Fan Convinces Billy Idol to Perform at Birthday Party
How amazing would it be to have your idol perform at your birthday party? How awesome would it be if Billy Idol agreed to actually perform? Those are questions that one lucky guy will have the answers to.
For his 26th birthday this week, Michael Henrichsen set his sights on a lofty goal but after some hard work, it is all paying off. After two years of persistent campaigning, the British rock icon has relented and will be taking the stage at Henrichsen’s party.
What did he do that was so persuasive? In October 2010, the young man says that he looked around, saw that his friends were starting their lives, getting married and moving away. Meanwhile, he was trying to pay off $40,000 in student loans by working three jobs. At this point, he says he had a bit of an early mid-life crisis.
While working at the Billabong, the song “White Wedding” came on and it made Henrichsen turn to a coworker and say “Wouldn’t it be cool if we got Billy Idol to play at my birthday party?”
A fan of 80s music, he then set off on a two year quest that began with creating a website (www.playmybirthdaybillyidol.com), directing people to the site through a variety of stunts and celebrity endorsements (including comedian Kevin Nealon, Rick Springfield and porn star, Ron Jeremy) and then hosted a series of charity concerts dubbed Billy Idol Aid which raised more than $10,000 for the American Red Cross and Northwest Harvest.
Idol’s manager, Tony Dimitriades stated: "When we first became aware of Michael's project we were inclined to see it as just another extreme idea from a well-meaning fan. But as Michael's campaign continued, his persistence and resourcefulness won Billy over."
When Henrichsen’s birthday rolled around last year, Idol sent him a video apologizing for not being able to perform and said that “there was always next year.”
While the fan’s friends and family were beginning to lose steam, his determination did not waver. Twice a month he updated Idol’s people on his progress and had a Billy Idol Aid held at Seattle’s Showbox venue.
Then, in August, he received a call from Japan saying that Idol had agreed to perform at his birthday party this year. The good news was announced to the more than 900 attendees at Billy Idol Aid IV by the star himself (in a video): "The people of the world have spoken!" Idol exclaimed. "The dream will become reality ..."
Can you imagine how amazing that would be?