Billy Idol

Billy Idol

In 1990, motorcycle enthusiast William Michael Albert Broad (a.k.a. Billy Idol) ran a stop sign in Los Angeles and crashed into a car. His leg was mangled and nearly had to be amputated, and he was bedridden for six months. This was right around the time of the release of his ironically-titled album Charmed Life, which featured the hit single “Cradle of Love.” Because of his injuries, the video for the song showed him only from the waist up – this was fine, because most MTV viewers were likely busy ogling 18-year-old video vixen Betsy Lynn George.

Idol tweeted in 2011 that he’d crashed again, not so seriously. He apparently clipped a discarded tire while riding and had surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot.