Despite his legendary excessive lifestyle, Idol participated in several charity shows. He took part in Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit concert in 1988, and appeared in a charity performance of the Who’s Tommy in London the following year. A motorcycle crash in February 1990 seriously damaged his leg, but he recovered quickly enough to appear in the video for “Cradle of Love,” off that year’s album Charmed Life.
Idol attempted to rebrand his image with 1993’s computer-drivenCyberpunk, but the recording was a commercial and critical failure. The following year, he narrowly escaped death for a second time when he suffered a drug overdose. Idol remained out of the public eye until the end of the decade, when he made a cameo appearance in the Adam Sandler comedy The Wedding Singer (1998).
In 2005, Idol released his first studio album in more than a decade with Devil’s Playground, featuring such songs as “World Comin’ Down,” “Scream” and “Romeo’s Waiting.” The following year, the musician releasedHappy Holidays, which included several traditional Christmas songs along with a few original singles. The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a career-spanning collection, followed in 2008. “Everyone should idolize themselves, shouldn’t they?” Idol said with a laugh when asked about the album’s title, according to his website.
Idol signed up to perform at the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, alongside the likes of Paul McCartney, John Oates of Hall & Oates, Jeff Tweedy and Björk. Around that time, the veteran singer returned to the studio to create a new album, releasing Kings & Queens of the Undergroundin 2014. That year, Idol also published his autobiography, Dancing With Myself.
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