Billy Idol









Billy Idol

Billy Idol

was born on November 30, 1955 as William Michael Albert Broad, in Middlesex, England. After Billy was born his parents decided to move to Long Island, New York. After about four years the family moved back to England. Billy is a very successful rock musician and began his career in 1975 when he formed his first band called The Rockettes. Before forming his own band he was a part of the Sex Pistols fan club called the Bromley Contingent. Everywhere the Sex Pistols went, Bromley Contingent went too. Billy decided to drop out of school to begin his career. He met Tony James and they both shared the same musical dreams and Tony was also wanting to start a band. In 1976 Gene October put an ad in the Melody Maker for guys who Television and The Ramones. So Billy and Tony joined the group which consisted of Gene October (vocals), and John Towe (drums). Billy became the groupís guitar player and Tony played bass. Later in 1976, Billy and Tony decided to leave and form their own band. John Towe joined them and they began to play in shows. They named the band Generation X. Bob Andrews joined the group as a guitarist and a little later John Towe was kicked out of the group and was replaced with Mark Laff.

The band became very popular in London and signed on with Chrysalis Records in 1977. The band also toured in other countries. The band had problems with itís members and producers over a period of time and some were replaced. Billy released his self titled LP in 1982 but had a hard time getting exposure on the radio so he recorded music videos and he got the exposure he needed on MTV. Billyís second album, Rebel Yell in 1984, was a huge success, and made Billy Idol a superstar in the United States. He also became very popular in England.

In 1989 Billy went to Thailand where he claimed he could get any drug he wanted there. He had many women and it was reported that he left several hotel suites in shambles while he was there. The damage he left behind was around $20,000. He was kicked out of Bangkok with the help of the army because he created a bill of about $250,000 from a three week drug and sex spree.

In March 2005, Billy released the album, Devilís Playground. It was the first album he had released in over 12 years. Billy has released a total of 13 albums, 3 VHS tapes, 1 Musical DVD, and 20 singles during his career.