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Billy Idol gained prominence as a British punk rock musician in the early 1980s. Although Idol got his start in the 1970s, he still records albums and tours the world. Idol's CD releases include 2014's Kings & Queens of the Underground, 2005's Devil's Playground, 1993's Cyberpunk, and 1990's Charmed Life. Billy Idol's tours include 2017 Classic Quadrophenia, 2005 Warped Tour and 1993 Cyberpunk Tour. Billy Idol live performances focus on energetic stage shows that highlight the performer's good looks almost as much as his anthemic songs and aggressive guitar style. During concerts, Idol usually plays a mixture of old and new materials. Established songs like "Rebel Yell," "White Wedding" and "Dancing With Myself" have become fan favorites that get the crowds cheering. Idol's biggest hit, however, is "Mony Mony," a cover of the 1968 song by Tommy James and the Shondells. Idol's version peaked at No. 1 on November 21, 1987. Other Idol songs listed on the Billboard 100 include "Cradle of Love," "Eyes Without a Face," "To Be a Lover," and "Sweet Sixteen."

Billy Idol Background

Billy Idol was born just outside of London as William Michael Albert Broad. His teachers nicknamed him "Billy Idle" because he didn't want to do his schoolwork. As a teenager, he changed the spelling to "Billy Idol." During the mid-1970s, he played guitar in a punk-inspired band named Chelsea. Later, he switched from guitar to vocals to perform in the band Generation X. Idol's drew inspiration from the Sex Pistols. In fact, he liked punk rock so much that joined a group of fans that followed the Sex Pistols. When Idol moved to New York in 1981 to become a solo artist, he mixed a pop sensibility with punk rock to create a unique sound that energized listeners. The song "Dancing With Myself" made Idol popular. It was his cover of "Mony Mony," however, that catapulted him to fame. With his signature sneer, peroxide spikes and punk-meets-pop sound, Idol became an icon of the '80s music scene. He earned recognition quickly with the song "Cradle of Love," which was nominated for a Grammy Award. He also received Grammy nominations for "Rebel Yell" and "To Be a Lover." His songs and look inspired bands like Flock of Seagulls and The Human League to push their boundaries. Fans can follow Billy Idol on Twitter @BillyIdol, on Instagram @billyidol and on Facebook.