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SomeKindaWonderful are currently entertaining crowds across the country with their genre-bending music that injects energy into every listener and brings them to life.  They are currently out on the 34 date US Fall tour opening for New Politics and Bad Suns.  This past weekend, they made a stop in San Francisco and performed at the legendary Fillmore.  It was amazing to see finally catch this band live. SomeKindaWonderful is:

  • Jordy Towers – Vocals/lyrics
  • Matt Gibson – Guitar
  • Ben Schigel – Drums
  • Justin Andres – Bass/Keys
  • Sarah Dryer – Vocals/Percussion

These five are pure entertainment when they hit the stage. You cannot categorize them simply by placing them in a genre checkbox, they bring so many great elements of alternative, rock, hip hop, soul, grunge and so much more. Their refreshing sound will become true music to your ears as they jump start your love of all music. The crowd went wild at the Fillmore and even more so when they performed their hit, Reverse which is a love story gone wrong – written chronologically backwards.  “I don’t think anyone’s ever written a song backwards before,” Jordy explains about writing Reverse. “It was the first song we wrote together as a band, the night we met; that was the song we wrote and we didn’t even know each other. We met in the bar writing that song. It kind of set the tone for us. Before we even thought of putting out a single or doing anything…that was our song.” Each member stands out on the stage with their magnetic personalities exhibiting captivating stage presence. For an opening band, you could not have asked for anything more as they really pumped up the crowd and started the night off right.  We had the chance to interview them before their set and are going to be bringing that to you later this week. Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

Check the tour dates and see if you can get yourself to a show:

  Fri 11/7 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
Sun 11/9 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
Tue 11/11 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
Wed 11/12 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Thu 11/13 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Fri 11/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave/Eagles Club
Sat 11/15 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre
Sun 11/16 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Tue 11/18 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Wed 11/19 Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom
Thu 11/20 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Fri 11/21 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Tue 11/25 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Wed 11/26 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Fri 11/28 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
Sat 11/29 Philadelphia, PA TLA
Sun 11/30 Hartford, CT Webster Theater

Stay tuned for our interview with SomeKindaWonderful later this week. I will leave you with their new song, Rhinestone Melodies.

 

 

Pick up their self titled album which was released earlier this year. It is available at the shows as well as on iTunes here. Make sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news. ~ Marisol Information & Links:

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The drive down to San Francisco this past Saturday was filled with cranky drivers maneuvering the streets sprinkled with the first rain. We made sure to head down early since Game 4 of the World Series was being held at the AT&T park and we were not going to let anything get in our way of seeing Alter Bridge at The Warfield. We made it to the venue as the line was beginning to wrap around Market St. It was great to see the heavy turnout arriving pre-show to make sure they caught Like A Storm and California Breed, both delivering spectacular sets.

Alter Bridge hit the stage and the crowd went wild. They treated everyone to a 17 song set inclusive of fan favorites as well as many new songs off their recent release, Fortress. The crowd was filled with fans of all ages and the energy in The Warfield intensified with each song. The vocals of Myles are spot on and proves why he is still my all time favorite vocalist. Mark was fierce as he delivered smoking guitar solos alongside the charismatic bass playing of Brian and tying it all together was the precision drumming of Scott. The setlist for the night included:

  • Addicted to Pain
  • Come To Life
  • Farther From the Sun
  • Cry of Achilles
  • Brand New Start
  • Ghosts Of Days Gone By
  • Fortress
  • Ties That Bind
  • Waters Rising
  • Metalingus
  • BlackBird
  • Watch Over You
  • Isolation
  • Open Your Eyes
  • Find The Real
  • Highway Star with Glenn Hughes
  • Rise Today

I couldn’t have asked for a more complete straight up rockin set. It was amazing and when Glenn came out to sing Highway Star with the band during the encore, I was just in chills. What a perfect way to cap off this evening, absolute musical bliss. I definitely received my fix of Alter Bridge but now, I am ready for more! Good thing, I can crank up Fortress loud for the neighbors to all enjoy as well. Check out the photos from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

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Make sure you have Fortress and if not, head over to Itunes  and pick up this incredible 5 star album! Get ready for an emotionally charged infusion of ROCK N ROLL directly to your soul! Be sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Marisol

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Matt Nathanson recently made a trip to Peru with the Starkey Hearing Foundation on a mission to fit people with free hearing aids. As Matt says,

” i’ve been trying to write a short piece
about my experience for weeks now.
it’s been really hard. words kinda fail it.
if i didn’t have my hearing, i wouldn’t have music.
and if i didn’t have music, i definitely wouldn’t have
survived my childhood. listening to albums and
seeing bands and being connected to songs was
EVERYTHING to me. it still is. it makes me feel not
alone. it helps me transcend my broken brain.
in fact, the only reason i play music is because i
love it so much. i couldn’t stay on the sidelines,
i HAVE to be a part of it.

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Going to peru was super heavy.
the people were incredible.
to be in service to them, to assist in
connecting them to their kids laughter,
to their parents voices, to MUSIC!…
it was completely humbling.
and overwhelming.
i felt love and gratitude towards other human
beings on a level i’ve never experienced.

see? it’s really hard to put into words…
so i’m glad we shot footage and made a video while
we were there. it does a WAY better job explaining
than i ever could.” 

Matt released a video for his song, Headphones featuring LoLo and it includes the footage from his trip to Peru. As you may not know, I am 100% Peruvian so it really is great to see the wonderful work that he and the Starkey Hearing Foundation has done. 100% of artist and label proceeds from this video are being donated to Starkey Hearing Foundation. For more information on how you can help, go to http://headphones.starkeyhearingfoundation.org/

Download the song on iTunes http://smarturl.it/mnheadphones Amazon http://amzn.to/1uKZ2E8Listen on Spotify http://spoti.fi/1sVEy03

Check out the video here:

 

What an amazingly inspirational video and truly heartwarming! Matt is currently in London working on the next record and we truly can’t wait for it. Make sure to visit his social media sites and stay up to date on his latest news.

~ Enjoy, Marisol

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Butcher Babies have released a music video for their cover song, They’re Coming To Take Me Away, which is off their new EP, Uncovered. Check it out here:

You can pick up the EP  on BEST BUY – http://smarturl.it/BBuncoveredBBY, ITUNES – http://smarturl.it/BBUNEPiTunes or AMAZON MP3 – http://smarturl.it/BBEPamazonmp3. The 5 song EP features cover songs that were chosen by each band member, and in the early summer of this year, they entered the studio with producer Logan Mader (DEVILDRIVER, GOJIRA, 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH) to dissect and “butcher” these five classics, creating something all their own. Check out the track listing:

Uncovered track-listing
1. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
2. They’re Coming to Take Me Away
3. Don’t Give a Fuck
4. Crazy Horses
5. Pussy Whipped

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In case you missed our coverage of Butcher Babies at this year’s Monster Energy Aftershock Festival, here it is! Our interview with vocalist, Heidi Shepard as well as photographers from our Rockin Ryan of their set:

 

 

 

Butcher Babies are currently out on tour with support by another great band Anti-Mortem!  They will then head right back out on tour with Black Label Society and Hatebreed. Check the dates below and see if they will be coming to a venue near you:

BUTCHER BABIES live with ANTI-MORTEM
10/22/2014–Mesa Theatre & Club–Grand Junction, CO
10/23/2014–Backstage Bar & Billiards–Las Vegas, NV
10/24/2014–San Manuel Amphitheater–San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest
10/25/2014–San Manuel Amphitheater–San Bernardino, CA @ Knotfest

BUTCHER BABIES live with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, HATEBREED
12/27/2014–Studio Seven–Seattle, WA
12/28/2014–Knitting Factory Concert–House Spokane , WA
12/29/2014–Commodore Ballroom–Vancouver, BC
12/30/2014–Kelowna Community Theatre–Kelowna, BC
12/31/2014–Flames Central–Calgary, AB
1/2/2015–Shaw Conference Centre–Edmonton, AB
1/3/2015–Convention Hall – Arts Centre–Regina, SK
1/4/2015–Burton Cummins Theatre–Winnipeg, MB
1/5/2015–The Community Auditorium–Thunder Bay, ON
1/7/2015–London Music Hall–London, ON
1/8/2015–Kool Haus–Toronto, ON
1/9/2015–Metroplis–Montreal, QC
1/10/2015–F Shed At The Market–Syracuse, NY
1/12/2015–Reverb–Reading, PA
1/13/2015–State Theatre–Portland, ME
1/14/2015–Webster Theater–Hartford, CT
1/16/2015–Royal Oak Music Theater–Royal Oak, MI
1/17/2015–The LC Pavillion–Columbus, OH
1/18/2015–The Fillmore Charlotte–Charlotte, NC
1/20/2015–Diamond Ballroom–Oklahoma City, OK
1/22/2015–Sokol Auditorium–Omaha, NE
 

Be sure to visit their social media sites and stay up to date on their latest news.

~ Crank it up loud, Marisol

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GET READY FOR NEW FOO FIGHTERS!! The Foo Fighters are premiering the first song off their new album, Sonic Highways. The song is called Something From Nothing and is really going to grab a hold of you. The song has the perfect build up and takes you from a solemn intro into that fierce intensity of Dave Grohl’s vocals amid some heavy guitars that have you swirling. I love it!!! It screams 70’s classic rock yet with such a Foo Fighters flair. Check it out here:

 

In case you missed the quick video teaser announcing the date of November 10th as the release date for the album, Sonic Highways, check it out here:

The tracklist for the new album is:

  1. Something From Nothing
  2. The Feast and The Famine
  3. Congregation
  4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
  5. Outside
  6. In The Clear
  7. Subterranean
  8. I Am A River

You can pre-order Sonic Highways and also pick up some cool merch bundles by visiting their website here: http://sonichighways.foofighters.com/.

We will continue to keep you updated but make sure to visit their social media sites so you don’t miss any of their latest news. We are one stop closer to getting the new album into our pretty little hands!

~ Marisol

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Powerbalance Pavillion, Sacramento, CA

Photos by Rockin Ryan

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Our friends in New Politics are just beginning another headlining tour tonight in Washington DC and will take them across the country. They put on one of the most energetic, engaging sets that you don’t want to miss. The tour will be their special guests of Bad Suns and SomeKindaWonderful.   Check out the dates below and see if they will be coming to a venue near you:

10/14 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club ( Tickets )
10/15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ( Tickets )
10/16 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte ( Tickets )
10/17 Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theater ( Tickets )
10/18 Houston, TX @ Buzzfest 32 ( Tickets )
10/19 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution ( Tickets )
10/21 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade ( Tickets )
10/22 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
10/24 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom ( Tickets )
10/25 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
10/26 Austin, TX @ Mohawk ( Tickets )
10/28 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre ( Tickets )
10/29 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock ( Tickets )
10/30 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
10/31 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
11/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre ( Tickets )
11/2 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore ( Tickets )
11/4 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre ( Tickets )
11/5 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio Theatre ( Tickets )
11/6 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre ( Tickets )
11/7 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House ( Tickets )
11/8 Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theatre ( Tickets )
11/9 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre ( Tickets )
11/11 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre ( Tickets )
11/12 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant ( Tickets )
11/13 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater ( Tickets )
11/14 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave / Eagles Club ( Tickets )
11/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre ( Tickets )
11/16 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
11/18 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s ( Tickets )
11/19 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom ( Tickets )
11/20 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues ( Tickets )
11/21 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall ( Tickets )
11/22 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall ( Tickets )
11/23 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House ( Tickets )
11/25 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza ( Tickets )
11/26 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club ( Tickets )
11/28 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom ( Tickets )
11/29 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts ( Tickets )
11/30 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater ( Tickets )

We have been hooked on their latest single, Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens) and they are currently working on a music video for it. Check out a little behind the scenes video to get you excited for it:

Also in their news, they have announced that they will be releasing their new album, appropriately titled, Vikings will be released in February 2015 on DCD2/Warner Bros records.

Make sure to catch them out on tour. I know I always tell you to make sure to get out to shows, but SERIOUSLY this is one show you WANT to BE AT!  New Politics are amazing with their live performances and their stage presence I think is one that can be matched.  You can’t help but leave their show in a better mood, better place, or just full of energy and excitement, regardless of what you may be going through. Their music is like instant adrenaline and bliss.

Have you ever seen our interview with them at last year’s Uproar Festival? If not, check it out h ere:

We first met New Politics over 3 years ago when they played in San Francisco and you can check out that write up here to get our initial perspective on their show.   It has been so wonderful to see their fan base grow and for them to set out on another National headlining tour.

Also make sure you have their latest CD, “A Bad Girl in Harlem” which will have your energy flowing within seconds! You can get it here on Itunes.  Definitely on replay at our house.

~ Marisol

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Photos from Uproar Festival – September 11, 2013

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Grammy Nominated Duo The Runners release their first original dance floor production, We Will Stand. The Miami-based production duo of Dru Brett and Mayne Zane are stepping out with their first original dance floor production We Will Stand,” available  at iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id921827269.  THE RUNNERS team with NYC producer Alec Maire for this beautiful burner of a big floor house track. It features vocals by Frederick with lyrics penned by Jenson Vaughn, who wrote Armin Van Buuren‘s cross-over smash “This Is What It Feels Like.”   Check out the track here:

Incorporating their innate knack for a smash with fresh eyes on the scene, THE RUNNERS began fine-tuning their own sound. As a result, they channeled something slick, sexy, and soaring that’s perfect for getting bodies moving from Miami to Madrid.

Look for more from THE RUNNERS very soon.

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Photo Credit: Steven Darlow

Photo Credit: Steven Darlow

Kenneth J. Nash

For anyone who has turned to music to comfort themselves, silence a fear, escape from the pain or just to feed their soul, Kenneth J. Nash delivers the best medicine.  Kenneth is no stranger to the music scene and has written and released several LPs over the past few years. He is an English singer songwriter that has captured my attention with his beautiful words and soul touching songs.

Kenneth shares his journey through depression, loneliness, vengeful feelings and provides a message of hope to everyone that they too can get through these times.  His smooth voice is like a warm embrace that keeps you safe from harm. His music literally takes me back in time to when I might come home from school with a bruised knee or a broken heart and I would run into my father’s arms and just feel all my troubles melt away. That is what I feel when I listen to Kenneth; safety, peace and just pure bliss. His music is truly a poetic embodiment of perfection.”

It was almost two years ago that I wrote the above after discovering the amazing music of Kenneth J. Nash and it rings even truer with the display of Kenneth’s amazing songwriting and vocals on his new album, The Fall of Eden. The album was released on October 1st and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Soundcloud, Spotify, and Deezer.

Kenneth’s voice captures pure raw emotion and through his lyrics and beautiful music, you can’t help but feel yourself being taken away through his musical journey. Whether it is through the intense vulnerability of Slow Burn or  through the longing lost heart in Take Me Home. Take Me Home is such a soul bearing song that has a veil of solemn longing , truly magical track. St. Mary’s Heart paints the perfect picture of looking back at that tender wedding day as your heart floods with emotion.

The words of Dignity brings to you the much needed self reflection and is a charming song. Some of my favorite lyrics of the song are:

“Not so long ago I was that soul

With no one and nowhere to go

Spending hour after hour on my own

Because I just couldn’t let it go”

 

The Way That She Moved is a beautiful track that captures a depth of love and with the ambient atmosphere of the soothing sounds of the ocean, you can’t help but feel yourself being taken away to an almost ethereal place of bliss and euphoria. One of my favorite tracks.

Come Show Me Your Love is the song to feed your soul, give you hope after you have felt such despair. It will open your eyes to the light and have you release the fear. Another musical gem.

The Fall of Eden pt. 2 is my favorite track on the song as it completely draws out all the honesty of what is and what was and you can feel the burdens being lifted. Beautiful in every sense as you take a turn down an unfamiliar new path. The endearing music box orchestration at the end is the perfect closing to this masterpiece.

All the tracks on this album will speak to you and whatever you are feeling, whatever challenges you are facing, the music of Kenneth J. Nash will comfort you and make you not feel so alone in this world. It is the magic of his music where you can literally feel the warmth of his words wrap around you life a safe blanket.

I  hope you get a chance to pick up the new album and fall in love with it as much as I have.

Enjoy the beauty of Kenneth J. Nash,

 

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Ed Kowalczyk, the legendary songwriter and former lead-singer of the multi-platinum rock band LIVE, announces the first leg of his Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour. I can only imagine the atmosphere that the stripped down, acoustic versions will bring to the intimate settings as Ed Kowalczyk will perform some of rock’s most profound anthems. His signature vocals has attracted legions of fans for more than two decades. For complete tour and ticketing details, visit: www.edkowalczyk.com

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I still remember the first time I heard the amazing voice of Ed, it was back in the ’91/’92 and as usual, I went out in search of live bands on a Friday night.  My group of friends and I went to the Paradise Lounge and the DNA Lounge in San Francisco and LIVE was just about to perform there. I remember getting up and going right to the front of the stage and watching the entire set in awe of that amazing voice. Ed’s voice is powerful yet vulnerable, commanding yet inviting, just pure blissful. This is one tour that I strongly encourage you to see.

The first leg of the tour includes the following locations:

  • Wed-Feb-04 The Center for the Arts Natick, MA
  • Thu-Feb-05 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
  • Fri-Feb-06 Flying Monkey Perf. Center Plymouth, NH
  • Sat-Feb-07 The Ridgefield Playhouse Ridgefield, CT
  • Thu-Feb-12 City Winery New York, NY
  • Fri-Feb-13 City Winery New York, NY
  • Sun-Feb-15 Boulton Ctr for the Perf. Arts Bay Shore, NY
  • Fri-Feb-20 Rams Head On Stage Annapolis, MD
  • Sun-Feb-22 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
  • Tue-Feb-24 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
  • Wed-Feb-25 Pasant Theatre at The Wharton Ctr E. Lansing, MI
  • Fri-Feb-27 Blueberry Hill – Duck Room St. Louis, MO
  • Sat-Feb-28 City Winery Chicago, IL
  • Sun-Mar-01 City Winery Chicago, IL
  • Mon-Mar-02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

 

I am hoping that they will be announcing some California dates soon. Make sure to visit his social media sites to stay up to date on the latest news.

 

~ Marisol

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Billy Idol is set to release his new album, “Kings & Queens of the Underground” on October 21st through Billy’s own record label, BFI. This will be his first new album in almost a decade and was primarily  produced by Trevor Horn, with Greg Kurstin also contributing as a producer to two songs, including the anthemic lead single, “Can’t Break Me Down.” The new song, Can’t Break Me Down is available for immediate download when you pre-order the album on iTunes here or Amazon here.  You can take a listen to the new song on Billy’s website:

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Track Listing:

  1. Bitter Pill
  2. Can’t Break Me Down (listen at BillyIdol.net)
  3. Save Me Now
  4. One Breath Away
  5. Postcards From The Past
  6. Kings & Queens Of The Underground
  7. Eyes Wide Shut
  8. Ghosts In My Guitar
  9. Nothing To Fear
  10. Love And Glory
  11. Whiskey And Pills

Billy has just announced tour dates for a North American Tour. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 10th. Check the dates below:

  • January 21: House Of Blues, New Orleans, LA
  • January 22, The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
  • January 24: Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA
  • January 25: Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
  • January 28: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY
  • January 31: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
  • February 3: Metropolis, Montreal, QC
  • February 4: Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
  • February 7: Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
  • February 9: Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
  • February 12: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC
  • February 13: Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
  • February 15: The Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA
  • February 18: The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

 

The album is due out right before the release of Billy Idol’s  self written memoir “Dancing With Myself” which is set for release tomorrow, October 7th release with Touchstone and Simon & Schuster UK.

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The book is bold, searingly candid and written by Billy himself. Billy recounts his life story from his transient childhood to becoming a punk pioneer and from being one of MTV’s first megastars and revealing never before told tales of the culture, sex, drugs and rock and roll that colored Idol’s experience through fame.

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We look forward to the book release and the new album. Seeing Billy Idol perform two back to back shows in San Francisco in 2010 was the highlight of my concert coverages and it has been way toooooo long! We will definitely be at the Wiltern show and will bring you our full coverage.

Make sure to visit the social media sites and stay up to date on the latest Billy Idol news.

~ Marisol

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