Billy Idol
English rock musician
Billy Idol
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.
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Serena Williams Dances For The Sheer Joy Of It In Berlei Sports Bra Ad
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Musical Artist Interview: Garrett Miller
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Garrett Miller is a dynamic, talented artist who wears many hats. Since 2012, he has been hosting "Rated G Radio," a successful radio program that he created. Garrett released his first EP, Eyes Wide, in 2013; the album featured his holiday song "Guess What Its Christmastime." He released the follow up full-length album, Blond Jesus in 2015 with songs like "Gay Wedding," "Sweat & Testify," "Witch Sisters Halloween," and the title track. I was happy to catch up with Garrett to find out more about his fascinating careers, his musical influences, what we can expect from him in 2017, and more. Can you tell me more about yourself and what you are striving to achieve as an artist? I'm a guy who woke up half way through his life and decided he wanted to make a difference in the world, to share his messages and give people hope and inspiration. That's the altruistic reply - it's honest - though I really, selfishly, wanted to do something fun for a change. For a long time, my l ...
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iHeartRadio fest's first night emits star quality - Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Week to Week News Quiz for 1/15/16
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Does "New York values" include news quizzes? We hope it does. Make it so by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Mitt Romney popularized the term "self-deportation"; just like catch-and-release fishing; Senator Ron Johnson called her (incorrectly) an immigrant; and he refused to be on the junior varsity team. Answers are below the quiz. 1. After Senator Ted Cruz criticized "New York values" in the latest GOP debate, how did the New York Daily News respond on its front page? a. "Fuhgeddaboudit" b. "We value natural-born citizens" c. "You don't like N.Y. values? Go back to Canada!" d. "If Texas values Ted Cruz, New York values are higher" 2. Why did the worldwide Anglican Communion suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church and reduce it to nonvoting observer status? a. The Americans' refusal to acknowledge Queen Elizabeth as the God-given head of the church b. The U.S. church's embrace of same-sex marriage c. The total number of Epi ...
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'The World Is Emptier Now': Celebrity Fans And Friends Pay Tribute To David Bowie
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The world was stunned early Monday morning with the news of a legend’s passing: David Bowie, artistic chameleon and Grammy-winning songwriter, died after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. In the wake of the news, Twitter and Facebook were overwhelmed with tributes from Bowie fans around the world. From U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and British astronaut Tim Peake to some of the planet's most influential entertainers, there was a deluge of love and awe for the extraordinary man:  I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016 Saddened to hear David Bowie has lost his battle with cancer – his music was an inspiration to many. @DavidBowieReal — Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) January 11, 2016 Stunned and sad. The world is emptier now, and all they stars crashing down. My love and sympathies to @ManMade ...
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As Tall As Lions Reunite and Roar Again at Webster Hall
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Exactly five years ago this month, at the peak of their career Long Island alternative rockers As Tall As Lions played their final shows in the U.S. at Highline Ballroom. They were, at the time, dubbed farewell gigs and the band, who earlier that year played Coachella and in 2009, released their acclaimed third record, You Can't Take It With You, were gaining the success they had once dreamed of. After years of touring and opening for bands like Sparta, The Receiving End of Sirens, Silverchair, they were finally becoming headlining acts themselves. Playing Jimmy Kimmel Live! and touring Australia, the band who formed in the shadow of the New York skyline looked as if the future was bright, then it went dark. During the hiatus, members of the band continued in music. Singer Daniel Nigro started a band called Blocks but also went on to write with Sky Ferreira, Billy Idol, Kylie Minogue, Twin Shadow, Carly Jae Respen, Kimbra, among others. Drummer Cliff Sarcona and bassist Julio Tav ...
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Val Kinzler & Joe Vasta: Keeping the Rock 'n' Roll Faith in New York City
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"There is a spiritual theme to this record. We were all working really hard, getting ourselves out there, playing the clubs, developing our chemistry. But one day I was sitting at my dining room table just teary eyed - I was about to give up, I was losing my faith. The day before I had found two bibles in the trash - and I brought them upstairs thinking somebody's gonna need a bible, right? It's not like I'm a holy roller, but I am spiritual. Then I thought, 'damn it I'm gonna throw these bibles back in the garbage!' Suddenly the phone rang and it was Tate Records asking if I'd got the contract they'd sent. Contract! What contract? For some reason their email with the contract had gone to my spam folder ---and I took that as a sign, that you gotta have faith!" Val Kinzler "There is the faith in yourself as an artist, the faith in the power of rock 'n' roll, the faith borne of experience, and the faith in the music. Life is a learning experience. In music, you either have it in y ...
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11 Exceptional Audiobooks for Your Every Mood
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By Off the Shelf Staff | Off the Shelf If our last two brilliant and fantastic audiobook lists haven't convinced you that listening to a great audiobook is a fully satisfying experience, the eleven on this list -- which are hilarious, thrilling, informative, and inspirational -- will surely do the trick.   The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Boys in the Boat follows the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. This team transformed the sport of crew and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. This epic tale is a thrilling and inspiring audiobook. Narrated by Edward Hermann   Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari wanted to know why so many people looking for love are frustrated. Together with an NYU sociologist, Ansari interviewed hundreds of people from Tokyo to Wichita about their love lives. With his hilarious and effervescent voice, Ansari makes this audiobook a fun and inf ...
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Billy Idol announces Vegas residency at House of Blues
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Billy Idol will be dancing with himself in Las Vegas.
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Rock Stars Unite for L.A. Cancer Benefit
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"Nice boys don't play rock 'n' roll," that's what W. Axl Rose sang back when Guns N' Roses covered Rose Tattoo's infectious tune years ago. There isn't much truth to that adage as musicians often band together for a good cause. Most recently, veteran player Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) put together The Hellcat Saints who will debut at the El Rey Theatre on Tuesday, November 3 to benefit Rhonda's Kiss, a charity that raises money to help those who receive a diagnosis of any type of cancer but are unable to make ends meet for treatment and support. Joining Kushner will be fellow Saints Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) on bass; guitarists Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and Gilby Clarke (Guns N' Roses); and drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle). Featuring a rotating lineup of singers, guests vocalists will include Billy Idol, Juliette Lewis, Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), and Ke$ha, among others. Comedian Bill Burr will kick start the night with a brash 3 ...
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BILLY IDOL: Rock Icon Premieres New Music Video for “Save Me Now”
Icon vs. Icon - almost 2 years
BILLY IDOL builds on the urgency of his last single “Can’t Break Me Down” with a dramatic and mysterious video which premiered today (5/12) via Billboard.com; check it out HERE.  The new video is set to “Save Me Now,” an electro-rocking highlight co-written by Idol, Twin Shadow, and Greg Kurstin, from IDOL’s acclaimed current album KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND. Known for his striking and compelling […]
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Billy Idol
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 58
    Idol's self-penned autobiography, Dancing With Myself was released on 7 October 2014 via Touchstone. Idol's current band consists of: Studio albums The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established in 1984 by MTV.
    More Details Hide Details The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual pop music awards.
    Idol will go on tour in November 2014 through April 2015 to support the album.
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    Idol released his 8th studio album Kings & Queens of the Underground in October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Whilst recording the album between 2010 and 2014, he worked with producer Trevor Horn, Horn's former Buggles and Yes bandmate Geoff Downes and Greg Kurstin, who has previously produced records for Beyoncé, Pink, Sia and Lily Allen.
    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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  • 2012
    Age 56
    In 2012, Idol appeared on the third episode of the BBC Four series, How the Brits Rocked America.
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  • 2010
    Age 54
    Should be fun!" In March 2010, Idol added Camp Freddy guitarist Billy Morrison and drummer Jeremy Colson to his touring line-up.
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    On 16 February 2010, Idol was announced as one of the acts to play the Download Festival in Donington Park, England.
    More Details Hide Details He stated, "With all of these great heavyweight and cool bands playing Download this year, I'm going to have to come armed with my punk rock attitude, Steve Stevens, and all of my classic songs plus a couple of way out covers.
  • 2009
    Age 53
    In July 2009, Idol performed at the Congress Theater, Chicago for the United States television series Soundstage.
    More Details Hide Details This performance was recorded and was released on DVD/Blu-ray as In Super Overdrive Live, on 17 November 2009.
  • 2008
    Age 52
    On 24 June 2008, Idol released a new greatest hits album, The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself.
    More Details Hide Details The compilation featured two previously unreleased tracks, "John Wayne" and "New Future Weapon." A third track, "Fractured," was available for download on iTunes. He embarked on a worldwide tour, co-headlining with Def Leppard.
  • 2006
    Age 50
    In November 2006, Idol released a Christmas album called Happy Holidays. In 2008, "Rebel Yell" appeared as a playable track on the video game, Guitar Hero World Tour, and "White Wedding" on Rock Band 2.
    More Details Hide Details The Rock Band 2 platform later gaining "Mony Mony" and "Rebel Yell" as downloadable tracks.
    In 2006, Idol guested on his keyboardist Derek Sherinian's solo album Blood of the Snake, covering the 1970 Mungo Jerry hit "In the Summertime".
    More Details Hide Details A video was made featuring Idol and guitarist Slash.
    In 2006, as his only UK live date, he appeared headlining the Sunday night of GuilFest.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he made an appearance on Viva La Bam where he helped Bam Margera succeed in "creating" a sunroof for his Lamborghini Gallardo and performed live for April Margera for her birthday.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 49
    Idol played a handful of dates on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour and also appeared at the Download Festival at Donington Park, the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans and Rock am Ring.
    More Details Hide Details Guitarist Steve Stevens broke his ulna while taking a few bags into his hotel in New Orleans. The guitarist had to perform most of the tour in a two piece removable cast.
    Devil's Playground, which came out in March 2005, was Idol's first new studio album in nearly 12 years.
    More Details Hide Details Idol reunited with guitarist Steve Stevens and producer Keith Forsey to record the album. It was after a concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom that Sanctuary Records approached Idol about making new music in his older style. The album was recorded with the entire band playing in one room, rather that each person recording their part separately. Idol's drummer, Brian Tichy, collaborated with Idol and Stevens and co-wrote some of the tracks on the album. The first single and video to be released was "Scream." Idol had been playing a batch of new songs in concert that never made the final release of the album. These songs include 'Monster,' 'Stranger in My Skin,' 'Walk the Line,' 'Man in the Killbox,' 'Beautiful Life' and 'Big World' (written for his daughter). It reached No. 46 on the Billboard 200. The album included a cover of "Plastic Jesus."
  • 2002
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 45
    VH1 aired Billy Idol – Behind the Music on 16 April 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Idol and Stevens took part in a VH1 Storytellers show three days later. The reunited duo set out to play a series of acoustic/storytellers shows before recording the VH1 special. Another Greatest Hits CD was issued in 2001, with Keith Forsey and Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" appearing on the compilation. The LP also includes a live acoustic version of "Rebel Yell", taken from a performance at Los Angeles station KROQ's 1993 Acoustic Christmas concert. The Greatest Hits album sold one million of copies in the States only, as well as being a smash all around the world, providing Idol with a big comeback.
  • 2000
    Age 44
    That year he voice acted the role of Odin, a mysterious alien character, in the animated fantasy film Heavy Metal 2000.
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    In 2000, Idol was invited to be a guest vocalist on Tony Iommi's album.
    More Details Hide Details His contribution was on the song "Into The Night", which he also co-wrote.
  • 1998
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film also featured "White Wedding" on its soundtrack. Idol also had a small part in the film The Doors, directed by Oliver Stone. Idol played Jim Morrison's drinking pal, Cat. He was also considered for the role of the villain, Jacob Kell, in Highlander: Endgame, although ultimately Bruce Payne was cast.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 38
    In 1994, Idol and Steve Stevens contributed a song called "Speed" to the soundtrack of the hit movie Speed, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.
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    In 1994, Idol collapsed outside a Los Angeles nightclub due to an overdose on a drug called GHB.
    More Details Hide Details GHB happened to be a legal drug at the time, which was mainly used by weight-lifters. After the incident, Idol realised that his children would never forgive him for dying of a drug overdose, and he began to focus more on fatherhood. Idol has never admitted that he is totally off drugs, just that he has his habit under control. He claims to have first smoked marijuana at the age of 12, and also says he took acid at the age of thirteen. Cyberpunk pays tribute to Lou Reed with Idol's cover of "Heroin". Idol did not want to release an album during this period because he was having a lot of problems with his record label. It was decided that he would wind up owing the record company money if he produced anything. EMI hired producer Glenn Ballard to work with him on a new project, but Idol battled the label over creative differences and the album was put on hold.
  • 1993
    Age 37
    He played a Generation X reunion show in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Idol shot a concept video for "Shock to the System". The video featured Idol being attacked by several police for trying to videotape them beating up someone on the street. It resembled the Rodney King beating that prompted the LA riots. Idol then turned into a cyborg that scared away the police.
    In 1993, Idol released Cyberpunk.
    More Details Hide Details Regarded as experimental, it was recorded in a home studio using a Macintosh computer, which was a new concept at the time. Idol used Studiovision and Pro-Tools to record the album. The album took ten months to make. Idol recorded the album with guitarist Mark Younger-Smith and producer Robin Hancock. Special editions of the album were issued with a floppy disk which contained a screensaver. It was one of the first albums which listed the e-mail address of the artist (idol@well.sf.ca.us, now inactive) in its booklet. In 1996, Idol appeared in a live version of The Who's Quadrophenia.
  • 1990
    Age 34
    Idol was involved in a serious motorcycle accident, which nearly cost him a leg, on 6 February 1990 in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details He was hit by a car when he ran a stop sign while riding home from the studio one night, requiring a steel rod to be placed in his leg. Shortly prior to this, film director Oliver Stone had chosen Idol for a role in his film The Doors, but the accident prevented him from participating in a major way and Idol's role was reduced to a small part. He had also been James Cameron's first choice for the role of the villainous T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day; the role was recast entirely as a result of the accident. Charmed Life was released in 1990, and a video for the single "Cradle of Love" had to be shot. The song had been featured in the Andrew Dice Clay film, The Adventures of Ford Fairlane. Since Idol was unable to walk, he was shot from the waist up. The video featured video footage of him singing in large frames throughout an apartment, while Betsy Lynn George was trying to seduce a businessman. The video was placed in rotation on MTV. "Cradle of Love" earned Idol a third Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Against his doctors' advice, he also managed to make appearances to promote Charmed Life.
  • 1988
    Age 32
    Idol and his partner Perri Lister moved from New York to Los Angeles. Lister became pregnant with Idol's son Willem Wolfe Broad, born on 15 June 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Idol did not stay loyal to Lister and started seeing Linda Mathis, who was 13 years younger than Idol. At the age of 19, Mathis became pregnant and chose to move in with her mother to have her child, a girl named Bonnie Blue Broad, born on 21 August 1989.
  • 1987
    Age 31
    A remix album was released in 1987 called, Vital Idol.
    More Details Hide Details The album featured a live rendition of his cover of Tommy James' "Mony Mony". In 1987 the single topped the United States chart, and reached number 7 in the UK. The album had already been available in the UK for two years.
  • 1986
    Age 30
    Idol released Whiplash Smile in 1986, which sold well.
    More Details Hide Details The album included the hits "To Be a Lover", "Don't Need a Gun" and "Sweet Sixteen". Idol filmed a video featuring "Sweet Sixteen" in Florida's Coral Castle. In 1986, Stevens appeared with Harold Faltermeyer on the Top Gun soundtrack. Their contribution was the Grammy winning instrumental, "Top Gun Anthem". Stevens was working on Whiplash Smile, and Faltermeyer supplied the keyboards which led to both of them playing on the Top Gun score. After Stevens' success, the partnership between Idol and Stevens fell apart. Besides playing an acoustic show for KROQ in 1993, Stevens and Idol did not tour again until early 1999. Stevens and Idol collaborated in the mid-1990s, playing with Guns N Roses members Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in 1995. Idol, Stevens, McKagan and Sorum performed "Christmas in the USA" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 1995.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Idol's second LP, Rebel Yell (1983) was a major success and established Idol in the United States with hits such as "Rebel Yell," "Eyes Without a Face," and "Flesh For Fantasy". "Eyes Without a Face" peaked at number four on the United States Billboard Hot 100, and "Rebel Yell" reached number six in the UK Singles Chart. This album and its singles saw Idol become popular in other countries such as Germany, Italy, Switzerland and New Zealand.
  • 1982
    Age 26
    Part of the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States, in 1982 Idol became an MTV staple with "White Wedding" and "Dancing with Myself".
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    Idol's debut solo album, Billy Idol, was released in July 1982.
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  • 1981
    Age 25
    Idol's solo career began with the Chrysalis Records EP titled Don't Stop in 1981, which included the Generation X song "Dancing with Myself", originally recorded for their last album Kiss Me Deadly, and a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells' song "Mony Mony".
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    Idol moved to New York City in 1981 and became a solo artist, working with former Kiss manager Bill Aucoin.
    More Details Hide Details Idol's punk-ish image worked well with the glam rock style of his new partner on guitar, Steve Stevens. Together they worked with bassist Phil Feit and drummer Gregg Gerson.
  • 1976
    Age 20
    Idol first joined Chelsea in 1976 as a guitarist.
    More Details Hide Details However, he and Chelsea bandmate Tony James soon left that group and co-founded Generation X, with Idol switching from guitarist to lead singer. Generation X were one of the first punk bands to appear on the BBC Television music programme Top of the Pops. Although a punk rock band, they were inspired by mid-1960s British pop, in sharp contrast to their more militant peers, with Idol stating; "We were saying the opposite to the Clash and the Pistols. They were singing 'No Elvis, Beatles or the Rolling Stones', but we were honest about what we liked. The truth was, we were all building our music on the Beatles and the Stones". Generation X signed with Chrysalis Records and released three albums and performed in the 1980 film, D.O.A., before disbanding.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 19
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He then went on to join the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, a loose gang that travelled into town when the band played.
  • 1971
    Age 15
    In 1971 the family moved to Bromley, Southeast London, where Idol attended Ravensbourne School for Boys.
    More Details Hide Details Idol also attended Worthing High School for Boys in West Sussex.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 2
    In 1958, when Idol was two years old, his parents moved to Patchogue, on Long Island, New York, United States.
    More Details Hide Details The family returned to the UK four years later with Idol and a younger child Jane (who had been born in the US), settling in Dorking, Surrey.
  • 1955
    Born
    Born on November 30, 1955.
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