William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally as Billy Idol, is an English rock musician. A member of the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols fans, Idol first achieved fame in the punk rock era as a member of the band Generation X. Unlike other British punk rock artists, Idol claimed he was inspired by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. He then embarked on a successful solo career, and was a member of the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the United States. A series of music videos for songs such as "Dancing With Myself", "White Wedding", "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face" made him one of the first MTV stars. Idol continues to tour with guitarist Steve Stevens.
- Born: November 30, 1955 (age 61), Stanmore
- Spouse: Linda Mathis (1989 to present - Domestic partnership)Perri Lister (1980 to 1989 - Domestic partnership)
- Aliases: Generation X, William Broad, William Michael Albert Broad
- Children: Bonnie Blue, Willem Wolf Broad
- Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75m)
- Websites: http://www.billyidol.net/