Billy Idol

© Simone van den Boom

© Simone van den Boom


William Michael Albert Broad was born on 30th November 1955 in Middlesex, England. He is a rock musician professionally known as Billy Idol. He belongs to the Bromley Contingent of Sex Pistols. Initially, Billy Idol achieved prominence in the punk rock period as a Generation X member. Later on, Idol embarked on a flourishing solo profession being a member of MTV- Driven. Music videos for various songs like Rebel Yell, Eyes without a Face, and White Wedding made him among the MTV first stars.  Billy decided to form his personal band known as Chelsea, where he enjoined Tony James, Brian James, and Mick Jones. The three later broke away from Chelsea and formed a new band known as Generation X, which was associated with topics like drugs, sex and rock ‘n’ roll.  Billy Idol has participated in different award winning functions. In 1990, he won the MTV music awards of the best video film of the song ‘Cradle of Love’. In 1991 he won the best British video. Billy Idol has been known for wearing the fragrance called L’ombre Dans L’eau which he’s claimed he’s worn for decades.