I'm so happy that the Big E is back! Less than 24 hours after reporting that rocker Pat Benatar(a favorite of WUPE listeners) is performing at the Big E on September 26, news comes that yet another WUPE favorite is coming to the Eastern States Exposition!

Western Mass News is reporting Billy Idol is taking the stage at the Big E Arena on Saturday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. Idol had an amazing run in the 1980s and early 1990s with a string of catchy rock-driven chart hits, after initially gaining fame in Britain as the lead singer of Generation X in the late 1970s.

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Interesting trivia. Billy's given name is the rather hefty moniker William Michael Albert Broad. The name Billy Idol was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of him as "Idle". Apparently, when he was younger, he wasn't filled with motivation or energy.

With an added push from MTV, Idol amassed a sizable quantity of hits after he embarked on a solo career. "Dancing With Myself", "White Wedding", "Eyes Without A Face", "Rebel Yell", "Mony Mony", "Flesh For Fantasy", "To Be A Lover", "Cradle of Love", and many more.

Idol also achieved a small degree of success on the big screen. He appeared in some pretty varied roles in films such as The Doors, The Wedding Singer, and he also voiced the character of Odin for the animated fantasy film Heavy Metal 3000.

Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at the Big E's website here. The cost will range anywhere from $39 to $49 and concert tickets do include admission to the Big E.

For more info on the story, head to Western Mass News' website here.

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