Billy Idol Addresses His Reliability On Steve Stevens
Billy Idol recently spoke to BBC Radio Scotland’s Nicola Meighan in an interview and said that Steve Stevens is still a reliable person to work together on making music.
When Billy Idol moved to New York in the early 1980s, he met his long-time collaborator, guitarist, and songwriter Steve Stevens there. The two then decided to work together on new music material. With Steve Stevens’ contributions, he released his self-titled debut in 1982. The album brought him huge success, and Stevens helped him with his talent in playing the guitar, keyboard, and bass.
After that, Idol’s second album, ‘Rebel Yell,’ became a breakthrough for the two in 1983. Following the success of the two albums, Idol has continued working with Steve Stevens. In ‘Rebel Yell,’ Stevens played the guitar parts and held the co-writing credit for the title track and lead single ‘Flesh For Fantasy.’ In the following years, Stevens and Idol have been like two peas in a pod.
In a previous interview, Idol admitted feeling an instant connection between him and Stevens when they first met. Recently, the two released a new EP titled ‘The Cage.’ Released on September 23, ‘The Cage’ brought Stevens and Idol back on a new effort after years. Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland’s Nicola Meighan, Billy Idol expressed his excitement about working with his long-time collaborator again.
Idol stated that he and Stevens could be still fascinated by each other’s ideas. He then said he knew he could rely on Stevens’ musicianship and talent when writing a new song or coming up with a new idea. Moreover, Idol argued that they were trained to work together in any new music effort because they knew each other very well. So, making the new EP, ‘The Cage,’ was pretty entertaining for the two.
Asked about working with Steve Stevens after years, Billy Idol said the following:
“It’s fantastic. Yeah, who could’ve imagined it? I think we both have the abilities that the other still excites the other. So, there are some things about what Steve can do and his musicianship; I know I can rely on that when I’m thinking about a song or something, or when I’m coming up with an idea. And then any idea we want to do, we’re trained about whatever after all these years. So, we can nail anything we’re doing. It’s just been a lot of fun. This last EP, in particular, was a lot of fun to make.”
You can listen to the interview below.