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Generation X - 100% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This UK outfit emerged during the punk explosion of 1976. Billy Idol (William Michael Albert Broad, 30 November 1955, Stanmore, Middlesex, England; vocals) had previously worked with Tony James (bass/vocals) in the short-lived Chelsea. With Bob Andrews (guitar/vocals) and John Towe (drums), Generation X made their performing debut in London during December 1976. By the follo Read more

INXS - 53% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in 1977 as the Farriss Brothers in Sydney, Australia, INXS originally comprised the three Farriss brothers Tim (16 August 1957, Australia; guitar), Jon (b. 18 August 1961, Australia; drums) and Andrew (b. 27 March 1959, Australia; keyboards), Michael Hutchence (b. Michael Kelland John Hutchence, 22 January 1960, Lain Cove, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, d. 22 Nov Read more

Duran Duran - 39% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Dance Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Borrowing their name from a character in the cult 60s science fiction movie Barbarella, this UK pop band achieved global fame in the early 80s thanks to a series of catchy synthpop tunes, a strong visual image, and expensively produced promotional videos which enjoyed endless rotation on the nascent MTV music channel.The band’s classic line-up featu Read more

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Def Leppard - 38% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Children's Music Heavy Metal Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This perennially popular UK hard rock band was formed in 1977 in Sheffield, Yorkshire by Pete Willis (16 February 1960, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; guitar), Rick Savage (b. 2 December 1960, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; bass) and Tony Kenning (drums), as Atomic Mass. They assumed their current name when Joe Elliott (b. 1 August 1959, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England; vocals Read more

Foreigner - 38% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This AOR band derives its name from the fact that the original members were drawn from both sides of the Atlantic, and this mixture of influences is much in evidence in their recorded legacy. Mick Jones (27 December 1944, London, England; guitar, vocals) formed the band in 1976, having spent time in Nero And The Gladiators (two minor hits, ‘Entry Of The Gladiators’ Read more

Quiet Riot - 38% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Heavy Metal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US heavy metal band had their ‘five minutes’ of fame in 1983 with a remake of the Slade song, ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, and a US number 1 album, Metal Health - the first metal album to reach that position in the US charts. However, they were unable to maintain that momentum with subsequent releases. The band formed in 1975 with lanky vocalist Kevin DuBr Read more

Simple Minds - 37% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Timeless and epochal, Simple Minds was formed in January 1978 by Jim Kerr (9 July 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; vocals), Charlie Burchill (b. 27 November 1959, Glasgow, Scotland; guitar), Tony Donald (bass) and Brian McGee (drums). They rose out of the ashes of Glasgow punk outfit Johnny And The Self-Abusers who, in true anarchic fashion, deliberately folded on the day their debu Read more

The Cult - 37% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Originally known as first Southern Death Cult, then Death Cult, this UK rock band was formed by lead singer Ian Astbury (14 May 1962, Heswall, Cheshire, England) in 1981. After a youth spent in Merseyside, Scotland and Canada (where he gained early exposure to the culture of native Indians on the Six Nations Reservation, informing the early stages of the band’s career), Read more

Alice Cooper - 35% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Vincent Damon Furnier, 4 February 1948, Detroit, Michigan, USA. The Alice Cooper Band became widely known as the ‘masters of shock rock’ during the early 70s, enjoying notable commercial and critical success. Lead singer Furnier adopted the Alice Cooper name as his own in the mid-70s, launching a successful solo career that has stretched into the new millennium.

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Cinderella - 35% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA-based band was formed in 1983 by Tom Keifer (guitar/vocals), Eric Brittingham (bass) and Michael Kelly Smith (guitar) and Tony Destra (drums). The latter pair soon left to form Britny Fox, and it was a line-up comprising Keifer, Brittingham, Jeff LaBar (ex-White Foxx) and Jody Cortez that signed to PolyGram Records. The label acted on Jon Bo Read more

The Police - 34% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The reggae-influenced minimalist pop sound of this highly talented UK trio was one of the musical high points of the late 70s and early 80s. Their individual talent and egos ultimately overcame them and they fragmented, although each of the strong-willed former members never ruled out the possibility of a rematch.The Police’s line-up featured Stewar Read more

KISS - 33% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Heavy Metal Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Following the demise of their previous band Wicked Lester, US heavy rock outfit Kiss was formed in 1972 by Paul Stanley (Stanley Harvey Eisen, 20 January 1952, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA; rhythm guitar/vocals) and Gene Simmons (b. Chaim Witz, 25 August 1949, Haifa, Israel; bass/vocals). The duo went on to recruit Peter Criss (b. George Peter John Criscoula, 20 D Read more

Tears for Fears - 32% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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School friends Roland Orzabal (Roland Orzabal de la Quintana, 22 August 1961, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England) and Curt Smith (b. 24 June 1961, Bath, Somerset, England) formed Tears For Fears after they had spent their teenage years in bands together, including a ska revivalist combo called Graduate who issued records on the Precision label. After Graduate split in 1981, the Read more

ZZ Top - 32% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Music Theme Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Houston, Texas, USA, in 1970, ZZ Top evolved out of the city’s psychedelic scene and consist of Billy Gibbons (16 December 1949, Houston, Texas, USA; guitar/vocals, ex-Moving Sidewalks), Dusty Hill (b. Joe Hill, 19 May 1949, Dallas, Texas, USA; bass/vocals) and Frank Beard (b. 11 June 1949, Frankston, Texas, USA; drums), the last two both ex-American Blues. ZZ Read more

Poison - 31% match to Billy Idol

Genres: Funk Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US heavy rock band was formed in Pennsylvania, in the spring of 1983 by Bret Michaels (Bret Michael Sychak, 15 March 1963, Butler, Pennsylvania, USA; vocals) and Rikki Rockett (b. Richard Allan Ream, 8 August 1961, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA; drums). They were soon joined by Bobby Dall (b. Robert Harry Kuykendall, 2 November 1958, Miami, Florida, USA; bass) and Ma Read more


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