As famous for his spiky platinum-blond hair as his sneering lyrics, Billy Idol became a chart-topping punk rocker in the 1980s with hits like “Dancing with Myself” and “White Wedding” both appearing in the Top 10 of the charts. Living a truly rock-star lifestyle, Idol today remains a living icon to fans young and old. His petulant, bad-boy attitude is present in every song and concert, with his cocky, swaggering and charismatic stage presence intact, even into middle age. His 2013 summer U.S. tour showcased his unrelenting spirit and unflagging energy, as he paraded shirtless through dozens of cities. Rumor has it he’s planning a similar tour in 2014 and possibly revealing new material, so fans who missed the first round may get a chance to buy tickets next year. His shows overflow with classic hits, but he occasionally performs his more recent songs from 2005's Devil’s Playground, and the winter solstice customarily offers melodies from Happy Holidays, his Christmas collection from 2006.
Originally from Middlesex, England, William Michael Albert Broad—Idol’s given name—also spent time in America, where his sister was born. He dutifully followed the music of the Sex Pistols in the Bromley Contingent before splashing out as a guitarist in a punk-lite band of his own, Chelsea. It wasn’t until 1981 that he launched a solo career. Success came quickly, with his first album, Rebel Yell, striking radio gold with the single of the same title in 1983, with significant assistance from MTV and its heavy video rotation. Albums Whiplash Smile and Vital Idol soon followed with great commercial popularity. Fascinated by the changing world of technology, Idol dabbled in electronic and cyberpunk sounds with Charmed Life and Cyberpunk. With his renewed focus, Idol plans on penning new music in 2014 and returning to the road, delighting avid fans around the world.