LOS ANGELES, CA (June 6, 2017) The Who’s Pete Townshend is transporting Classic Quadrophenia to U.S. audiences this September for a series of four special performances featuring music legends Pete Townshend, Billy Idol, and acclaimed tenor Alfie Boe. Townshend conceptualized an experience unlike any other by blending The Who’s timeless album Quadrophenia with orchestral accompaniment. The London world premiere at Royal Albert Hall electrified audiences and will now be replicated in Lenox, MA, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA only! The extraordinary musical journey kicks off September 2 in Lenox with the Boston Pops Orchestra and conductor Keith Lockhart. The New York and Los Angeles performances will be led by conductor Robert Ziegler, and the LA show on September 16 will support Teen Cancer America with a portion of proceeds going to the charity.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing Classic Quadrophenia stateside through the month of September,” Townshend said. “Melding the contrasting sounds of Quadrophenia with a symphony has been a really unique and powerful way to reach a wide audience of classical and pop music lovers alike. I couldn’t be more excited to see it continue in the U.S.”
The Who’s historic rock opera Quadrophenia was originally released as an extensive double album in 1973 and has stood the test of time as a conceptual work honoring the Mod movement. The album, later turned into a feature film and theatrical production, follows an angst-ridden young man in London who creates a new life for himself as a member of the Mods.
Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of the Classic Quadrophenia tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Thursday, June 8 at 10 a.m. local time until Monday, June 12 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit citiprivatepass.com. Tickets are available to the general public on Tuesday, June 13 at 10 a.m. local time.
Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia:
Sat, September 02 – Lenox, MA – Tanglewood
Sat, September 09 – New York, NY – Metropolitan Opera House
Sun, September 10 – New York, NY – Metropolitan Opera House
Sat, September 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
BFI LIVE! is a 3-LP set featuring 16 tracks recorded live during the 2014-15 Kings & Queens of the Underground Tour! For a limited time while supply lasts, additional copies are available in the online store! This vinyl-only 3-LP release was a 2016 Record Store Day Exclusive and the numbered Limited Edition set has sold-out. (Additional copies from this second pressing are not numbered). This set is only available in vinyl and here is no CD or digital version available for purchase.
LP DISC 1
Postcards From The Past
Cradle Of Love
Can’t Break Me Down
Dancing With Myself
Flesh For Fantasy
Save Me Now
LP DISC 2
Ready Steady Go
Eyes Without A Face
Dementia (Steve Stevens guitar solo)
Whiskey And Pills
LP DISC 3
Las Vegas (April 7, 2016) – Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and the band will continue their Billy Idol: Forever residency at the intimate House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino with additional dates just announced for October! May dates are on sale now and ticket and VIP Meet & Greet presale for the October dates begins Tuesday, April 18 at 10am PT! Visit the tour page for presale and ticketing info.
Billy Idol: Forever features material from throughout Idol’s career, from his daysSee More›
Billy Idol will be performing on the Rock-N-Roar stage at 6pm with Kings of Chaos featuring Chester Bennington, Billy Gibbons, Billy Duffy, Matt Sorum, Robert DeLeo & Dean DeLeo at the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The concert, to be held on the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center outdoor stage, follows racing activities on Sat., April 8 (approx. 6 p.m.) and is free to race ticket holders. Space at the outdoor stage is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Kings of Chaos, the brainchild of Guns-N-Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, is anSee More›
Billy Idol appears in Episode 7 of the critically acclaimed PBS music series Soundbreaking. Episode 7 titled “Sound and Vision” focuses on tracking the music video from MTV to the internet, telling the story of how a one-time marketing tool became a powerful mediator between artist andSee More›
BFI LIVE! is a 3-LP set featuring 16 tracks recorded live during the 2014-15 Kings & Queens of the Underground Tour! This vinyl-only 3-LP release is a Record Store Day Exclusive and each Limited Edition set comes individually numbered and will be available at participating indie Record Store Day retailers in the US and Canada on November 25, 2016! There will be no CD or digital version available for purchase.
On December 9, 2016, a very limited number of the BFI LIVE! 3-LP set will beSee More›
Las Vegas (October 18, 2016) – Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and the band will continue their Billy Idol: Forever residency at the intimate House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in 2017!
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SiriusXM Presents Billy Idol LIVE at House of Blues Las Vegas, recorded earlier this year during his ongoing Billy Idol: Forever engagement! Hear this exclusive concert broadcast on 1st Wave, SiriusXM channel 33, on August 31 at 7pm Eastern & 7pm Pacific, with encore airings continuing throughSee More›
BILLY IDOL BRINGS AN UNBRIDLED ENERGY TO HIS HOUSE OF BLUES RESIDENCY
John Katsilometes, Las Vegas Weekly (Photo: John Salangsang/Invision/AP):
Even during a phone conversation, you feel Billy Idol is pumping that leather-clad right fist. More, more, more.
He’s not to be stopped, the 60-year-old rock star who unleashed a string of hits in the early and mid-1980s that still stand today. Idol effectively name-checks a few of those classics later in the conversation to promote his upcoming House of Blues residency. He sweeps onto the Strip this week with his production, titled Billy Idol: Forever, and it’s reportedly doing brisk sales. He’s back in May, and this week even more shows were added for August, September and October. Some highlights of our chat:
I saw you in 1982 in Chico, California, at Acker Gymnasium at Chico State University. The next time I saw you was in 2010 at the Pearl at the Palms, 28 years later, and you’d lost none of your energy. How have you been able to keep up your exuberance throughout your career?
I think it has a lot to do with the music, and the intent behind the music. Coming from punk rock, there is a
“Billy Idol was among British punk’s first wave, beginning with Generation X in the late seventies, and going on to become one of the first punk acts to succeed in the video medium in the eighties. To many, he defined the look, style, and snarl of punk, and he’s not afraid to claim the mantle. He narrates his memoir in his unmistakable Cockney accent, which befits the more lurid tales of excess as well asSee More›
WITH A ‘REBEL YELL,’ BILLY IDOL FIST-PUMPS HIS WAY INTO LAS VEGAS
By Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas Magazine, March 11, 2016:
The Billy Idol: Forever series of shows at Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues isn’t just the latest rock star residency in Vegas. It’s also the final chapter of Billy Idol’s most ambitious tour since his ’80s heyday, with guitarist Steve Stevens on board playing Sundance Kid to his Butch Cassidy. The prince of ’80s post-punk has been on the road since the October 2014 release of King & Queens of the Underground, his audio companion to autobiography Dancing with Myself, and judging from a high-profile appearance in February’s iHeart80s Party in the Forum in L.A., the adulation received on tour is only making him stronger.
The fact that Idol soldiers on at all—let alone while sporting a six-pack that enables him to perform shirtless at age 60—testifies to his status as a true rock ’n’ roll survivor. Idol was part of the original pack of Sex Pistols followers and one of many fans that started a band. Generation X outlived the initial blast of British punk, with spiky-haired Idol going against the grain by demonstratingSee More›
Billy Idol has announced additional dates to his BILLY IDOL: FOREVER engagement at the intimate House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Previously announced dates in March and May are on sale now and additional dates beginning August 31 and playing in September and October will go on sale this week.
Featuring material from throughout Idol’s career, from his days fronting the seminal British punk band Generation X to his hits the world has come to know and love, BILLY IDOL: FOREVER will transport fans on a wild ride of punk, rock & pop, capturing the IDOL spirit three decades in the making.
BILLY IDOL: FOREVER will feature longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and the rest of Idol’s band at the top of their game, performing songs from throughout Idol’s extensive catalog.
Tickets for show dates in August, September and October go on sale March 11 at 10am PT with a special presale for Billy Idol fans onSee More›
“In this age of grand illusion you walked into my life out of my dreams.”
David Bowie was a beacon of light to young people in Britain’s socially disturbed & turbulent economy of the early 1970’s. He paved the way for Punk rock as he took an uncompromising stance against the conservative viewpoint of much of the intelligentsia of the day, and whether it was for gay rights or a fight for artistic freedom, or the right to state your case about the world, Bowie’s music led the way.
Not willing to be controlled by the artistic norms of the day he introduced many art forms into his world view…mime, dance, kabuki theater, film and character driven personas that broke new ground in rock music beset by others whose vision was limited to only one genre of music, art or film.
His sound & vision woke up this young Bromley boy & showed me that to strive for an artistic life was valuable & was a goal to reach & once attained, new vistas and new worlds would open up. Beyond a visionary, he was a prophet, and his influence will be felt as long as recorded music is still heard and many people’s struggle against social oppression is still being fought.
He was a giant on our scene engaged and genuinely interested in other artists reaching out in a way that made me, and I’m sure many others, feel like we were talking to a friend that cared deeply.
– Billy Idol
Las Vegas (November 9, 2015) – Billy Idol will take the stage of the intimate House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for his first-ever multi-date residency, Billy Idol: Forever.
Billy Idol: Forever will feature Idol, his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, and the rest of Idol’s band at the top ofSee More›
Billy Idol joined the Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones as his special guest for the return of Jones’ iconic radio show Jonesy’s Jukebox which debuted on 95.5 KLOS FM in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct 30. You can listen to the full show podcast onlineSee More›
Billy Idol will be performing at alongside Dave Navarro, Juliette Lewis, Kesha, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke, Josh Freese, Mark McGrath and Dave Kushner and more at the Rhonda’s Kiss benefit concert on Nov 3 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. Rhonda’s Kiss provides assistance toSee More›
DANCING WITH MYSELF Soundtrack
Autobiography Musical Reference Guide
The playlist* below is a musical reference guide to Billy Idol’s New York Times bestselling autobiography Dancing With Myself. Compiled by chapter and in chronological order as they are discussed by Billy throughout the book, these songs** represent a sampling of the music and the artists who influenced, shaped and colored Billy’s musical landscape and awareness. Also included are many of the songs which he would go on to create as a punkSee More›