Billy Idol

Along with Duran Duran, Billy Idol was one the first pop/rock artists to achieve massive success in the early ’80s due to a then brand-new U.S. television network, MTV. Mixing his bad-boy good looks with an appealing blend of pop hooks, punk attitude, and a dance beats, Idol quickly rocketed to stardom, before hard living derailed his career and almost proved fatal.

Born William Michael Albert Broad on November 30, 1955, in Middlesex, England, the youngster relocated with his family for a brief spell to New York, before returning back to England.

After a stint at Sussex University only last a year, Broad found himself as part of a group of teen punk rockers who befriended and followed the Sex Pistols, known as “the Bromley Contingent” (a member of this colorful group of characters was Siouxsie Sioux, eventual leader of Siouxsie & the Banshees).

Expectedly, several years passed before the release of Idol’s next album, during which time he tried his hand at acting with a bit part in Oliver Stone’s motion picture The Doors.

By the time 1993′s Cyberpunk surfaced, Idol had dropped his spiky peroxide hairstyle in place of dreadlocks, and experimented with techno beats. The move proved to be an unwise one, as the album tanked and sank from the charts. At the same time, Idol was knee deep in drug addiction, resulting in another close brush with death when he overdosed and had to be treated in a Los Angeles hospital in 1994. Not much was heard from Idol until 1998, when he made a cameo appearance (as himself) in the hit Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy The Wedding Singer, which resulted in renewed interest.

Idol teamed up once again with Stevens, was the subject of a VH1: Behind the Music special (as well as a Storytellers episode for the channel, which was ultimately issued as a CD), and issued a more extensive Greatest Hits set in 2001; the latter of which sold 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Next up was his first studio album since Cyberpunk, Devil’s Playground, released on Sanctuary in 2005.

07/04/2012 8:00PM - Billy Idol at Tollwood Musik Arena

07/04/2012 8:00PM
Tollwood Musik Arena
Theresienwiese
München, Bavaria 80339
Germany
Category: Concerts / Pop And Rock
Venue Capacity: 0
Tickets from $276-$276
2 tickets available

07/08/2012 8:00PM - Billy Idol at Porsche Arena

07/08/2012 8:00PM
Porsche Arena
Mercedesstrae 69
Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg 70372
Germany
Category: Concerts / Pop And Rock
Venue Capacity: 0
Tickets from $276-$276
2 tickets available

07/10/2012 8:00PM - Billy Idol at Stadtpark Freilichtbuhne

07/10/2012 8:00PM
Stadtpark Freilichtbuhne
Saarlandstrasse 71
Hamburg, Hamburg 22303
Germany
Category: Concerts / Pop And Rock
Venue Capacity: 0