Billy Idol is a legend of punk rock. Born in 1955 in Middlesex, England, Idol moved to Long Island, New York with his family at the age of two. When he was almost seven, his family moved back to England. Although he was happy to be back in his homeland, Idol felt like an outsider: hisclassmates called him“the Yank” and teased him for his American accent.
By 1981, Idol had returned to New York. With his bleach-blond hair, black leather jackets, and signature sneer, Idol was part of the“Second British Invasion” of the 1980s driven by MTV. Born William Michael Albert Broad,“Billy Idol” was a stage name inspired by a schoolteacher describing him as“idle.” His style appeals to pop and rock lovers alike, with party anthem songs like“Rebel Yell,”“White Wedding” and“Dancing With Myself.”
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