William Michael Albert Broad, known as his stage name Billy Idol is an English rock musician born on November 30, 1955 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England, UK. The nickname Idol was chosen after the teacher had called Billy “idle” and as these too words sound almost the same, Idol came to Billy’s mind. He became musician during his studies in the university and played punk at first. He began as a guitarist of the band Chelsea but after three stage performances he and bass guitarist Tony James created a new punk rock band Generation X. In 1978 the band released their debut self-titled album and gained the popularity very quickly. But already in 1981 the band split and Billy Idol went to New York City in order to begin a solo career. The peak of his solo career is the album “Rebel Yell” released in 1983. You can download this album by Billy Idol in mp3 from our site.