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Billy Idol
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Billy Idol Information

Billy Idol began his musical career as a member of punk rock band Generation X. His stage name came from a schoolteacher describing him as “idle”, a bit of an insult, never intended to be taken as “idol”. In college, Idol joined Siouxsie and the Banshees before it was ever given that name, but quit in favor of joining group Chelsea to play guitar. He and other Chelsea member Tony James quit together to co-found Generation X, Idol becoming a lead vocalist.

In a couple years time, Billy Idol began a solo career that mostly consisted of Generation X tracks, with the rise of MTV helping to make “White Wedding” incredibly successful. His release of 1986’s Whiplash Smile was huge, as was his cover single “Mony Mony”. After suffering from a sever motorcycle accident in 1990, his temporary immobility affected his music videos and found himself going against doctor’s orders quite frequently. Although he released a few albums in the 90’s and early 2000’s he was most widely known for his 80’s hits that were still appearing throughout the media.

In February 2010, Billy Idol confirmed that he would be appearing at the UK Download Music Festival and in March added Camp Freddy musicians Billy Morrison and Jeremy Colson to his touring lineup. Together with Steve Stevens and the new addition, Billy Idol’s powerhouse band will be kicking off their tour in Russia on June 7th. As a multiplatinum artist who has been a vivid part of the music scene for decades, Idol will definitely be covering all the Very Best of Billy Idol tracks on this tour, the songs that remain a staple of the generation.