Photo: David Haberthür

Billy Idol Receives Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star: Look + Listen

On Friday (1.06,) in the presence of his fans, fellow rocker, Henry Rollins, artist Shepard Fairey, and Idol’s longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, Billy Idol finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

During the ceremony, Rollins praised Idol for his work as lead singer of the UK punk outfit Generation X, as well as his own successful solo career stating “Billy Idol has rock n’ roll in his veins, and punk rock in his DNA.” “He’s the real thing, and maybe that’s why we’re here today, ’cause decade after decade he has remained himself. And it takes a lot of guts and a lot of integrity.”

Talking about how much he admired watching Billy after the “White Wedding” video on MTV in the ’80s, Fairey said “I was in love.” “I wanted to be Billy Idol. Billy was just the coolest.”

Expressing his gratitude, Idol reflected on a nearly five decade-long career in the music industry with:

“It really is crazy to find myself getting an award like this, or being honored in this way.” “I mean, 47 years of doing this after I started in Generation X, and 35 years after coming here, I just really could never have imagined anything like this.” “Initially, we did the music back in the mid-’70s during the punk-rock time. There wasn’t much hope or anything. We decided if there’s nothing, there’s no future, we’re going to do what we love. And that’s what I did. I did the music because I loved it. It wasn’t for any other reason really.” “Anyway, I didn’t really think doing this would last very long. We thought maybe six months, maybe a year, maybe two years. I could never have imagined something like this. It’s just incredible.”

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: David Haberthür