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BILLY IDOL TAKES ‘PLAYGROUND’ ON TOUR:

March 22, 2005

NEW YORK (Billboard) – With a well-received performance at the South By Southwest music festival behind him, Billy Idol (news) is readying for a full-scale return to the road next month.

He’ll open a North American tour April 8 in Philadelphia and plans to remain out through a May 27 show in Atlantic City, N.J.

Not content to rest on his laurels and work the nostalgia circuit, Idol will be touring behind the release of “Devil’s Playground,” his first new studio album in more than a decade. The set was released on Tuesday via C/S Records/Sanctuary.

The touring band includes guitarist Steve Stevens, an Idol compatriot from his glory years who co-produced and co-wrote several song on the new album. The group is rounded out by Stephen McGrath (bass), Brian Tichy (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards).

“Scream,” the first single from “Devil’s Playground,” is No. 26 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. A video recently shot with Jeff Stein, who directed the clip for Idol’s 1983 classic “Rebel Yell,” features images by guerilla artist Shepard Fairey (http://www.obeygiant.com).

Here are Idol’s upcoming tour dates:

April 8: Philadelphia (Liacouras Center)
April 9: Johnson City, N.Y. (Magic City Music Hall)
April 11: Montreal (Metropolis)
April 12: Toronto (Kool Haus)
April 17: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
April 18: N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
April 19: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
April 21: New Orleans (House of Blues)
April 22: Houston (Numbers)
April 24: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
April 26: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
April 28: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)
April 29: West Palm Beach, Fla. (SunFest)
May 1: Memphis, Tenn. (Beale Street Music Festival)
May 2: St. Louis (The Pageant)
May 3: Columbia, Mo. (Blue Note)
May 4: Kansas City, Mo. (Uptown Theatre)
May 6: Albuquerque, N.M. (Kiva Auditorium)
May 7: Tucson, Ariz. (Pima County Fairgrounds)
May 9: Tulsa, Okla. (Brady Theater)
May 10: Wichita, Kan. (Cotillion Ballroom)
May 12: Chicago (Congress Theatre)
May 13: Cleveland (Scene Pavilion)
May 14: Baltimore (WHFStival)
May 16: Verona, N.Y. (Turning Stone Casino)
May 17: Providence, R.I. (Lupos at the Strand)
May 19: Hampton Beach, N.H. (Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom)
May 20: Boston (Bank of America Pavilion)
May 23: New York (Beacon Theatre)
May 26: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Performing Arts Center)
May 27: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata Casino)

Courtesy of www.billboard.com