August 24, 2010
The Palladium Ballroom
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Tim Taylor
No New Record, Blazing Into Dallas
With no new record or single to promote, Billy Idol came blazing into Dallas' Palladium Ballroom during one of the hottest weeks on record, proving to a packed house that his brand of energetic, punk-laden, fist-pumping rock anthems can still rock our faces off. The ex-Generation X frontman launched into 1978's "Ready Steady Go", then immediately into "Dancin' With Myself", which prompted all of the cougars in attendance to show off their best dance moves from the early 80's. After that, the focus seemed to shift towards the outstanding musicians in Billy's band. Drummer Jeremy Colson pounded his way through the invigorating "Scream" from 2005's Devil's Playground, while ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and the incomparable guitar genius Steve Stevens stole the show during "Flesh For Fantasy" and "Eyes Without A Face", both from the Rebel Yell album.
It was impossible to take your eyes off of Stevens for the remainder of the show, as his solos and riffs are what made songs like "White Wedding" and "Rebel Yell" great to begin with. Idol had to do everything he could to recapture everyone's attention by ripping through a couple more Generation X tunes and solo hits, then finally closing the show with Tommy James' "Mony Mony". Billy Idol is still a blast to watch on stage, but his band really made this performance special. I hope he's smart enough to never part with Steve Stevens again!