Support: The Professionals
Mr Bily 'F*cking' Idol. Saw him first supporting Bon Jovi 25 years ago (Cyberpunk era...not great) and then just three years ago at Download Festival (pretty magnificent). This though was the first time seeing his own headline show.
"Is there anyone under 40?" is the first thing we hear upon entering a packed Brixton Academy tonight (we got in at 8.30 and it was rammed...fantastic to see at the 5000 capacity venue). It is true that at 44 I am probably one of the younger people in attendance...although that is usually the case for most of the gigs I go to and is not surprising when the artist on stage is in his sixties. Indeed Billy may be 62 but there is obviously something in the Idol (well actually it's Broad) genes as his 90 year old Mum is also in the the house. Idol still looks and sings great and he really does have a hell of a stage presence and expertly orchestrates the crowd.
Bang on 9pm (love a bit of good time keeping) Idol sets the tone for the evening with a one, two of Shock to the System and Dancing With Myself. The gig whizzes by which is bloody nice as it is so hot and packed and my knee starts hurting half way through the show (man I feel old). Eyes Without A Face is at the midway point with Rebel Yell closing the main set. The encore is of course White Wedding and Mony Mony. Surely a lesson in how to put a good set list together.
There are some criticisms, the sound is not as good as I have heard at other shows here, although that may be our position at one side of the stage. Also each song is prolonged a little too much using the Whitesnake theory of stretching out every track.
It is very, very hot and sweaty in the Academy...in fact you may call it Hot In The City...you could except he didn't play that tonight (indeed looking at older set lists it appears it is not a favourite of his) however what he did play was pretty bloody good.
It helps having the legendary Steve Stevens alongside him. It would be strange if he wasn't there. They really do make a hell of a pairing...long may they continue.
Ticket: June 23rd 2018
Ticket Price: £36.50