Billy Idol performing at the MTV 20th Anniversary party, "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal" at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on 8/1/01. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect

One of this month’s big concert highlights for April will be the return of punk pioneer Billy Idol. The show has sold out, except for some pricy reseller tickets on third party sites. Billy’s had a bunch of Q105 hits over the past 3 decades and if you’re curious which ones he’ll be doing when he comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater April 21, he’s pretty settled in on this song list for this tour. There are spoilers so if you don’t want to know, stop here!

  • Dancing With Myself

    Way to start the night off with a bang! The inspiration of this song, officially at least, is that Billy and his bassist saw some club goers at a disco watching their own reflections in a mirror instead of dancing with each other.

  • Cradle Of Love

    He ruled the 80s but Billy had some success in the 90s too.  Remember this one from the Andrew Dice Clay movie “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane?”  The music video showed movie clips but not any with Dice. Why? He had been banned from MTV.

  • Flesh for Fantasy

    An often forgotten one from 1983.  “Rebel Yell” and “Eyes Without a Face” were such megahits that this third single from the album gets overlooked.

     

  • Cage

    It’s usually the words fans dread… “Here’s some new stuff.”  If you’re only going for the 80s hits, here’s your chance to sneak out.

  • Speed

    Another one that might be unfamiliar to you, this one from the mid 90s was from the soundtrack to the Keanu Reeves movie.

  • To Be A Lover

    Originally “I Forgot To Be A Lover,” this song was actually put out back in the 60s but Billy’s cover in 1986 is why most remember “To Be A Lover.”

  • Bitter Taste

    A song Billy wrote during the pandemic about his motorcycle crash back in 1990.  The accident almost killed him.  Billy called the incident a wake up call.

  • Eyes Without a Face

    Billy says he’s always loved horror movie titles. A 60s French film and the decay he saw in New York City in the 80s is said to have inspired this song.

  • Top Gun Anthem

    With the resurgence in popularity for the movie franchise, Billy dug this one out from 1986.  It won a Grammy in 1987.

  • Mony Mony

    Another cover that Billy made just as famous, if not more so, than the original. One of the most requested songs to this day on Q105, Billy’s success with Mony Money even inspired a Weird Al parody, “Alimony.”

  • Rebel Yell

    Billy Idol says this one was inspired by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  They were all at an event and the guys from the Stones were drinking “Rebel Yell” whiskey. Billy just liked the name.  Don’t head for the exits when this one ends, there’s an encore.

  • Hot In The City

    This one had 2 music videos.  The second version was banned from MTV as his girlfriend at the time was bound to a cross.  You can see that one on his DVD “The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.”

  • Rebel Like You

    One more new song before the big finale.  This one Billy put out last year on his “Stream the Cage” EP.

  • White Wedding

    Billy had bigger hits on the charts, but this one remains his signature song.  The music video is iconic and has been featured in countless movies and video games.

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