78 and 81’.
For the hard core following Idol peaked in those early years but in his own right he crossed over to America and a new 80’s dance-punk-metal-electro hybrid added to some eye catching videos led to monumental commercial success for the man who was born William Broad.
Billy has a catalogue of solo hits that have scored him global success but his Stateside status has had him regularly take to the stage across The Atlantic over the years as well as visiting other outposts. However, the UK are to be spoiled in 2022 with dates that include Cardiff and with American icons The Go-Go’s on board it is a double delight of musical magic.
It is the evening of Sunday, June 19 for a capital city of Wales date and a delirious dose of Rebel Yell! This is a rare chance to witness a real pop Idol on his 2022 ‘Roadside’ schedule plus an equally obscure opportunity to catch the celebrated support. Billy promotes an EP of the same name as the tour. For ticket details, go to: ticketmaster.co.uk