News Segment


July 2, 2004

Billy McCarthy’s (also known as D’Molls’ drummer Billy Dior) debut novel hit stores nationwide and made a huge splash in the book world. Readers celebrated with ravenous sales and long lines at signings in the novel’s first week of release. Borders reported three hundred fifty books sold in less than two hours at the Chicago launch party for The Devil of Shakespeare. Celebrities, media and book-lovers waited patiently in line to get their copies signed by Billy, who later took the stage and played the drums at the party.

The author’s signing at the Printers Row Book Fair sparked sold-out status within a few hours. Interest in the novel was also high at Book Expo America, where nearly 300 books were signed by the author at two separate events.

Radio stations nationwide are playing the single for The Devil of Shakespeare, a rock ballad co-written by McCarthy and Chip Z’Nuff of E’Nuff Z’Nuff. The riveting single features platinum recording artists Jani Lane from Warrant, Styx’ James “JY” Young and Ron Flynt of 20/20.

Elizabeth Elegant courtesy of