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Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad on 30
November 1955 in Middlesex, England) is an English hard rock
musician. Billy Idol lived in Worthing before attending Sussex
University for only a year before joining the Bromley Contingent of
keen Sex Pistols fans. During this period, Billy Idol decided
to become a musician and joined punk rock band Chelsea in 1977, soon
leaving it to form Generation X. Generation X released three successful albums before breaking up.
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Billy Idol moved to New York City and began working as a solo artist and working with Steve Stevens, soon becoming an MTV staple with "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself", the latter of which had originally been recorded with Generation X.
Billy Idol's second LP, Rebel Yell (1984), was a blockbuster success, and established hiss superstar status in the United States with singles like "Eyes Without A Face", "Flesh For Fantasy" and the title cut. Billy Idol did not release a new album until he came out with Whiplash Smile in 1986. Whiplash Smile sold very well and proved to be a smash, including the hits "To Be A Lover", "Don't Need A Gun" and the country-flavored "Sweet Sixteen". Stevens soon left for a solo career and Billy Idol continued. A live cover of Tommy James' "Mony Mony" did well on MTV and Billy Idol played Cousin Kevin in a performance of Tommy.
Just before the release of Charmed Life in 1990, Billy Idol was in a motorcycle accident in which he almost lost his leg. The album sold extremely well (led by "Cradle Of Love", from The Adventures of Ford Fairlane film), but Billy 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 in the States.
Billy 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. He also appeared on VH1 Storytellers and issued a successful Greatest Hits CD in 2001. In 2005, Billy Idol released Devil's Playground, his first new studio album in nearly 12 years. Billy Idol played a handful of dates on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour. Then in 2006, as his only UK live date, he appeared headlining the Sunday night of Guilfest.