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Review: Billy Idol fills Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall with raging hits, roaring antics and more, more more

Billy Idol performs at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 18, 2013.

Douglas R. Clifford

Billy Idol performs at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on June 18, 2013.



Billy Idol may not make the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anytime soon, but the pop-punk icon's many big, ballsy '80s hits -- Dancing With Myself, Rebel Yell, White Wedding and more -- are still enough to draw a big crowd, like the one that came to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater Tuesday night. Sean Daly was there, and he writes:

Two hours is a tad long for an Idol set, even a fun nostalgic one. Truth be told, his songbook is good for about 80 awesome minutes. But despite the dull parts, the famously bleached-blond growler had a couple of things working for him.

First of all, Idol's voice still sounds fantastic and he looks even better. No, really, the guy is RIPPED.He spent only two songs, Generation X openers Ready Steady Go and Dancing With Myself, fully dressed (all black leather and denim, natch).

The guy couldn't wait to show off his sweat-slick abs, and who could blame him? He remains a grinning, bad-boy sex symbol, and the ladies in the graying, game crowd of 2,180 couldn't get enough.

For Sean's full Billy Idol review, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:57am]


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