Billy Idol, who released The Cage EP today via Dark Horse Records, will be joined by Toyah and Television on six arena dates in the UK next month.
Co-producer Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, BØRNS), co-wrote three tracks with Idol, Stevens and Joe Janiak (Ellie Goulding, Adam Lambert). “Coming out of the lockdown era, people had a lot of energy stored up,” English says. “That was the inspiration for Cage. Getting out there and doing the things we’ve been missing. And that includes not being afraid to do a raucous punk rock song like Cage. And we didn’t worry about whether it fits in anywhere because it just sounds so Billy.”
The Cage builds upon the momentum from last year’s release of The Roadside EP. Idol has once again flexed his collaborative spirit and called upon contemporary collaborators to help expand his already vast musical palette. “The last EP, we were kind of warming up to this,” says Idol. “This EP is a lot more coming at you. Loads more guitar. And that’s a lot of fun.
“We were pretty fired up by the fact that we hadn’t played for a couple of years, and suddenly we were bursting on stage, and it kind of woke us up to what the next EP could be: That it could be a little more strum und drang, a little more coming at you, a little more rock ‘n’ roll, a little more fuck you. Well, a tiny bit of fuck you, anyhow. The bottom line is we had a lot of fun doing it.”
Recorded at Studio America and MDDN Studios in Los Angeles, the 4-track EP includes production contributions from English, Zakk Cervini (Blink 182, Machine Gun Kelly) and Butch Walker (Green Day, Weezer). It is Billy’s second release on the relaunched Dark Horse Records, a label initially created in 1974 by George Harrison and now led by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine.
With work progressing on a Jonas Akerlund-directed (Paul McCartney, Madonna) documentary, Billy has a run of 2022 worldwide tour dates, hitting the UK in October 2022 with Toyah and Television.
“We’re looking forward to having Toyah join us in the UK,” said Billy. “This is the final piece in what is going to be an epic show.”
“I am thrilled to be opening for Billy Idol on The Roadside Tour,” Toyah said. “Billy is an icon whose music has thrilled millions worldwide and continues to do so. Billy has created a style of rock that has gone on to inspire generation after generation. Rebel Yell, White Wedding and Mony Mony are up there with the all-time greats. I can’t wait to start the tour, and I am excited to be included in the fabulous lineup alongside Television, who made one of the first albums I ever bought.”
Following their performance earlier this month at Rio De Janeiro’s Rock In Rio with Green Day, Billy is currently in mainland Europe and after the UK dates, he has a five-show residency at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, from November 11-19.
Remaining Billy Idol dates
September 23––Halle, DE––Peibnitz Insel
September 25––Budapest, HU––Budapest Park
September 26––Vienna, AT––Gasometer Wien
September 29––Frankfurt, DE––Festhalle
September 30––Nuremburg, DE––Arena Nuremburg
October 3––Munich, DE––Olympiahalle
October 5––Berlin, DE––Mercedes Benz Arena
October 6––Hamburg, DE––Barclays Arena
October 8––Lingen, DE––Emsland Arena
October 11––Dusseldorf, DE––Mitsubishi Electric Halle
November 11––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 12––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 16––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 18––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 19––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan