Billy Idol obtained a star on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame on Friday (January sixth). Fellow punk legend Henry Rollins and famend visible artist Shepard Fairey delivered speeches to honor the legendary rocker.
Rollins spoke first, praising Idol for his work as lead singer of the UK punk band Era X, in addition to his multi-platinum solo profession. “Billy Idol has rock ‘n’ roll in his veins, and punk rock in his DNA,” mentioned the one-time Black Flag singer. “He’s the actual factor, and possibly that’s why we’re right here right this moment, ’trigger decade after decade he has remained himself. And it takes lots of guts and lots of integrity.”
Fairey spoke subsequent, mentioning how he worshiped Idol after first seeing the “White Marriage ceremony” music video on MTV. “I used to be in love,” mentioned the artist. “I wished to be Billy Idol. Billy was simply the good.”
It was then Idol’s flip to talk, with the rock legend saying, “Initially we did the music again within the mid-’70s throughout the punk-rock time. There wasn’t a lot hope or something. We determined 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 as a result of I beloved it. It wasn’t for another motive, actually. Anyway, I didn’t actually suppose doing this is able to final very lengthy. We thought possibly six months, possibly a 12 months, possibly two years. I may by no means have imagined one thing like this. It’s simply unbelievable.”
Additionally readily available for the ceremony had been Idol’s longtime guitarist Steve Stevens and Intercourse Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, in addition to members of Idol’s present backing band. Idol’s girlfriend, actress China Chow, and members of the veteran rocker’s household had been additionally in attendance.
Watch the total ceremony within the video beneath, adopted by Heavy Consequence‘s career-spanning 2021 video interview with Idol.