Billy Idol Shares Gritty, Confessional “Bitter Taste” Video, New ‘Roadside EP’ Produced by Butch Walker 9/17 (Pre-Order)


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On Sept. 17, legendary rocker Billy Idol will return with The Roadside EP, his first release since 2014’s Kings & Queens of the Underground. The new collection was announced officially on Wednesday, and came with the premiere of a song called “Bitter Taste.”

Featuring Idol — clad in a leather jacket, of course — walking around by himself at twilight around a shady motel and through fields, it also finds him confronting the emotions of of his near-fatal 1990 motorcycle accident, now 31 years ago:

The song and EP were produced by Butch Walker, noted for his work with an eclectic mix of talent over the years including Green Day, Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, Train, Pink and more.

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The new songs also feature Idol’s longtime guitarist and collaborator Steve Stevens, with a news release noting that Roadside “was conceived, recorded, and mixed almost entirely under the shadow of the pandemic.”

Said Billy Idol of “Bitter Taste” and its stark video:

“I think everyone has been feeling more reflective (during the pandemic). So, it seemed quite logical and natural to write something about my motorcycle accident,” Idol explains. “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 EP’s track listing:

1. Rita Hayworth
2. Bitter Taste
3. U Don’t Have To Kiss Me Like That
4. Baby Put Your Clothes Back On

The new song comes on the heels of Idol appearing with Miley Cyrus at Lollapalooza, where they performed “Night Crawling,” their collaboration featured on Cyrus’ 2020 album Plastic Hearts:

Billy Idol’s 2021 tour dates:

August 12––Airway Heights, WA––Northern Quest Resort
August 15––Tulalip, WA–– Tulalip Resort Casino
August 17––Manson, WA––Deep Water Amphitheater
August 19––Saratoga, CA––Mountain Winery
August 21––Napa, CA––Oxbow Riverstage
September 4––Palmer, AK––Alaska Sate Fair
September 18––West Springfield, MA––The Big E
September 19––Asbury Park, NJ––Sea.Hear.Now Festival
September 22––Post Chester, NY––The Capitol Theatre
September 24––Roanoke, VA––Elmwood Park
September 25––Charles Town, WV––Hollywood Casino
October 16-17––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
October 22-23––Las Vegas, NV––The Cosmopolitan
October 26––Playa Mujeres, MX––The Sands Festival


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