The former Generation X singer will release a new four-track EP titled The Roadside on September 17, and in advance of the record, drops ‘Bitter Tate’ as a digital single.
Billy Idol reveals that the bulk of The Roadside EP was written, recorded and mixed during lockdown with the help of Idol’s longtime lead guitarist and songwriter partner, Steve Stevens. The record, which Butch Walker produced, is Idol’s first collection of new original songs since his 2014 album Kings & Queens of the Underground.
The Roadside can be pre-ordered now on CD, on vinyl and as a limited-edition blue-vinyl LP, as well as digitally.
‘Bitter Taste,’ co-written by Idol and Stevens, was inspired by Billy’s 1990 motorcycle accident that left him with a seriously injured leg.
“I think everyone has been feeling more reflective during the lockdown. 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.”
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