He hasn't had a hit in more than a decade. His most high-profile appearance in recent years was as an airline passenger in Adam Sandler's "The Wedding Singer." Billy Idol's been busy of late, though, and he figures he can rally the nostalgia troops 'round his "Rebel Yell" one more time.
The perma-sneering rocker will play a dozen U.S. dates to bridge the gap between his recent Greatest Hits collection and a new studio album promised for release in early 2002. Idol kicks things off in Las Vegas on June 15 and wraps up in Indiana on July 1.
The tour is likely to be a mix of stripped-down acoustic versions and cranked-up rock takes on hits such as "Dancing With Myself," "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face," according to a label spokesperson.
This spring, Idol shot a VH1 "Storytellers" episode in which he and longtime guitarist Steve Stevens reinterpreted those hits and others. The show is set to air sometime this summer.
Billy Idol tour dates, according to EMI/Capitol:
- 6/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
- 6/16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Web Theatre
- 6/17 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rialto
- 6/20 - Albuquerque, NM @ Kiva Auditorium
- 6/21 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
- 6/23 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheatre
- 6/24 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
- 6/26 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
- 6/27 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
- 6/29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Iron City Light Amphitheatre
- 6/30 - Cleveland, OH @ TBA
- 7/1 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center