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Sideshow Podcast: How to Get Billy Idol to Play Your Birthday Party for Free

Sideshow Podcast: How to Get Billy Idol to Play Your Birthday Party for Free

It costs $50,000 to have Billy Idol appear at a private event, but in 2012, a 25-year-old working at a Seattle mall convinced the rock star and his band to play his birthday party for free. All Michael Henrichsen had to do was make ridiculous videos, enlist ridiculous celebrities, and throw a series of charity events in Idol's honor. 

Henrichsen grew up in the '90s. But his mom was obsessed with '80s bands like Duran Duran and INXS — she even named Michael after the late INXS front man, Michael Hutchence. Her fandom rubbed off on her son. “I love everything about the '80s,” he says. “The look, the feel, the fashion, the music, the movies.”
After graduating college in 2008, Henrichsen hoped to work in marketing or publicity, but struggled to make inroads. In order to pay student loans, he took a job as a sales associate at a Billabong store in the Seattle suburbs. The job had one major perk: Henrichsen could pass his shifts blasting the '80s station on satellite radio. One day at work,

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