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Billy Idol to release new memoir 'Dancing With Myself'

Billy Idol to release new memoir 'Dancing With Myself'

LONDON, May 28 (UPI) --Billy Idol's new memoir, "Dancing With Myself," chronicles the "culture, sex, drugs and rock & roll" that defined the musician's career.
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Billy Idol plays for man's birthday party

Billy Idol plays for man's birthday party

BOTHELL, Wash., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- British rock musician Billy Idol performed a concert for a Washington man's birthday bash, which also raised $13,000 for local charities, the birthday boy said.

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Lauper booked to play Emmys party

Lauper booked to play Emmys party

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Pop star Cyndi Lauper is to headline the 14th annual "Entertainment Tonight" Emmy Party in Los Angeles, organizers said Tuesday.
Billy Idol joins Russian bikers for ride

Billy Idol joins Russian bikers for ride

MOSCOW, June 6 (UPI) -- Iconic British punk rocker Billy Idol hung out in Moscow with fellow Harley riders before giving his first-ever Russian performance, observers say.

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Billy Idol's 'best of' CD has 2 new songs

Billy Idol's 'best of' CD has 2 new songs

HOLLYWOOD, May 1 (UPI) -- "The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself" album will feature two new songs from the British rock icon, Capitol/EMI said Thursday.

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Exit Novi Sad music festival opens

NOVI SAD, Serbia, July 6 (UPI) -- Franz Ferdinand highlighted the 6th Exit music festival, which opened Thursday in northern Serbia.

Bonds imitates Abdul

SCOTSDALE, Ariz., March 1 (UPI) -- Giants slugger Barry Bonds, wearing a halter top and falsies, did his Paula Abdul imitation all in the name of team spirit at San Francisco's training camp.

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 30, the 334h day of 2005 with 31 to follow.
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Stars sign on for New York fashion week

NEW YORK, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Some of music's most prized jewels will grace the Radio City Music Hall stage for New York's 2005 Fashion Rocks concert.
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Steve Stevens guitarist for Billy Idol performs with Idol in concert, at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre, in Boca Raton, Florida, on November 3, 2005. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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William Michael Albert Broad (born 30 November 1955), better known by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English rock musician. He first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. He then embarked on a successful solo career, aided by a series of stylish music videos, making him one of the first MTV stars. Idol continues to tour with guitarist Steve Stevens and has a worldwide fan base.

Idol was born in Stanmore, Middlesex, the son of a salesman. He attended Tideway School in Newhaven, Sussex. The name Billy Idol was inspired by a schoolteacher's description of Broad as "idle".

In 1958, when Idol was two years old, his parents moved to Long Island, New York. The family returned four years later (with a younger child, Jane, who had been born in the US), settling in Dorking, Surrey. In 1971 the family moved to Bromley, where Idol attended Ravensbourne School for Boys. In October 1975, Idol went to Sussex University to do an English degree and lived on campus (East Slope) but left after year one (1976). He then went on to join the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans. Idol first joined the punk rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees (before the band had decided on that name) in 1976, but soon quit and joined Chelsea in 1977 as a guitarist. However, he and Chelsea bandmate Tony James soon quit that group and co-founded Generation X, with Idol switching from guitarist to lead singer. Generation X signed to Chrysalis Records and released three albums and performed in the 1980 film, D.O.A., before disbanding. Idol moved to New York in 1981 and began working as a solo artist working with Steve Stevens, Phil Feit and Steve Missal, for Idol's debut solo album, "Billy Idol", which was released in July 1982.

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