A Hot Date With Billy Idol

Greetings sports fans and let me be the first, and only one to extend to you a very warm welcome to yet another unpredictable edition of Vegas Valley Sports Beat. That exciting roller coaster ride through the wide world of Gonzo Journalism you always wanted to take but were afraid to write.

It’s another red-letter day for kite salesmen today as the stiff swirling winds continue to howl across the lovely Las Vegas Valley region. On the bright side, it blows all of the smog and other air pollutants away from the city as we begin to crawl back out of our hidey-holes/Covid-19 panic shelters and stumble back into the light of day blinking and blinded to face the glaring truth. We’ve all been played for fools.

But I digress.

One thing I truly love is music. Any music is good for me but I especially love live music. I’ve attended no less than 70 concerts and now I am pleased to be adding the legendary rock monster, Billy Idol, to the list of accomplished musicians I’ve had the privilege to catch live onstage such as Lynard Skynard, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones x2,  Pink Floyd, The Who, and Merle Haggard. Not necessarily in that order but that’s actually pretty close to it. Merle was the last concert I attended and I took my Mom with me. She was in a lot of pain then but she made it through the show and it was magnificent. But I digress, again.

Last week I was looking through the offerings on Ticketmaster’s website to see who was going to be coming to Las Vegas if anyone. The last time I looked even Carrot Top had left town. The offerings were still sparse but new shows are being scheduled every day now at venues all over Las Vegas.  I for one scored my me a ticket to see Billy Idol on Saturday, October 16th at The Chelsea inside of The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino. The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary according to where you are seated within the venue and who you purchase them from. I opted for the standing room ticket because after more than 70 concerts it really doesn’t matter to me where I am as long as I am there and can hear the music. I also like the notion of a mosh pit in the back. Just saying.

The last time I saw Bily Idol was in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Gardens arena when he appeared as a bellhop in The Who’s Quadrophenia concert. Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr’s son was playing the drums. Billy Idol came out on stage stumbling and bumbling about trying to carry some luggage and he stumbled past Roger Daltry Roger kicked Billy Idol in the seat of his pants sending him across the stage trying to catch his balance before he fell on his face. Happily, for Billy, he did not fall on his face.

It’ll surely be a great concert and a good time for all. At the ripe old age of 65, Billy Idol’s only 7 years older than I am so it just goes to show you’re never too old to or for rock and roll.

I’ve never been to the Cosmo so it’ll be cool to check it out and see the sights inside for the first time and to check out The Chelsea. If you are unable to attend on the opening night of Billy’s upcoming four-day residency at The Chelsea in the Cosmo, no worries. There are plenty more chances where that came from. Be there or be square dancing with yourself.