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Billy Idol Drops Off Upcoming Tour with Journey

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Toto will step in for Idol on all his dates

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Billy Idol [Matt Bishop Photo]

Billy Idol has dropped off his upcoming tour with Journey and Toto. The rocker was supposed to support Journey on the first leg of their winter arena tour, with Toto coming in to open the second leg. Now, Toto has stepped up to provide support for the entire tour in Idol’s absence.

“I am absolutely gutted,” Idol said in a statement on Twitter.

Read the full statement below.

“I haven’t felt like myself since mid-December with a sinus infection that won’t respond to medication. It has worsened to the point where I have no choice but to have a procedure which I expect will put me on a path to recovery soon. The last thing I ever want to do is cancel shows and I am absolutely gutted that I won’t be able to perform the upcoming dates with Journey as planned. I wish journey only the best on their tour and give thanks to Toto for stepping in for me.”

– Billy Idol

Journey’s upcoming tour kicks off on February 22 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA and wraps up on May 11 at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.

Tickets and VIP Packages are on sale now HERE.

“It’s that time — time to get back to where we are used to being — on stage,” Journey guitarist Neal Schon said in a statement. “We are looking forward to shifting into high gear and bringing you the best show possible. The band is running on all 12 cylinders and very excited! Please come and join us once again for an evening full of rocking stage connection fun. See you soon, friends.”

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather says each show will be “a great night of music, as all the guys are lifelong friends, a blast off stage as well.”