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Billy Idol Heads Back To Australia For Two Headline Shows Next Year

Friday 16 August 2019

Billy Idol Heads Back To Australia For Two Headline Shows Next Year

English rock icon and Grammy nominee Billy Idol is heading back to Australia next year January and February for a pair of special headline shows. On what will be his first visit since 2015, he will be landing at the Brisbane Riverstage then will make his way to Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.

He will be bringing his full band back down under, including his long-time collaborator and legendary lead-guitarist, Steve Stevens. In further exciting news, the singer is the first artist to be announced on the Australian Open's 2020 AO Live Stage. Full line-up and ticketing information for the 2020 AO Live Stage will be revealed in October.

Idol's place in rock & roll history is one of legend. Born William Michael Albert Broad in Middlesex, England, his tale is an extraordinary one. From a childhood spent between Long Island, NY and the UK of the '60s/'70s, his brash, bold and searingly honest voice has endeared him to fans worldwide. Idol first took his moniker back in 1976 as part of seminal London band, Generation X. Years of in-your-face attitude and fire are all across hits including 'To Be A Lover', 'Mony Mony', 'Sweet Sixteen', 'Cradle Of Love', 'L.A. Woman', 'Don't Need A Gun', 'Hot In The City', 'Save Me Now'—songs that instantly catapulted him on a meteoric rise to stardom.

His best-selling 2014 autobiography, Dancing With Myself, offers the sort of eye-opening anecdotes full of drugs, sex, and rock 'n' roll that only he can tell. 2014 also saw him release his eighth studio album—his first album of new material in 10 years—'Kings & Queens of the Underground'.

This year, fans can relive Idol's early years via the recently released special edition of 'Generation X', remastered from that album's original ¼" production tapes. The special package features additional tracks and non-album singles, B-sides, 11 unreleased outtakes and more.

The icon is currently on the road in the USA alongside Bryan Adams, while October will see him perform a 10-date Las Vegas residency. As well as his trip down under, 2020 will also see Idol receive a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

Joining Billy Idol on all dates are Melbourne rockers, The Delta Riggs. The stomping four-piece are no strangers to Aussie rock fans, with their latest single 'Reality' released just recently. In September, The Delta Riggs will head to the UK for a series of shows in support of their upcoming fourth album 'Modern Pressure', due out September 6, before joining Idol on stage next year.

Also performing in Brisbane and Sydney are The Kids. Channelling their teenage angst into their music, The Kids' rage-fuelled rock embraces the punk and grunge greats of the past, with their inspirations ranging from Nirvana, Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains, to Generation X, Black Flag and the Sex Pistols. Check out singles 'I Just Wanna Be Happy' and 'I Thought My Family Was Rich'.

Grab your tickets and catch the inimitable Billy Idol, live next year!