Billy Idol Announces Summer Tour 2010
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:
Sat 5th Moscow, Russia SCCH Russia
Mon 7th St. Petersburg, Russia Ice Hall
Wed 9th Helsinki, Finland Ice Hall
Sat 11th Malmo, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
Sun 13th Donington Park, UK Download Festival
Wed 16th Nr Nurenburg, Germany Arbenburg, Burg
Fri 18th Athens, Greece Apostolos Nikolaidis
Sun 20th Skopje, Macedonia Skopsko Lizgaliste
Mon 21st Belgrade, Serbia Usce Park
Tue 22nd Zagreb, Croatia T Music Festival
Thu 24th Ljubjiana, Slovenia Hala Tivoli
Fri 25th Vienna, Austria Danube Island
Sun 27th Prague, Czech Republic Sasazu
Tue 29th Ravensburg, Germany Oberschubenhalle
Thur 1st Sopron, Hungary Volt Festival
Sat 3rd Germany Potsdam Festival
Sun 4th Bremen, Germany Freeload Festival
Thu 8th Bonn, Germany Museumplatz
Fri 9th Huttweil, Switzerland Rocksound Festival
Sun 11th Weert, Holland Bospop Festival
Mon 12th Amsterdam, Holland Paradiso