We enjoy a certain amount of bad behavior from our rock stars, but within limits: No one really wants anyone to end up in rehab, prison or an early grave. On Feb. 6, 1990, Billy Idol tested those limits in a big way.
Years before Nirvana or Green Day supposedly broke punk rock to the mainstream, a peroxide-spiked British singer by the self-given name of Billy Idol (which might be heard as the decidedly punkish “Idle,” get it?) arguably accomplished the same feat with his sophomore album, ‘Rebel Yell.’
"All information should be free. It is not. Information is power and currency in the virtual world we inhabit. So mistrust authority. Cyberpunks are the true rebels. Cyber culture is coming in under the radar of ordinary society..."
‘Ready Steady Go’ served not only as the opening tune for Billy Idol as he dominated a steamy Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, N.H. on June 2, but also the general vibe of the evening as the iconic rocker seamlessly coasted through the evening, making it look easy.
Concertgoers have already noticed new songs like 'Ghosts' and 'Love and Glory' finding their way into Billy Idol's current setlists. Now, the veteran punk-rocker is confirming that a new album is on the way.
Billy Idol has added 19 dates to his summer 2013 itinerary. The 'White Wedding' singer was previously announced as a Bonnaroo performer, and now he's scheduled shows across the country around that June 15 date in Tennessee. Tickets for many of the dates go on sale this Friday (March 22).
There's no doubt that Billy Idol's 'Cradle of Love' was a steamy video with a seemingly innocent young woman doing her best seduction routine on an older businessman, but it wasn't the sexual content or age differential that set off the warning signs for MTV. Rather, it was the insertion of film clips from 'The Adventures of Ford Fairlane' that had the network initially balking.
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