Thursday, August 29, 2013

Billy Idol

Photo by me
Billy Idol sings many hits that everyone and their brother have sung along to like "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding," and "Mony, Mony." Idol has been nominated for three Grammy awards. He's won an Mtv VMA as well for "Cradle of Love." Billy Idol has released seven studio albums, the most recent being a Christmas album for those of you who like to rock your holidays like me!
Billy continues to tour and still sounds amazing!

What is Billy Idol reading?

Billy tweeted this last week, "For my own edification I'm reading My Lunches With Orson Wells:Conversations with Henry Jaglom & Orson Welles by Peter Biskind."

Then the next day he tweeted, "Now reading Andrew Loog Oldham's book 'Stoned' about his youth & life in the '50's & '60's & his gradual involvement in music & arts." He added, "This book is a who's Who of Sixties London!"

Cool! Thanks, Billy!

Visit Billy's website at and follow him on Twitter.

Billy is featured in my upcoming picture book ROCKABET: CLASSIC EDITION which releases next month. Here's a sneak peek: I is for Billy Idol! (Illustration by Kelli Ann Little.)

Take a listen to one of his first big hits, "Dancing With Myself."

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Kip Winger

Kip Winger is best known as the lead singer of the multi-platinum selling rock band, Winger. Can you believe that Winger's debut album was released 25 years ago this month? This album included hits like "Seventeen" and "Headed for a Heartbreak." Kip actually started his career as bassist in Alice Cooper's band before Winger was formed. Kip has also recorded several solo albums including one classical album.  Kip is very involved with  Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp. Winger recently stated that a new Winger album, their sixth, is expected soon (which I will purchase of course). Kip occasionally tours with the Alan Parsons Live Project as lead singer, as a solo acoustic act, and with Winger.

What is Kip Winger reading?

I asked Kip last weekend what he likes to read. It will come as no surprise after reading his background that he reads music theory books. He is currently reading The Music of Bela Bartok by Elliot Antokoletz.  

Thank you, Kip!
You can follow Kip on Twitter, Like his Facebook page and visit him at

Here's a photo of Kip and me in college and a photo from last weekend! His acoustic set was amazing!