Billy Idol Forced To Postpone North American Tour Kick Off

. Billy Idol has been diagnosed with a chest infection forcing his to postpone the kick off of his North American tour which was scheduled to launch tonight in New Orleans.

Idol is under "doctor's orders to recover," according to the announcement, and will now be kicking off the tour on Saturday (January 24th) in Philadelphia, PA at the Tower Theater.

Fans have been advised to hold on to their tickets for tonight's New Orleans and tomorrow night's (January 22nd) show in Atlanta until the rescheduled dates are announced.

Billy issued this message for fans, "I'm really disappointed to be missing everyone this week in the Big Easy and Atlanta. I was excited for these gigs but want to make sure I can give you the full on Idol rock show you deserve. Thank you for understanding while I get over this bug. We'll be back later this year!"

Billy Idol Tour Dates:
January 24 - - Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
January 25 - - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theater
January 28 - - New York, NY - Beacon Theater
January 29 - - Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theater
January 31 - - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theater
February 3 - - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
February 4 - - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
February 6 - - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
February 7 - - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
February 9 - - Denver, CO - Paramount Theater
February 12 - - Vancouver, BC - Queen Elizabeth Theater
February 13 - - Seattle, WA - Paramount
February 15 - - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
February 18 - - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
February 19 - - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
February 21 - - Las Vegas, NV - The Cosmopolitan
February 22 - - Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

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