Not a single artist that is popular today could hang with Billy Idol, even at his advanced age of 57. Billy was a god in my teen years in the early and mid 80's. Dude is still kicking some ass. Whom is around today that will still be remembered 30 years from now?
I first met Billy when he was a part of Generation X, at CBGB's in NYC. He was hardcore, nothing like you see today in America's corporate rock. Corporate rock has taken over the top 40 of pop music. Billy was an original.
In 1978, Billy was working in the same studio as Led Zeppelin, another favorite of mine, when he told Robert Plant that he was old and out of touch. Supposedly, Billy spit on Robert and told him to go to hell. Billy is still a "punk" 40 years later.
When I look at that audience, I can't help but think they are a bunch of douches that simply don't get it. They are so controlled by corporate "rock", the Britany's, the Katie Perry's, Lady Gaga, etc. For my generation, this audience is a bunch of sheep.
Ironically, Billy wrote and produced "Scream", which borrows it's inspiration from Led Zepplin's The Lemon Song.