Billy Idol 6/16/21

Billy Idol has rolled out a series of summer and fall dates keeping him busy through the end of October. The ’80s icon kicks off his summer run on July 30th in Minot, North Dakota’s State Fair and closes the season out September 19th at Asbury Park, New Jersey at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival.

Of note is Idol’s September 11th gig in Laughlin, Nevada when he and longtime guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens will play an acoustic set for headliner and old friend, Roger Daltrey.

Billy Idol told us that his live show is specifically built to be a fan pleaser: [“It’s a lot of fun and I mean, we’ve got a lot of up-tempo music. I mean, people know a lot of the songs well — ‘Rebel Yell,’ ‘Dancing With Myself,’ ‘White Wedding.’ But we’ve also got the other side of things, which are ‘Flesh For Fantasy’s,’ or the ‘Eyes Without A Face’s’ and a lot of the known songs that people know and love.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . know and love)

Billy Idol’s last album was 2014’s Kings & Queens Of The Underground, which peaked at Number Five on Billboard’s Top Alternative Albums chart.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Billy Idol tour dates (subject to change):

July 30 – Minot, ND – North Dakota State Fair
August 1 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre
August 7 – New Lenox, IL – Triple Play Concert Series
August 8 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
August 12 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort
August 15 – Tulalip, WA – Tulalip Amphitheatre
August 17 – Manson, WA – Deep Water Amphitheater
August 21 – Napa, CA – Oxbow Riverstage
September 4 – Palmer, AK – Alaska State Fair
September 11 – Laughlin, NV – Laughlin Event Center – Billy Idol & Steve Stevens acoustic (opening for Roger Daltrey)
September 19 – Asbury Park, NJ – Sea.Hear.Now Festival
October 16, 17, 22, 23 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan
October 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 – Playa Mujeres, Mexico – The Sands

TL: DR

  • Billy Idol kicks off his summer run on July 30th in Minot, North Dakota’s State Fair and closes the season out September 19th at Asbury Park, New Jersey at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival.

FAST FACTS

  • In 2010 it was reported that Billy Idol — along with Chris Cornell, and Paul Rodgers — were all approached by Joe Perry as possible replacements for Steven Tyler in Aerosmith.
  • Billy Idol’s biggest hit was his 1987 cover of Tommy James & The Shondells‘ “Mony Mony” which topped the charts for one week.
  • In 2006 Idol released the Christmas collection, Happy Holidays, which featured him covering such Christmas classics as “Frosty The Snowman,” “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” and “Silent Night,” among others.
  • In 2009 Idol released his first live DVD, called In Super Overdrive Live, which was filmed at Chicago’s Congress Theater.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is a drastically reinvented version of Billy Idol’s mid-’80s Vital Idol album. The set, which saw release in the UK in 1985 and the States two years later, is best known in the U.S. for featuring his chart-topping cover of Tommy James & The Shondell‘s “Mony Mony.”
  • Ultimate Classic Rock posted about the set: “(Idol has) changed around the track listing. There’s no ‘Love Calling,’ and ‘Mony Mony’ is available only as a digital bonus track in a new version by Idol and longtime collaborator Steve Stevens. Those tracks have been replaced by a Moby remix of ‘(Do Not) Stand In The Shadows,’ Paul Oakenfold‘s take on ‘One Breath Away,’ Tropkillaz‘s reworking of ‘Eyes Without A Face’ and Shiba San‘s remix of ‘Don’t Need A Gun.’ Another bonus track, the Lost Dog remix of ‘Save Me Now,’ was created by a team that includes Idol’s son Willem Wolfe.