Billy Idolis an English rock musician, songwriter and actor.
Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band
Idol then embarked on a successful solo career, and was a member of the MTV-driven
"Second British Invasion" of the United States.
A series of music videos made him one of the first MTV stars.
William Michael Albert Broad
November 30th, 1955 (age
Stanmore, Middlesex, England
Punk rock, hard rock, glam rock, dance-rock, new wave, post-punk
Singer-songwriter, musician, actor
Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums
His name was inspired by a school teacher's description of him as "idle".
In an interview on November 21st, 1983, Idol also tells us that the name
"was a bit of a goof, but also part of the old English school of rock. Billy Fury and all that.
It was a 'double thing' not just a poke at the superstar-like people. It was the whole sort of -
everyone was doing it too – it was fun, you know?".
He went on to say the name "didn't really ever backfire, only with the stupid people who took it seriously".
Billy Idol Quotes
I'd really been rockin' for - let's see, I started in '75, so I'd been going for like twenty years by '95, so it wasn't such a crazy thing to just take a step back. Now I've put together my road show and my music again, one way or another. The first step was that I got back with (guitarist Steve Stevens. The next step was I found my drummer Brian Tichy and then, it took me a few years to get back up to steam, so to speak. Actually, we've been back on the road since 2000.
I do exactly what I do every other day. I always sing a bit every day, not necessarily the songs in the show, but I sit with my guitar and I sing for a couple of hours throughout the day - it keeps your voice alive. Also, I made a sort of bargain with myself a few years ago, which is that if I want to get f*cked up, I have to work out! That was another thing that saved me. So I'm always in some form of training, thinking about what I'm going to be doing. But I can also fall off the wagon if that's what everybody wants!