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Thursday 20 October 2022.

A great triple bill of BILLY IDOL + KILLING JOKE + TOYAH are touring the UK in October. All three acts that have all been around for over 40 years. I have seen all three of them many times. Television have pulled out as main support due to illness , and have been replaced by KILLING JOKE. Manchester Arena Thu 13th Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Mon 17th London OVO Arena, Wembley Wed 19th Note ---- Toyah will be on stage at 7pm Glasgow OVO Hydro Fri 21st Birmingham Resorts World Arena Sun 23rd Leeds First Direct Arena Tue 25th ------------------- Wednesday 19 August 2022. TOYAH WILLCOX arrived on stage at 7pm for her 30 mins set. Toyah plays a great short set featuring all her hits. Still looking very youthful at age 64 , as she bounces around the stage. No big screens showing live footage for any of the acts tonight. Full setlist played by TOYAH & her band tonight... Thunder in the Mountains Echo Beach (Martha and the Muffins cover) Good Morning Universe It's a Mystery Neon Womb Space Dance I Want to Be Free -------- KILLING JOKE arrived on stage at 7.50pm for their 45 mins set. I was thinking Killing Joke would be a bit too hardcore for a Billy Idol crowd , but they went down well by playing a best of set, and the sound was much better than their far too loud recent show i saw at Hammersmith Apollo. Full setlist played by KILLING JOKE tonight... Unspeakable Wardance The Fall of Because Requiem Butcher Eighties Change Loose Cannon The Wait Pssyche Pandemonium --------- For Billy Idol I went down the front to get a nice front row right close-up view. BILLY IDOL arrived on stage at 9.10pm for his 95 mins set. Billy arrives on stage with his trademark spiked-up blonde hair and all black clothing. Looking in amazing shape for age 66 , and the females scream when he changes his shirts. The big screen has nice pre-recorded images throughout the evening. The show is filmed tonight , but not for the big screen here. Billy and his guitarist Steve Stevens are on top form. Not an obvious hits set as "Hot In The City" and "Sweet Sixteen" and others not played. The opening of "Dancing With Myself" was fantastic, and the first of many gems. Billy talked about his drug period in the 1980s and how he wrote "White Wedding" for his sister. An excellent show. Full setlist played by BILLY IDOL tonight... Dancing With Myself (Gen X song) Cradle of Love Flesh for Fantasy Cage Speed Bitter Taste Eyes Without a Face Guitar solo from Steve Stevens Mony Mony (Tommy James & the Shondells cover) Runnin' From the Ghost One Hundred Punks (Generation X song) Blue Highway Rebel Yell Encore: Rebel Like You Born to Lose (The Heartbreakers cover) White Wedding --------- I got a Billy Idol setlist of the show, which i have put on my Facebook page. Nice to see lots of folks here i know. Those attending included... PAUL COOK RUSTY EGAN IAN BROUDIE RICHARD ENGLAND ( who runs the wonderful Cadiz Records...Killing Joke etc) GLEN MATLOCK was due to go but ended up watching QPR win and go to the top of the table.