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Billy singing Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

We’re happy to announce that we’ve opened the site store! The first available download is Billy’s Holiday Classic—Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You!

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Christmas 2021

from our bubble to yours…

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It recently came to my attention that today marks the 700th anniversary of the death of the “Supreme Poet”, the Italian known to the world simply as Dante. His use of a single name was years ahead of its time, as were his writings. In 1997, I wrote and recorded a song in which I…

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Through every life the war drags onOur hopes and dreams lie ripped and torn Sweet Release…give us peace

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Charlie Watts

“Good-Time Charlie” A young friend who enjoys the odd bash behind his kit wrote to me on the passing of Charlie Watts: “One of my favorite drummers of all time. Effortlessly cool fills and licks that were way harder to play along to than they appeared. Talk about a drummer that lived perfectly in the…

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Sorry to read of Jim Steinman’s passing on Monday. He was extremely talented, to say the least…and a very nice guy. I enjoyed working with him on “Signs of Life”, a collaboration that was illuminating for both of us.The following article is a brilliant summation of the time we spent together on our one and…

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UMG is releasing a mini-lp compilation entitled, “Past Perfect”, to the streaming services on Friday: tracks from four different albums, including a rare guest-performance from Freddie Mercury. The ‘cover art’ is the creation of Alina Broome, a student at F.I.T. in NYC. Great stuff, Alina…thank you so much!

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The original, full-length version of Love Is The Hero—including a spectacular intro-piece from Freddie. Conjured out of thin air in the early morning hours at Garden Lodge, Freddie’s home in West London. What a night! Now available at Spotify, Apple Music and more…

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I lost a long-time friend and patron yesterday. Don Zimmerman was president of Capitol Records when I signed to the label in 1979. Though not a music-maker in the strict sense of the word, he expressed a genuine interest in what I was doing, and was remarkably insightful in supporting and guiding my career in…

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In this the season of giving, life is the greatest gift. Let’s put our differences and ideologies aside…stay home and play Christmas music! Next year we can do it up right…

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A rainy summer day in Bridgehampton.

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A fond farewell to my old mate, Frank Levi. Frank was a mad genius of the electronics variety, who specialized in tinkering with guitar amps. We spent many a late night in the SIR/NY workshop, after I wrapped rehearsals with my band, Piper. We talked about how I wanted to expand on the already massive…

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Billy and GE shows

Billy is extending his collaboration with guitarist GE Smith for a handful of dates this Spring: More dates to follow…(?)

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“Don’t Say No” is about to be released on 180-gram VINYL…date is February 16th. According to Billy, this is arguably the best-sounding version ever, and the only vinyl pressing since the limited-edition Mobile Fidelity release in 1981. Complete info online at Intervention Records: interventionrecords.com/records/dont-say-no/

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November 9, 2017 Billy and GE Smith look forward seeing you in the new year at one of these venues: 6 Jan – Suffolk Theater, Riverhead, NYTicket info at www.suffolktheater.com 9 Jan – City Winery, NYCTicket info at www.citywinery.com/newyork 18 Jan – Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CTTicket info at ridgefieldplayhouse.org

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Want to see Billy LIVE this summer? One night only: Friday, September 1, 2017Guild Hall, East Hampton, NYTickets on sale May 8www.guildhall.org Billy will explore his catalog and musical roots through performances and conversation with fellow guitarist GE Smith in an up close and personal setting.

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“Take me for a trip upon your magic swirling ship…” There are songwriters, there are lyricists, there are poets…and then there’s BOB DYLAN, who yesterday won the Nobel Prize for Literature “…in the jingle jangle mornin’ I’ll come followin’ you” WOW

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“Rare Species” sited: Billy on the beach in Sagaponack, NY, August 2016

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Billy and Richard Thompson

8/15: backstage with singer / songwriter / guitarist-extraordinaire Richard Thompson at Westbury. If you’re not familiar with RT’s work, you should be. “Mock Tudor” is a good place to start.

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My thoughts are with my old Boston buddy, Joe Perry. We wish him well.

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ON THIS DATE (35 YEARS AGO)April 13, 1981 – Billy Squier: Don’t Say No is released.# ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4/5# allmusic 4.5/5 Don’t Say No is the second album by Billy Squier, released on April 13, 1981. It stayed on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for 111 weeks, reaching #5. It includes the…

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Ben Edmonds, my lifelong friend and musical comrade-in-arms, passed away today, after battling pancreatic cancer for the past year. Our friendship began in Wellesley high school, and took us to New York City and Detroit, London and LA…and points in-between. He was a source of constant support and encouragement to me during the years I…

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Came across this amusing petition. Click here.

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VH1 wrote up a nice article to wish Billy a happy birthday. Click here to see the article.

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Hot song for a cold winter.

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Eminem drops “My Kinda Lover” on the acid-rap community in the title song from his new CD, “Shady XV”…out 11/24. Merry Christmas, Em.

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November 1, 2014 Billy thought fans might find the following link interesting: “This is something of a niche article, as it comprises an interview with my original amp-guru, Frank Levi. In it he talks about some of our experiences, in addition to other periods of his career. Frank is a brilliant, “mad-scientist” type, and he…

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It’s almost here! Catch Billy at ‘Voodoo’, November 2, 2013.

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NEWS ABOUT FLORIDA SHOW CANCELLATION: Due to contractual conditions beyond our control, Billy will not be appearing at the Born To Ride Jam in Pinelllas Park, FL on Nov. 1st. We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion. (Other acts who’ve withdrawn from the event include: Bachman & Turner, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat and Lou Gramm)…

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“Everybody Wants You” was featured on last night’s Grey’s Anatomy Episode #1102 Music: “Puzzle With A Piece Missing”.

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Here’s a recent clip of Billy’s ” Electric Man” performance at the 9th Jack Radio concert Septmeber 20th

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The Stroke” appears in the pilot episode of the new Amazon Series “Red Oaks”

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For those of you who may have missed it previously, we’re re-posting Billy’s live version of “Sweet Release” with lyrics modified to reflect on the 9/11 tragedy…from a benefit show held at Don Hill’s in October 2001.

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Long time friend and former Piper bandmate Richie Fontana has uploaded a video “slideshow” of Piper photos to their song “Can’t Wait”. A great look into the short life of Billy’s last “band.”

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Billy will be performing at Jack 93.1’s 9th Show (along with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Collective Soul, Violent Femmes, Bow Wow Wow and Naked Eyes). The show is September 20th at The Theatre at Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.

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Billy will be playing a show in Florida with Bachman and Turner, Blue Oyster Colt, Foghat and Molly Hatchet on Saturday, November 1 at England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park, FL. 

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Billy and Ringo Starr

Here’s your backstage pass to an epic night. Ringo Starr and Billy Squier before the big show. All Content ©2014 by Rob Shanahan Photography Both “Emotions In Motion” and “The Stroke” are in episode 7 of HALT AND CATCH FIRE, which we believe will air Sunday evening July 13. The show is a 10 episode miniseries…

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Rockpages Web Magazine revisited with Billy and conducted a recent interview in the wake of the re-release of “Tell The Truth” on iTunes. A version of “The Stroke” by Megaforce band Xfactor 1 was in the first round of trailers for Lionsgate’s EXPENDABLES 3 a couple of months ago. “Berzerk” (sampling “The Stroke”) is in…

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After finally cutting through the last bit of bureaucratic red tape, Billy’s 1993 Capitol release, “Tell The Truth,” is now up and available on iTunes. TRUTH appears under the IME/Spirit imprimatur. We’re psyched that this is out there at long last.

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While it’s admittedly missing the beginning of the song, we thought it cool to share a great rendition of “Don’t Say You Love Me” from The Aresenio Hall Show, circa 1989.

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Eminem’s ‘Berzerk’ (featuring You Know Who) is the official GRAMMY commercial this year! The 56th Annual GRAMMY awards releases ‘Music Unleashes Us: Anthem’.

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The New York Post’s Maureen Callahan has caught up with the attention Billy has been getting lately for Hip Hop’s samplings of his works. You can read up on it here.

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Billy did a video interview with Kristyn Clarke (for the Unskinny Pop website) backstage at the Voodoo Festival. You can read the brief write-up with video here, or see the video below.

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There’s great new footage available of Billy performing “The Stroke” with New Orleans’ brass band The Stooges From the Voodoo Festival on November 2.

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Fight fans may recognize a familiar tune. Lonely Is The Night appears at 18:38 of the UFC Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3—Episode 3. Billy thinks it’s a great use of the song as you’d almost think it was written for the show. The editing of song to image is spot on.

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Check out Billy’s performance of “Too Daze Gone” at the October 6th Triple Negative Breast Cancer Benefit at the Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA. Thanks to our Friends at the BillySquierFan You Tube channel.

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Berzerk

Eminem’s “Berzerk” was released yesterday. The music bed is based around Billy’s original recording of “The Stroke.” Drums, guitar riffs and vocals appear throughout the track, which is already #1 at iTunes. You can preview the audio through iTunes, but be forewarned, there is some explicit language.

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Billy will be taking his solo electric set on the road for two more dates this year. First up, Billy will be headlining the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Fund Raiser Sunday, October 6, at Mechanic’s Hall in Worcester, MA. On Saturday, November 2nd, he’ll be down south performing as part of the Voodoo-Fest in New…

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We’ve posted a nice pre-show article from the Long Island Newsday up in the ABOUT section.

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Billy’s solo electric set is coming up this Friday, the 19th at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY. This is the only show he’s announced for the summer, so try to catch it if you can. Billy’s performance will be at 8:10.

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Billy sat in with Joe Bonamassa at the Beacon Theater, NY on the 18th. You won’t see or hear this very often. Billy and Joe are playing nearly identical ’59 Les Pauls—the holy grail for guitar geeks. Great band, great show…at a great venue: New York’s Beacon Theatre, May 18th, 2013.

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Billy will be doing a solo electric set on July 19th at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, NY. This is the only show he’s announced for the summer, so try to catch it if you can. Billy’s performance will be at 8:10.

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Roger Chouinard contacted the site to let us know that there are only a few copies of his book: Bobby Chouinard “Drummer Extrodinaire” available. If you order and mention our site, he’ll throw in a set of drumsticks with each book ordered for fans of Billy. You can order them on Amazon.

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Billy has offered up one of his most-recent compositions, “Somebody Loves You,” for inclusion on “Songs After Sandy,” a charity music compilation to support grassroots community-based relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. This track, which has previously only appeared on our site, will be added to Volume 2, which currently includes exclusive tracks from…

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Billy headlined a fund-raising concert for “The American Revolution,” a documentary on legendary rock FM station WBCN/Boston. Also onstage at Boston’s House Of Blues are members of the James Montgomery Band, the Uptown Horns, and Charlie Daniels, the “Master Blaster.”

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Available now for pre-order on eBay and by the end of September on Amazon is the book: Bobby Chouinard “Drummer Extrodinaire”. Written by Bobby’s nephew, Roger Chouinard, and featuring a foreward by Billy, this book brings you closer to Bobby and what some of the best musicians from that era thought of him as a person and a drummer. If…

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Dizzee Rascal’s “Fix Up Look Sharp”, which samples Billy’s “The Big Beat” is featured in Focus Features’ animated comedy ParaNorman.

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Billy will be playing at the Blues, Views & BBQ show in CT on 9/2 with James Montgomery. As usual with these types of shows, he’ll be doing 3–4 songs, predominantly in the blues vernacular (though there will be a couple of his thrown in). Also, the site’s new catalog is up and running with…

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We’ve gotten more information regarding Billy’s performance at Rob Shanahan’s book signing party: Rob Shanahan Photography GalleryMay 20, 2012Memorial Day weekend launch party in the Hamptonswith special performance byBILLY SQUIER Saturday, May 26John Varvatos • 54 Newton Lane • East Hampton, NYBook signing and Cocktails 3pm—6pm • Performance 5pmLimited Edition framed prints will also be…

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Billy sat in on a couple of shows recently at the New Orleans Jazzfest. BillySquierFan was there and uploaded a video of Billy and The Lil’ Band O’ Gold performing a swamp version of ‘Everybody Wants You’

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Billy appearance on May 26th Noted rock photographer Rob Shanahan will be signing copies of his new book, “Volume 1,” at the John Varvatos boutique in East Hampton, NY, on Saturday, May 26th. Billy and Rob have been friends since the early days of Ringo’s 06 tour, and we have it on good authority that…

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Billy’s YouTube Channel Available We’ve opened up an official Billy Squier YouTube Channel to showcase Billy’s videos and more! Now you can see Billy content—cross-platform—on your phones, pads, tablets, pods, etc. (which will eventually make this site more cross-platform compliant as well!) We’ve unearthed some great footage, including the heart-wrenching “I Have Watched You Fly,” not seen…

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Billy performed at a sold out closing ceremony for his high school in Wellesley. Covering the event for the Boston Globe, Kathleen Pierce interviewed Billy. Read it here.

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Billy will be doing a benefit on October 20 for the Little Kids Rock Foundation (littlekidsrock.com), at the Edison Ballroom in NYC. He’ll be doing a couple songs solo, and leading a middle-school band in a rendition of “Lonely Is The Night.” Sounds like fun!

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There’s a new newsletter up in the fanfare section which includes information on 2 June Blues dates for Billy. Billy’s half hour+ chat with Host Eddie Webb on VH1 Classic Rock Nights is now up in the discography/off the record section. (NOTE: The section info refers to past versions of the site.)

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April 11, 2011 Billy will be doing a guest appearance on VH1 Classic Rock Nights Radio this Tuesday, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of “Don’t Say No”. You might want to listen in around the 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm segment.

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As promised, the first 4 parts of the Billy and Eddie Trunk satellite radio interviews are now up in the discography/off the record section. Judy just gave me the additional spots from Billy’s return visit covering the remaining “major releases”. Those will be posted shortly. (NOTE: The section info refers to past versions of the site.)

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Billy’s been generating GREAT buzz for his shows at the Iridium. With praises coming from a few Les Paul forums, click here and here to read the threads. Also, even though we were told ‘no video’, it’s a good thing some didn’t listen. There’s some really cool clips on YouTube, including this one: Photos from the evening are posted…

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There’s a new newsletter out from Judy. Check your inboxes to see if you’ve gotten yours. If not, hop on over to the fanfare section. (NOTE: The section info refers to past versions of the site.)

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Just in from Billy: On November 15 I’ll be doing two shows at the Irridium Nightclub in NYC. 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 I call “Blues Deluxe”: songs that influenced me growing up as a kid,…

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Bill Aucoin died today after a year-long fight against prostate cancer. It was Bill who approached me in 1976 with the idea of forming a band around me and my songs…that band was Piper, and Bill was our manager. “Gui,” as he was affectionately known at the time, supported the band through its infancy and…

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LoHud.com, New York’s Lower Hudson Valley website reported the following on Billy’s upcoming show with James Cotton… Listening Room Blog: Blues legend James Cotton adds Squier to “Blues Summit” lineup Blues harp master James Cotton has added a surprise guest to his June 24 “Blues Summit” at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater: One time Top-40 stalwart…

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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,…

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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…

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Some loser is contacting clubs and offering them dates with Billy and collecting deposit money on his behalf. This guy is in no way affiliated with Billy. We know of 3 dates so far that this guy has booked. Luckily only one of the 3 clubs actually paid any money to him. If you see…

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The latest newsletter is up in the fanfare section. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLY! (NOTE: The section info refers to past versions of the site.)

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Fans might not think there’d be a connection between Billy and Orba Squara, but Mitch Davis actually featured Billy on one of their new songs, as well as recording Billy’s latest 3 recordings. You can read more about this Billy fan and Apple-sampled tunesmith in an interview with PopMatters.

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SPAM ALERT—UPDATE We’ve been alerted that a new “support@bs.com” email is now circulating. Again this is spam as the only “support” is me, so it would come through from “mike.” Again, we don’t use generic “admin”, “info”, or “support” type email addresses, so if you get these, please delete and/or report to your provider. Thanks.…

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News in from Activision regarding Billy and Guitar Hero 5: October DLC sales data states that for the month of October, Billy had the #2 highest selling song for GH5 downloads – “The Stroke”.  He also had the #11 song with “Everybody Wants You”. The Billy Squier pack was the #3 pack. A great success overall!!

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Christmas comes a bit early for us Squier fans! 2009 All Night Long Tour Merchandise is now available through our on site catalog. …and yes that does include the USB devices!! (NOTE: The catalog info refers to past versions of the site.)

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SPAM ALERT Dear fans, It’s come to our attention that a few of you have received spam emails with a return address of “admin@billysquier.com”. If you get one of these, don’t open it, and you may want to report it to your email provider. You will NEVER receive any unsolicited email from an “admin” at…

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While we had been telling fans of a hopeful third leg of the tour, word from Billy is that “plans to extend the tour for another leg down the eastern seaboard and into the deep south have been shelved for the time being. Sorry we couldn’t make it.” As always, if you’d like to keep…

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After a short break, the All Night Long tour is resuming. A NYC date has been announced at the end of this leg. Fan Chris Sasser is so looking forward to it that he designed his own fan promo poster for it.

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2009 Tour Set List–IL

Billy’s got a message for fans who’ve been commenting on “new” songs being played on tour: “…these are, in fact, not new songs, but select gems from my catalog that I wanted to play so that more people could be exposed to them…and get a general road-map of my musical journey.” With the exception of…

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There’s a new article on Billy, the tour and mostly his guitars in the August issue of Premier Guitar. You can read it in our ABOUT/Select Interviews section. But Billy warns “very guitar specific (as opposed to fan-oriented)” Ever wonder what life’s like on the road? There’s also a fanboy-heavy “09 Tour Journal” added to…

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An interesting charity event taking place in conjunction with Billy’s July 24th show: rock CAN rollR,is an all volunteer, non-profit hunger relief organization based on Long Island in New York. The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury has teamed up with rCr to ‘BEAT HUNGER’. rock CAN roll volunteers are on site at the venue,…

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Be sure to check out tour reviews in the ABOUT/Select Reviews section. We’ll be posting new ones as they come in.

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It has been confirmed that Jay Z’s “99 Problems” (featuring Billy’s “The Big Beat”) is being used as the main title in Columbia pictures THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1,2,3. It’s also being used in the trailer campaign.The movie opens June 12.

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Great news regarding the tour…this just in:For most shows, we will be offering tickets before they go on sale to the general public. In addition to the fan club presale tickets, there will also be a limited number of special VIP packages available for this tour. We will be updating the tour list below as…

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8101 Tour Merchandise available!As one quick-witted fan has already discovered, the 8101 tour merchandise recently pulled from the archives has been added to the catalog for sale. Availability in some sizes is very limited, so be sure to check out the merchandise section soon if you plan to order! (NOTE: The section info refers to past versions…

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We’re still getting in tons of song requests, but here’s another one that was appreciated by Billy: Dear Mr. Squier I see often you ask the fans what they would like to hear, but honestly? I’d like to hear what you would like to play. Shoot, I’ll listen you play a left-handed out of tune…

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We’ve gotten the first set of dates that we’re allowed to show publicly. They’re listed at the top of this page. We will update this list as more dates become available so be sure to check back often. Also, Billy wanted to let everyone know that we’ve been having the request for songs pouring in!…

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VH1 “The 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs” UPDATE. Well, so far, Billy’s in the top 60! VH1 has been showing previous episodes before the new episodes, so be sure to check them all out as Billy’s peppered in the shows, commenting on other artists…including a hilarious “now that’s what I’m talking about” impression of Edgar…

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As the year closes out, VH1 has begun airing “The 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.” While we hope Billy won’t show until the last episode, check in each night this week to see where he placed!

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“My Kinda Lover” is featured in Sony Picture’s thriller QUARANTINE, opening in theaters today. Frank Jenks of the “listen in–rock on purpose” website has a series of audio clips from a sit down interview with Billy available for your listening pleasure. They discuss everything from Billy’s music, to the environment, marriage, gardening and Billy’s baseball allegiance. This…

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VH1 has chosen Billy’s “The Stroke” as one of the Top 100 Best Hard Rock songs of all time! Voting is currently underway to see where it places in the list. There is no limit to voting, so Billy says to “vote and vote often.”

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