British singer-songwriter and rock icon BILLY IDOL will debut a new powerhouse band when he hits the road this summer with performances at major music festivals throughout Europe, with North American dates set to follow.
In addition to his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, Stephen McGrath on bass and Derek Sherinian on keyboards, IDOL will be joined on this trek by acclaimed guitarist Billy Morrison and drummer Jeremy Colson. Morrison, one of the founders of Camp Freddy and front man for Circus Diablo, has previously played in The Cult, Stimulator, Doheny and Into a Circle, while Colson is Morrison’s collaborator in Circus Diablo and is known for his work with Steve Vai, with whom he’s worked since 2002.
The legendary rocker’s 2010 summer trek will kick off with a pair of shows in Russia (Moscow on June 5 and St. Petersburg on June 7), to be followed with a performance at the Malmo Sweden Rock Festival and his second appearance at the Download Festival at Donington Park in his native U.K.
European tour stops include multiple dates in Germany, along with Switzerland, Serbia, Macedonia, Czech Republic, among others.
Along the tour, IDOL will be performing classics from his storied career. As leader of the group responsible for starting a youth cult, Generation X, he was one of the original British punks who gave the rock establishment a good kick up the arse with such classics as “Ready, Steady, Go,” “Wild Youth,” “Your Generation” and “Dancing With Myself,” the latter of which marked the transition to IDOL’s solo career when it appeared in remixed version on his 1981 DON’T STOP EP.
Other show-stoppers will likely include hits from the Grammy and MTV nominee’s multi-platinum selling career including “Hot In The City,” “White Wedding,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” “To Be A Lover” and the #1 smash “Mony Mony.” He long ago found a way to take that sneering punk attitude into the pop and rock mainstream, carving out songs that have lasted a lifetime. All of these classics are included on 2008’s The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a career-spanning CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and digital collection (Capitol/EMI). His immortal “Rebel Yell” was also featured on 2008’s Guitar Hero® World Tour game. In 2009, Eagle Rock Entertainment released IDOL’s first in-concert DVD “In Super Overdrive Live” (filmed at the Congress Theatre in Chicago).
|The European tour dates are as follows:
||St. Petersburg, Russia
||Sweden Rock Festival
||UK Download Festival
||Nr Nurenburg, Germany
||T Music Festival
||Prague, Czech Republic
Billy Idol is coming home – bringing his Idolize Yourself tour to the UK for just 2 dates in July. These shows in Manchester and London are Billy’s first British live dates in over 2 years. He was the surprise hit of Download in 2005 and his sold-out performance at the Brixton Academy in 2006 wowed audiences and critics alike with superb vocals and rocking stage presence.
The Idolize Yourself Tour will feature a mixture of old and new material, including such classics as ‘White Wedding’, ‘Rebel Yell’ and ‘Eyes’ Without a Face’, as well as tracks from Devil’s Playground and some new material.
Of the forthcoming shows, Idol says, “I always look forward to returning home to the UK. British audiences are the best and as always we will rock ‘em to their core. Brace yourselves; we’re comin’!”
Idol, whose critically acclaimed album Devil’s Playground was released in 2005, is releasing a new career spanning CD ‘The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself’ on 23rd June. The album features 2 brand new tracks: John Wayne and New Future Weapon.
Idol’s band comprises: Steve Stevens on guitar; Stephen McGrath on bass; Derek Sherinian on keyboards, and the irrepressible Brian Tichy on drums.
Billy Idol + Guests tour details are:-
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Tickets go onsale on Friday 9th May. Tickets are available from 0844 576 5483 or to buy online at www.livenation.co.uk. A Live Nation presentation.
Billy Idol has sold over 20 million albums in a career spanning 4 decades, proving himself an artist with enduring appeal. He has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards, and has released numerous classic albums including Billy Idol, Rebel Yell, Whiplash Smile, Vital Idol, Charmed Life and Devil’s Playground.