Billy Idol Announces Book Tour for Upcoming Autobiography
Billy Idol will embark on a book tour to promote his upcoming memoir 'Dancing With Myself,' with stops in Ridgewood, N.J., on Oct. 6, New York on Oct. 8, Los Angeles on Oct. 11, and Tempe, Ariz., on Oct. 13.
Even though he's best remembered as a punk rocker turned MTV superstar, Idol promises that the book (which comes out on Oct. 7) will reveal another side.
"You know me as Billy Idol, the hell-raising rebel who’s lived life to the full -- sometimes fuller than life would allow," Idol notes in a book announcement on his website. "But I am also William Michael Albert Broad, a working-class kid from the suburbs of London: a dreamer with his nose forever in a book, cursed with feeling too much, dreaming too big and suffering slights too deeply. Life gave me a golden key when I fell in love with rock ’n’ roll (thanks to the music in my Irish mum’s blood), and a whole new world opened up to me."
'Dancing With Myself,' named after Idol's 1981 debut solo single, traces his rise from frontman of the U.K. punk band Generation X to worldwide fame thanks to MTV's constant playing of his videos. Along the way, he was nominated for three Grammys and released three platinum-selling albums between 1983-90, highlighted by 'Rebel Yell.'
All of this, a news release for the book claims, will be "rendered with the in-your-face attitude and fire [Idol's] fans have embraced for decades."