What a year last year was!… We completed our 48 date residency in Las Vegas playing a variety of greatest hits and deep cuts throughout the two-year run. This will inform whatever we do next with a lot of vitality and choice in terms of song and set make up so you know the spring U.S. festival dates and summer European and U.K. shows are going to rock!
As ‘the Ace Face’ in the Classic Quadrophrenia production last Summer I played on stages I could never have imagined ever playing on ie. the Metropolitan Opera in N.Y. or Tanglewood CT with classical musicians & choirs… it was an incredible opportunity and I would like to thank Pete Townshend for having me along for what was a magic 3 weeks. The Chicago Classic Quad show was pretty special because Eddie Vedder was playing the part of The Godfather and it was fun for me to see he was having as much difficulty as me in singing along with the Orchestra as for us rock singers, it’s hard to know exactly were the entrance point to sing the songs are even with a conductor showing you… as the ebb and flow and swells of the classical orchestra are very different to sing to than a rock band. I didn’t feel so alone, thanks Eddie… Alfie Boe, as Jimmy, was having the time of his life and crushing it every night! We had a great time supporting eachother’s performance. Alfie’s job was huge but he took it on and dealt with it in such a way that his positive and excited attitude saw him blast through each performance from Tanglewood to the Greek in LA with ease. I was pretty amazed at times at how he uses his incredible talent, Good on ya Alfie…
We remastered and have begun releasing the classic Idol records; Billy Idol, Rebel Yell & Idolize Yourself on vinyl and are planning a Generation X package release for Xmas 2018…
Performing on The Voice with contestant Chloe Kohanski was a fantastic experience as she was fun to work with and really took on White Wedding, so it was magic when I heard she had won the finale and I’m glad I could help a young talented woman go forward with success as she embarks on her career….
We didn’t make it to South America but we will do so in the future… had already made up my mind to do the Classic Quad last summer but the tour we would have been on with Aerosmith was cancelled and that would have nixxed us doing South America anyway so I was glad I made the decision I made but… we will, hook or by crook, find a way to get down there!
We have begun writing some new material and are making our way towards a direction for our next extravaganza… and I’m continuing my SiriusXM show ‘Live Transmission’ radio show on the 1st Wave channel 33…
IDOL WORSHIP: UMe HONORS BILLY IDOL’S ‘80s ROCK and PUNK LEGACY WITH VINYL REISSUE BONANZA
Billy Idol, Rebel Yell and Idolize Yourself: The Very Best of Billy Idol to be re-released October 20th on high quality vinyl
UMe and punk rock icon Billy Idol celebrate several of his best-loved works with newly remastered vinyl reissues of Idol’s first two solo LPs, Billy Idol and Rebel Yell, plus the expansive double-LP greatest-hits collection Idolize Yourself: The Very Best of Billy Idol. Each release is available beginningSee More›
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 beSee More›
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 availableSee More›
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!
Billy Idol: Forever features material from throughout Idol’s career, from his daysSee More›
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›
David Von Bader, Broward/Palm Beach New Times, Sept 18, 2015:
Among the copious guitar heroes the 1980s gave us, Steve Stevens — best-known as Billy Idol’s capo and lead collaborator — remains in a class of his own. By Idol’s own admission, Stevens’ eclectic fretboard pyrotechnics and deft sense of arrangement were the emulsifying agents that helped make Idol’s
The summer tour was a definite success! I believe we played thirty-one dates, roaring along, enjoying every moment. These days I try to do each gig as if it was my last as that will surely be true one day in the future, but “not yet, not yet”, to quote the movie Gladiator.
I managed to stay sane out there on the road by swimming as often as possible with my bass player “Evil McG.” We swam on our days off to energize with a little bit of weight training thrown in, some Pilates and TRX. It really helps to keep one on track and focused whenSee More›
Billy Idol guitarist Billy Morrison has set October 23 as the release date for his second solo album, GOD SHAPED HOLE. For this new studio album, Morrison is joined by Idol bandmates Steve Stevens and Erik Eldenius, as well as Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, who sings a brand new track written by himself and Morrison.See More›
Robert Cavuoto, Guitar International, June 21 2015:
Not many guitar players can flawlessly cross as many musical boundaries as Steve Stevens has done in his career. His prolific and innovative playing has changed the face of music, and together with Billy Idol, they helped revolutionizing a new genre of music.
Whether you consider their brand of music; New Wave, dance rock, or rock n’ roll they rode the crest to become MTV staples and musical icons.
Guitar players around the globe scratched their heads trying to duplicate Steve’s unique sound, asking “Was it a guitar, synth, keyboard or all of the above?”
Being a self-proclaimed techno head, Steve has emerged as a quintessential force, capable of magically and successfully marrying it all altogether without sacrificing the main objective – making great music!
A true “orchestrator” as he likes to say.
With his extraordinary stage charisma, leather outfits, long spikey hair, and amazing chops he caught the attention of hard rock & metal fans.
It was apparent that Steve was not content with conquering just one genre of music and took his unique playing technique and versatility to new heights, playing with such musical legends as Michael Jackson, Vince Neil, Robert Palmer and Joni Mitchell.
I had the pleasure of sitting down with a Steve to talk aboutSee More›