Saturday, 5 June 2010

Idol chills out with Moscow bikers before gig in Russian capital

British punk legend Billy Idol saddled a Harley Davidson as soon as he arrived at his hotel in Moscow and immediately set off to a biker club in the west of the Russian capital.

Escorted by some 20 Russian bikers from the Night Wolves MC, Idol arrived at their den, Sexton, shortly after landing in Moscow. He was also joined by some 20 bikers from other clubs on his way to the club.

Idol seemed tired after the flight and a motorbike ride in downtown Moscow that included some picturesque sights of the Russian capital, but nevertheless sang couple of verses with Russian band Malstrem in the Sexton club.

Idol, 55, left the club, accompanied by organizers of his first ever performance in Moscow, at about four in the morning Moscow time, proving to the younger generation how much he can party.

Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad) achieved fame as the hell-raiser lead singer of 1970's Punk band Generation X, before embarking on a successful solo career. The rocker's stage name was inspired by a school teacher, who described him as "idle".

Idol was notorious in the 1970s for holding outlandish parties with the other major punk groups of the era: the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and the Clash.

In 1990 Idol was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in California. He was hit by a car on his way home from his recording studio.

Shortly before the accident, Hollywood director James Cameron offered Idol a part as T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

It took Idol three years to recover from the accident. In 1993 he released the unsuccessful album Cyberpunk. Idol's fans later said the record's experimental electro sound was ahead of its time.

Despite several drug overdoses and serious health issues, the 55-year-old "rebel" is still touring the world, and his philosophy: "rock isn't art, it's the way ordinary people talk," lives on.

Idol will give his first ever performance in Russia on June 5 at the Luzhniki Stadium in downtown of the Russian capital.

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