Out Now: Billy Idol Emerges from ‘The Cage’ with Fist-Pumping, Energetic New EP (Listen/Buy)

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Welcome back, Billy Idol.

Today, Sept. 23, the beloved English singer/songwriter/proud grandfather returned with a new four-song EP, and The Cage finds the 66-year-old revved-up, energetic and loving life.

Take the triumphant, fist-pumping title track as an example:

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Its release date comes almost exactly one year after the Sept. 2021 release of The Roadside, another four-song EP of gritty, resilient and empowering anthems from the English rock icon, produced by Butch Walker.

In the time since the previous EP’s release, Idol and his band — featuring renowned guitarist Steve Stevens — hit the road for massive touring (slowed only by a need for surgery to fix a sinus infection). Getting back out on the road after the pandemic years forced Idol and his crew to stay in and reflect (and pen the songs that wound up on The Roadside), and that was apparently the spark they needed for more creative expression:

“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 f*ck you! Well, a tiny bit of f*ck you, anyhow. The bottom line is we had a lot of fun doing it.”

“Running from the Ghost” also has a new music video, featuring footage from some recent concerts in South America — Idol’s first there in more than three decades.

As for the musicians involved in the project:

Recorded at Studio America and MDDN Studios in Los Angeles, the 4-track EP includes production contributions from Tommy English (Kacey Musgraves, BØRNS), Zakk Cervini (Blink 182, Machine Gun Kelly), Joe Janiak (Ellie Goulding, Adam Lambert) and Butch Walker (Green Day, Weezer) while English also co-wrote three of the EP’s tracks with Idol.

Stream it below.

Catch Billy Idol, Steve Stevens and their band mates on the road in the months ahead:

September 23––Halle, Germany––Peibnitz Insel
September 25––Budapest, HU––Budapest Park
September 26––Vienna, AT––Gasometer Wien
September 29––Frankfurt, DE––Festhalle
September 30––Nuremburg, DE––Arena Nuremburg
October 3––Munich, DE––Olympiahalle
October 5––Berlin, DE––Mercedes Benz Arena
October 6––Hamburg, DE––Barclays Arena
October 8––Lingen, DE––Emsland Arena
October 11––Dusseldorf, DE––Mitsubishi Electric Halle
October 13––Manchester, UK––AO Arena*
October 17––Cardiff, UK––Motorpoint Arena*
October 19––London, UK––Ovo Arena Wembley*
October 21––Glasglow, UK––Ovo Hydro Arena*
October 23––Birmingham, UK––Resorts World Arena*
October 25––Leeds, UK––First Direct Arena*
November 11––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 12––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 16––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 18––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
November 19––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
*w/ special guests Television and Toyah

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