Billy Morrison has played with some of the biggest names in rock. From his time with The Cult to Camp Freddy and The Royal Machines (with Dave Navarro, Donovan Leitch, Matt Sorum, Josh Freese, Mark McGrath) and his recent addition to the Billy Idol band, he’s played some of the biggest and best venues across the world.
Morrison was born in the UK and is an only child. He was a member of the indie rock band Into a Circle and formed Stimulator in 1995.
Stimulator signed to Geffen Records and recorded an album that was never released. However in 2008, Morison released the album under his own name: "when I read about Tunecore, and when the business started to lend itself to home releases – the indie, DIY approach – I wanted to finally release it. All the hard copies sold out and it still does good business on iTunes. I would call that a success."
In 2001, at the request of Billy Duffy, Morrison joined The Cult as the band's new touring bass player. Although Morrison is primarily a rhythm guitar player, the idea of playing bass for such a seminal rock band was appealing to him. The Cult toured for over a year, visiting the UK and Japan, and partaking in an extensive US tour with Aerosmith.
During the following period of inactivity for The Cult, Morrison joined forces with Pitchshifter front man J.S. Clayden and formed Doheny. However, no material from the band has surfaced. In 2009, Morrison stated that the band "wrote some songs together, had a laugh and put a line-up together. But I think Doheny suffered from being over-rehearsed and under-funded! We played every note perfectly, and had no money to get out on the road and get out of L.A. That was it. But some great songs came out of those years. We should release them." At around this time, Morrison joined with Dave Navarro, Matt Sorum, Donovan Leitch and Scott Ford to form Camp Freddy. Alongside his performance duties in the band, Morrison also hosted a radio show, Camp Freddy Radio, on Los Angeles-based station Indie 103.1 for three years (with Dave Navarro and Donovan Leitch).
In 2006, Morrison formed Circus Diablo, with fellow Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions, on bass guitar. The line-up was completed by former The Almighty frontman Ricky Warwick and Slunt drummer Charles Ruggiero. The band subsequently added former Korn guitarist Rob Patterson and singer-songwriter Patrick Cornell to their line-up. The album was released in July 2007 and the first single, "Loaded", reached number 29 on the Active Rock Chart. The video for the song was, for a period of time, the most viewed music video on YouTube with over 1,000,000 hits.
Morrison began acting in 2005 and delivered his first on-screen role in the independent movie Tripping Forward as drug dealer Sweaty Steve. Since then, he has made four more independent films: Evilution, Basement Jack, "The Perfect Age Of Rock N Roll" and "K-11" (directed by Jules Stewart). More film work is scheduled for Morrison in 2015.