British punk rock legend, Billy Idol is busy putting the finishing touches on what will be his eighth studio release.
Once released later this year, Kings & Queens of the Underground will be Idol’s first release in eight years. The album features Steve Stevens, his long-time lead guitarist, Stephen McGrath on bass and Billy Morrison on guitar, with Eric Eldenius on drums and Paul Trudeau on keyboards.
The 58-year old has kept his fans abreast of his on-going plans on his Twitter page. Such plans not only include the upcoming album, but an autobiography as well.
Listening to newly mastered Kings & Queens of the Underground album sounds great! Seeing art mock ups…final edits on book too!!!
— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) August 16, 2014
The autobiography, Dancing With Myself, promises to discuss his early days as front man of Generation X, to his life on top of the world during the 1980s.
“I am hopelessly divided between the dark and the good, the rebel and the saint, the sex maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist.” stated Idol, through a press release posted on his official website. “Pen to paper, I am putting it all down, every bit from the heart. I am going out on a limb here, so watch my back.”
Release dates have not been announced as of date. But, unofficial word through sources in the United Kingdom suggest that both the album and book will hit the shelves shortly before Idol tours Europe in November. His website also alludes to the possibility of a larger world tour.
Idol’s last release was Happy Holidays in 2006.