Billy Idol

Born Nov 30, 1955

William Michael Albert Broad, better known by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English rock musician. A member of the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. He then embarked on a successful solo career, and was a member of the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on November 30, 1955.
1958 2 Years Old In 1958, when Idol was two years old, his parents moved to Patchogue, on Long Island, New York, United States. … Read More


1971 15 Years Old In 1971 the family moved to Bromley, Southeast London, where Idol attended Ravensbourne School for Boys. … Read More
1975 19 Years Old In October 1975, Idol went to Sussex University, to pursue an English degree and lived on campus (East Slope) but left after year one (1976). … Read More


1976 20 Years Old Idol first joined Chelsea in 1976 as a guitarist. … Read More
1981 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Idol moved to New York City in 1981 and became a solo artist, working with former Kiss manager Bill Aucoin. … Read More
1982 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Idol's debut solo album, Billy Idol, was released in July 1982.
1983 27 Years Old In 1983, in an effort to introduce Idol to American audiences not yet as familiar with him as those in the UK, Idol's label released "Dancing with Myself" in the United States in conjunction with a music video directed by Tobe Hooper, which played on MTV for six months. … Read More


1986 - 1988 3 More Events
1990 34 Years Old Idol was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, which nearly cost him a leg, on 6 February 1990 in Hollywood. … Read More
1993 37 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993, Idol released Cyberpunk. … Read More
1994 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, Idol collapsed outside a Los Angeles nightclub due to an overdose on a drug called GHB. … Read More


1998 42 Years Old Idol made a cameo appearance as himself in the 1998 film The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler, in which Idol played a pivotal role in the plot. … Read More
2000 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, Idol was invited to be a guest vocalist on Tony Iommi's album. … Read More
2001 45 Years Old VH1 aired Billy Idol – Behind the Music on 16 April 2001. … Read More
2002 46 Years Old In the 2002 NRL Grand Final in Sydney, Idol entered the playing field for the half-time entertainment on a hovercraft to the intro of "White Wedding," where he managed to sing only two words before a power failure ended the performance.
2005 49 Years Old 1 More Event
Devil's Playground, which came out in March 2005, was Idol's first new studio album in nearly 12 years. … Read More


In 2006, as his only UK live date, he appeared headlining the Sunday night of GuilFest. … Read More
2008 52 Years Old On 24 June 2008, Idol released a new greatest hits album, The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself. … Read More
2009 53 Years Old In July 2009, Idol performed at the Congress Theater, Chicago for the United States television series Soundstage. … Read More
2010 54 Years Old 1 More Event
On 16 February 2010, Idol was announced as one of the acts to play the Download Festival in Donington Park, England. … Read More
2012 56 Years Old In 2012, Idol appeared on the third episode of the BBC Four series, How the Brits Rocked America.
…  It was fun, you know?" In another interview for BBC Breakfast on 27 October 2014 he said that he wanted to be "Billy Idle" but thought he could not because of the Monty Python star Eric Idle and so chose Idol instead.
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