Yes, that was Billy Idol you heard last night playing from an Echo Park parking lot

If you live near Sunset Boulevard and Elysian Park Avenue in Echo Park, you probably heard last night’s outdoor punk rock show that Billy Idol, Steve Jones, Clem Burke and Leigh Gorman gave in the parking lot of Shepard Fairey’s studio and gallery. The evening show was part of the opening reception for “SID: Superman Is Dead,” an exhibition that honors punk legend Sid Vicious with work by British photographer Dennis Morris and Fairey.

A posting on the Subliminal Projects website provided details about the punk rock “all-stars” that performed under the name Ritchie Love:

The band is comprised of Sex Pistols guitarist, co-founder and Vicious band mate Steve Jones; Generation X co-founder Billy Idol, who ran with early Pistols support gang the Bromley Contingent; Bow Wow Wow co-founder and early Adam & The Ants guitarist Leigh Gorman; and Blondie co-founder and erstwhile Ramones and Iggy Pop drummer Clem Burke.


  1. Very cool – I saw Billy Idol on his motorcycle in North Hollywood back in the late ’80’s and I still remember it. But in my opinion, the guitar player really let him down here. I don’t think he knew the song well.

  2. He probably should have played it by himself too. That was horrible guitar playing. Poor Billy kept looking back at him like WTF dude?

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