Billy Idol has announced a new EP, The Roadside. His first new release in nearly seven years, The Roadside is scheduled to release through Dark Horse Records on September 17.
Idol also shared on YouTube the lead single, “Bitter Taste.” It features some of the singer’s most introspective and confessional lyrics ever, as he confronts death, rebirth, and his personal growth in the thirty-one years since his near-fatal 1990 motorcycle accident.
“Rita Hayworth,” “U Don’t Have To Kiss Me Like That” and “Baby Put Your Clothes Back On” are the other songs on the 4-track LP.
Produced by Butch Walker and featuring Idol’s longtime lead guitarist and co-writer Steve Stevens, The Roadside was conceived, recorded, and mixed mostly during the pandemic.
“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.”
Fans can pre-order The Roadside on CD, vinyl, and limited edition blue vinyl here, with autographed copies available while they last.
Idol is set to kick off a U.S. tour on August 12.
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