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Billy Idol Rocks The Atlantis in a Rare Intimate Performance

by Shannon Flack September 23, 2023

Billy Idol on The Atlantis' stage in Washington, DC (Shannon Flack)

On the evening of September 17, 2023, the iconic Billy Idol graced the stage at The Atlantis in Washington, DC, in a performance that will undoubtedly be etched in the memories of fans for years to come. This special event was part of The Atlantis' "44 Years, 44 Artists" campaign, and it's safe to say that Idol's electrifying performance was a standout in this celebrated series.

The anticipation in the air was palpable as the sold-out venue buzzed with excitement. This was no ordinary concert; it was a rare intimate performance by one of the most iconic rock artists of all time. Fans from all walks of life, young and old, had gathered to witness a living legend in action.

The evening began with palpable energy that never wavered throughout the night. Billy Idol, still the epitome of punk rock coolness, took the stage to thunderous applause. With his trademark sneer and platinum hair, he immediately launched into a setlist that spanned his illustrious career.


  1. "Dancing with Myself" (Generation X song)

  2. "Cradle of Love"

  3. "Flesh for Fantasy"

  4. "Cage"

  5. "To Be a Lover" (William Bell cover)

  6. "Bitter Taste"

  7. "Eyes Without a Face"

  8. Guitar Solo by Steve Stevens

  9. "Mony Mony"(Tommy James & The Shondells cover)

  10. "Running From the Ghost"

  11. "One Hundred Punks" (Generation X song)

  12. "Blue Highway" (with "Top Gun Anthem")

  13. "Rebel Yell"


  1. "Hot In the City"

  2. "White Wedding"

Billy Idol with his enthusiastic audience at The Atlantis (Shannon Flack)

The crowd erupted with every note and every lyric, singing along passionately to each song. Billy Idol's charisma and stage presence were as potent as ever, as he interacted with the audience, making everyone feel like they were part of an exclusive club.

A highlight of the evening was the collective cheer that erupted as fans young and old instantly recognized the haunting chords of "Eyes Without a Face," its recent surge in popularity on TikTok brought generations together in a harmonious dance of nostalgia and modern enthusiasm.

As the night drew to a close with the timeless classic "White Wedding," the audience's cheers and applause seemed to shake the very foundations of The Atlantis. Billy Idol had delivered a performance that transcended time, proving that his music remains as relevant and electrifying as ever.

In a world filled with larger-than-life stadium shows, Billy Idol's intimate performance at The Atlantis was a refreshing reminder of the power of live music in a more personal setting. It was a night that will forever be etched in the hearts of those fortunate enough to be in attendance—a night when the past and the present collided in a whirlwind of rock 'n' roll magic.

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