‘I couldn’t have imagined something like this’
Billy Idol reflected on his decades-long career as he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday.
The 67-year-old musician was joined by his girlfriend China Chow, 48, and her family as he attended the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
“It’s truly crazy to find myself receiving an award like this or being honored in this way,” the three-time Grammy Award winner said, according to a People Magazine report.
He continued, “I mean, 47 years of doing this after I started in Gen X, and 35 years after coming here, I really could never have imagined something like this.”
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“Initially, we were making music in the mid-70s during the punk rock era. There wasn’t much hope or anything. We decided that if there was nothing , there was no future, we were going to do what we love. And that’s what I did. I made music because I liked it. It was not for another reason, really.
The ‘Eyes Without A Face’ hitmaker added, “I didn’t really think it would last very long anyway. We thought maybe six months, maybe a year, maybe two years.”
“I could never have imagined something like this. It’s just amazing.”
Ahead of the star’s unveiling, Idol became emotional as he thanked the fans who had rallied to support him.
“You are the best. Quite simply, I am here today because of you, because of your love,” the punk rock icon said. “You’ve been supporting me all this time. Forty-seven years now I’ve been doing this.”
Chow and Idol shared a kiss after the star unveiled. The “The Big Hit” actress and the singer have been dating since February 2018.
Idol was also joined by son Willem Wolfe, 34, and daughter Bonnie Blue, 33, along with their spouses and children.
Rocker Henry Rollins and OBEY founder Shepard Fairey paid tribute to Idol in speeches at the ceremony. Rollins told the crowd, “Billy Idol has rock and roll in his veins and punk rock in his DNA. Which is to say, he’s the real thing, and maybe that’s why we are here today.”
The 61-year-old former Black Flag frontman continued, “Because decade after decade he’s been himself, and it takes a lot of guts and a lot of integrity.”
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Longtime Idol guitarist and collaborator Steve Steven, singer-songwriter Andy Madadian, actor Clifton Collins Jr. and Sex Pistols member Steve Jones also attended the event.
The Idol star is the 2,743rd star on the Walk of Fame and the first to be unveiled in 2023. The unveiling comes ahead of the 40th anniversary of the singer’s self-titled debut album in July.
Idol has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and was one of MTV’s first stars in the 1980s. Some of its biggest hits include “Dancing With Myself”, “White Wedding”, “Rebel Yell “, “Mony Mony”, “Hot in the City”, “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Cradle Of Love”.
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