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Billy Idol

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Net worth 2018: $50 Million
Industry: Musicians
Residence: Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK
Country: British
BirthDay: 30 November 1955
Height: 1.75 m
Education: Ravensbourne School for Boys, Worthing High School for Boys, Brighton Polytechnic,

Billy Idol was bornon 30 November 1955 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK, British. Billy Idol is a punk rock musician who rose to fame as a member of the band Generation X. Born as William Michael Albert Broad, he adopted the name Billy Idol when he embarked on a musical career. He was a bright teenager though he was not really academically inclined. His teacher had once called him “idle” and as a joke, he started calling himself “Idol”! His parents wanted him to go to college and he enrolled at the Sussex University to pursue a degree in English. However he found studies to be extremely boring and dropped out within a year to join the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans. At the initial stages of his musical career he played the guitar for the band Chelsea. Along with a band mate Tony James he co-founded Generation X and he made a switch from being the guitarist to become the lead singer. The team went on to release three successful albums and was one of the first punk bands to be featured on the BBC Television music programme ‘Top of the Pops’. He built up a “bad boy” image which was well loved by the fans of rock music when he embarked on a solo career post the disbanding of Generation X.


$50 Million


His last album till date is ‘Happy Holidays’ which was a Christmas album released in 2006


He embarked on a world tour of rock festival appearances in 2005 and 2006 in support of this album


He suffered from several personal and health problems during the 1990s because of which he could not concentrate much on his career


In 1986, his next album ‘Whiplash Smile’ was released


His next album ‘Rebel Yell’ was released in 1983


The popularity of the EP prompted him to release his full length album, ‘Billy Idol’ in 1982


He released an Extended Play (EP) titled ‘Don’t Stop’ in 1981


It was followed by the release of their second album ‘Valley of the Dolls’ in 1979 which had the hit single ‘King Rocker’


The band released its self-titled album ‘Generation X’ in 1978


The band’s first single ‘Your Generation’ was released in 1977


He began his musical career as a member of the punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1976


He went to the Sussex University in 1975 to pursue a degree in English

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