Billy Idol

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Billy Idol
Idol performing in August 2011
Idol performing in August 2011
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Michael Albert Broad
Born (1955-11-30) 30 November 1955 (age 66)
Stanmore, Middlesex, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active1976–present

William Michael Albert Broad[1] (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician and singer-songwriter. He became famous in the 1970s as a member of Generation X. He later began a solo career which led to international fame and made Idol a lead artist during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States.[2]

Idol's second studio album, Rebel Yell (1983), was a major commercial success, featuring hit singles "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face". In 1986, he released Whiplash Smile. Idol then released two studio albums, Charmed Life (1990) and the concept album Cyberpunk (1993).

References[change | change source]

  1. Guinness 1992, p. 1222.
  2. "Radio with Pictures". Television New Zealand alternative music show interview with Karyn Hay (cue to 04:30s), broadcast April 1984. Retrieved 25 June 2019.