Billy Idol plays Wash. man's birthday

Billy Idol plays Wash. man's birthday
Billy Idol performs Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Seattle. Idol came to play in Seattle after Michael Henrichsen launched a two-year grass-roots campaign to convince the rock start to play for his birthday party. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE -- A local man's improbable dream of having rock legend Billy Idol play a concert for his birthday came true Friday night.

It was two years ago that Michael Henrichsen launched his relentless campaign to convince Idol to come to town to play his birthday.

All that work paid off Friday night when Idol and his band took the stage at Seattle's Showbox at the Market.

Idol said he had been aware of Henrichsen's campaign for some time.

"Two or three years ago I started to see some of the Youtube videos he'd made with some of the different musicians, sports people and celebrities who were asking me to play his birthday party," Idol said. "He also drove Steve Stevens, my guitar player's wife, nuts by tweeting her all the time."

Idol is set to take the stage at the Hult Center in Eugene on Sunday night.