Long ago and far far away there was a punk “power-pop” band called Generation-X. From the ashes of that British band came the solo career of Billy Idol. When he saw it was time to ready, steady, go go go … Billy did. To some, Billy Idol was just a poser in a leather frock. With his Elvis-Presley-like sneer, pumping rhythms and hand gestures to match he took America by storm with his leather gear and debut EP “Don’t Stop”. With a remake of the Tommy James and the Shondells‘ “Mony Mony” and another monster hit in “Dancing With Myself”, Billy was able to catapult himself from the smell of the rotting post-punk-band graveyard. His brand of straight up rock-power-pop-with-an-attitude won over the hearts and ears of many fans.
In 1982 he was touring behind his new self-titled album “Billy Idol’. I was able to catch him at The Fast Lane in Asbury Park, NJ. As I’ve stated before, I loved taking photos at the Fast Lane. The stage was just a few feet above ground level. It made for some up close and personal kind of photographs. And being the poser (in a good way) he and his band mates were … I got some great photographs that night … and had a LOT of fun!