Billy Idol, revered rock god, is currently on a rare tour to the UK and last night we were lucky enough to see him perform in Manchester’s O2 Apollo.
We actually saw him around nine years ago (although I can’t believe it has been that long) at Nottingham Rock City. He was amazeballs! His show started promptly at 8pm (we actually missed the first couple of songs as rocked up late! White Wedding – sob!) and did a full 2 hour + set. Rock City is, in the grand scheme of things, quite a small venue so the atmosphere was brilliant and he proved that he could still show the young pups of today what rock and roll is really all about! This was obviously in the days before social media exploded and camera phones were the norm so I don’t think I have any photos of the night (although I actually think I did take some!).
Anyway, last night the venue was considerably larger but still had a fabulous atmosphere. He kicked off the show around 9pm and strolled off about 11 after belting out a few songs from his new album as well as the old favorites – Rebel Yell, Sweet 16, White Wedding, Mony Mony (but no Hot in the City but he did that at Rock City so I will forgive him).
I kind of wish we had got closer to the stage for a better view (these photos are rubbish as just taken on my phone and we could actually see a but more detail) but it was quite tricky to push through the crowds too far and the Apollo does have a really cool raised flooring bit so you still feel like you are close when you are pretty much at the back!
Anyway I can’t believe he is nearly 59 as he looks awesome for it. We did discuss if surgery was possibly involved on the face (can you actually have 6 pack surgery!?) but who cares no one else can carry it off quite like Sir Billy!
Can’t wait for next time (hope it isn’t another 9 years!).
Tentatively linking up with The Gallery where the theme this week is Yellow, because Billy Idol has yellow hair (sort of)!