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June 5, 2013

Billy Idol opens Artpark's Tuesday series with serious swagger


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Nonetheless, what makes the show work is the fact that Idol has somehow managed to avoid the pitfall many of his contemporizes suffer from, he is not a parody of his younger days. Quite the contrary in fact, both he and Steven can sport the rocker hairdo and rocker outfits and still look cool, how they pull it off is somewhat of an enigma, but they certainly do.

Idol has also crafted a set that has great peaks and valleys. The middle of it featured slower songs like “Sweet 16” and “Eyes Without a Face.” They were followed with a mid-tempo version of the Doors classic “L.A Woman,” which Idol changed to “Lewiston Woman” in honor of the venue. (few artists actually acknowledge they are in the town of Lewiston so it was a nice touch).

The regular set ended with a stellar version of “Rebel Yell,“ after which Idol came out onstage with Stevens and the two of them played an acoustic intro to “White Wedding,” before the rest of the band came out and finished it off.

The evening closed with “Mony Mony,” which sent the crowd into the stratosphere. Idol’s live version packed a bigger punch than the recorded version and truly ended the evening on a high note.




Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night and Day.

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