Last night (Sept. 3), Foo Fighters resumed their 2023 tour with a set at Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Colorado. Near the end of the 18-song set, the Foos brought up Billy Idol to cover the Sex Pistols’ “Pretty Vacant,” from the British punks’ landmark 1977 debut album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.
This isn’t the first time that the Foos and Idol have joined forces. In 2018, Idol hopped on stage with the band at the Welcome to Rockville festival to cover John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth.” Idol’s pre-fame punk band Generation X was a contemporary of the Sex Pistols, but he’d apparently never performed any of their material live as a solo artist prior to last night. However, he did join forces with former Generation X bandmate Tony James and the Pistols’ Steve Jones and Paul Cook for a one-off 2018 gig at the Roxy in Los Angeles under the name Generation Sex.
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