Billy Idol delivers a powerful and high energy performance at Nashvilleâ€™s legendary Ryman Auditorium with The London Souls
Itâ€™s been almost a decade since Billy Idolâ€™s last studio album but 2014â€™s release of Kings and Queens of the Underground might be one of his best. Billy along with longtime guitarist, collaborator and friend Steve Stevens have been on an extensive European and North American Â tour in support of the album much to the delight of his huge fan base and the Sold Out Ryman Auditorium crowd.
As the Ryman house lights fall a loud cheer fills the room and everyone is immediately up and on their feet, Billy runs out, stands on top of the monitor risers and launches into his opening song â€œpostcards from the pastâ€ from their new album. Without pausing Billy rolls into 80â€™s favorite â€œcradle of Loveâ€ and another new song â€œCanâ€™t break me downâ€ and Bang, Bang, Bang the show is off to a rocket-fast start
The evenings set included a little something for ardent long time Billy Idol fans as well as newer fans as they performed a couple of Generation X songs â€œDancing with Myselfâ€ and â€œReady Steady Goâ€, a couple more new songs from Kings and Queens of the Underground Â including the awesome single â€œSave Me Nowâ€ and â€œWhiskey and Pillsâ€ and hit songs from the Rebel Yell album â€œFlesh for Fantasy,â€ â€œEyes Without a Faceâ€ and â€œBlue Highwayâ€.Â Billy, Steve, and the group seemed to really be having a great time on stage as there were smiles and numerous fist pumps. The crowd was also really into the performance, pouring out energy, dancing and singing along with most of the songs.
Throughout the evening Billy was tossing items into the crowd including autographed plates with stickers, autographed drumsticks, numerous signed set lists even the signed shirt off of his back after he performed â€œWhiskey and Pillsâ€. Steveâ€™s guitar solo also deserves a mention as a memorable moment of the evening with flavors of â€œRoundaboutâ€ (his longtime tribute to friend and Yes guitarist Chris Squire) and â€œStairway to Heavenâ€ mixed in.
Billy Idol closed out the main set with the ever popular rock anthem â€œRebel Yellâ€. In the middle of the song Billy was slowly moving across the stage egging the crowd to join him in the chant â€œDo you feel Alright, I feel Alright, Do you feel Alrightâ€. It was a great show moment!
Before launching into the shows two encore songs Billy takes a moment to thank everyone in attendance for â€œmaking his life so fâ€™n greatâ€ also thanking Steve for also “making his life so greatâ€ as well. With just the two of them now on stage, Steve plays the first chords of â€œWhite Weddingâ€ and the crowd goes crazy. Itâ€™s a special moment, Steve and Billy continue to play and sing more than half of the song before the rest of the band joins in.
Billy finished off the evening with the Tommy James and the Shondels cover of â€œMony Monyâ€ capping off an outstanding and memorable evening of rock in classic Billy Idol Fashion!
With the house Lights up Billy introduced the other members of the band before high-fiving those at the front of the stage and signing a few of the posters and album covers that were handed to him. Touring with Billy Idol and Steve Stevens are Stephen McGrath â€“ bass, Billy Morrison â€“ rhythm guitar, Erik Eldenius â€“ drums and Paul Trudeau â€“ keyboards.
Opening the evening was New York City-based The London Souls. This Duet of Tash and Chris performed a 30 minute set of classic hard-hitting high energy rock and roll with powerful drums and wild guitars that started the evening on the right foot.
The London Souls
The Ryman Auditorium