Ozzy Osbourne, Cory Taylor, Billy Idol, Linda Perry and more fill the guest list as Billy Morrison bangs out the punk and electro rockers on The Morrison Project

Billy Morrison gets his mates in

Billy Morrison: The Morrison Project cover art
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Rhythm guitarist Billy Morrison has spent the past 15 years in Billy Idol’s band, alongside Steve Stevens. He has also made a lot of friends. 

On this third solo album, he’s pushed the boat out. It’s a set of wide-ranging metal, punk and electro rockers, starting with Drowning, a personal diatribe against information overload that has been doing his head in lately. 

Then the guest overload begins.

Ozzy Osbourne and Steve Stevens are thrown together on Crack Cocaine, Al Jourgensen and John 5 flex their tattoos on The Ayes Have It, Steve Vai and Slipknot singer Corey Taylor make an interesting combination on Incite The Watch. DMC raps on Just Like A Movie, while Persia Numan (Gary’s daughter) coos backing vocals. Morrison takes a busman’s holiday with Idol and Stevens on Mr Dream before the ageless, indefatigable Linda Perry brings it all to a climax on Chasing Shadows.

Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.