That time Steve Stevens told me that he thought Sweet’s “Action” was a Queen song

By Steve Newton I was a pretty big Billy Idol fan back in the '80s, around the Rebel Yell period, but my attraction to his music had as much to do with his guitarist and cosongwriter as the sneering blonde rocker himself. I thought Steve Stevens was a wicked picker who had his own unique … Continue reading That time Steve Stevens told me that he thought Sweet’s “Action” was a Queen song

’80s rockers Europe and Billy Idol shill for Geico and Bank of America

By Steve Newton Da-da-da-daaa. Da-da-da-da-daaaa. The opening notes of Europe's huge 1986 hit "The Final Countdown" are ingrained in a lot of people's minds--I usually think of how Gob used it in his failed magic act for Arrested Development--and now Geico has copped it for its "It's What You Do" advertising campaign. In the 30-second … Continue reading ’80s rockers Europe and Billy Idol shill for Geico and Bank of America

Billy Idol says he can get around the censorship on MTV because he’s “not black, for starters”

By Steve Newton On March 29, 1984, Billy Idol played the University of British Columbia's War Memorial Gym. The 28-year-old Brit was touring behind his second solo album, Rebel Yell, which boasted the hit singles "Eyes Without a Face", "Flesh for Fantasy", "Catch My Fall", and the title track. His videos were getting a shitload of … Continue reading Billy Idol says he can get around the censorship on MTV because he’s “not black, for starters”

That time Billy Idol told me “I don’t sign autographs! I’m no fucking star!”

By Steve Newton There's a bit of an interesting story behind this picture, another one taken by the awesome Bev Davies. I'd interviewed Billy Idol on the phone then gone to see him play UBC's War Memorial Gym on the Rebel Yell Tour. I was hanging out backstage with a gaggle of fans way more … Continue reading That time Billy Idol told me “I don’t sign autographs! I’m no fucking star!”