Rock icon BILLY IDOL will embark on a theatre tour of the U.S. and Canada in January and February of 2015. The North American tour, which begins January 21 in New Orleans, is the latest leg of IDOL’s “Kings & Queens Of The Underground Live” world tour that includes previously announced shows in Europe in November 2014.
Tickets for most of the North American shows (see full itinerary below) go on sale this Friday October 10. Concerts in additional cities will be announced soon.
Oklahoma’s BRONCHO, who recently released their critically acclaimed new album Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, will appear as special guest on all shows.
Today’s announcement of BILLY IDOL’s North American tour comes one day before IDOL will release his highly anticipated self-written autobiography Dancing With Myself, which will be released tomorrow (October 7) by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Idol was featured on yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning and will appear tomorrow on NBC-TV’s Today Show and the Howard Stern Show on Wednesday, October 8. The following day, Thursday, October 9, BILLY IDOL will be interviewed live on stage as the keynote event of the 2014 CBGB Music and Film Festival in New York City.
Two weeks following the arrival of the autobiography Dancing With Myself, IDOL will release his first studio album in almost a decade, Kings & Queens Of The Underground, on BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. Kings & Queens Of The Underground was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, “Can’t Break Me Down.” USA Today recently named “Can’t Break Me Down” their song of the week, declaring “with its punkish drive, sneering vocals and roaring Steve Stevens guitar, Can’t Break Me Down could have made a great follow-up to latter-day Idol hits.”
For all the latest BILLY IDOL updates and information, visit BillyIdol.net.
To watch BILLY IDOL on yesterday’s CBS Sunday Morning, click here.
Stream “Can’t Break Me Down” from Kings & Queens Of The Underground on Spotify: Billy Idol – Can’t Break Me Down
To watch Episode 1 of BILLY‘s behind-the-scenes web series for Kings & Queens Of The Underground, click here.
BILLY IDOL WINTER 2015 U.S TOUR DATES
January 21: House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA
January 22, The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
January 24: Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
January 25: Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
January 28: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
January 31: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
February 3: Metropolis, Montreal, QC
February 4: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
February 7: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
February 9: Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
February 12: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
February 13: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
February 15: The Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
February 18: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
All shows go on sale Friday, October 10. with the exception of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, which go on sale Friday, October 17. The on sale date for Oakland is TBA.
BILLY IDOL was an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top forty singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself, “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” and “Cradle Of Love.”
BILLY was responsible for some of punk rock’s most memorable, literate, and evocative moments and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of ’77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation, and rock’n’roll decadence.
The autumn of 2014 will see IDOL return to the spotlight with two high profile releases that mark the latest chapter in the long and remarkable story of a musician, an inventor, a survivor, a father, a son, a man who returned from the brink, and a rebel whose yells made the mainstream sit up and pay attention.
On October 7, Simon and Schuster will publish BILLY IDOL’s autobiography, Dancing With Myself. It’s an electric, intelligent, brutally honest and entirely self-written account of BILLY IDOL’s journey to fame, from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to a long and often decadent life lived loving sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, and motorcycles.
On October 21, BFI Records will release Kings & Queens of the Underground, BILLY’s first album of new material in nearly a decade. The album’s palette will be instantly familiar to lovers of classic BILLY IDOL, while announcing a firm step into the future. Produced by Trevor Horn (with two tracks co-written and produced by multiple Grammy nominee Greg Kurstin), it is full of thumping, cinematic songs about sin, redemption and the love of rock’n’roll.
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