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Friday 26 December 2014

Billy Idol plays at fan's birthday

Billy Idol performs in Seattle at a birthday party concert for Michael Henrichsen (AP)
Billy Idol performs in Seattle at a birthday party concert for Michael Henrichsen (AP)

A US man says that having Billy Idol play at his 26th birthday party made for the greatest night of his life.

Michael Henrichsen spent two years persuading the rock icon to play at his party, and it finally paid off at the packed Showbox SoDo club in Seatle on Friday.

First, Idol guitarist Steve Stevens played him Happy Birthday in the middle of a solo. Then Idol called Henrichsen on to the stage for a rendition of the song.

Henrichsen's '80s cover band even got to play the opening act.

Idol said Henrichsen's effort stood out from other fan requests because of his campaign which involved four Billy Idol Aid charity concerts that raised more than £10,000 for the Northwest Harvest food bank and the American Red Cross.

Idol said agreeing to play at Henrichsen's party in Seattle might help fans see another side of him.

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