Last we checked in with Billy Idol, almost exactly a year ago, he was declaring punk rock politically irrelevant, after himself having spent the ‘80s transforming it into arena pop for casuals, thus creating a nearly perfect irony loop. Now, he’s embarking on the penultimate stop for an aging, aesthetically irrelevant entertainer before owning an eponymous theater in Branson, MO—a residency gig in a Las Vegas hotel. Via WTOP:
The punk rocker announced Monday a new Sin City residency with 12 dates in March and May.
It will be at the House of Blues venue inside the Mandalay Bay casino-hotel.
Tickets for the “Billy Idol: Forever” show go on sale this week and start at about $80, plus fees.
This makes Idol the first figure associated with punk to join the rarefied company of Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Liberace, Donnie & Marie, and Elvis by God Presley. We can think of no one more fitting to break that seal. Here he is in headier days, fronting Generation X, on T. Rex singer Marc Bolan’s short-lived ITV series Marc, the run of which was cut short when Bolan died in an auto accident. Had he lived, HIS Vegas show I’d love to have seen.
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Billy Idol says punk ‘didn’t make a dent in the political system’
Holiday music from Hell: Billy Idol sings ‘White Christmas’