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Billy Idol

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Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad on November 30, 1955 in Middlesex, England) is a British-born hard rock musician. Idol lived in Worthing before attending Sussex University for only a year before joining the Bromley Contingent of keen The Sex Pistols fans. During this period, Idol decided to become a musician and formed a band called Generation X in 1976.

Generation X signed to Chrysalis Records and released three albums before breaking up. Idol moved to New York City and began working as a solo artist and began working with Steve Stevens, soon becoming MTV staples with “White Wedding” and “Dancing with Myself”. Idol’s second LP, Rebel Yell (1984) was a blockbuster success and established Idol’s superstar status in the United States.

Idol did not release a new album until 1987;Whiplash Smile sold well, but failed to live up to expectations. Stevens soon left for a solo career and Idol continued. A cover of Tommy James’ “Mony Mony” did well on MTV and Idol played Cousin Kevin in a performance of Tommy. Just before the release of Charmed Life in 1990, Idol was in a motorcycle accident in which he almost lost his leg. The album sold extremely well, but Idol decided to take a break and acted in The Doors, directed by Oliver Stone. The follow-up to Charmed Life was 1993’s Cyberpunk, which was a flop, and Idol sank into drug addiction, nearly dying of an overdose in 1994.

Idol returned to the popular eye in 1998, when he played himself in “The Wedding Singer”, an Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore romantic comedy, where “White Wedding” was used as the title track. Idol appeared on VH1 Storytellers and issued a Greatest Hits CD in 2001.

Devil's Playground, which came out in 2005, his first new studio album in nearly twelve years.


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