Sunday Conversation: Billy Idol On How Fame Nearly Destroyed Him And How He Fell Back In Love With Music

Sunday Conversation: Billy Idol On How Fame Nearly Destroyed Him And How He Fell Back In Love With Music

Over the years Billy Idol has been very press shy. I have tried to interview him numerous times with no luck. As I finally got to talk to him though recently for his stellar new EP, The Roadside, his reticence to do interviews previously becomes crystal clear.

Going from being a U.K. punk rocker with Generation X in the late ’70s to being a worldwide TV star as one of the faces of early MTV caused a lot of problems for Idol, as he explains in this incredibly candid conversation about the pitfalls of fame.

But now 65, a grandfather and completely sober, Idol is ready to confront his past as he does on the new EP’s “Bitter Taste,” a song that looks back on the 1990 motorcycle accident that caused extensive injuries. […]

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