/ The DC Traveler
Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on July 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm
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Rebel Yell with Billy Idol

The HFStival brings more than a dozen bands to Merriweather Post Pavilion for a full day of music, including the iconic English rocker, Billy Idol.

When you think about a punk rock rebel, the name Billy Idol usually comes up. Why?  Who hasn’t sung along to his hits “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony” or “White Wedding”?

Billy IdolHis career took off as a result of the wide popularity of the then relatively new video music channel, MTV.  As a result, a generation of teenagers grew up with Billy Idol’s music starting in 1973 when two of his videos, “Dancing with Myself” and “White Wedding” made it into MTV’s regular video rotation, appealing to MTV’s massive college-age viewers.

By the next year, his second record, Rebel Yell, including hits such as “Eyes Without a Face,” “Flesh for Fantasy” and the title track “Rebel Yell” catapulted Idol into stardom.

While never winning a Grammy Award for any of his songs, his music is widely associated with the 1980s punk rock movement and he’s one of the few singers to come out of the genre to have made it to not just the mainstream, but to super stardom.

Besides his music, in 1900 Idol was selected by film director James Cameron to play the T-1000 character in Terminator 2: Judgment Day with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  But a serious motorcycle accident that nearly resulted in Idol losing his leg forced him to back out of the project.   The following year, he played Jim Morrison’s drinking buddy in Oliver Stone’s movie The Doors.

At 54 years of age, Idol still brings his signature scowl, punk rock rebel attitude and tons of energy to his live shows, usually stealing the show at festivals.

Longtime music partner, co-song writer and and guitarist Steve Stevens will be joining Billy onstage.

Besides Billy Idol, the festival’s lineup includes:

  • Third Eye Blind
  • Everclear
  • Ed Kowalczyk from Live
  • Presidents Of the United States of America
  • Fuel
  • Lit
  • Plus numerous local bands

HFStivalMerriweather Post Pavilion – 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland (map)

Date and Time – September 18, 2010 at noon, doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Tickets – General Admission – $35.00, Reserved  Pavilion – $55.00, and are available online or by phone at 877-435-9849.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Greenbelt – Green line, then a 14–mile cab ride.

Parking – Included with ticket price.  Limited metered street parking or area paid garage parking is available.

Images – Flickr Billy Idol

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