Sandy Cowell said on 9/Oct/22
I was pleasantly surprised to see Billy guest starring with the LSO in a classic production of Pete Townshend’s rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’. He did some songs originally sung by Keith Moon in the original album, and plenty more besides.
The concert had a tremendous atmosphere, with everyone being very friendly and affectionate. It was a joy to see Billy hugging Alfie Boe!
Matt Marcus Mcgarrett said on 5/Jan/22
I shook Billy's hand once n i was about 2 inches taller than him n im only 5 8
V for 1984 said on 1/Dec/21
He’s definitely not 5-9 I have a picture with him from a few years ago in LA. I’d say 5-7.5 absolute best.
vastlybetter566 said on 9/Jan/21
To this day, I still find myself laughing over the big impression Billy made to this comedian, in an article some guy below me quoted.
"Bill's about 6ft5, but looked 9 feet tall".
That's so absurd.
John Mickey said on 3/Jan/21
I thought he was 5’9 until I saw him a few months ago, he must have lost quite a bit of height.
Peter corder said on 27/Dec/19
I went around itch Billy's idol in the old days back in England as we lived only 3 miles apart.
I knew him A Billy Broad from Bromley and I was from Sidcup.
I was a new romantic and he was a punk nod we are the same height 5 feet 8 inches but we both wore heels in those days as part of our clobber so, we may have looked a bit taller
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Nov/19
🎁🕯️🎂🎈 Happy Birthday Billy! 🎈🎂🕯️🎁
"Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm 64?"
Well, that's what Billy turns today and being in the music business as he is, he'll know the Beatles song, remember it even!
Have a day to remember, Billy! 👍👍
Billy boy said on 14/Nov/19
Peak 5’9” most likely. Skinny dude which probably makes him look taller. 5’11” is ridiculous. More likely 5’8” than 11”.
Leno511 said on 22/Oct/19
FredL said on 20/Sep/19
He has to be shorter then this now given his age and the motor cycle accident.
SnerhagAip777 said on 25/Mar/19
Still laughing at the guy who described Idol as being 6'5 but looking 9 foot tall. That's just ridiculous. I'm crying tears laughing at the impression Idol apparently gave.
HonestSlovene said on 5/Jan/19
Saw him in Ljubljana at a concert in 2015. He gave an impression of average height, 5'9" sounds about right.
IRememberWhenRockWasYoung said on 4/Sep/18
An actual tall person would probably look about 11-12 foot tall to this comedian.
Sandy Cowell said on 2/Sep/18
@ Barry FI - I don't think that the punk girl in my class would have had much of a problem with hallucinating a super-sized version of Billy Idol!
(Re: My comment from 4th Jan 2017.)
I give Idol 5ft9.)
Barry Fl said on 31/Aug/18
Ha ha... when you start hallucinating a 6 and a half foot Billy Idol, it's time to quit the partying...
ReallyShortRussianDude said on 6/Jun/18
I think it's highly probable that the comedian was under the influence of some hallucinatory drug, or he's almost as bad as me when it comes to estimating someone's height. :D
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Strange thing about perception, and how wildly it can vary - the comedian in this newspaper piece recollects an encounter with Billy Idol and states "Bill's about 6'5" but that he looked 9 foot tall! A fair bit of exaggeration involved, to say the least - but odd that someone remembers him as being unusually tall. Certainly not the impression I ever had of him.
That's one heck of a big impression left in his mind!
KH said on 20/Dec/17
Seems about right for peak. But remember Billy was in an awful morotcycle accident in the 90's where they had to put a metal rod in his leg and now is in his 60's. He surely has lost significant height by now.
said on 27/Oct/17
the shoes in this event= Click Here Click Here
Billy had maybe 1 cm more shoes at max imo
said on 27/Oct/17
= in this video at around 3m58s and a little after around 4m05s Billy is a little taller than James Corden imo.He's around 61 years in the video,maybe a little more at his peak?
Sandy Cowell said on 4/Jan/17
There was a girl in my school class who used to bunk off lessons, so that she could hang around in the same bar as Billy Idol! She was 5ft5-6 and reckoned he was quite tall.
'New Wave' music was in its infancy then (78 - 79), and the girl in question wore a punk hairstyle in jet black. When she dyed it 3 different colours and refused to dye it back, she was expelled!
We were all disgruntled because she was a fun and interesting individual!
I think Billy must have been 5ft11 way back in the late 70's, though no way will he be that height now, so I'll lop off 1.5 inches!
Danimal176 said on 3/Mar/16
Yeah, 5'9" seems about right for Billy. Could have lost height though now that he's 60.
Sarah said on 19/Nov/15
He is quite a small guy, not tall at all and he used to be so thin back when he was younger, making him look even more petite. Most of the times he wore shoes with a significant heel, yet still didn't look over 5'8. In some videos he looks about 5'9 but if you look at his boots they were quite a bit raised. He is probably only 168-169 cm without shoes on, and But who cares? He was a very attractive man when he was young.
Andy said on 13/Nov/15
He wears boots a lot, he is most likely 5 foot 7 without shoes.
jimbo said on 6/Sep/15
I saw Billy on the Whiplash smile tour 86 or 87; the video for 'Mony Mony was made at that show. I couldn't have been more than 20' away from him. I'm 5'11"; he looked about 5'7".
George said on 8/Nov/14
Are you sure about it? I thought this guy was tall like 6' judging by various 80s video-clips of him.
Michelle said on 9/Sep/12
Met him in Daytona Beach 1983....maybe it was the boots adding height, but he seemed TALL to me.....like over 6 foot
Anon said on 5/Dec/10
I think he is closer to 5'8, except the dress shoes/boots he wears gives him at least 1.5-2" extra height.
Also, he is slim so it makes him appear taller.
He may have been 5'9 in his prime though.
glass said on 4/Feb/09
I have a pic of he and I together somewhere. If I can find it I'll post it. I'm 5'6", and I'd say 5'9" is about accurate. He was definitely a lot taller than I am. He gave me a huge and my head was buried in his neck. He was... rather drunk. Haha ;}
Fawndog said on 19/Sep/08
I think 5'9 is about right. If you look at the interview he did back in 90 on the Arsenio Hall show, he's not that much shorter than Arsenio who is supposedly 5'11. Billy wasn't wearing high heel boots either. My husband is 5'9 as well and has a similar build. I think the suggested height here is correct.
Crow said on 9/Sep/08
I met Billy Idol in 1977 when I was 5'6" in my heels and he was round about the same height as me. Maybe he carried on growing..?
Ashley said on 29/Jul/08
i don't think he is 5ft 9in i just saw him and i was by the stage he seemed a little shorter than that but he is still good looking thats for sure!!
Daniel said on 4/Apr/08
Punk rockers tend to be short, I guess, no more than 5'9''. It seems to be the case with Billy.
Malina said on 17/Mar/08
I think Billy is atleast 5ft 9. He's not standing up straight in this picture!
martin said on 20/Nov/07
I was at a concert as medic and he was direct in front of me for a short time and i was surprised that he was that small.
Iam about 180cm and he was max. 170 in my oppinion(with big boots)....really cant believe 175!
sweet 16 said on 5/Oct/06
people, see the picture inside the booklet of his cd "charmed life" and you'll say he's about 168cm maximum.
honey said on 30/Jun/06
I always thought this guy was way taller. But then I met him and I was like: WTF, he's the same size as me?! But then, how tall (actually how short) was Steve Stevens, cos he was so much shorter than Billy? Obviously 5'5" or even less
Glenn said on 12/May/06
Why I say,hard to say,is that Ive seen him look near 6ft,in crazy boots.
MD said on 11/May/06
5'9" looks just a little bit too tall, and this is not just judging from his pic with Glenn. I'd say more around 5'8".
Glenn said on 11/May/06
Hard to say.5-8 min.5-9 max.
Becky said on 27/Feb/06
i think i agree with a lot of people that billy idol is 5'9"!
Glenn said on 4/Feb/06
I saw him look 5-11 once! but agree,he is 5-8.5-9.
Lmeister said on 3/Feb/06
I think Billy Idol is bit shorter than 5'9''. He is always wearing boots with high heels like New Rock boots...
Anonymous said on 31/Jan/06
5'9" looks just right taking into account the slight lean.
Glenn said on 31/Jan/06
he always wears big boots.
elio said on 30/Jan/06
Even so, I think 5'9" is a good bet.
Danimal said on 29/Jan/06
It's obvious that Billy is leaning into Glenn in this pic.