Billy Idol, Smokey Robinson tickets on sale Friday for FireKeepers performances

Pop rocker Billy Idol will be performing with his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel on March 1, 2019. (WWMT/MGN Online)

Billy Idol is on his way to Battle Creek. So is Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

The two will be appearing at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel in the spring, in two separate performances. Tickets for both concerts go on sale Friday.

Pop rocker Billy Idol and his longtime guitarist, songwriter Steve Stevens will hit the casino stage in March, with their “Turned On, Tuned In and Unplugged” show. Tickets are $49.

Robinson will perform April 6. Tickets are $69.

Tickets are available online through the casino website,, or at the casino box office. The casino is just off Interstate 94 at Exit 104 in Battle Creek, Michigan.

“With a myriad of hits between them, Billy and Smokey deliver hits that span well over five decades,” said Jim Wise, the vice president of marketing for FireKeepers. “Their respective styles attract loyal fans and new listeners to the current day.”

Billy Idol

Idol delivered his first hit single, "Dancing with Myself," with Generation X in 1980.In the following decade he produced such hits as "Rebel Yell," "Mony Mony," and "White Wedding."

His eighth album, "Kings & Queens of the Underground," was released in 2014. That same year he released the memoir "Dancing With Myself," recounting the arc of his career, from founding the punk band Generation X to becoming an MTV megastar.

Steve Stevens

Perhaps best known for his 30-year partnership with Idol, Stevens also worked on Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” and with Vince Neil on “Exposed.”

He won a Grammy Award for “Top Gun Anthem.”

Smokey Robinson

It was the 1960s when Robinson and his group The Miracles sold one million units of their first hit, “Shop Around.”

Over the next decade, Robinson and the Miracles produced 26 top 40 hits, including several top 10 hits such as “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Second That Emotion,” and “The Tears Of a Clown.”

Known for co-founding Motown Records with Berry Gordy, Robinson has been celebrated for his contributions to the music industry and the Motown era. He is an inductee of the Kennedy Center Honors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received a Grammy Living Legend Award, a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, the Heritage Award at the Soul Train Music Awards, and the National Medal of Arts.

FireKeepers upcoming entertainment lineup:

  • Louie Anderson – Jan. 26
  • The Fab Four – Feb. 9
  • Dwight Yoakam – Feb. 22
  • Lewis Black – March 1
  • Billy Idol – March 22
  • Smokey Robinson – April 6