January 30, 2023

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Billy Idol Receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Watch the Ceremony

Billy Idol received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday (January 6). Punk legend Henry Rollins and renowned visual artist Shepard Fairey gave speeches honoring the legendary rocker.

Speaking first, Rollins praised Idol for his work as the lead singer of British punk band Generation X, as well as his multi-platinum solo career. “Billy Idol has rock ‘n’ roll in his veins and punk rock in his DNA,” said the former Black Flag singer. “He’s real, and maybe that’s why we’re here today because he’s remained himself decade after decade. And it takes a lot of courage and a lot of integrity.”

Fairey spoke next and mentioned how he adored Idol after first seeing the “White Wedding” music video on MTV. “I was in love,” said the artist. “I wanted to be Billy Idol. Billy was just the coolest.”

Then it was Idol’s turn to speak, with the rock legend saying: “Originally we made the music in the mid 70’s during the punk rock era. There wasn’t much hope or anything. We’ve decided if there’s nothing there’s no future, we’ll do what we love. And I did. I made the music because I loved it. It really wasn’t for any other reason. Anyway, I didn’t really think this would take very long. We thought maybe six months, maybe a year, maybe two years. I could never have imagined anything like this. It’s just amazing.”

Also present at the ceremony were Idol’s longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, as well as members of Idol’s current backing band. Idol’s girlfriend, actress China Chow, and members of the veteran rocker’s family were also in attendance.

Watch the full ceremony in the video below, followed by Heavy Consequence’s career-spanning 2021 video interview with Idol.