BILLY IDOL returns next month with a brand new EP.
His first new music in seven years, The Roadside features four new songs co-written with longtime collaborator Steve Stevens and produced by Green Day and Weezer producer Butch Walker.
During the past year, Idol has found himself in reflective mode and as such the EP's lead track and first single 'Bitter Taste' find him ruminating on his near-fatal 1990 motorcycle accident.
“I think everyone has been feeling more reflective (during the pandemic)," he says. "So, it seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident. Certainly, the motorcycle accident was the catharsis, the wake-up moment. A little bit of me got left on that roadside. But it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing in the end; it was a wake-up call. Maybe on that roadside I left behind the irreverent youthful Billy and opened the door for a more attentive father and a more sensitive musician.”
The single is accompanied by a new video by esteemed US photographer and filmmaker Steven Sebring.
The Roadside is Idol's first release under a new deal with Dark Horse Records, the label originally founded by George Harrison and now relaunched by his son Dhani Harrison and David Zonshine. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Billy Idol to the Dark Horse Records family," says Dhani. "Billy is a legend and his music couldn’t fit the Dark Horse persona any better. I’ve loved his music throughout my whole life so to be able to give this new music a home on our historic label is a massive honour.”
Set for release on 17 September, The Roadside is available to pre-order here.
Pic by Steven Sebring