Indianapolis, IN. – For over a decade now local radio station WTTS, along with local restaurant favorite Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, has hosted the Rock to Read Concert Series to raise money and awareness for children’s literacy programs for the Indianapolis Public Library. For the 3rd show of the series, WTTS DJ Matt Pelsner introduced one of rocks most iconic and enduring collaborations, Billy Idol and Steve Stevens in a rare, acoustic performance.
Two stools and a couple of mic stands were all that appeared on stage for tonight’s event. No drum riser. No fancy lights or video screens. No banners or back drops. The only thing needed for tonight’s performance were the two eighties icons themselves, Billy Idol and Steve Stevens; and as the two men walked out on stage, the crowd rose to their feet and gave them a standing ovation. The guitar tech handed Steve his Godin Acoustic-Electric guitar as Billy greeted the Indianapolis crowd. After a brief fanfare, the duo broke into “Dancing With Myself” which kicked off an almost two hour set of eighties hits, Gen X classics, along with showcasing a couple singles from Idol’s latest EP, Roadside.
Titled “Turned On, Tuned In and Unplugged”, this was the first duo show featuring Idol and Stevens (only) since 2019. And what a treat it was!! This tour is a special feature and only has 5 dates, first being Indianapolis. The other four dates include: The Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN., Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL., The Barrymore Theatre – Madison, WI., and Palace Theatre-First Avenue – St. Paul, MN.
Don’t fret if you’re unable to catch one of these special events – Billy Idol will be joining up with Journey in 2022 for an evening of rock and roll that you won’t want to miss! Make sure to click here for dates with Journey!!
Setlist: Indianapolis, IN.
- Dancing With Myself
- Catch My Fall
- Kiss Me Deadly (Generation X)
- Rita Hayworth*
- Sweet Sixteen
- Bitter Taste*
- Steve Stevens guitar solo
- Don’t Need A Gun
- Eyes Without a Face
- To Be A Lover (William Bell Cover)
- Rebel Yell
- White Wedding
- Shakin’ All Over (Johnny Kid & the Pirates Cover)
Show Date: 11/27/2021
*Billy Idol has released his first new music in 7 years with the EP, Roadside featuring new single “Bitter Taste”. Be sure to check out the official video below and give it a listen!