Review of Billy Idol & Steve Stevens Duo Tour – The Town Hall, New York City, March 28, 2019
Spencer Kauffman

Setting the Stage: An intimate evening with the legendary Billy Idol and his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens on their “Turned On, Tuned In and Unplugged” tour is pretty cool, as it is. But seeing them Wednesday night (March 28th) at Town Hall, just steps away from New York’s Times Square, gave it an Idol on Broadway vibe — a sort-of punk-rock version of the mega-successful Springsteen on Broadway run that ended this past December. Like Bruce Springsteen did during his Broadway run, Idol and Stevens were there to deliver the hits and tell the stories behind them.

Taking the Stage: With no opening act, Idol and Stevens walked out onto the stage at 8:15 p.m. and immediately blessed the audience with an acoustic take on “Dancing With Myself”, the song Idol first recorded with his punk band Generation X and then turned into a massive solo hit. Idol then recalled being at a nightclub in New York City at the time of the song’s release, and remembered everyone getting up from the bar to dance to a certain song, which turned out to be his very own “Dancing With Myself”. He also shared memories of CBGBs and the New York rock scene in the ’80s.


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