Music icon Billy Idol will return to the UK in 2022 with The Roadside Tour featuring new music, a stack of timeless classics and his long-time lead guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens. For his first appearances in the UK since 2018, Billy will play 6 Arena dates in June 2022 including Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on June 19, 2022.
For forty-five years, Billy Idol has been one of the faces and voices of rock n roll, with an artistic resume to match the brilliant light of the image. First as the camera-ready front man for Generation X, between 1977 and 1981 Idol emerged with three albums that made positivity, emotional depth, and high pop synonymous with punk rock. During the 1980s, he embraced the new MTV music channel, videos for White Wedding, Rebel Yell and Eyes Without A Face established Idol as one of the iconic performers of his generation, a position he still holds today.
Motorcycle Crash Inspired New Billy Idol Release
The global lockdown of 2020 gave Billy time to reflect. While writing the new music that would become his latest release, The Roadside EP, Idol’s thoughts turned to his near-fatal motorcycle accident of 1990, how he dealt with it and how it related to the current crisis.
“It seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident,” he says. “I may have been saying, well, this is what people go through when they are in trouble. I think I was unconsciously making that connection.
“Certainly, the motorcycle accident was the catharsis, the wake-up moment. Maybe I left behind the irreverent, youthful Billy and opened the door for a more attentive father and more sensitive musician. Something did get left by the roadside, but it was not necessarily a bad thing in the end.”
Go-Go’s To support Billy Idol on 2022 UK Dates
Billy is looking forward to his UK return. “I can’t wait to get back on the road in the UK again,” Billy adds, “and enjoy that exhilaration and energy that only comes from playing in front of a live British audience.”
Supporting Billy Idol are very special guests The Go-Go’s making their first UK appearance for 26 years. Formed in California in 1978, The Go-Go’s became the first all-female band writing their own material and playing their own instruments to top the U.S. Billboard album chart with their multi-platinum debut, Beauty And The Beat. The album also earned the band a Grammy® Award nomination for Best New Artist and skyrocketed them to superstardom.
- Tickets for The Roadside Tour 2022 can be purchased from www.aegpresents.co.uk/billy-idol.