“In the midnight hour she cried more, more, more…” 

It’s considered one of the best songs of the 80s (and now), but did you know that Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ was inspired by The Rolling Stones?

The legendary musician joined Jonesy & Amanda to chat about his upcoming Australian tour, as well as the inspiration behind the title track of his 1983 album, Rebel Yell.

Back in the early 80s, Idol was invited to a member of The Rolling Stones’ birthday party at Ronnie Wood’s brownstone house. It was here that the title ‘Rebel Yell’ came into fruition.

“At one point there was Mick Jagger, Ron Wood and Keith Richards all drinking a bottle of this [drink], and I couldn’t see what it was,” he explained.


“I was following the bottle going to their mouths and trying to look at the label.

“I could see an American civil war confederate officer on a horse charging away like a cavalier with a feather in his hair, and I could see the stuff was called ‘Rebel Yell'”.

Idol proceeded to ask Jagger, Wood and Richards whether the drink was “made up”, and whether they’d potentially use ‘Rebel Yell’ as a song title.

“They were kind of looking at each other and said: ‘No, I don’t think we would'”.

It was at that moment that Idol realised he had just scored the jackpot in the form of a song (and album) title.

“In a lot of ways, The Rolling Stones super influenced me to write that song, and it’s one of my best songs”.


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