US: Billy Idol announces new EP The Cage via Dark Horse Records
Billy Idol - The Cage EP (c) Dark Horse Records/BMG
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illy Idol has announced new music with the release of The Cage EP on September 23 via Dark Horse Records/BMG. The Cage follows the release of Idol’s 2021 The Roadside EP, which included the Top 15 hit 'Bitter Taste' and received praise from fans and critics alike. As on The Roadside EP, Idol is joined on the new project by his longtime collaborator, co-writer, and guitarist Steve Stevens.
In celebration of the upcoming release, Idol debuts the EP’s punk rock-infused lead single, 'Cage', alongside an accompanying Steven Sebring-directed video (Patti Smith, Jack White).
Said Idol: “The last EP, we were kind of warming up to this. 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 fck you! Well, a tiny bit of fck 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).
In support of the forthcoming release, Idol is planning a run of 2022 worldwide tour dates. The tour includes performances at Rio De Janeiro’s Rock In Rio, London’s Wembley Stadium, Berlin’s Mercedes Benz Arena, as well as a five-show residency at Las Vegas’ The Cosmopolitan from November 11-19.
For forty-five years, Billy Idol has been one of the faces and voices of rock’n’roll. First as the camera-ready frontman for Generation X, between 1977 and 1981 Idol emerged with three albums that made positivity, emotional depth, and high pop synonymous with punk rock. In 1982, Idol embarked on a remarkable transatlantic/trans-genre solo career that integrated clubland throb, wide-screen depth and drama, rockabilly desperation, the bold and simple lines of punk, and rock’n’roll decadence.
The Cage EP is Idol’s second release on Dark Horse Records, a label initially created in 1974 by George Harrison and now led by Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine. Other Dark Horse artists include George Harrison himself, Joe Strummer, and Ravi Shankar.
August 17, 2022 4:00am ET by Pressparty