Billy Idol performs at the Roman Arenas
Before the Bucharest concert, the artist
prepared his fans for a true rock’n’ roll
published in issue 3718 page 16 at
Bucharest - Beginning with 8 o’clock,
Billy Idol fans will have the unique opportunity
to watch one of the biggest rock artists of the
last 30 years. Idol will be promoting in
Bucharest his latest album, “Devil’s
Playground.” The Event’s organizers have
announced the 4,000 tickets have all been sold
out, a supplement of about 1,000 is to be sold
today at the last minute for prices ranging
between RON 150 and 200 for the VIP seat area.
They can be found online at www.rol.ro and at
the Roman Arennas box-office.
For tonight’s concert, Billy Idol will be
accompanied by well known guitar player Steve
Stevens, who has been worked with him for 24
years. In the concert’s opening, the punk-rock
group Zob will perform.
Idol did not hold a press conference before
tonight’s event but he spoke to radio Europa
FM in a live broadcast saying “ I consider
myself a second age young man, at 50, I have
been through a lot, but my rock’n roll
appetite hasn’t left me,” adding that “I
hope the Bucharest concert will be just
fabulous.” Along with Duran Duran, Billy Idol
is one the first pop/rock artists to achieve
massive success in the early ‘80s .After only
a year at Sussex University, William Michael
Albert Broad (Billy Idol) becomes part of a
group of teen punk rockers who befriended and
followed the Sex Pistols, known as “the
Bromley Contingent.” It wasn’t long before
Broad realized that he too could be the front
man of a punk band, and assumed the name Billy
Idol shortly thereafter.
It wasn’t long before Broad realized that he
too could be the front man of a punk band, and
assumed the name Billy Idol shortly thereafter.
After a quick time as a guitar player in a group
called Chelsea, Idol picks up the microphone,
and forms Generation X in 1976.
Disappointed by Generation X’s demise, Idol
relocated to New York City, where he pursued a
career as a solo artist.
In July, 1982, he issues a self-titled debut: a
pair of eye-catching videos for the tracks
“White Wedding” and “Dancing with
Myself” scored major air time on MTV, with
both clips focusing in on Idol’s spiky,
peroxide blonde hair and Elvis-like sneer. The
debut eventually obtained gold certification,
and set the stage perfectly for Idol’s big
commercial breakthrough, 1984’s Rebel Yell
(double platinum, best-selling album of his
After taking himself out of the music business
“to regenerate, get free of myself and make an
album for the right reasons,” Billy Idol has
completed his first album featuring new songs in
over 10 years, DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND.
“Enough!” he says, “2005 is the time for
an original punk rocker to show his stuff.”