OPINION: Can an almost 60-year-old rocker still rock hard?

Turns out the answer to that question is yes. Yes he can.

My mum has always been a huge fan of Billy Idol, so when we found out he was performing at a Day on the Green in Brisbane, we knew we had to go, travelling from Maryborough to see him live.

British singer Billy Idol performing in Amsterdam in 2014.
British singer Billy Idol performing in Amsterdam in 2014. Paul Bergen

It was a great afternoon and night of entertainment.

Aussie rock bands The Choirboys and The Angels sounded fantastic, performing their biggest hits, including Run to paradise and Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again.

Cheap Trick didn't sound at the top of their game, but were definitely at their best when performing the greatest of their hits, including Surrender and I Want You to Want Me.

Then came the big moment when Billy Idol took the stage.

It was clear Idol was having fun during his last performance in Australia, having toured the country extensively before the performance at the Mount Cotton winery on Sunday night.

He performed plenty of his well-known hits, White Wedding, Mony Mony and Rebel Yell, and a good mix of songs from his modern repertoire, including Postcards from the Past and Can't Break Me Down.

The performance of LA Woman, during which Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander were called back to the stage, was electric, with Idol changing the word LA to Brisbane to satisfy the crowd.

Idol's physique would put men half his age to shame and his voice is as strong as ever.

His communication with the crowd was fun, especially when he shared some stories behind the creation of the songs.

Guitarist Steve Stevens was in top form, with some stunning guitar solos.

And mum was in her element enjoying the show.

Let's hope it's not long before Idol returns to our shores again.

Billy Idol performing in Seattle in 2012.
Billy Idol performing in Seattle in 2012. Ted S. Warren

 



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