Billy Idol recovering from motorcycle crash

LOS ANGELES -- British rock singer Billy Idol's condition has improved to the point that he has been moved out of intensive care into his own room, hospital authorities said Wednesday.

Idol, 34, underwent seven hours of surgery Tuesday for a badly broken right leg and a fractured arm he received when his motorcycle collided with a car at a Hollywood intersection earlier in the day.


Idol remained in serious condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, hospital spokesman Ron Wise said. He said Idol is expected to be released in 10 days to two weeks.

Wise said the hospital, which has treated dozens of stars over the years, has been deluged with flowers and phone calls for the singer. 'We're bracing ourselves,' he said.

Ellen Golden, Idol's publicist, said it was still unclear how his injuries would affect his career plans.

Idol was planning a tour to support his new album and has a role in director Oliver Stone's upcoming film about the '60s rock group, The Doors, which is scheduled to begin shooting in three weeks.

Idol, who began his career with the late '70s punk rock band Generation X, had just finished recording a new album, 'Charmed Life,' at a Hollywood studio when police say he ran a stop sign on his Harley-Davidson and crashed into a car.


Idol was not wearing a helmet, and suffered cuts on the back of his head. The 31-year-old woman driving the car was not injured, though her car sustained light damage. Idol's motorcycle was destroyed.

Police plan to ticket Idol for running the stop sign.

Since going solo a decade ago, the white-haired Idol, who was born William Broad, has had five top-40 hits, including 'White Wedding' in 1983 and 'Eyes Without a Face,' which hit No. 4 on the Billboard charts in May 1984.

He is a long-time motorcycle enthusiast.

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