Billy Idol drew upon his near career-ending 1990 motorcycle accident for his new track, “Bitter Taste.” Idol has just released a new EP, titled, The Roadside, via George Harrison's resurrected Dark Horse Records imprint.
While chatting with Forbes, Idol spoke about recalling the accident that almost cost the rocker his leg: “That was a big moment in my life, like a crisis moment, a problem time, something where I had to readjust my whole life in a way, once it happened. . . I always said it'd be great when it's 20 years or 30 years away from the motorcycle accident, just because it's so far in the back mirror and then I did manage to recover okay. So the motorcycle accident was something I could write about that was a big crisis in my life, that was a bit of a watershed moment.”
He went on to explain, “I've had 30 years to reflect on it and really sort of come to terms with it and be able to talk about in a song really. And yeah, it came out really great, that's the thing about 'Bitter Taste,' it really came out great.