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Billy Idol is a rock musician known for his work with the band Generation X and also acclaimed for his successful solo career

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BirthdayNovember 30, 1955
NationalityBritish
FamousMusicians
SpousesLinda Mathis
SiblingsJane
Known asWilliam Michael Albert Broad
Childrens Bonnie Blue, Willem Wolf Broad
Universities
  • Ravensbourne School for Boys
  • Worthing High School for Boys
  • Brighton Polytechnic
Birth PlaceStanmore, Middlesex, England, UK
Height175cm
GenderMale
Net Worth$50 million as of Jan 2017
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inStanmore, Middlesex, England, UK

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Who is Billy Idol?

Billy Idol is a punk rock musician who rose to fame as a member of the band Generation X. Born as William Michael Albert Broad, he adopted the name Billy Idol when he embarked on a musical career. He was a bright teenager though he was not really academically inclined. His teacher had once called him “idle” and as a joke, he started calling himself “Idol”! His parents wanted him to go to college and he enrolled at the Sussex University to pursue a degree in English. However he found studies to be extremely boring and dropped out within a year to join the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans. At the initial stages of his musical career he played the guitar for the band Chelsea. Along with a band mate Tony James he co-founded Generation X and he made a switch from being the guitarist to become the lead singer. The team went on to release three successful albums and was one of the first punk bands to be featured on the BBC Television music programme ‘Top of the Pops’. He built up a “bad boy” image which was well loved by the fans of rock music when he embarked on a solo career post the disbanding of Generation X.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born as the eldest child of Bill and Joan Broad. He has one younger sister, Jane.

He attended the Ravensbourne School for Boys before moving to the Worthing High School for Boys.

He went to the Sussex University in 1975 to pursue a degree in English. But he left after a year as he had no academic ambitions.

Career

He began his musical career as a member of the punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1976. After a short stint he quit to join Chelsea as a guitarist in 1977. Here he met Tony James.

Idol co-founded the band Generation X in which he became the lead singer. Tony James played the bass while John Towe and Bob Andrews played the drums and guitar respectively. The band’s first single ‘Your Generation’ was released in 1977.

The band released its self-titled album ‘Generation X’ in 1978. It contained the singles ‘Ready Steady Go’, ‘Listen’ and ‘From the Heart’. It was followed by the release of their second album ‘Valley of the Dolls’ in 1979 which had the hit single ‘King Rocker’. The band broke up in 1980.

Idol went to New York City in 1981 to pursue a solo career. By now he had created a “bad boy image” for himself which was much loved by the rock fans. He found a new partner in Steve Stevens who played the guitar.

He released an Extended Play (EP) titled ‘Don’t Stop’ in 1981. It featured a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ song ‘Mony Mony’. The popularity of the EP prompted him to release his full length album, ‘Billy Idol’ in 1982.

His next album ‘Rebel Yell’ was released in 1983. He collaborated with Steve Stevens and Keith Forsey to make this highly successful album. The album spawned four singles which reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts.

In 1986, his next album ‘Whiplash Smile’ was released. It had the singles ‘To Be a Lover’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’, and ‘Don’t Need a Gun’. He also filmed a video for ‘Sweet Sixteen’.

During the 1990s he released only two albums, ‘Charmed Life’ (1990) and ‘Cyberpunk’ (1993). The latter was an experimental move and was recorded in a home studio. It was however a flop and received negative reviews.

He suffered from several personal and health problems during the 1990s because of which he could not concentrate much on his career. After a long time, he released his album, ‘Devil’s Playground’ in 2005. He embarked on a world tour of rock festival appearances in 2005 and 2006 in support of this album.

His last album till date is ‘Happy Holidays’ which was a Christmas album released in 2006. It included several popular traditional Christmas songs and some original compositions.

Major Works

His album ‘Rebel Yell’ is his biggest success so far. The album peaked at No.6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and had the highly popular singles ‘Rebel Yell’, ‘Eyes Without a Face’, and ‘Flesh for Fantasy’. The album went multi platinum in Canada and the U.S.

The album ‘Whiplash Smile’ also went multi platinum in Canada and Platinum in the U.S. The single ‘To Be a Lover’ was a big hit and reached No.6 in the U.S.

Awards & Achievements

He won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video from a Film for the video ‘Cradle of Love’ in 1990.

He also won the BRIT Award for Best British Video for the same video in 1991.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was in a long term relationship with Perri Lister with whom he has a son. He was involved with another woman Linda Mathis with whom he has a daughter.

Trivia

This singer is known for his trademark spiky platinum blonde hair and sneer.

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Billy Idol awards

YearNameAward

ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards

1991Most Performed Songs from Motion PicturesThe Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

MTV Video Music Awards

1990Best Video from a FilmBilly Idol: Cradle of Love (1990)
1990Best Video from a FilmThe Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

Billy Idol biography timelines

  • // 30th Nov 1955
    He was born as the eldest child of Bill and Joan Broad. He has one younger sister, Jane.
  • // 1975
    He went to the Sussex University in 1975 to pursue a degree in English. But he left after a year as he had no academic ambitions.
  • // 1976
    He began his musical career as a member of the punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1976. After a short stint he quit to join Chelsea as a guitarist in 1977. Here he met Tony James.
  • // 1977
    Idol co-founded the band Generation X in which he became the lead singer. Tony James played the bass while John Towe and Bob Andrews played the drums and guitar respectively. The band’s first single ‘Your Generation’ was released in 1977.
  • // 1978 To 1980
    The band released its self-titled album ‘Generation X’ in 1978. It contained the singles ‘Ready Steady Go’, ‘Listen’ and ‘From the Heart’. It was followed by the release of their second album ‘Valley of the Dolls’ in 1979 which had the hit single ‘King Rocker’. The band broke up in 1980.
  • // 1981
    Idol went to New York City in 1981 to pursue a solo career. By now he had created a “bad boy image” for himself which was much loved by the rock fans. He found a new partner in Steve Stevens who played the guitar.
  • // 1982
    He released an Extended Play (EP) titled ‘Don’t Stop’ in 1981. It featured a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ song ‘Mony Mony’. The popularity of the EP prompted him to release his full length album, ‘Billy Idol’ in 1982.
  • // 1983
    His next album ‘Rebel Yell’ was released in 1983. He collaborated with Steve Stevens and Keith Forsey to make this highly successful album. The album spawned four singles which reached the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, his next album ‘Whiplash Smile’ was released. It had the singles ‘To Be a Lover’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’, and ‘Don’t Need a Gun’. He also filmed a video for ‘Sweet Sixteen’.
  • // 1990 To 1993
    During the 1990s he released only two albums, ‘Charmed Life’ (1990) and ‘Cyberpunk’ (1993). The latter was an experimental move and was recorded in a home studio. It was however a flop and received negative reviews.
  • // 1990
    He won the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Video from a Film for the video ‘Cradle of Love’ in 1990.
  • // 1991
    He also won the BRIT Award for Best British Video for the same video in 1991.
  • // 2006
    He suffered from several personal and health problems during the 1990s because of which he could not concentrate much on his career. After a long time, he released his album, ‘Devil’s Playground’ in 2005. He embarked on a world tour of rock festival appearances in 2005 and 2006 in support of this album.
  • // 2006
    His last album till date is ‘Happy Holidays’ which was a Christmas album released in 2006. It included several popular traditional Christmas songs and some original compositions.

Billy Idol's FAQ

  • What is Billy Idol birthday?

    Billy Idol was born at 1955-11-30

  • Where is Billy Idol's birth place?

    Billy Idol was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK

  • What is Billy Idol nationalities?

    Billy Idol's nationalities is British

  • Who is Billy Idol spouses?

    Billy Idol's spouses is Linda Mathis

  • Who is Billy Idol siblings?

    Billy Idol's siblings is Jane

  • Who is Billy Idol childrens?

    Billy Idol's childrens is Bonnie Blue, Willem Wolf Broad

  • What was Billy Idol universities?

    Billy Idol studied at Ravensbourne School for Boys, Worthing High School for Boys, Brighton Polytechnic

  • How tall is Billy Idol?

    Billy Idol's height is 175

  • What is Billy Idol's sun sign?

    Billy Idol is Sagittarius