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›
Billy Idol will join Pete Townshend on July 5, 2015 at Royal Albert Hall in London as part of The Who’s 50th Anniversary celebrations for the world premiere concert of the new ‘symphonised’ version of Quadrophenia.
Pete Townshend has created a new orchestral version of one of The Who’s landmark albums, Quadrophenia. The new incarnation of this classic rock operaSee More›
Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and the band begin a summer tour overseas on June 11 with dates in the UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Italy and Croatia. Festival appearances during the tour will include Isle of Wight Festival, Download Festival, Hellfest, Rock The Ring and more. The London Souls will be the special guest for select dates. Visit the tour dates page for details and ticketing info.See More›
Billy Idol will be appearing at both 3 day weekends of this year’s Austin City Limits Festival at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. The multi-weekend ACL Fest dates are October 2 and October 9. 3 day passes on sale May 5 at 10am CT. Single day passes on sale later this summer. For theSee More›
Billy Idol, Joan Jett and more will perform at the 11th Annual MusiCares Map Fund benefit concert at the Best Buy Theater in New York City next month. Proceeds from the event will go toward MusiCares’ programs aimed at helping musicians struggling with addiction.
The event will take place on May 28th and will honor Pete Townshend as well as The Who’s longtime manager/music and film producer Bill Curbishley. Bruce Springsteen will present Townshend with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund and its addiction recovery programs. Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will present Curbishley with the MusiCares From the Heart Award by for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization.
The 11th Annual MusiCares Map Fund benefit will feature performances from Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones and more, who will be announcedSee More›
April 18, 2015 Saba Hamedy–LA Times
Billy Idol sang his way onto the stage (literally) to talk about his memoir at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday.
“I’m ready ready ready to discuss rock ‘n’ roll,” Idol sang as he strutted onto the L.A. Times stage at USC. “Hopefully I don’t really need an introduction.”
It’s true, he really didn’t need an intro: Crowds of book festival attendees arrived at the stage area early to save seats. Others packed the surrounding grassy area, standing to get a better view of the 1980s British rocker. “Bookchella,” indeed.
The lively musician, who still sports his iconic spiked bleached hair look, pumped up attendees withSee More›
The Aussie/NZ tour was magic! The audience participation was really fun and we as a band were playing more & more ‘as one’ as the dates flew by and we rocked with you. Also nice being joined by Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen & Robin Zander in Melbourne, AU & Christchurch, NZ for “LA Woman”… thanks Guys! It’s great to feel the musical entitySee More›
Billy Idol will be appearing at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this Saturday, April 18th at 3:40pm.
The Festival will take place in USC’s Alumni Park, near Downtown Los Angeles. Billy will be interviewed live on stage about his bestselling autobiography, Dancing With Myself, and he will also personally read from the book. His appearance on the LA Times Festival Stage will be followed by a short book signing.See More›
Vicki Anderson for Stuff.co.nz, New Zealand, 20 March 2015
Spiky peroxide-blonde- haired Billy Idol repeats the word “masturbatory” three times with a sneer.
The leather-clad rocker who led an MTV-fuelled generation is telling me about a disco in Tokyo, Japan, he visited in the late 1970s, when dance clubs were still in the passionate embrace of disco’s Saturday Night Fever.
“We went to this dance club and these kids were all dressed up like John Travolta and dancing with themselves,” Idol says chattily.
“They weren’t dancing together, they were dancing to their own reflections. It was like a masturbatory kind of thing to do. If I haven’t got a partner I can fixate on myself, dance with myself.”
The experience led to the hit 80s hit song Dancing with Myself, which is also the title of his recently released autobiography. He challenged himself to write the book, he says, as his way of evoking something of a punk rock ethic.
“In the days of punk rock we believed in trying to do things yourself. I wondered if I couldSee More›
House of Blues New Orleans is very excited to announce Billy Idol’s postponed January 21st concert has been rescheduled on September 28th, 2015 at 8pm.
Says Billy: “I’m thrilled to be coming back to rock New Orleans in September with Steve Stevens and the rest of the band! Thanks to all my fans in the Big Easy for your patience. This is going to be a fun one!”
All valid tickets for the January 21st date will be honored at the door on the rescheduled date.
A very limited amount of tickets and VIP Meet-n-Greet ticket packages for the rescheduled show on September 28th will be released for purchase TODAY (April 2) at 12 Noon on LiveNation.com, HouseofBlues.com, and Ticketmaster.com.
For more information, please call House of Blues Box Office at (504) 310-4999.
Review: Billy Idol – March 24, 2015, Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Harry Williams, thedwarf.com.au
“A lengthy atmospheric instrumental intro and then suddenly he [Billy Idol] runs out of the darkness and onto one of three risers and there he is, bouncing around. The spritely punk is back, as youthful, buffed and boisterous as ever. Resplendent in trademark leathers, with his attitude, ego, sneer and trademark yelps at the ready…See More›
Billy Idol and Steve Stevens performed a rare acoustic club gig at The Turf Club on January 19 in St. Paul, MN in front of 350 lucky fans to celebrate 89.3FM The Current’s 10th Anniversary. Watch the video of Billy’s interview with The Current’s Mary Lucia below along with live clips from the intimate performance.See More›
From the living room of his house, high up in the Hollywood Hills, Billy Idol gazes out across the Los Angeles Basin, remembering when the city was on fire.
“Even in the daytime, you could see the smoke,” he says, describing his bird’s-eye view of the Rodney King riots in April 1992. “And ash was raining out of the sky.”
At the time of the riots, Idol was one of the biggest stars in rock. But privately, his life had been unraveling for some time. In 1989, he separated from his girlfriend of 10 years, dancer-choreographer Perri Lister, a split that sent him plunging deeper into drug abuse. A gruesome motorcycle accident in the heart of Hollywood the following year nearly cost him his leg.
After limping through an international tour with a cane, he was back at home, struggling to stay sober as he toiled on the most ambitious album of his career, Cyberpunk, with neither of his most trusted collaborators, guitarist Steve Stevens and producer Keith Forsey, to guide him.
In the fires of the riots, Idol saw a parallel to his own life. “I’d been polluting myself with drugs. So it wasn’t so different for me to start seeing the world as polluting itself.”
It would take years, but Idol finally detoxed. Now he stands as an improbable survivor not only of drug abuse and motorcycle accidents butSee More›