Rock legend Billy Idol to perform at The Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
MTV paved the way for many artists in the early ‘80s and there is no arguing that the television format of heavily rotated music videos helped launch the career of rocker Billy Idol. Mixing his bad-boy good looks with an appealing blend of pop sounds and punk attitude, Idol quickly hit the top of the charts.
Idol was first on the scene as the front man of Generation X in 1976. The group released a self-titled debut in 1978 and in 1979 quickly followed up with Valley of the Dolls and eventually their final release before splitting up 1981’s Kiss Me Deadly.
Idol then pursued a career as a solo artist, and released the EP Don’t Stop in 1981 which was comprised of a cover of Tommy James’ ’60s hit “Mony Mony” and a pair of remixed Generation X tracks. Idol issued a self-titled full length in 1982 which included heavily rotated music videos for the tracks “White Wedding” and “Dancing With Myself” – the latter a remake of a Generation X composition. The debut set the stage for Idol’s commercial breakthrough, 1984’s Rebel Yell.
Rebel Yell became Idol’s best-selling album of his career, eventually going double platinum and spawning MTV/radio hits “Eyes Without a Face” and “Flesh for Fantasy.” 1987’s Whiplash Smile was another sizeable hit with songs “To Be a Lover” and “Sweet Sixteen.” An eight-track best-of set, Vital Idol, was issued later that same year and MTV’s most heavily played video that year was a live version of the previously recorded cover of “Mony Mony” which was part of Vital Idol.
Idol’s fourth studio release, 1990’s Charmed Life, included “Cradle of Love” and the album was Idol’s fourth consecutive release to reach platinum sales.
1993’s Cyberpunk was poorly received as Idol changed his image and his sound. A VH1: Behind the Music special and Storytellers performance followed and in 2005 Idol released his first studio album since Cyberpunk, Devil’s Playground.
This event is presented by Andrew Hewitt and Live Nation. The Pearl Box Office is open from noon – 7:00 p.m. daily. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and show time is 8:00 p.m. The Pearl is sponsored by Citi; for more information on upcoming concerts, please call 702-942-6888.