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)
I’m happy to say that both pieces of art that I offered to commission have now been sold, and the money donated to the Flesh For Lulu IndieGoGo campaign. For details, read the post below. I’m happy to have been able to help the band, and I look forward to seeing them get the rest of the funds together and getting out to the US for a few shows. Personally, I haven’t seen them play in many years so I’m looking forward to it. This also means I won’t be painting any more pieces at that price – however having now finished the body of work for my upcoming show in Los Angeles, I have selected the pieces I will be showing, and the two pieces below are the only two NOT going in the show. So therefore these two pieces are still available.
The Green Grenade is 12″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas and the abstract piece is called ‘Surgery’ and is 11″ x 14″ mixed media on canvas. Now when I say mixed media, this piece is not for the faint of heart or the squeamish among you, as it contains blood stained gauze from a surgery I had – yeah, that’s right, my own DNA comes with this piece!! So that’s it for now – if you are interested in either of these two pieces, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The art is now finally done, and I move head spaces into Billy Idol territory and the preparation for the new album release in a few weeks. Exciting stuff ahead.
UPDATE: One of the two commissioned pieces I am going to paint has been sold now. I will do one more at this price if you contact me within the next 7 days and add the money to the IndieGoGo campaign below.
So when I lived in the UK, way back in the midst of time, somewhere in the 80′s…..when I was completely fucked up on drugs and floating aimlessly through the musical cosmos…..when I needed something post punk to live for….. Flesh For Lulu came along. I hung around the band, saw countless shows up and down the country, thumbed rides around Europe to go see them play there….. the songs that Nick wrote spoke to me. The vibe was honest and heartfelt, and the band had an extremely big impact on me as a songwriter and a music lover. And then I read about a crowd-funding campaign to help the band get over to the US and play some shows, all these years later, because Nick has been battling cancer. CLICK HERE FOR THE FLESH FOR LULU CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN.
My heart went out to him, and then I thought of all those shows, those years that Flesh For Lulu made me happy. It made me want to help them (and him) achieve that goal – it makes me wanna actually do something that will help the campaign. So I had an idea. My ‘grenade’ pieces of art have sold well this year and people seem to like them – SO….. I’ve decided I will paint TWO small grenades (in any color you want) and donate all the money to this crowd-funding campaign. The pieces will be 11″ x 14″ and while they normally sell for over $1000 each at that size, I will paint these next two grenades specifically for you, at $500 plus shipping each. The first two people to email me at email@example.com and actually PAY (!!!) will help me help Nick and Flesh For Lulu. So if you have been eying my art and thinking about getting an original piece, you will get to choose your color scheme and get one of my acrylic on canvas paintings at a significantly lower price. Help me help them and get the campaign $1000 closer to completion. And I can guarantee that if we all help them get to US shores, the shows will be TONS of fun – a great band and a great frontman with a unique voice. Come on – let me paint something for ya!! And if you can’t afford one of these two pieces, or you miss the boat (cos Im only gonna do two), you can STILL help by re-posting their campaign link. Spread the word on Social Media and help some friends of mine get back on US stages.