Billy Idol is hardly the party animal of 1982 — with a European tour set for this spring and a granddaughter he can't wait to get home to. Idol — who recently released a new EP, titled, The Roadside, via George Harrison's resurrected Dark Horse Records imprint — recalled his early days and how it led him down a road to quick fame and drugs.
Idol spoke with Classic Rock magazine and looked back to when he hit the ground running in the U.S. after leaving his band Generation X back in Britain: “At first, mainstream radio wouldn’t play my music because I had a punk rock image, which they didn’t believe sold advertising dollars. College radio and then MTV gave us a platform. Then the kids who were watching MTV phoned the radio stations, and they folded and there we were on the radio.”
He went on to explain, “(Original Kiss manager) Bill Aucoin, who’d been in television in the '60s and '70s, knew cable and MTV were coming and that I’d be perfect for a 24-hour music channel. So, we knew this was going to be our secret weapon, that we could be on it, and that it was going to change everything.”