Billy Idol

English singer (born 1955)

William Michael Albert Broad[1] (born 30 November 1955), known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician and singer-songwriter. He became famous in the 1970s as a member of Generation X. He later began a solo career which led to international fame and made Idol a lead artist during the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" in the United States.[2]

Billy Idol
Idol performing in August 2011
Idol performing in August 2011
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Michael Albert Broad
Born (1955-11-30) 30 November 1955 (age 65)
Stanmore, Middlesex, England
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • actor
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • drums
Years active1976–present
Associated acts

Idol's second studio album, Rebel Yell (1983), was a major commercial success, featuring hit singles "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face". In 1986, he released Whiplash Smile. Idol then released two studio albums, Charmed Life (1990) and the concept album Cyberpunk (1993).


  1. Guinness 1992, p. 1222.
  2. "Radio with Pictures". Television New Zealand alternative music show interview with Karyn Hay (cue to 04:30s), broadcast April 1984. Retrieved 25 June 2019.