An originator of Pop Punk and a spin off from the band he used to front - Generation X
Born 30th of November 1955), as William Michael Albert Broad, known to most as Billy Idol, he is an English Rock/Punk musician, a songwriter plus an actor. He's a multi instrumentalist, and as well as being an accomplished Vocalist, he can also play - piano, guitar, bass guitar, and drums.
His original climb to fame, was as the frontman for the Punk era band Generation X, but Billy Idol's Punk was inspired by the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, whereas other Punk bands took their que from the likes of Iggy Pop, David Bowie, The Doors, and The New York Dolls.
Pre Generation X
Prior to his days with Generation X, Idol was a member of Chelsea, from 1977, as a guitarist, but he and Chelsea bandmate Tony James soon left that group and co-founded Generation X, with Idol switching from guitarist to lead singer.
Solo Career Days
Following his Generation X days, he then embarked on a highly successful solo career, and was a member of the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States, which was led by a series of music videos for songs such as;-
- "Dancing With Myself"
- "White Wedding"
- "Rebel Yell"
- "Eyes Without a Face"
These videos, plus many more, made him one of the first MTV stars, here's a couple of examples below.
In the early days of his solo career he moved to New York City, this was during 1981, it was then that he began to work with ex-Kiss manager Bill Aucoin.
Idol's solo career kicked off with an EP for Chrysalis Records, called "Don't Stop" in 1981, which also included the Generation X track "Dancing with Myself", which was originally recorded for their final album "Kiss Me Deadly", as well as a cover of Tommy James & the Shondells' song "Mony Mony". His debut album as a solo solo artist was released the following year.
Idol still continues to tour with legendary guitarist Steve Stevens.
Studio Albums List
1) Billy Idol (1982)
2) Rebel Yell (1983)
3) Whiplash Smile (1986)
4) Charmed Life (1990)
5) Cyberpunk (1993)
6) Devil's Playground (2005)
7) Happy Holidays (2006)
8) Kings & Queens of the Underground (2014)
Awards and Credits
Idol has been nominated for many awards, including Grammy Awards, MTV Video Awards, and Brit Awards, but he has won a couple as well;-
- 1990, he won Best Video from a Film, for "Cradle of Love", in the MTV Video Music Awards.
- 1991, he Best British Video, in the Brit Awards.
Members Name Check
- Steve Stevens – lead guitar, keyboards (1981–1986, 2001–present)
- Stephen McGrath – bass guitar, backing vocals (2001–present)
- Billy Morrison – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2010–present)
- Erik Eldenius – drums, percussion (2012–present)
- Paul Trudeau – keyboards (2014–present)
- Phil Feit – bass guitar (1981–1983)
- Steve Missal – drums, percussion (1981)
- Gregg Gerson – drums, percussion (1981–1983)
- Judi Dozier – keyboards (1982–1985)
- Steve Webster – bass guitar (1983–1985)
- Thommy Price – drums, percussion (1983–1988)
- Kenny Aaronson – bass guitar (1986–1988)
- Susie Davis - keyboards, vocals (1986-1988)
- Phil Soussan – bass guitar (1988–1990)
- Zane Fix – bass guitar (1980s)
- Mark Younger-Smith – lead guitar (1990–1993)
- Larry Seymore – bass guitar (1990–1993)
- Tal Bergman – drums, percussion (1990–1993, 2000)
- Bonnie Hayes - keyboards, vocals (1990-1991)
- Jennifer Blakeman – keyboards (1993)
- Julie Greaux – keyboards (1993)
- Danny Sadownik – drums, percussion (1993)
- Mark Schulman – drums, percussion (1993–2001)
- Sasha Krivtsov – bass (2000)
- Brian Tichy – drums, percussion (2001–2009)
- Jeremy Colson – drums, percussion (2010–2012)
- Derek Sherinian – keyboards (2002–2014)