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Happy birthday, Billy Idol…

I’m a huge Billy Idol fan. I’ve heard all the albums he has done over the years. I just love his songs and his singing style. He’s also a huge inspiration for my own music. When he sings I love how he sings with grit, distortion or a rasp whatever you want to call it. Singing with a little “growling” but not quite. Billy has the full package for sure. He not only has talent but he also looks great on stage and entertaining as hell to watch when he performs. I’m trying to sing like how he does myself, that gritty and raspy voice that he has. It’s hard to get down, it’s not easy. I’ve looked up to Billy Idol for many years. While he still makes great music, I prefer his older stuff in the 80’s.

Kev

Book Review: Dancing With Myself

http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-Myself-Billy-Idol/dp/1451628501

This week I finally finished reading Billy Idol’s book, “Dancing With Myself”. I have been a fan of his music for a long time. I’ve listened to his music and watched all of his videos on MTV back in my high school years. Like most, I always thought the dude was badass. The spike blond hair, the famous lip curl that he does and he also has one of the coolest singing voices in rock. Billy Idol started out playing punk music with Generation X but when he went solo he decided to take his music to a different turn by playing dance-rock music. Play rock music that you can dance to with songs like “Rebel Yell”, “Dancing With Myself”, “White Wedding” and many others. Even if you never bought his albums, I’m sure everyone have seen a video of his on MTV and heard a song of his on the radio. This guy is everywhere and he continues to be everywhere in the music industry today.

This was a very interesting book. It tells the story that goes from his childhood to today. Even though he had a difficult and challenging life growing up, he was still able to make his dreams come true by becoming a big rock star. Like most rock stars, he too went through an addiction with drugs, alcohol and sex. While he did have a lot of crazy and funny stories to tell, I was most interested in the punk music scene. Yeah, he talked a lot about the punk rock scene which was interesting stuff. I loved all the punk stories he told.

He also talked about the failure of his controversial “Cyberpunk” album, which after the release of that album… he took a long hiatus from the music business. I remember that too. I remember buying that “Cyberpunk” album when it came out on CD back in 1993. I don’t have it anymore, though because I think I got rid of that album and I regret getting rid of it ’cause I thought that was a great album even if the critical reception wasn’t very well received for that album. I thought the album was different and respected Billy Idol for doing something risky. I wanna get that album back somehow but it’s not even available in Itunes. I could probably get it from Amazon though.

One thing, though, I thought it was interesting that Billy Idol was almost hired for the T-1000 role for the film, “Terminator 2: Judgement Day”. It’s true. Billy talked about auditioning for the role with James Cameron for the film. James really liked Billy as the T-1000 but Billy couldn’t get the role ’cause of his motorcycle accident he had. I remembered a lot of stuff he talked about in the book but a few new things I learned and Billy almost landing a role in “T-2: Judgement Day” was new to me, WOW!

You should give this book a read if you’re a fan of Billy Idol’s music like me. As you can tell, I’ve been a fan of rock n’ roll music my whole life, ever since I was a kid and I used to idolize Billy Idol and still do today. After reading this book, I’ll probably get his new album, “Kings and Queens of the Underground”. I’ll get that album this week probably.

Billy Idol is one guy who totally deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it’s amazing he hasn’t been considered yet. This guy had a big hand in changing the music industry. He was also one of the first artists to help launch MTV. He was very important to MTV and he helped MTV take the world by storm with his videos. That was back in the day when MTV was a “music” station.

This book is a great read. It was easy to read and pretty quick. I couldn’t put it down and you’ll be addicted once you start reading the first page. I’m glad Billy Idol finally did his memoir.

Kev

Why I love to read rock memoirs by rock stars…

I love to read books written by rock stars. Many famous rock stars have written their own memoirs (or autobiographies) over the years. Rock stars writing their own memoirs is becoming quite a huge trend in the music industry. I have read lots of rock star memoirs. I’ve read books by Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Gregg Allman, Sammy Hagar, Ace Frehley, Dave Mustaine, Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Dee Snider, Pete Townshend, Joey Ramone, etc.

Today, I have just purchased Billy Idol’s new memoir, “Dancing With Myself” for the Ipad in Ibooks. I have been a long time fan of Billy Idol and have been interested in reading his book for a long time. I’m interested in reading his story so I can’t wait to start reading his book soon.

I like reading rock memoirs ’cause they’re simply put, interesting to read. I like to learn the history of their life and career. That’s what they’re for pretty much. It’s an opportunity to get to know them better. Even if you have never met these guys in person, you feel like you already know them but you wanna know more so you read their books. I think it’s important for every music lover in America to read these books. If you really wanna become a big time music expert, you should read all this stuff ’cause it’s good research material.

I think their stories deserve to be told ’cause we get an idea of how they became rock stars and why they do what they do. All that stuff.

There are still plenty of other rock star memoirs out there that I still need to read that I haven’t gotten to yet but will soon. I still need to read Joe Satriani’s book, “Strange Beautiful Music”… gotta get that one at some point.

I think another reason why these guys write their own books is ’cause they want to give you a reality check of what the music industry is really like. Is the music industry always fun and positive as it looks? Not always. There’s going to be ups and downs in the music industry. Being a famous rock star isn’t always fun as it looks.

I can’t wait to start reading Billy Idol’s book. Not gonna read it now ’cause I’m reading a different book about Led Zeppelin (a book NOT written by the band, a book written by Mick Wall).

This is becoming a trend ’cause we’re at the point where all the iconic rock stars from the past are aging and they’ve achieved all that they needed to do so they feel that their story needed to be told. They don’t write these books for the money at all.

I hope more rock stars continue to write them. I wish James Hetfield would write his story ’cause that would be interesting. I also would like David Bowie to write his book (I did read somewhere that he is doing one).

I just enjoy reading them. They can be pretty informative when you want to learn about music.

Kev

Report: Billy Idol is set to write his first ever autobiography!!!

Billy Idol, the legendary controversial punk rocker, has made a deal with Touchstone (a division of Simon & Schuster) publishing company to write his first time ever autobiography. The name of the novel will be titled, “Dancing With Myself”, named after one of his hit radio singles. Billy Idol is a punk rock pioneer who sang for earlier punk rock bands such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Generation X, and of course, he had a very successful solo career run with his longtime guitarist, Steve Stevens. This blond spiked hair British guy had a huge music career in the 80’s, but his music career started to tank when he did that 1993 techno album, “Cyberpunk”. After that album, Billy Idol took a long hiatus to do some acting in movies. In 1995 Billy Idol reunited with guitarist Steve Stevens to release, “Devil’s Playground”. Billy promises this autobiography will include everything about his life, yes, that means: drugs, booze, women. Billy Idol announces the news at his official website, here.

Oh yeah, I’m a big Billy Idol fan, so I’m definitely buying this when it hits the bookshelves for sure! His latest album, “Devil’s Playground” never got the popularity it deserved but I think that album was the best album of his career. Hope Billy will do another new album with Steve pretty soon.

Kev

Report: Billy Idol to join Aerosmith? Another strange rumour…

What do you all think? Do you think this British spiked white haired badass named, Billy Idol, has what it takes to front Aerosmith? It was rumoured from Classic Rock Magazine that Joe Perry definitely wants him.

http://www.digitalspy.com/music/news/a200330/billy-idol-for-aerosmith-auditions.html

In my opinion, I think he might be the right guy. Idol has quite a range in his vocals and he could give the Aerosmith songs a different feel. His voice sounds different than Steven’s but Idol is an interesting choice. Idol has performed in cover bands in his past I’m sure and I think he could possibly nail Aerosmith hits perfectly.

Kev

Report: Billy Idol to release greatest hits album this summer…

BIlly Idol has recorded two brand new original songs with longtime guitarist Steve Stevens for the upcoming new greatest hits album, “The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself”. The album will include two discs, which one being the audio CD and the 2nd being the free DVD along with it, the DVD includes official videos of all the hits and a few live performances.

The tracklisting for “Idolize Yourself” is here:

CD

01. Dancing With Myself
02. Hot In The City
03. White Wedding Part 1
04. Rebel Yell
05. Eyes Without A Face
06. Flesh For Fantasy
07. Catch My Fall
08. To Be A Lover
09. Don’t Need A Gun
10. Sweet Sixteen
11. Mony, Mony (Live)
12. Cradle Of Love
13. L.A. Woman
14. Shock To The System
15. Speed
16. World Comin’ Down
17. John Wayne
18. New Future Weapon

DVD (Deluxe Edition CD/DVD):

01. Dancing With Myself
02. Hot In The City
03. White Wedding, Part 1
04. Rebel Yell
05. Eyes Without A Face
06. Flesh For Fantasy
07. Catch My Fall
08. To Be A Lover
09. Don’t Need A Gun
10. Sweet Sixteen
11. Mony, Mony (Live)
12. Cradle Of Love
13. L.A. Woman

“Idolize Yourself” will be released in stores everywhere June 24th.

More on it here:

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/press_releases/the_best_of_billy_idol_idolize_yourself.html

As a fan of Billy Idol I’ll probably wind up getting this. This guy rules! This guy was one of the coolest rock stars back in those days in the 80’s. Gotta love his singing voice and the white spiked hair. Billy continues to release new albums occasionally but he is not a mainstream artist anymore like he once was.

Kev