Billy Idol is an acclaimed English musician who rose to fame during the 1970s as part of the band Generation X and later carved a successful solo music career as well. He became the face of ‘Second British Invasion’ – a period of British music dominance in the US owing to the exposure provided by MTV.
The three-time Grammy nominated punk rock musician is all set to kick off Idol Live 2018. The tour will have him perform in countries including Germany, Italy, Austria and United States among others. Check out the itinerary for the show in your city and purchase Billy Idol tickets in advance.
William Michael Albert Broad was born in Middlesex, England, on November 30, 1955. He went to the Ravensbourne School for Boys and later moved to the Worthing High School for Boys. In the year 1975, Idol enrolled into Sussex University to read English Literature. However later on he found himself uninterested in academics and quit the course. Broad changed his name to Idol after one of his teachers at school jokingly described him as ‘idle’ in class.
In 1976, Billy Idol joined the punk rock band, Siouxsie and the Banshees. The following year he left it to join the band Chelsea as a guitarist.
Soon Idol joined hands with former Chelsea member, Tony James to form the band Generation X. The name for the band was inspired by a book about the youth rock culture in the 1960s. With Idol as the front man and lead singer, the group had James on bass, Bob Andrews on guitar and John Towe on drums. The band’s first single titled Your Generation came out in 1977. The following year it released its self-titled record. The collection comprised singles including From the Heart, Listen and Ready Steady Go.
The debut record was followed by the second album titled Valley of the Dolls in 1979. It spawned the hit single King Rocker. Generation X however disbanded in 1980.
In 1981, Billy Idol went to New York to pursue a solo music career. By now, the singer had developed a ‘bad boy,’ image - one that’s quite popular among fans of rock music. He released an EP titled Don’t Stop, featuring remixes of two Generation X songs, namely Untouchables and Dancing with Myself. Besides, it also comprises a cover of the rock band Tommy James and the Shondells song Mony Mony. The EP met a positive response from fans and critics alike. It encouraged Idol to pull together a team including ex-KISS manager Bill Aucoin, producer Keith Forsey and guitarist Steve Stevens.
With this team, the English musician treated the rock lovers with his debut self-titled studio album. It received favorable reviews from the critics and was a huge commercial success. It hit the 45th spot on the Billboard 200 and received Gold certification from the RIAA. Among the most popular tracks on the album are Dancing with Myself, White Wedding and the lead single Hot in the City.
Idol’s following album Rebel Yell hit the music stores in 1983. It reached the sixth spot on the Billboard 200 and also charted the Top 10 in countries including New Zealand, Germany and Canada.
In 1986, the rock musician released his third studio record titled Whiplash Smile. Its singles Don’t Need a Gun, Sweet Sixteen and To Be a lover all made their way to the Billboard Hot 100. Idol also recorded a video for the song Sweet Sixteen.
The 1990s saw only two album releases by Billy Idol. These were Charmed Life in 1990 and Cyberpunk in 1993. The singer was going through a difficult phase in his life owing to which he could not focus on his career. After a long gap, in 2005, he made a comeback with the record Devil’s Playground. The album reunited Idol with guitarist Steve Stevens in the studio. Together with his band, Idol went on a world tour in support of the album. He made numerous festival appearances and also performed on the Vans Warped Tour.
In 2006, Idol released a Christmas music album titled Happy Holidays. It features a number of traditional tracks and a few originals as well. Music videos were also made for the songs White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock and the title track.
In 2013, Billy Idol was signed up to perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival alongside legendary artists Paul McCartney, Jeff Tweedy and John Oates of Hall & Oats. It was around this time that the punk rock music artist returned to the studio once again to record a new album titled Kings & Queens of the Underground. The record hit the shelves in 2014, the same year Idol published his autobiography Dancing With Myself.
Billy Idol also embarked on a promotional tour for Kings & Queens of the Underground and travelled across Europe, Australia and the US.
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Billy Idol bagged an MTV Video Music Award for Best video for the song Cradle of Love in 1990. He also won a BRIT Award in the category of Best British Video for the same song in 1991.
The punk rock sensation enjoys a strong and wide fan following. His shows are known to be sold out in advance. So, if you have the chance to buy Billy Idol tour tickets, make sure you don’t miss it.