Billy Idol @ The Fast Lane 1982

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!


Joe Streno Written by:

artist . musician . photographer . apple computer consultant . health coach . residing in asbury park nj with his two cats rocky & rose & living to tell tales about it


  1. mike
    Monday / April 20, 2009

    i seen billy at the meadowbrook that year in new jersey. i,m from yonkers used to hang out with my friend larry who played bass in our band.larry knew phil feit who played bass for billy. we used to hang out with billy when he lived in sheraton sq. in manhattan.what memories to see ur pics.thanks,mike munson…

  2. Friday / February 6, 2009

    Nice photos! I was in the opening band that night, the Jetsonz. We didn’t even get to see the show this well! I think we ended up standing in the back behind the big crowd of people!

  3. Tuesday / July 8, 2008

    Fantastic pix! :)

  4. Wednesday / June 25, 2008

    Those Idol pictures are amazing! i wish i could have seen billy during the 80s but i wasnt born yet. i saw him a few years ago for devils playground and took pictures but lost the camera, stupid me. i left you pretty much the same message on the message board. but yeah, great pics! chat with me on the board some time!

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