Steve Stevens Recalls Billy Idol’s Request From Keith Richards And Mick Jagger
During his appearance on Professor Of Rock, Steve Stevens talked about when Billy Idol attended a party with The Rolling Stones icons Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Stevens revealed that Idol wanted to know if it was okay with The Stones that he uses the title ‘Rebel Yell’ on his record.
Billy Idol’s second studio album ‘Rebel Yell,’ was released on November 10, 1983, and the record got critical acclaim with its well-crafted sounds and lyrics. Its tracks, ‘Rebel Yell,’ ‘Eyes Without a Face,’ and ‘Flesh for Fantasy,’ hit the charts and sold millions of copies worldwide. In addition, the story of how he found the album and the iconic song’s name became an unforgettable memory for their longtime fans.
When Idol was at a party with The Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood, they drank a bottle of Rebel Yell, a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Idol liked its name, which he didn’t hear before, and it inspired him to write a song along with using it as a title and a theme for the whole work. However, the vocalist needed to ask Jagger and Richards about the name to clarify the situation.
According to Stevens, who learned these moments from Idol and was the song’s co-writer, the musician decided to have a conversation with the band members. Idol wished to get details about whether they had any intention to use the whiskey’s name in one of their upcoming works or not. After Richards and Jagger stated they didn’t have any plans about the name, Idol decided to use it for his new record, but he didn’t tell this Richards and Jagger that night.
The host shared his ideas, saying:
“Just to imagine that story of Billy at the birthday party with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and everybody there and drinking Rebel Yell, what a great story!“
Stevens stated in his interview that:
“I know that Billy has told the story. He said to Keith or Ronnie, ‘Do you know what the stuff we’re drinking? You guys don’t have a song title named after it.’ I guess one of them said ‘No.’ He was always a fighting man, rebellion. We didn’t. We went, ‘Okay, good.'”
You can check out the interview and album below.