How Billy met Miley: Billy Idol shares the story behind Miley Cyrus collaboration

It's in part due to Post Malone

Lollapalooza is a homecoming of sorts for Billy Idol.

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Idol headlined the first Lollapalooza at Grant Park back in 2005. Now, he’s returned 16 years later to share the stage with another headliner, Miley Cyrus.

It might seem like an odd pairing at first, but Idol gave us the backstory on how it all came together. “I did a song with Miley Cyrus last year on her Plastic Hearts album called ‘Night Crawling’ with Andrew Watt producing,” Idol told Audacy’s Ryan Arnold. “That’s partly because I was listening to Post Malone and realized Andrew’s a rocker who could do modern music as well as rock ‘n’ roll. I’m always interested in producers like that.”

How did he end up at Lollapalooza then? Simple, Miley just asked. “Miley said to [Andrew], ‘I’d like to do a Billy Idol song.’ And he just met me so he said, ‘well why don’t we get the man himself?’” Idol said. “We collabed on this song and I think it’s really good. I really like ‘Night Crawling’ so I’m here to sing that with Miley.”

Idol last released an album in 2014, but hinted that he has plenty of new material on the way. “We’ve got an EP coming out in September. A single, ‘Bitter Taste,’ is coming out on August 11,” Idol said. “It’s kind of weird, we made it at the beginning of coronavirus and at the same time we didn’t want to get too caught up in just talking about the virus. We knew it’s a difficult time.”

“Bitter Taste” promises to be a powerful track as Idol says he was inspired by his almost deadly motorcycle accident . “It made me focus in on what was a problem I had? What was a thing in my life that I had to overcome?,” Idol said.

“Well, my motorcycle accident really was something that was a watershed moment in a way. In some ways I saw how stupid I could be one one hand. At the same time, it was a wildness I had, which was exciting.”

The title of the EP is called The Roadside as it stems from that experience. “It’s a little bit like ‘what did I learn in that accident?’” Idol says.

While “Bitter Taste” is certainly a deeply personal and reflective moment for Idol, he says the rest of the EP will have “a lot more fun tracks.”

Idol then hinted that the upcoming EP will be one of three that he’s releasing. “We’re trying to do three EP’s to bring out music a little more timely than whole albums,” he said.

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