Billy will be doing a couple blues shows with James Montgomery and James Cotton. The first is the New England Jazz and Blues Festival on Sat June 18th in Middlebury, CT. The Uptown Horns will also be playing. For info and to buy tickets, go to http://www.newenglandjazzbluesfestival.com/
The second show is at The Havana Club in New Hope, PA on Tues June 21st. Their website is http://www.havananewhope.com/ but they have not listed the show yet.
We're hoping to book at least one NYC and one MA show, but no details/confirmations yet.
We now have an official page on Facebook. Billy will not be involved (he is anti Facebook, Twitter and the rest : ) but we needed to take a page so that the phonies stop putting up fake pages and pretending to be Billy. Our page is at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Billy-Squier/10150107571285076 Please join the Facebook page as updates on shows (like NYC and MA, mentioned above) will be posted there before we do an emailing.
Over the years many of you have asked about the availability of the single B-side "Too Much" It is currently available for purchase as a download through the website store at www.billysquier.com
Billy's interviews with our longtime friend Eddie Trunk are up on our site. Eddie's book contains a chapter on Billy. Buy it at Amazon-
Essential Billy Squier is another compilation released by Capitol without Billy's input. He actually wanted them to include a couple of his new songs (currently only available for purchase as downloads at our website store), but they declined. The only compilation Billy himself has done is the 2 cd anthology Reach For The Sky, released on Polygram in 1996. Though out of print, copies are usually available on Amazon.com through their marketplace sellers or at www.ebay.com.
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A Blues Show:
Following in the footsteps of the 2 Boston shows with James Montgomery and James Cotton and the NYC Blues Summit with James Cotton, Billy is playing 2 shows at Iridium in NYC on 11/15. The shows are part of Les Paul Mondays-as Billy says "This is the joint Les Paul played at every Monday for many years up until his passing in 09. I'm doing a blues night, which is called "Blues Deluxe": songs that influenced me growing up as a kid, along with a couple from my catalog that lend themselves to the blues vernacular. I'll have The Uptown Horns on hand, with Jeff Golub opening...and perhaps a few surprise guests as well"
A Christmas Cover:
Katharine McPhee's Christmas album "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" was released 10/12. The album is mostly traditional favorites-she says she chose to cover Billy because this was one of her personal favorites. Billy's version of the song will be available for purchase as a download through the site after Thanksgiving.
Billy's publisher is still working on getting Billy ringtones available-stay tuned.
Below is a comment and photo from a long time fan of Billy's who is also part of our family.....
This past July Billy Squier and his wife Nicole visited while in town for his show in Boston Ma. with friend James Montgomery. The day prior I had the chance to Jam Everybody Wants You and Lonely is the Night with Billy. As some of you know I am Bobby Chouinard's nephew, Billy's original drummer. Playing these songs with Billy on Bobby's drums was a dream come true.
I hope everyone enjoys the pictures as much as I do. As Bobby would say, "keep strokin'" and I hope everyone has a great day. Roger Chouinard Jr.
Photo credit: Phil Damiano
Legendary blues harmonica player JAMES COTTON has asked Billy to sit in with him at his Blues Summit concert at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater on June 24th. The two recently met at the May 21-22 Boston Legends shows put together by James Montgomery, and got on so well that Cotton rang Billy a few days later to invite him to the New York event. Other guests include Taj Mahal and Pine Top Perkins, along with reigning blues diva, Shemekia Copeland. Billy says he is "truly honored to be able to play in the company of such extraordinary talents and get down to what I enjoy the most...playing guitar..." about Cotton,"Aside from his pedigree and talent, the man's simply a lot of fun to play with." Don't miss this show if you're in the NYC area!
BLUES SUMMIT: JAMES COTTON & FRIENDS
FEATURING SLAM ALLEN, SHEMEKIA COPELAND, TOM HOLLAND, TAJ MAHAL, DAVID MAXWELL, KENNY NEAL, NOEL NEAL, DARRELL NULISCH, PINETOP PERKINS, WILLIE "BIG EYES" SMITH & HUBERT SUMLIN
June 24, 2010, 8PM, Rose Theater
Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, the Smithsonian Institute in 1991, and winner of countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards, James Cotton will perform with an all-star line-up of contemporary blues giants including legendary Blues men Pinetop Perkins and Taj Mahal. In two distinct sets, one electric and the other unplugged, Cotton will also be joined by vocalist Shemekia Copeland, daughter of the late great Johnny Copeland, the guitarist and Howlin' Wolf alumnus Hubert Sumlin, plus Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, Darrell Nulisch, David Maxwell, and others.
REMEMBER-unless you receive an email from us and see the gig listed on our website, assume it is a bogus gig. Billy is not touring at this time, so any Billy Squier dates you see elsewhere are someone faking being Billy's agent and scamming club owners. He has hit 4 clubs already: in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Louisiana and New York. Again, if you see any dates that are not on our website, please email judy ASAP so that we can warn off the club owners.
Check out the Billy Squier chapter in Kristofer Engelhart's 2010 "Beatles-Deeper Undercover." It is a greatly revised and updated edition of his 1998 book Beatles Undercover. At nearly 400 pages, it painstakingly chronicles The Beatles' contributions to the work of other artists. Each outside artist's entry contains a short biography, personal thoughts and memories where possible, and thorough details concerning the exact contribution that John, Paul, George, or Ringo added to their work. Since the original Beatles Undercover, much has been updated and added-without a doubt this is the definitive book on this subject. Available at www.amazon.com
MAY 12, 2010 NEWSLETTER
As of now, plans for a possible summer/fall tour have been suspended, but Billy will be playing a couple NE gigs with James Montgomery. Both are special tributes to James Cotton. In addition to Cotton, the James Montgomery Band will be joined by Magic Dick of J Geils, The Fools, David Hull of the Joe Perry Project, Jon Butcher of Jon Butcher Axis, Michael Carabello of Santana, Sib Hashian (formerly of Boston) and the Uptown Horns. Friday 5/21 is at the Lynne Auditorium in Lynn, MA and Sat 5/22 is at the Capitol Theater for the Arts in Concord, NH. Please note it is unlikely that Billy will be performing any of his own songs at these shows.
Billy's publisher reports:
Shout Factory will be re-issuing "Don't Say No" in July. The cd will include two live tracks from the 2009 tour ("My Kinda Lover" and "The Stroke") Read the liner notes on the website's front page.
Some of you were worried when you got spam that included Billy Squier in the address (email@example.com, etc). We do NOT sell or allow anyone the use of our mailing list. The mailing list was in no way compromised. There was a temporary problem with the website itself, but that has been rectified. During that time, we did not receive all incoming emails, so if you did not get a response, please email us again at firstname.lastname@example.org
We got 2 people who were pretending to be Billy kicked off Facebook. As we have said before, Billy does not want to use Facebook. I have set up a Billy Squier page on Facebook that will be an additional link to the website info, but the page is not public yet.
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Happy Billy's Birthday! Judy
HOLIDAY 2009 NEWSLETTER
"CHRISTMAS IS THE TIME TO SAY I LOVE YOU" is available for purchase as a download in our store. We've had requests for the original 45's flip side "WHITE CHRISTMAS" but unfortunately it is not available. In other holiday news, former Billy guitarist Jeff Golub's holiday collection "SIX STRING SANTA" is available for purchase as either a download or cd at his site www.jeffgolub.com (Another former Billy guitarist Steve Conte just released his cd "Steve Conte and The Crazy Truth" to rave reviews. It's available at www.amazon.com
The ALL NIGHT LONG tour merchandise is being loaded to the site as we speak and should be available for purchase by the time you get this.
Some of you received emails from admin@billysquier and alerted us. Please note that address is NEVER from our website. We do not have an admin email address associated with billysquier.com. If you do receive any emails from that address, please delete without opening to be safe.
A spare $38,000? No, we don't have it either, but a gallery contacted us that they have a unique screen print on paper that Andy Warhol did in 1982 while working on Billy's album cover for "EMOTIONS IN MOTION" It's 60" x 40" and has been authenticated by the Andy Warhol Estate. If interested, we can put you in touch with the gallery.
DOWNLOAD PURCHASE REMINDER- you MUST hit "return to merchant" after completing your Paypal transaction!!!!
BILLY EVERYWHERE THESE PAST 6 MONTHS:
TOUR?: No tour plans have been made for 2010. If Billy does tour, we will post the dates as soon as they are confirmed to us by Billy's agent. We'll also do an emailing to alert everyone they have been posted.
BORING ADMIN STUFF:
Below is Billy's letter to the fans. Happy HolidaZe and a safe New Year! Judy
Thanks to all of you who got out to a show—in some cases more than one (the record, I believe, was 10!)—and apologies to those of you who lived in areas we didn't get to. In many respects, I feel this was the best tour I've ever done. Selecting songs from an historical perspective gave me a chance to consolidate the music I've made over the last 30+ years and experience the individual efforts as a unified body of work. Not having anything to "sell"—be it a new release or image—gave me a lot more freedom to do the things I like to do best: play more guitar...jam with the band, etc. In many ways this felt very similar to the days back in school when we'd play down in the basement until our parents pulled the plug. I also felt particularly close to you—the audience. I purposely chose to avoid playing as part of a "package," because I wanted to present a show for those of you who've maintained a long-range interest in my musical endeavors, and would accept me wandering off at times to explore lesser known or more esoteric titles. I felt that every night had the potential for something new to happen...to be the best show of my life. Thank you for being a part of that.
Maybe next year...?
June 2009 NEWSLETTER
After some nagging on my part : ) our ticket vendor issued the following:
"The response for our ticket presales and VIP packages have been tremendous. We are sorry we weren't able to offer this for every show. Many of you have asked about buying a Platinum Package for shows that were already on sale. Well good news! If you have a ticket for a show and would like to add the Platinum Package that includes the meet and greet and signed poster, you can by emailing email@example.com. Packages will be $200 each. You will be emailed call in information on how to purchase. Thanks so much for being such great fans and all of your suggestions. You must already have a ticket to purchase these Platinum packages listed below:
6/23 Verona, NY
6/26 Hankinson, ND
6/27 Walker, MN
6/28 Walker, MN
6/30 Milwaukee, WI
7/2 Muskegon, MI
7/7 Traverse City, MI
7/8 Lansing, MI
7/11 Atlantic City, NJ
7/12 Jim Thorpe, PA
7/17 Columbus, OH
7/18 St Joseph, MI
7/21 Green Bay, WI
7/26 Pittsburgh, PA
7/29 Ridgefield, CT
7/31 Kettering, OH
8/1 Aurora, IL
8/2 Lake Ozark, MO
8/4 Sturgis, SD
8/6 Tulsa, OK
8/7 Norman, OK
9/5 Indianapolis, IN
9/6 Cleveland, OH
GUITAR HERO 5 ONLINE SCAVENGER HUNT OFFERS WINNER EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO 5 CONCERTS BY THEIR FAVORITE BANDS
Fans Participate in Unveiling Guitar Hero 5 Artists in Unique Contest Spanning Websites, TV, Blogs and Online Media Santa Monica, CA May 26, 2009 Guitar Hero launches a unique online scavenger hunt today that invites fans to scour websites, TV shows, blogs and online media sites to uncover the full list of artists that will appear on Guitar Hero 5, the next version of the most popular music game in the world. Fans are invited to start their search at GH5.GuitarHero.com and register to participate in The Guitar Hero 5 Tickets, 5 Concerts Sweepstakes and enter to win a set of 5 tickets to 5 different concerts in their hometown.
Once registered at GH5.GuitarHero.com participants will be given clues leading them to a series of blogs, TV shows and online media where every day, for the next five days, a selection of bands from the Guitar Hero 5 set list will be revealed. Once entrants have uncovered the bands from the designated locations, they must go to GH5.GuitarHero.com to verify the information found and will then be eligible to enter to win The Guitar Hero 5 Tickets, 5 Concerts Sweepstakes. Entries for the sweepstakes will be received through June 25, 2009. Registration is now open.
The upcoming Vince Vaughn movie "Couples Retreat" features Vince playing "Lonely is the Night" on Guitar Hero. The movie is set to drop 10/9, just a few weeks before GH5 comes out.
Keep checking out www.billysquier.com. More concert dates will be added (Billy's doing at least 55 shows) and the tour feature will be up soon!
As always, Billy-related questions, comments and inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be patient with us if you don't get a response as quickly as usual. Rehearsals start tomorrow and there's lots to do!
March 2009 NEWSLETTER
The 2009 tour is being organized as we speak. Returning band members Alan St Jon (keyboards), Mark Clarke (bass) and Nir Z (drums) will be joined by guitarist Marc Copely (www.marccopely.com) who is touring with Billy for the first time. Although our website will post concert dates after they have been confirmed by Billy's agent, we suggest everyone register at www.pollstar.com to get immediate news about shows and ticket sale dates. Only 17 shows have been confirmed so far, but Billy is planning at least 38 more, so don't despair if you don't see your city yet. (Just confirmed-7/16 Chesaning, MI-7/24 Westbury, NY- 7/25 Salamanca, NY)
Billy's appreciating everyone's song suggestions and the most comprehensive one is currently posted on the website under the news section-please note this is NOT Billy's set list, just the longest one suggested by a fan at the time it was posted.
You might have heard Billy-
According to Billy's publisher, "Everybody Wants You" is being used again for this season of Burn Notice and Cinemax is using "Fix Up Look Sharp" (which samples "The Big Beat"). "Everybody Wants You" was also used by Dirty Sexy Money and "My Kinda Lover" was in the film Quarantine. "Lonely is the Night" will appear in the upcoming Jack Black film Couples Retreat and "The Stroke" will be in Crank 2, the sequel to last year's successful horror/drama. "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" was a downloadable track/part of the digipack of holiday songs for Rock Band, while "Lonely is the Night" is featured on Guitar Hero Encore:Rocks The 80s as well as Guitar Hero 1's Greatest Hits.
Need something to wear to Billy's concert? We will be selling shirts and hats from the 2001 tour on the website in the next few weeks. New shirts for the 2009 tour are being designed as we speak and will be available at the shows.
Correction! The 7/18 date at the Venetian Festival Grounds is in St Joseph, NOT Charlevoix.
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It's been a busy and productive musical year for me. The Ringo tour was GREAT – by many accounts, even better than 06. In some respects, it felt like we were becoming more of a BAND, in that Hamish, Edgar and I were making the rounds together for a second time…along with The Boss, of course. That said, the 'New Boys' worked out quite well, and everybody had a good time. I got to play bass on "Pick Up The Pieces," which was something of a professional first. I also premiered yet another new version of "The Stroke," some of which will appear in the upcoming VH1 special, "The Top 100 Hard Rock Songs Of All Time."
Determined not to let the music slip off into the garden, I wrote two songs immediately following the tour, and have just finished recording them with a new creative accomplice, Mitchell Davis. You may not have heard of Mitch, but you've heard his music – his band, OrbraSquara, did the music for the big iPhone TV spots last year. He's an extremely gifted songwriter, singer, and producer, who also plays a variety of quirky instruments that make some unique contributions to the recordings. BTW, the first ObraSquara CD is commercially available, and a second is coming early in 09. Mitch Corralled me into guesting on two of his new songs, "The Trouble With Flying" (which looks to be the title of the CD as well) and "Tell Me." We've established a great working relationship that I hope will continue for a long time. More recording's scheduled for the first of the year.
All This is pointing me in the direction of a full-blown BILLY TOUR, scheduled to begin in late June. If all goes according to plan, Mark, Alan and I will be joined by a couple of new faces for a musical journey through the entire catalog, from Piper to "Happy Blue" and beyond…should be quite an adventure. Naturally, I hope to see you all there!
Happy holidays, and remember, "Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You'."
ps – feel free to send in any ideas for songs you'd particularly like to hear on the tour…no guarantees, but I'd appreciate your input.
Holiday, 2008 NEWSLETTER
Most important! Above is a holiday letter from Billy. If you have trouble reading it, you should be able to print it and read it clearly (she said hopefully : ) It should be posted to the site Christmas week.
The winner of the "Order of Release" contest is: Rich Butler. He will be receiving his autographed items in January.
You might have heard Billy-
"Lonely is the Night" was featured on the tv show Supernatural.
Cinemax used "The Big Beat" to advertise their Max HD service.
"The Stroke" will show up on Cold Case during this 08-09 season.
Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up Look Sharp" (which samples "The Big Beat" was used by David Blaine as background music for his latest stunt-hanging upside down in Rockefeller Center.
The cd of Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band Live 2006 contains Billy performing "Everybody Wants You" and "Rock Me Tonite" The DVD of the same title also features Billy doing "Ramblin' On My Mind" written by Robert Johnson. Both are available at www.amazon.com
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Have Happy and Safe Holidaze! You'll hear more from us in 2009. Judy
August, 2008 NEWSLETTER
Piper fans your prayers have been answered!
American Beat (who have also re-released Tale of the Tape, Emotions in Motion and Signs of Life) have just re-released the two Piper albums (Piper and Can't Wait) as 1 cd. It's available at amazon.com That leaves only 4 of Billy's albums out of print: Enough Is Enough, Hear & Now, Creatures of Habit and Tell the Truth. Send us an email ranking the order you would like to see them re-released and we'll not only pass your ideas on to American Beat, you'll be entered in a contest to win a special autographed package from Billy.
The book "Ye Olde Metal:1977" by Martin Popoff ($31.00US) features a chapter/interview with Billy about his time with Piper, "Can't Wait" To order, contact Martin directly at email@example.com
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band 2006 Live
The DVD from this tour featuring Billy's first appearance with the All Starrs was released on 7/8/08. You can order now at amazon.com. The DVD features Billy performing Everybody Wants You, Rock Me Tonite & Ramblin' On My Mind. There will be a DVD of the 2008 tour released in the future.
2001 Tour Shirts
We've found a stash of tour T-shirts from Billy's 8101 tour. We're currently doing an inventory and will be putting them up for sale in the next month or so.
Where you might hear Billy
Billy's publisher has told us Everybody Wants You is in tv promos for the USA Network show "Burn Notice", The Stroke will be in Cartoon Network's "Lucy Daughter of the Devil" AND a new Activision Harley Davidson game , 99 Problems (Jay Z's song which samples Billy's The Big Beat ) will be in HBO's Entourage and Lonely is The Night is in the Activision game Guitar Hero Encore-Rocks The 80s
VH1 has named The Stroke one of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. They'll be an online voting component to the rankings, so stay tuned to billysquier.com to find out where and when to vote. As soon as VH1 gives us the link to vote, it will go up on the site. After the rankings are determined, there will be a countdown show featuring an interview with Billy.
any Billy-related questions/comments/inquiries should go to firstname.lastname@example.org [which can also be found in the site's "contact us" section–Mike]
Billy does NOT use MySpace. If you see a Billy Squier page there, it is in no way connected with Billy. www.billysquier.com is the one and only source for Billy.