Billy Idol – The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)

Photo by Derek Meade
Photo by Derek Meade

Generation X and Generation Y are coming together like chromosomes for the re-birth of touring 80’s music video icon Billy Idol and Westchester’s revitalized Capitol Theatre was the perfect setting for a rebirth-day bash.  Both the theatre and Idol are well-invested in preserving what was and rekindling the rock and roll spark that gave rise to their respective legends.  At 57, Idol, the former quasi-punk “Generation X” front man, appeared triumphant in newly tailored leather togs with his world-famous bleached hair gelled, intact and fully erect – and the sold out crowd of Gen X’ers and Millennials reacted like 1980’s teens discovering MTV.  The tour re-unites Idol with former collaborator and legendary guitar shredder Steve Stevens, and their chemistry hasn’t fizzled.  Joined by guitarist Billy Morrison and keyboardist Derek Sherinian and propelled by Erik Eldenius’ whip-cracking beats and Stephen McGrath’s brass=knuckled bass, the band ripped through all the enduring Idol fan favorites – including his LA Woman homage to The Doors and decadence – and the house seemed to glow red in response.  And when it ended with Tommy James’ “Mony Mony” (or was it “Money Money”?), you guessed it, with a Rebel Yell, they cried “MORE! MORE! MORE!”

– Derek Meade

 

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