Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reopens with new Billy Idol artifact

Idol's Harley-Davidson goes on display

After closing March 14, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum recently reopened to the public.

Social distancing measures have been incorporated and if you visit, the museum is asking everyone to stay at least two Stratrocasters (six feet) apart from each other. And, a mask is required at all times while in the building. You can order tickets and learn more about their safety protocols here:

Two new items are also on display. A 1979 Harley-Davidson Sportster, belonging to Lynyrd Skynryd drummer Artimus Pyle, and a 1985 Harley-Davidson Wide Glide owned by rocker Billy Idol.

In February 1990, Idol was nearly killed when he ran a stop sign on his motorcycle and collided with a car in Hollywood. In his 2014 autobiography Dancing with Myself, about the accident he wrote, “I heard the crash. Bikers say that if you don’t hear that crash, you’re already dead. I open my eyes. Bright sunlight floods in. I’m staring at the curb, my forehead resting just an inch from the sidewalk’s edge. I’m lying in a bloody heap in the street, my Harley not too far away.”

2020′s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled Nov. 7 at Public Auditorium in Cleveland. Those being inducted this year include The Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, and longtime music executives Irving Azoff and Jon Landau.

BONUS CLIP: Billy Idol appears on American Bandstand in 1982:

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