GRATITUDE

May 12, 2014

goldtopThese days, having a regularly updated blog gets surpassed by the immediacy of Twitter for me. By the time I get around to thinking about writing a blog entry, I realize that I’ve tweeted my thoughts to death and its all old news! But I still find occasion to sit down and put fingers on keys and this morning is one of those moments. Life is, by definition, full of ups and downs. And while the ‘downs’ area of my life is definitely in effect from time to time, the ‘ups’ section needs reflecting on – having gratitude is important to my spiritual wellbeing, and boy do I have some shit to be grateful for right now.

OzzBillyTo start with, one of my closest friends, Ozzy, gets honored at the MusiCare Awards in downtown Los Angeles tonight. And I will be taking part in the celebrations by playing guitar with him in a five song set. The band is his own rhythm section of Tommy and Blasko on drums and bass, and then myself and Dave Navarro on guitars, with Slash joining us for the last song. Just seeing Ozz have this night is such an amazing feeling – he’s an incredible man and deserves to be honored. And to play with him and the others is something I am truly grateful for…… we ran the songs last night and the whole thing sounded ridiculously heavy. I’m looking forward to tonight.

IdolMorrisonAnd at the same time, we have begun rehearsals for the 2014 Billy Idol touring – we start with dates in Europe next month, and I feel a huge sense of gratitude every day as I walk into our room, see Steve, Erik, McG and Paul, and realize I get to play guitar with these dudes all day, every day, on songs that shaped my life (and now also on songs that I co-wrote with Billy and Steve) – it’s a blast! I will be writing my usual Tour Diary over on billyidol.net so I wont go into loads of detail here, but I will say that the band sounds incredibly tight right now, and we are working up quite a few tracks from the new album into the set which is a lot of fun. Figuring out parts and sounds and weaving the sonic tapestries into a cohesive, live, rocking version of the song – it’s stuff that I never even dreamed of as a kid.

Gallery1And finally, Royal Machines started the year with a few great shows, a new website, and a positive vibe. There is a love and respect between us all that feels good – and a musical connection that has been obvious at the first few shows. We all enjoyed rehearsing up new songs to cover, and Mark and Josh have been a riot to work with – constant laughter, and an understanding of what it is we do with this band. It’s for enjoyment. It’s to get OUR rocks off playing songs we like, with people we like. It’s to give back a little at the charity shows we do. And above all it’s for fun – to recapture that feeling we all had when we were kids and learning our favorite songs. We get to do that and feel that again. THAT translates to an audience and the fun that WE are having up there is contagious!! That’s the point of Royal Machines, and so far we are achieving our goal.

SmokeSo today, the blog has served its purpose – to help me get in touch with the gratitude that is so important to recognize. No matter where you are in life, it is always so much easier to focus on what we DON’T have, or what is NOT going well for us – we are good at whining and complaining and comparing and judging…….at least I am…….but what is necessary for me is to take a moment regularly and recognize the good. See just how lucky I am, or how really I am always taken care of, how mostly its all part of a bigger plan that I really don’t have fuck all to do with – and that way I can truly enjoy the moments, instead of worrying or stressing about the next thing. Live in the moment and be thankful for the good bits. Seems like a good way to live to me.

ROYAL MACHINES

January 28, 2014

BandWell – after ten years as Camp Freddy, it was time to move on, re-tool, and do it all over again! We’re moving forward with Royal Machines – Myself, Dave Navarro, Donovan Leitch, Josh Freese, Mark McGrath and Chris Chaney – same fun shows, same great guest appearances, and hopefully another ten years of mad, crazy one-of-a-kind shows. We performed three songs at Bitesize TV last weekend and the result of that will be aired soon – yes, I’ll post the broadcast details when we have them. But it was great to see some of you lot show up and join in the evening and it was a good feeling to play as Royal Machines for the first time. Obviously all the sites and social media will get up and running as time goes on, but you can follow us ON TWITTER and like our page ON FACEBOOK – the website will be up soon.

Feb9thDaveMarkAnd further to the fresh start, I’m happy to get back on the air with my show, Dirty Little Secrets. This time it will be on FILMON TV on Sundays at 3.00pm PST/11.00pm GMT and on the first show, Feb 9th (which just so happens to be my birthday!) we will be joined by my Royal Machines brothers, Dave Navarro and Mark McGrath. A new year, with a new band, a fresh home for DLS, and some very exciting Billy Idol action happening later in 2014. I couldn’t be happier, and I hope that you come along with me on this wild ride. Loads to do, gotta go! Be safe, play nice, and see you soon.

Billy

2014

January 16, 2014

SunsetThere is absolutely nothing like the ocean for inspiring me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys as the case may be) – and as I write this first Blog entry of 2014, full of inspiration and resolve, the sun is just starting to creep up over the mountains of Maui and my view of the ocean is beginning to light up. The sound of the waves crashing on the beach is one of my favorite sounds in the world (along with a decently set up Les Paul through the right Marshall half stack!) and I’m thinking about the last week spent here on the island, as well as the highs and lows of last year, and the promise of more of the same for 2014.

StageWhere does the time go? I’m aware that this site has been given little of my attention recently and I guess in a way that’s a good thing really – a) it means I’ve been busy and for me, busy means good/safe/out of trouble. And b) it raises the question of websites – is there any point when we are now Tweeting/Instagramming/Facebooking every 30 seconds and it’s all so immediate? For me, the answer is yes, basically because as I’ve said before, my site is more a cathartic place for me to get out the thoughts and create some kind of diary or archive. If you enjoy reading more than 140 characters or witnessing the inner dialogue and debate that occurs inside my head, feel free to indulge. If you don’t…… click somewhere else immediately!

BrazilMultiI know I’ve been to England, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Finland, Denmark and Hawaii in the last few months. I know I’ve seen The Cult, Janes Addiction, Black Sabbath and Megadeth all do amazing shows. I know I’ve shared stages with Alice Cooper, Slash, Paul Stanley, Fred Durst, Billy Gibbons, Mark McGrath, Wayne Newton (!!), Billy Idol, Jewel, Linda Perry, Courtney Love, Steve Stevens, Billy Ray Cyrus and many others. But as to what day any of that happened, or what time zone I was in at the time, I have no idea. I remember playing a charity show at the House Of Blues. I remember flying all over the place with the Camp Freddy family. I remember recording guitar parts for the new Billy Idol album. And I remember a lot of planes and cars. It’s a whirlwind and I love it – I am absolutely so grateful for every day I’m on this planet. Hence the decision to swim with the fishes and watch the sun set on paradise for a week to start this New Year off right.

AustinGuitars2In front of me is a year of potential and possibilities. More of the same with Navarro and the gang. A new Billy Idol album that I am proud to have been a part of, and the subsequent touring that brings, a new home/look for my web TV show Dirty Little Secrets (Sunday Feb 9th at 3.00pm on www.filmon.tv) and projects with Fred Durst and Shepard Fairey/Dennis Morris that excite me. But I have learnt that nothing is in stone until its happened. Nothing is confirmed until the checks in the bank. And sometimes the things that you think are gonna suck turn out to be the most enjoyable, fun experiences. We just don’t know what each day is going to bring us so I attempt to remain open minded and receptive every morning.

SmokeIn the last few days I’ve reconnected with a part of our planet that I adore – the vast world beneath the waves. I’ve shared the water with manta rays, sharks, humpback whales (trust me, the effect of the sheer size and serenity of these things cannot be articulated) and more species of fish than I know…… I’ve swum through underwater caves formed from ancient lava flow into the ocean…… I’ve been allowed to temporarily visit a place that we know so little about and that so many of us don’t even consider. Two thirds of our planet is covered in water and yet we fall into the myopic fishbowl of our daily lives. So much that we think is important, really isn’t. The bigger picture eludes us unless we look for it. I’m as guilty as the next guy of forgetting these things – getting the next toy, the next paycheck, the next trophy, the next achievement becomes so all consuming. I’m grateful for the opportunity to step back, dive beneath the waves, and see just how huge that world really is…… and in the process realize that many parts of my ‘daily grind’ are actually insignificant and unimportant. I believe they call it “becoming right-sized”.

Billy

TWO MONTHS

December 1, 2013

SunriseYep – two months since I updated this site and during that time I have made 32 flights, 16 countries and more hotels than I care to think about. Just the way I like it! I’m typing this in the lounge at London Heathrow on a layover from Paris to London, and to be honest, I don’t really have much to say right now. I’m tired, but content – excited (about the Camp Freddy shows starting next week and going through till New Years Eve) and hopeful about all that 2014 (and 15) has to offer. I think I’ll use the upcoming flights to write a couple of tour diaries detailing the recent trips, but for now I’m looking forward to getting on that plane, laying down, and getting a few hours much needed sleep. I’m hoping I get to see some of you at the Roxy shows towards the end of the month – we’re starting to put those together now and we’ll endeavor (as always) to bring a killer show each night. I guess this particular blog serves multiple purposes…. 1) to let anyone who enjoys reading my ramblings that I’m not forgetting the site. 2) to push me to actually write and create some interesting pros in the next month. And 3) to make my lovely mum happy, cos she’s the one that emailed me letting me know it had been two months!! Job done on all fronts – leaving you with my favorite pic from the last few weeks….. an unfiltered, untouched photo shot on my I-Phone from my balcony in Oslo, Norway. Sometimes, there’s just no need to fuck with things. See ya soon.
Billy

Eddie This wednesday evening at 7.00pm PST (10pm EST), actor and all around nice guy Mr Eddie McClintock will be our guest on my radio/TV show “Dirty Little Secrets”. And I for one am very excited to have Eddie on the show. As a huge fan of the hit SyFy Network show, “Warehouse 13″, it’s an honor to have the one and only ‘Agent Pete Lattimer’ in the building for a little while. Eddie will be hanging out with Chloe Dabbles, Rick Canny and myself this coming Wednesday and you can watch the show live by simply CLICKING HERE FOR TRADIOV.

2nd_Annual_flyerIn other news, I am performing at the House Of Blues on September 11th as part of a charity event to raise money for ‘Cops For Causes’ – Since the events of 9/11, over a million U.S. service members have been deployed in the war against terrorism. In the City of Los Angeles, the largest number of homeless veterans in the Nation, seek shelter, medical care, jobs and a return to normalcy. On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, Cops 4 Causes, will host the 2nd Annual “Heroes Helping Heroes” Benefit Concert at the House of Blues, Sunset Blvd, to raise money and awareness, to ensure services for our fighting men and women. Hosted by Pauley Perrette (NCIS) and Jack Osbourne, this celebrity filled “Evening Of Rock Music” and “Rock Royalty” in support of Cops 4 Causes, will feature a special All-Star Live performance including Billy Duffy (The Cult); Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society); Steve Stevens (Billy Idol); Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray); Blasko (Ozzy Osbourne); Billy Morrison (Billy Idol); Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath); Franky Perez (Scars On Broadway): Martha Davis (The Motels) and special guests.

COPS 4 CAUSES

August 24, 2013
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AUGUST 2013

August 8, 2013

So it seems I only get around to updating my site when I’m on a plane these days. I find myself on yet another plane to Las Vegas for the day and I figure what better way to keep myself amused for 45 minutes than to pontificate, peruse and ponder. The Billy Idol tour was […]

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DECISIONS

June 20, 2013

Lying here on my hotel bed, in Washington, DC, and reflecting on the ridiculously epic and decadent meal that was consumed last night, it dawns on me that it’s a hell of a life. I mean, it’s seriously bizarre how, with one decision made in 1995, a life can change so drastically. On June 17th, […]

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MODERN DAY PIRATES

June 12, 2013

At the time of writing this, I am midway through the summer Billy Idol tour, and I’m lying in my bunk on the bus, leaving Atlanta and heading off into the darkness. It’s what I live for, and the feeling of being inordinately tired, muscles aching, ears ringing and head pumping with tonights gig is […]

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EVENTS, PARTIES AND SHINDIGS

May 4, 2013

It’s one of ‘those’ weeks here in LA for me. Thursday was the annual Revolver Magazine Golden Gods awards and the usual suspects gathered in Downtown LA to celebrate rock and metal, get drunk and raise hell. It’s encouraging to see this event get bigger and bigger every year – rock and metal have always […]

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