The opening line of Billy Idol’s power ballad, White Wedding, sets the tone and style for an Idol song. The first new album of original material is scheduled to be released this coming October through his own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services and it will be interesting to see how much Idol’s style has changed or is left unchanged after almost a decade of no original tracks.
The album will debut alongside Idol’s autobiography, “Dancing With Myself” through Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint in early October. Idol’s last album was released in 2006, a collection of holiday songs, called “Happy Holidays”. It’s been almost ten years since his last original content album was released in 2005. Devil’s Playground.
A three time Grammy Award Nominee, Idol has 16 top 40 hit singles including “Dancing with Myself, Rebel Yell, and of course White Wedding. Nine of his 16 hits climbed into the top ten. He had two number one hits but neither are considered the top of his collection. Cradle of Love landed on the rock list and number two on the Hot 100 list. Mony Money hit number one on the Hot 100 list. Dancing With Myself was Idol’s first bonafide hit and entry into the top of the dance club charts way back in 1981.
Recently Idol has been touring the European music scene and there is no definitive ground work on a U.S. tour to support his new album. He will continue his current tour schedule through 2015. An English born rocker, Idol was one of the first pop-stars to take on the “Generation X” label. A punk rocker with attitude, Idol fit seamlessly into the hair band bubble gum rock of the 1980′s.