Billy Idol 2013 – Concert shoot

Last night Billy Idol kicked off his 2013 tour with a show at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA and I was there. I have been able to photograph Billy and his band for a few years now and its always a great show. The band puts everything into entertaining the audience. There is no “just going through the motions” with these guys. Every night is THE show. Now, there are some downside to shooting the same band a lot, and for me, it’s finding the “new” shot. The image that I don’t already have. Problem is that the venue is really not very photographer friendly. There is no photo pit and they ask the photographers to stay to the sides. Challenges just make it all more interesting, right?

Billy Idol performs on May 24, 2013 during their 2103 Tour at Pechanga Resort in Temecula,  California

So I shot from the sides, mostly across the center. This made it easy to get Billy Idol, but much tougher to get anyone else. Luckily I was allowed to shoot all night, so I went further back and shot over the heads of the audience. This allowed me to not only get photos of the rest of the band but of the whole band.

Billy Idol / 2013

It was great to see these guys perform again. The show is really solid with a mix of the classic Billy Idol songs plus a new one or two mixed in. The band consists of Billy Idol, Steve Stevens (lead guitar), Billy Morrison (rhythm guitar), Derek Sherinian (keys), Erik Eldenius (drums), and Evil McG (bass).

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

My friend Charles is the tour photographer for Billy Idol. So last night was a great opportunity for us to catch up. It was great to see him before the show and to catch him working during the show. He is off to the right in the following photo, which is the reason that Billy Morrison is off looking that way.

Billy Idol / 2013

You can check Charles Jischke fantastic concert shots on his website HERE.

Here are a few more of my favorites from the evening.

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

Billy Idol / 2013

All images taken with a Nikon D4 and Nikon D700 with the 70-200mm f/2.8 and the 24-70mm f/2.8

4 Comments

  1. First, I’ve been shooting bands since 1974 – working for papers, promoters n bands. Your shots are major great. Good glass n timing. I haven’t put out any of my stuff because I’m scanning – copyrights and then books. How do you deal with copyrights?

  2. Shooting a Billy Idol concert is definitely on my bucket list. Absolutely amazing stuff, Alan!! I’m especially blown away by the B&W Billy shot!

  3. Are you going to be posting any pics from the 6/14 show @ the shoe in Cincinnati ?

    • sorry… didn’t shoot that one

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