SOLIHULL’S answer to Billy Idol, Andy Hickman, has had £700 worth of equipment stolen during a charity tribute gig.
Andy aka Billy Bone Idol, was performing at Solihull Missoula on December 16, to raise money for local youngster Joseph Lockington, who was tragically paralysed by a stroke last year.
Joseph’s mum Karen said the family had been “very upset” to hear about the theft at their good friend’s gig which raised over £2,500 toward the rehabilitation of the former Langley School pupil, now aged 15.
Andy said: “I can’t believe it, I can’t believe someone would just take them. Everything we have ever done is for charity.
“It does rock you a bit. It makes you think, why bother? But we have such a giggle doing it. And it’s for such good causes.
“It’s such as laugh, it gives me an excuse to go back to my punk days.”
The Solihull builder is now appealing for the return of his Shure Beta mic and beloved New Rock boots, which he believes were stolen from the ‘temporary dressing room’ in the men’s toilets.
“You can’t get the boots anymore. It takes ages to break them in and now the bloody things have gone.
“To think some little bugger has made off with them. It’ll be moccasins from now on.”
Andy’s son Jack, a close friend of Joseph’s, added: “My dad and his pal Dave Moore never ask for pay for any of the gigs they do. It doesn’t seem fair.”
Andy is asking anyone in possession of his boots and equipment to return them anonymously to Missoula, in Solihull High Street.
Missoula manager Adam McSharry added: “It was such a lovely evening, it’s just a shame someone had to go and ruin it.”
Billy Bone Idol is holding another fundraiser for Joseph at the Slug and Lettuce in March.