Billy Idol In Vegas 9/19/18

Billy Idol will be returning to Las Vegas for two, five-night residencies at The Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in January and October 2019. Idol spoke with USA Today and said that he and Vegas make for a good fit:  “It’s a fun place to be really, you can have a lot of fun in Vegas. It’s just nice for us after we’ve been traveling around for a really long time, and I’ve been doing this — it’s my 42nd year; it’ll be my 43rd year next year. The great thing is, we’ve really started to look back to our old catalog and really mix some songs that we don’t normally play.”

He went on to say, “The people who come to the residency who will get, like, the greatest hits, but (you’ll) also get two or three songs we don’t usually play, like ‘Catch My Fall’ or ‘Daytime Drama’ or ‘Pumping On Steel.’ They’re deep cuts from the album that we don’t always play. I think that makes it kind of exciting for fans who have seen it before, (but) you still get the really big songs, ‘Eyes Without A Face,’ ‘Rebel Yell,’ ‘White Wedding’ — you get it all. We’ve somehow managed to do it all.”

Idol shed light on his plans when his current dates wrap next month: “When we get back off this tour, we will start doing some work at home and start up demoing up some songs and things for the new album and probably recording an EP or something. I think we might try something like that this time. We have a lot of sort of irons in the fire, and that’s a lot of fun, with this residency in Vegas and this album, and there’s also a Generation X re-release coming up around Christmastime. So I’ve got a lot of stuff coming out this fall and winter.”

Although Billy Idol came perilously close to ending his life a quarter century ago due to alcohol and substance abuse, he admits that although not exactly clean and sober, he’s left his self-destructive habits far in the past: [“I’m not sober, I mean, I don’t. . . I have to sort of say to myself, ‘Yeah, you can do everything, man, but I’m not doing it.’ If I say to myself, ‘I’m never doing anything ever again’ — I’ll immediately go and do it. That’s what I’m like. So, I have to sort of say, ‘No, man, you can do (laughs) whatever you want’ — but there’s a side of me saying, ‘. . . but we’re not going to.’ I like smoking pot. I still smoke tons of pot, and so. . .  I don’t do coke or heroin or anything like that. I like to drink with a meal at a restaurant, y’know? But nothing else.”] SOUNDCUE (30 OC: . . .  But nothing else)

  • UPDATED: Billy Idol tour dates (subject to change):
    September 21 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
    September 22 – Catoosa, OK – The Joint at Hard Rock Casino / Tulsa
    September 25 – San Antonio, TX – H-E-B Performance Hall At The Tobin Center
    October 5, 6 – San Bernardino, CA – “Cal Jam” Glen Helen Regional Park
    January 18, 19, 23, 26, 26 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort
    October 4, 5, 9, 11, 12 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort

SIDE NOTES

  • Coming on September 28th is a drastically reinvented version of Billy Idol’s mid-’80s Vital Idol album. The set, which saw release in the UK in 1985 and the States two years later, is best known in the U.S. for featuring his chart-topping cover of Tommy James & The Shondell‘s “Mony Mony.”
  • Ultimate Classic Rock posted about the new set: “(Idol has) changed around the track listing. There’s no ‘Love Calling,’ and ‘Mony Mony’ is available only as a digital bonus track in a new version by Idol and longtime collaborator Steve Stevens. Those tracks have been replaced by a Moby remix of ‘(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows,’ Paul Oakenfold‘s take on ‘One Breath Away,’ Tropkillaz‘s reworking of ‘Eyes Without A Face’ and Shiba San‘s remix of ‘Don’t Need A Gun.’ Another bonus track, the Lost Dog remix of ‘Save Me Now,’ was created by a team that includes Idol’s son Willem Wolfe.