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Billy Idol Launches Book Tour For Dancing With Myself

Billy Idol Dancing With Myself (Touchstone), Billy Idol performs live © 2011 Life on the Scene/Cindy Robinson

Billy Idol Dancing With Myself (Touchstone), Billy Idol performs live © 2011 Life on the Scene/Cindy Robinson

Singer Billy Idol has written his memoir, Dancing With Myself (Touchstone, available now!), recorded a new album called Kings & Queens of the Underground (out Oct. 21), and is set to tour the world with his band. Before he heads out on the road with his band, Idol has done a handful of book signings across the United States, starting in New York this week and he’ll make a stop at Hollywood’s favorite book store Book Soup, this Saturday, October 11th at 4:00 pm! You’ll need to buy a copy of the book from Book Soup and hang on to your receipt.

 

 

In an excerpt from his book, Idol writes:

*Recording with Keith Forsey was exciting for me, though Tony didn’t really get on too well with him. They would bicker all the time, and I could see the two of them might not want to continue together after the record was finished. I thought Keith was doing a great job. It was the best-sounding album we’d made so far. He didn’t let events rattle him, and he could shake himself from an unhappy to a happy mood easily.

When we finished the album, I was the only one to seek him out at his hotel on his last night in the UK. I had dinner with him and his wife, Karen. I told him I liked how he worked and hoped we might do more, if I was ever given the chance to make another record. After all, my future was certainly up in the air at that moment. Keith had really tried to make my concept for the record work, and I appreciated that a great deal. Most important, we had a finished version of “Dancing with Myself” in the can. Would it be my bridge to the future?

During the recording of the album, Perri and I had been on a non­stop, twenty-four-hour drug-and-sex binge without sleep. We made love in bed all day and night, high on heroin, grass, and hash. With that particular cocktail, as orgasm boiled over, we would pop an amyl nitrate (commonly known as poppers) and send our bodies to the sweet spot that intensifies the growing explosion of chemistry between two lovers entwined like vines, curling together, disappearing into each other . . . writhing, sighing, and groaning, soaring into heaven, only to slowly burn out and return to earth, spent but somehow wanting more.

Heroin is a dangerous and addictive drug. If you take it enough, it returns you to the place that is as comfortable and all-encompassing as your mother’s womb. After three days, you’re hooked. When you come off, you’re debilitated, to the point where you feel like your skeleton is trying to get out of your body; you’re dying for more. And unless you want to go on feeling bad, you need a continuous supply. If you take enough to not get sick, you can maintain a semi-regular life­style. Thanks to Bill Aucoin’s renegotiation with Chrysalis, I now had enough money to fund my habits . . . and he, unbeknownst to me at the time, had enough to fund his.

The Stony-Eyed Medusa and I lived in a twilight world of drugs, sex, and rock ‘n’ roll friends. We roamed the London night in a small tools minivan I bought from my dad, dubbed “Power Tool the People.” The slow-burning nights spun into a web that trapped me in its em­brace until unconsciousness delivered me back to a moment of en­forced sleep. Waking up on different floors and beds, I was surrounded by the ubiquitous reggae music, which we always played while we were “block up,” a phrase we used for getting stoned. There had to be guardian angels looking silently through the hash fumes just above our heads. Why else would I still be here today, alive and well, to tell the story?

On one occasion, Perri and I took acid and went to see Apocalypse Now, then made love all night to George Faith’s Lee “Scratch” Perry– produced album, To Be a Lover. It was amazing I was able to get out of bed long enough to record our album, but I was.

I continued going to Perri’s gigs, where I ran into David Mallet, the director who shot Generation X’s ’77 Marquee performance. This meeting would prove fortuitous for the future.

Living twenty-four hours every day with Perri back then was quite the experience. We had a connection that was deeper than any I had ever known. It was a great trip for me to have a counterpart with whom I had so many interests in common, including fashion, music, movies, and the like. Perri had become my constant companion throughout this life of love, lust, and insanity. Only later did I realize that I had not paused to consider that my intense love affair with her, the heroin, hash, and other drugs were unraveling the constraints of my punk past and helping to further widen the gulf between me and Tony James.

Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and the band will hit the road in November for their European tour with newly unleashed plans for North America in January and February. Dates are listed below (with more dates to come so don’t fret if you don’t see your city listed just yet) with presales happening now, general public on sales happening October 10th in most markets with Idol and Stevens offering meet and greet packages for the shows! Let Life On The Scene know what you think of Billy Idol’s new book and what shows you’ll be attending in the comment section below.

North American Tour Dates:

January 21 (Wed)                                New Orleans, LA                             House Of Blues

January 22 (Thu)                                 Atlanta, GA                                      The Tabernacle

January 24 (Sat)                                  Philadelphia, PA                              Tower Theater

January 25 (Sun)                                 Washington, DC                             Lincoln Theater

January 28 (Wed)                                New York, NY                                 Beacon Theater

January 31 (Sat)                                  Boston, MA                                     Orpheum Theater

February 3 (Tue)                                 Montreal, QC, Canada                  Metropolis

February 4 (Wed)                                Toronto, ON, Canada                   Massey Hall

February 7 (Sat)                                  Chicago, IL                                      Riviera Theater

February 9 (Mon)                                Denver, CO                                    Paramount Theater

February 12 (Thu)                               Vancouver, BC, Canada               Queen Elizabeth Theater

February 13 (Fri)                                 Seattle, WA                                     Paramount

February 15 (Sun)                               Oakland, CA                                   Fox Theater

February 18 (Wed)                              Los Angeles, CA                           Wiltern Theater


*Book excerpt from
DANCING WITH MYSELF, by Billy Idol. Copyright © 2014 by Billy Idol. Published Touchstone, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. 

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Billy Idol Can’t Break Me Down

cant_break_me_downSinger Billy Idol has already had a busy 2014 as he finished up his first album in nearly a decade, “Kings and Queens of the Underground” and prepared his autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” for print. His book is scheduled for release from Touchstone books on October 7th, with the album to follow on his own BFI Records label on October 21st.

The first single, “Can’t Break me Down” is available now for your listening pleasure on Billy Idol’s website. You can also pre-order the album (or grab any IDOL tracks you may be missing) on iTunes and receive an instant download of the new single “Can’t Break Me Down”. What do you think of the new single? Share your thoughts in the comments below. I really like the sound of it and think it’s a modern twist on Billy Idol – a great way to keep moving his career forward.

“Dancing With Myself” can be pre-ordered now via Amazon in Kindle, Hard Cover and Audio CD (no word if it’s actually IDOL reading his book to us!)

IDOL is expected to launch a full world tour to extend well into 2015 in support of the new album and autobiography. Have you already purchased tickets to one of the European dates? Let us know in the comments below. Life on the Scene may be interested in posting a reader’s review and/or photos of an upcoming show! An initial stream of European concert dates are already on sale and include stops in:

NOVEMBER 5 (WED), BIRMINGHAM, UK, O2 ACADEMY

NOVEMBER 9 (SUN), LONDON, UK,  EVENTIM APOLLO HAMMERSMITH

NOVEMBER 10 (MON), MANCHESTER, UK, O2 APOLLO

NOVEMBER 12 (WED), STUTTGART, DE, PORSCHE ARENA

NOVEMBER 13 (THU), FRANKFURT, DE, JAHRHUNDERTHALLE

NOVEMBER 16 (SUN), AMSTERDAM, NL, HEINEKEN MUSIC HALL

NOVEMBER 18 (TUE), DUSSELDORF, DE, MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC HALLE

NOVEMBER 19 (WED), BRUSSELS, BE, ROYAL CIRCUS

NOVEMBER 21 (FRI), NUREMBERG, DE, ARENA

NOVEMBER 22 (SAT), LUCERN, CH, MESSE LUCERNE

NOVEMBER 23 (SUN), MILAN, IT, FABRIQUE

Life on the Scene noted today that Billy Idol is mentioned in the lineup for the CBGB Music & Film Festival that takes place in New York, October 8-12, 2014. Billy will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, October 9th, discussing his autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” and later performing with longtime guitarist and musical collaborator, Steve Stevens. Look for US tour dates to come from Billy Idol soon! Also check with your local bookseller to see if he will be doing a book signing in your area later this year. Other artists in the lineup include Jane’s Addiction and Duff McKagan, Tickets are separate for each artist performing throughout the weekend and will go on sale soon.

 

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

12362717-ultimate-ice-bucket-challengeThe ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been going on for a few weeks now, and to date, has raised more than $1.7 million dollars and international awareness of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, has skyrocketed!

For those who aren’t familiar with ALS, the ALS Association offers this brief description of the disease on their website – “ALS was first found in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought national and international attention to the disease. Ending the career of one of the most beloved baseball players of all time, the disease is still most closely associated with his name. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”

With the joy of a successful fundraising campaign going viral also comes great backlash. There is no shortage of disparaging comments to go along with the great cheers for those raising funds for ALS and other charities of their choice this summer. Many aren’t happy to see water being so carelessly tossed around and the spotlight being taken away from other charitable organizations.

To be perfectly honest, I have enjoyed watching many, many videos of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in particular Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Shemar Moore, Aerosmith, Kate Hudson, Susan Sarandon and Tom Hiddleston to name a few. I’ve also enjoyed seeing several of my friends take part as well. It has been a welcome relief after the shocking news of the death of comedic genius Robin Williams last month. I needed the silliness and laughter.

In the true international fashion of today’s social media, I was nominated for the #ALSIceBucketChallenge by my friend Steve in England. I accepted – my daughter and my niece were thrilled to be armed with buckets of ice and water to douse me! I chose to stand in a vegetable garden so the water we used would also help our veggies grow. I used the challenge to donate to ALS, as well as some local animal rescue groups in California that I am familiar with and support, Treasured Tails Canine Rescue, and Precious Paws. I also donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in support of mental health awareness. I encourage everyone to donate to these organizations. Whether it’s a monetary donation, your time or needed supplies these charities or others in your area will appreciate your efforts to make your community a better place!

I nominated my friend Doug in California, my friend, guitarist Tim Farriss of the Australian band INXS and singer Billy Idol (who has a new album and autobiography out this autumn but we’ll get to that in another post!). We look forward to seeing your videos guys!

Here’s my video below

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Camp Freddy Live at the Roxy and Gearing Up for the West of Memphis Soundtrack

Dave Navarro interviewing author Damien Echols

Dave Navarro interviewing author Damien Echols

Apparently his week-long run performing as the titular character in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Roxy in November was not enough for Donovan Leitch.  This Thursday, the 20th, Donovan returns to the famous Hollywood club as Camp Freddy begin their sixth annual holiday residency.  As expected the three consecutive nights sold out as fans eagerly await not only the band, but also the unexpected guests who join them.  Given that Camp Freddy’s members are the aforementioned actor / singer Donovan Leitch, Billy Morrison (The Cult, Billy Idol band), Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult, Neurotic Outsiders), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) and Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney, it is not a surprise that there are many friends of the band that join them to perform.  Considering that guests have included Billy Idol, Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols (who was also Sorum’s band mate in Neurotic Outsiders), Slash, Kid Rock, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Macy Grey, there is no telling who will show up to join the band on stage.

For those of us who were unable to get tickets for the show, we can get through the season knowing that we can purchase the soundtrack for West of Memphis which will include Camp Freddy’s cover of David Bowie’s “The Jean Genie.”  The documentary film, directed by Amy J. Berg (the Academy Award nominated Deliver Us from Evil), follows the case of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., collectively known as the “West Memphis Three.”  Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley, Jr. were arrested and convicted as teenagers for the murders of three children in West Memphis, AR in the mid-nineties.  Although DNA evidence collected ultimately exonerated the trio, they spent 18 years in jail, with Echols serving a death sentence, while Baldwin and Misskelley received life imprisonment sentences. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the soundtrack will be used to raise funds for the exoneration of Echols, Baldwin and Misskelley, Jr.

Damien Echols, one of the producers of West of Memphis, released his critically acclaimed autobiography, Life After Death, earlier this year.

West of Memphis will be in selected theaters on Tuesday, December 25th.  The soundtrack will be released through Sony Legacy on January 15, 2013.

Here’s a look back at some previous Camp Freddy shows to get you pumped up for this weekend’s Christmas residency at the Roxy. If you make it to the shows, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below. Or post a link to your photos and videos of the Camp Freddy shows!

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Camp Freddy Reveal Christmas Residency Details

Camp Freddy, the Los Angeles based jam band consisting of Billy Morrison (Billy Idol/The Cult), Dave Navarro (Janes Addiction/The Panic Channel), Matt Sorum (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer Donovan), and Chris Chaney (Janes Addiction/Alanis Morrisette), will once again take over the Roxy on Sunset for a string of Christmas dates during December. Today, the band announced they will play three shows, on December 3rd, 10th and 17th at the Roxy. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 5th via the Roxy and Ticketmaster. Ticket prices are $20 per show + fees and there are a very limited number of VIP packages available for $90 + fees which admit you to all three shows, give you the opportunity to attend a soundcheck, and have a meet & greet with the band.

Recent special guests for some of Camp Freddy’s private gigs have included Sammy Hagar, Duff McKagan, Steve Stevens and Macy Gray. There hasn’t been any indication of ‘themed’ nights such as last year’s 70’s, 80’s & 90’s themed weeks or who the guests will be. Your guess is as good as mine but one thing is for certain, don’t delay in grabbing those tickets this Friday because they will go quickly!

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Billy Idol To Play KLOS Christmas Show

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There may still be a handful of tickets left for these upcoming Billy Idol shows across California! Why not treat someone to an early holiday gift or great night out?

Tickets are on sale now for all shows via Ticketmaster/Live Nation.

Singer Billy Idol will headline Mark & Brian’s annual Christmas Show for classic rock station KLOS 95.5 on December 16, 2010 at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

The KLOS pre-sale begins on Thursday, November 4th with the public on sale beginning on Saturday, November 6th via Ticketmaster. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center.

Mark & Brian will open the show with their all-star band including Paul Rodgers, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, John Waite, Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham. Comedian Ron White will get the evening started. Tune in to Mark & Brian on KLOS 95.5 every morning as they are sure to have an interview with Billy Idol before the big Christmas show and likely to give away some great concert tickets to the event.

Billy Idol will close out 2010 with a handful of Holiday shows in mid December around California including:

  • Wed 12/15 San Diego, CA: House of Blues 
  • Thurs 12/16 Los Angeles, CA : Nokia Theater
  • Sat 12/18 Ventura, CA: Ventura Theater
  • Mon 12/20 San Francisco, CA: Fillmore
  • Tues 12/21 San Francisco, CA: Fillmore

Tickets are on sale now for all shows via Ticketmaster/Live Nation.

Billy Idol also has his self-penned memoir, Dancing With Myself, in the works which is due out from Touchstone, a division of Simon & Schuster in late 2011 or early 2012. Idol has never shied away from the truth of his rock & roll lifestyle so this is likely to be a great tell all unlike many of the glossed over auto-biographies we tend to see.

Idol also debuted several new tracks during his summer 2010 tour including one called Love Is Strange. Expect a new album & tour by the end of next year as well.

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Camp Freddy Gears Up for Christmas 2010 Residency

by Cindy Robinson

Camp Freddy is gearing up for their annual Christmas residency, a series of club shows in Los Angeles that always feature a diverse rock & roll lineup with an equally eclectic audience packed in to see their performances.

The band, consisting of guitarist Billy Morrison (Billy Idol band, the Cult), Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Rockstar: INXS), Matt Sorum (Guns & Roses, Velvet Revolver), Donovan Leitch and Chris Chaney have released their teaser, showing highlights from 2009’s Christmas residency at the Roxy.

The Christmas 2010 dates will be released soon so keep an eye on what Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison have to say! Previous guests have included Steve Stevens, Chester Bennington, Macy Gray, Steve Jones, Travis Barker, Chrissie Hynde, Cypress Hill, Billy Idol, Steven Tyler, Joan Jett and the list goes on and on. You never know who will show up to these shows! They are almost guaranteed to sell out so be sure to grab a ticket quickly.

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Billy Idol Rocks the Palladium

Photos & story by Cindy Robinson

Here’s a link to the Billy Idol show we covered recently. Please pardon our dust as we get set up in a shiny new home, with a new name but the same great coverage and more to come!

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Billy Idol

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