OK, I bet you’re wondering what Billy Idol has to do with the Everett Silvertips.
See that photo? That’s Michael Henrichsen, who’s served as the Tips’ media intern that past few seasons. Henrichsen is the lead singer of an 80s cover band called Nite Wave, and Saturday night they made their debut with a great show at the Nectar Lounge in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle.
But Saturday’s gig is just scratching the surface of this story. You see, Henrichsen has spent the better part of a year on a one-man crusade to have 80s rocker Billy Idol come play Seattle on his birthday in October. Saturday night was Billy Idol Aid 2, his second charity event in a bid to catch Billy’s attention.
It’s remarkable the amount of time and effort Michael has put into this project, everything from getting celebrity endorsements to doing television spots to having people taking photos around the world with his flyer. All of it is chronicled at his website.
I’ve got to say, it’s been a lot of fun watching Michael do his thing. Last season I’d often find myself coming to home games as excited about hearing his latest Billy Idol-related exploits as I was about the games themselves.
And apparently he’s got a chance. Idol is touring the west coast this fall and has left the latter part of October open. Apparently people in Idol’s camp know about Michael’s efforts.
Michael’s birthday is Oct. 22. The Tips have a game at Spokane that night. It’s been a looooooooong time since I’ve missed an Everett game, either in person at home or on the airwaves on the road. But if Michael is able to pull this off, I might just have to take a night off for a birthday celebration — as well as acknowledge a remarkable accomplishment.