OK so to answer just a few of the questions that I am getting right now…….. I will be releasing a solo album later this year. The concept is an album called “Ideas And Inspirations” – half the album will be original material and half will be covers of songs that were incredibly important to me for one reason or another when I was just beginning to hone my craft and starting to believe that a career in music was possible. None of the covers are huge, massive well-known hits……. I chose songs that were album tracks, or particular songs that were one-off releases, but that really hit home to me for any number of reasons……. and mostly by bands that you may not know……. bands that made me feel like I had discovered something for myself. The original material are tracks that I have co-written with friends, and not for any reason other than to collaborate with people in my life that are important to me. My partner in crime for this record is Erik Eldenius, who plays drums with me in the Billy Idol band. And I’m sure that one or two friends may end up playing or singing a few things along the way. As with everything I do, I have no idea about when, where or how this thing will come out yet. All I am sure about is the “why” – and that is because music is important to me, and my relationships with friends, , colleagues, peers and other bands and songs are strong enough reason to record music and share it with the world. More details (probably including the track listing) next month.
As many of you know, my friend and singer of seminal goth band FLESH FOR LULU, Nick Marsh has been battling cancer. At one point he was in remission and was fighting hard to bring Flesh For Lulu back to the US for some shows. Being a huge fan of the band, and having been greatly inspired by them, I supported that effort and believe that we will still get to that goal in the end. But sometimes Life throws us all a curveball and we have to change the plan. Nick’s cancer has returned and he has just spent time in a London hospital getting the treatment he needs. He is the ultimate fighter and he is doing what he does best right now – fighting. But as a musician, he receives no sick pay and needs a little bit of help with the huge costs associated with battling this disease. Please CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT NICKS CANCER FUND.
A friend of mine, Greg Hutting, who has actually bought paintings of mine (one of which helped the Flesh For Lulu fund) asked me if he could paint a portrait of me that we could perhaps sell to help Nick, and of course I said yes. But the end result is just so much better than I think either of us hoped. This unique, one-off painting is Acrylic and Gold Leaf on Canvas and is 16″ x 20″. I will be posting throughout the week about this but the person who bids the highest by midnight PST next Friday 17th April will win this painting. ALL of the money will be donated to the Marsh Family Cancer Fund. ANY and ALL bids HAVE to be emailed directly to me – email@example.com – and the winning bid needs to be paid via PAYPAL within 24 hours of the close of auction. All questions and requests for more info can be directed to me at the same email address. I’m stunned at how well this came out, and we have decided that along with the artist signature on the front, I will write a personal message on the back to the person who wins this auction. The painting will be shipped out to the winning bidder next weekend. And with that, I am going to open the bidding at $500. Do I hear $550?
I’m happy to announce that SportBikes Inc Magazine and Blink Gallery in Philadelphia will be hosting “An Evening Of Art And Music” on January 23rd – a selection of my Fine Art pieces will be on display and available for purchase, and I will perform a few acoustic songs during the evening. For more information PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE.
Here I am with a little bit of time on my hands, in my hotel in Portland. So what better way to kill some time than to reflect on whats been going on, and whats in my immediate future. To start with, this coming Friday Dec 12th, both Dave Navarro and I will be giving away a complete 3 room Sonos system. Yep – you heard that right – two complete systems that will cover 3 rooms of your home. Dave will be giving away one system at 11.00am PST / 2.00pm EST and then right after that, at 11.30am PST / 2.30pm EST I will be doing the same thing. We will both be asking a question on out Twitter feeds and literally giving this amazing prize to the FIRST correct answer. All you have to do to stand a chance of winning is follow @DaveNavarro and @BillyMorrison on Twitter….. and have a lightning fast response to the question! Good luck to you all.
I’m also happy and honored to say that 6 of the best pieces of Fine Art from my recent art show, INSIDE VIEW, will be at DeRe Gallery, 8920 Melrose Ave from this week. DeRe is an ultra cool space (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO ON DeRE GALLERY), run by Steph and Annie, and we have teamed up to make six of the best pieces from the show available to patrons of the gallery. Stop by, see the art hanging in their amazing space, and talk to them about pricing. Prints of selected pieces are also now available from my online store – CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRINTS AND TEE SHIRTS – the prints are the second half of the edition – they are all editions of ten, and the first five of each are sold out. These are the only prints left. For more information on my art, CLICK HERE TO VISIT BILLYMORRISONART.COM.
And why am I in a hotel in Portland, OR? Because we are back on the road with Billy Idol, playing a few selct holiday shows before the years end. I’m excited to get back on a stage so quickly with Billy, Steve and the boys. It’s truly a highlight of my life and we have a full and exciting year lined up next year. Starting with the US tour in January/February, we will be touring the world in support of the new album, and having a blast every second. For me, I also have to add to the ‘live music’ portion of my life, the two sold out Royal Machines shows at The Roxy this year. December 19th and 20th will see us bring some holiday magic, some loud rock n roll, and a few of our closest friends to the iconic West Hollywood venue. What a way to close out the year.
Plans for 2015 include an East Coast Edition of the Inside View art show, some exciting TV stuff for me, and more of the same Billy Idol and Royal Machines action. I have to say that coming from where I come from, I wake up most days feeling extremely lucky and grateful that I get to do these things. And none of them would be possible without you lot supporting the endeavors, the plans, the events. Thank you all – I hope you have a great Holiday season, see some of you at the gigs, and may 2015 be a banner year for all of us.
Things are starting to heat up rather nicely in this latter part of 2014. I’ve been working hard to prepare for my first art show – happening at The Village Recording Studios in West Los Angeles on Sunday October 26th at 6pm. I got together with fellow LA artsist Joey Feldman and we created a collaborative work together which came out looking amazing – the original piece will be on show that night, along with over 20 pieces from each of us. All the original pieces will be for sale, as well as some select fine art giclee prints. There is a print of the collaboration piece (called ‘Inside View’) available now in two sizes and you can purchase one BY CLICKING HERE.. Both sizes of prints are editions of 50 and when they are all gone, we will not be doing another edition. It’s been exciting to see the show come together and we’re honored to have one of the most iconic figures in today’s art world, Shepard Fairey, DJing the whole event. Should be a fun night, and I’m looking forward to sharing everything that I have been working on in the flesh.
And in a couple of weeks, the brand new Billy Idol album, ‘Kings And Queens Of The Underground’ will be released and the band will be embarking on a large World Tour that will stretch through 2015. The first leg of the tour in Europe starts in November and we have just announced the first set of US dates, which begin in January. All the dates can be seen below and we’ll be playing selected songs from the new album live, along with Billy’s many hits. It’s been an amazing process writing a lot of the songs with Billy and Steve, recording them, and watching the whole thing come together. And I know we are all gagging to get out there on the road and see you all again.
Royal Machines have a quick trip to Hawaii next week to play a wonderful private party out there (and of course, those of you who are regulars to this site will have already guessed that I’ll be out there a few days early to get some diving in – the perfect way to get my head quiet and centered before the European tour!) – and we are also in the process of talking about some December shows. Nothing is in stone yet, but we are seeing if we can make it all happen. And all of this makes me a very happy man – busy is good in my world, and it’s been (and will be staying) busy for quite a while. I think it serves to keep me out of trouble and focused. Either way I’m not complaining – I’m grateful, excited and looking forward to every piece of this puzzle. Check out the Billy Idol US Tour Dates below and hopefully I’ll see some of you very soon.
January 21: House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA (onsale Friday 10/10)
January 22, The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA (onsale Friday 10/10)
January 24: Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA (onsale Friday 10/10)
January 25: Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC (onsale Friday 10/10)
January 28: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY (onsale Friday 10/10)
January 31: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (onsale Friday 10/10)
February 3: Metropolis, Montreal, QC (onsale Friday 10/17)
February 4: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON (onsale Friday 10/17)
February 7: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL (onsale Friday 10/10)
February 9: Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO (onsale Friday 10/10)
February 12: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC (onsale Friday 10/17)
February 13: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA (onsale Friday 10/10)
February 15: The Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA (onsale TBA)
February 18: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA (onsale Friday 10/10)