Idol Plans 'Devilish' 2005 Return
Veteran rocker Billy Idol is planning to release a new album in the spring.Veteran rocker Billy Idol is planning to release a new album in the spring. "Devil's Playground," due March 22 via CSP Records/Sanctuary Records, will be the former Generation X singer's first new solo studio album in more than a decade and will feature the familiar guitar work of longtime compatriot Steve Stevens.
The set will be heralded by first single "Scream," which is due at U.S. radio outlets in late January for airplay consideration. A video for the track is set for completion shortly after the New Year.
Joining Idol and Stevens on the album are drummer Brian Tichy, bassist Stephen McGrath and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. Material on the 13-track album was co-written by Idol with Stevens and Tichy, including such songs as "Super Overdrive" and "World Coming Down."
"I am extremely happy with the songs I wrote with Billy, and I have to add that I couldn't be happier with the songs that Billy wrote with Brian," Stevens recently wrote on Idol's official Web site and his own site. "They are fresh, unruly and gave me the opportunity to revisit some of my New York punk rock roots."
Idol, who was on hand last month to introduce Snoop Dogg and Pharrell at the American Music Awards, is planning a world tour to support the album.
"Devil's Playground" will be Idol's first album for CSP/Sanctuary. His last studio album, 1993's "Cyberpunk," was released by his longtime label Chrysalis, and debuted at No. 48 on The Billboard 200. A 2001 "Greatest Hits" collection peaked at No. 74 on the chart.