Billy Idol

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Biography Billy Idol

William Broad, better known as Billy Idol (Billy Idol), was born in the the end of 1955 in a small English town Stanmore. In mid-1976 Idol meets bassist Tony James (Tony James, ex-LONDON SS) Together, they join the first team in his career Idol CHELSEA, led by Jean Oktober (Gene October). Idol speaks at few concerts in as a guitarist, however soon manifests his talent leader, and leads away from CHELSEA James and drummer John Toy (John Towe). Newly formed a punk band GENERATION X first appeared before the public on December 10, the Central College of Art and Design in London, with Idol on vocals, and Bob Andrews (Bob Andrews) on guitar. A few months later GENERATION X draws the attention of the legendary disc jockey John Peel (John Peel), who invites them to record four songs for his transfer to the canapes Radio 1’s.

By the time the major record companies have already appreciated the tremendous commercial potential of punk and GENERATION X easily manage to conclude a contract with the company Chrysalis. In September 1977, released their first single, collective, entitled “Your Generation”, another six months – the second, “Ready Steady Go”, and in April, Chrysalis released full-length album “Generation X”, rose to 29th place in the British hit- parade. GENERATION X recorded another album, “Valley Of The Dolls”, and then suddenly shorten the name of the group to GEN X. They will also continue to produce enough successful singles, among which is particularly noteworthy composition “Dancing With Myself”, which later became part of the solo Idol repertoire. His last, virtually ignored by the public album “Kiss Me Deadly” GEN X recorded with guitarist James Stephenson (James Stephenson, ex-CHELSEA) and drummer Terry Chaymsom (Terry Chimes, ex-CLASH). Golden season is over punk and mid-1981 Idol, eager to commercial success, leaves the group. He goes to New York, where he began a solo career with the help of manager Bill Aucoin KISS (Bill Aucoin), producer Keith Forsey (Keith Forsey) and guitarist Steve Stevens (Steve Stevens), who became later the main co-author Idol.

In winter, there is the first album Idol “Do not Stop”, which has become an intermediate stage between the rigid punk GENERATION X and his subsequent solo recordings, you stay in style then popular “new wave”with elements of hard rock. Next album which has received unpretentious the name of the”Billy Idol”, and well as produced by Keith Forsey, was released the summer of 1982. Both of these disc for a long time were in the hundred best-selling albums in the United States. In the summer of 1983 you’re walking single “White Wedding”, is undoubtedly one of the most famous compositions of 80, and in December – the album “Rebel Yell”, which became double platinum. Over the next five years, continue to go out singles and compilations of the best songs Idol, constantly getting in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Album “Whiplash Smile”, written already proven trio Idol – Stevens – force, and you started up in the autumn of 1986, also falls into the British and American top ten most popular albums. The next album “Charmed Life”It leaves only in mid-1990, but the popularity of Idol remains the same, not least thanks to MTV, without end”Steep”video for the song”Cradle Of Love”. Idol, while strongly limps after a serious accident on a motorcycle, nevertheless, is sent on a world tour.

Over the sixth album Idol worked for about two years, and “Cyberpunk”, published in 1993, it is up to its name – it is quite unusual for the Idol mixture of punk rock and techno adopted, however, to cheer his fans .

Once this Idol suddenly retired from active music career and returned to it only at the end of the millennium. By the way, during this period in his band played the bass player Alexander Krivtsov (former Earthlings). In 2002 saw the release of a live album “Storytellers”, which Idol introduced his new band: Steve Stevens, drummer Mark Schulman (Mark Schulman, ex-FOREIGNER) and bassist Steve McGrath (Steve McGrath).

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