"Billy Idol" (born "William Michael Albert Broad" on 30 November, 1955 in Middlesex, England) is an English hard rock musician.
Idol lived in Worthing before attending Sussex University for only a year before joining the Bromley Contingent of keen Sex Pistols fans. He joined a punk rock band Chelsea in 1977, soon leaving it to form Generation X.
Generation X signed to Chrysalis Records and released three somewhat successful albums before breaking up. 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. Idol's second LP, ''Rebel Yell'' (1984) was a blockbuster success, and established Idol's superstar status in the United States with singles like "Eyes Without A Face," "Flesh For Fantasy," and the title cut.
Idol did not release a new album until 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 Idol continued. A live cover of...