Fan’s Idol plays his birthday

An emotional Michael Henrichsen joined rocker Billy Idol on stage Friday night in Seattle. Idol came to play the concert after Henrichsen launched a two-year, grass-roots campaign to convince the British rock star to play for his birthday party.

SEATTLE — A Seattle man said that having Billy Idol play his 26th birthday party made for the greatest night of his life.

Michael Henrichsen spent two years trying to persuade the British rock icon to play his party, and it finally paid off at the packed Showbox SoDo club Friday.

First, Idol guitarist Steve Stevens played Henrichsen “Happy Birthday” in the middle of a solo. Then Idol called Henrichsen onto the stage for a rendition of the song.

Henrichsen’s ‘80s cover band even got to play the opening act.

Idol said that Henrichsen’s effort stood out from other fan requests because of his campaign involved four “Billy Idol Aid” charity concerts that raised $13,000 for the Northwest Harvest food bank and the American Red Cross.

Idol said that agreeing to play Henrichsen’s party in Seattle might help fans see another side of him.