March 28, 2005 12:00 PM

Billy Idol

Eighties new-wave rebel Billy Idol, 49, is back for more, more, more with Devil’s Playground, his first album of new material since 1993’s Cyberpunk.

ON HIS EXTENDED RECORDING BREAK

I had been rocking for 20 years by 1994, so it wasn’t such a bad thing. With grunge going on, I just stood back.

ON HIS MUSICAL OFFSPRING

My son Will [Mom is Idol’s ex-girlfriend actress Perri Lister] is 16 years old now, and he’s got his own band—Lucas. It’s sort of a cross between the Deftones and Radiohead.

ON WHY HE KEEPS HIS HAIR PLATINUM

As long as I got the bleach, why not? Besides, I get more girls like this.

SHOULD PLAY HIM IN A BIOPIC

Ewan McGregor. He said he wanted to. But he’d have to be Billy at 20, then Billy at 50, although I look pretty much the same, just a little bit beaten up, that’s about it. Yeah, scars from those rock and roll nights.

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