Video: Man convinces Billy Idol to play his 26th birthday party - The Strut

Video: Man convinces Billy Idol to play his 26th birthday party

Seattle man Michael Henrichsen has spent the last 2 years campaigning to get Billy Idol to perform at his birthday party and raising money for charity along the way. He’s enlisted help from many celebrities including Rick Springfield, Kevin Nealon and Giada to help convince Billy. From the NY Post:

Henrichsen, who sings, plays guitar and does a passable Idol impersonation, put together an ’80s cover band, Nite Wave. They began playing a series of charity concerts dubbed Billy Idol Aid and raised more than $10,000 for the American Red Cross and Northwest Harvest, which supplies meals to food banks.

But when October 2011 came around, Idol didn’t show. Instead, he sent a video, saying he was sorry he couldn’t make it – but there was always next year.

Though some friends and family were a bit tired of the project, Henrichsen decided to give it one more year. He had bimonthly chats with Idol’s people to update them on his status. Eventually, the Showbox, a Seattle venue that hosted some of the Billy Idol Aid events, made an offer to host the event at its location south of downtown.

Finally, last August, Idol’s people called from Japan, where he was touring, and said Idol was in, with his band. Henrichsen says he started screaming and running laps around the mall.

Below you can watch a recap video of the project and the video where Billy Idol breaks the news that he will be performing at the now sold out event:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *