Billy Idol brought his latest show to Southern California last night for the first of two shows at the Pechanga Hotel and Casino. I was lucky enough to be allowed to photograph the show. Now this was not the first time I have shot Billy and Steve but it has been two years since the the House of Billy run at the House of Blues in Los Angeles in 2008. Some of the band members have changed and there are a couple of new songs in the rotation, but the show is what you would expect. A full blown Rock and Roll show with great guitar leads, blistering drum solos and a man who can still belt out songs like Rebel Yell, white Wedding and Mony Mony like it was the mid 80’s, not 2010.
In 2008 I was fortunate to shoot the opening night of the Idolize tour and was subsequently contacted by Steve Stevens who really enjoyed my images. We struck up a friendship and since then I have been looking for another opportunity to photograph him playing. He is an amazing guitarist and just screams Rock’nRoll. Fopr the current Billy Idol tour they are joined by Stephen Mcgrath on bass, Billy Morrison on guitar, Jeremy Colson on Drums and Derek Sherinian on keys.
I used two cameras for the shoot, a Nikon D700 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and a Nikon D2x with a 35mm f/2.0 lens.