How often do you hear the line “for the first time in over a decade”? It’s usually used to try and make something completely uninteresting sound exciting. When there’s above average rainfall in Yorkshire, or when the England Cricket team beats Australia for the Ashes. Well, for very possibly the first time in over a decade, the term “for the first time in over a decade” is being applied to something exciting. No, that wasn’t it. For the first time in over a decade, Billy Idol has completed and released a brand new studio album. That was it. Keep up.

Yes, the first Billy Idol record since Cyberpunk in 1993 (that’s 12 years) was released earlier this year and has been very well Billy Idol Livereceived. No calls of “Give it up, grandad” from the music-buying masses so far. Quite the opposite, in fact. Many attendees with half an ounce of musical appreciation (you know, the ones that aren’t Slipknot fans) at this years Download Festival in Donington cited Billy’s set as one of the highlights of the entire weekend. Billy has been touring the US all summer, and is now set to embark on his first European tour for, you guessed it, over a decade. Kicking off in Dublin on November 9th, Billy and the boys will be taking in Ireland, England, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria and Holland. More dates are constantly being added.

Who are these boys? Well, long time guitarist Steve Stevens is still on board, augmented by multitalented Pride & Glory drummer/Ball guitarist Brian Tichy on drums, ex-Dream Theater/Alice Cooper keyboard player Derek Sherinian and bass player Stephen McGrath. The new album, Devil’s Playground is a masterclass in modern punk rock from one of the genres most legendary exponents, and the live shows promise to be the same.

Platinum Packages are available for all UK shows and some European shows at a cost of $250. This price includes the best seats in the house, an exclusive t-shirt and a meet and greet with the man himself. Where possible it also includes a pre-show backstage tour and a soundcheck. Packages are available from billyidol.fanfire.com. Tour merchandise is also available at the same location. UK dates are as follows:

Friday November 11th London - Brixton Carling Academy
Sunday November 13th Manchester - Carling Apollo
Monday November 14th Glasgow - Barrowlands
Tuesday November 15th Wolverhampton - Civic Hall

A track by track rundown of Devil’s Playground by Billy can be found at his site. Along with full details of all forthcoming gigs, sound samples from the album, pictures and downloads.

Billy Idol is back. Don’t miss out.

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Posted by Andy on Wed 10 Aug @ 3:51 pm