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May 13, 2019
Billy Joel's Birthday concert at MSG. Stories, photos, videos!

                    

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BILLY JOEL's Birthdaconcert was a once-in-a-lifetime event! He turned 70! The special guests! His choice of songs! The gifts! And the congratulations, shown via video, from other famous musicians! First was the gift from friends, band members and crew, of a gold rolex watch that Billy wore and kept showing to the audience. (I think he liked it!) Then midway thru the concert, he received a 'Talk Box' from famous British guitarist (Peter Frampton), who joined Billy for three songs, and shown here on 'Live' video! And throughout the concert, came Birthday wishes, via satellite video, from singers Pink, (AC/DC's) Brian Johnson(Country singer) Garth Brooks, (The Eagles) Don Henley,
and Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles). And BILLY JOEL's eldest daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, joined her father on stage and sang 'New York State of Mind' and then 'Happy Birthday'!  What a show! 

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             Peter Frampton                                Now and then...                                       Billy Joel

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                               Peter Frampton joins Billy Joel on stage to sing 'Show Me the Way'
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                                     Peter Frampton performs the song 'Baby, I Love Your Way'


                            
 Alexa Ray Joel sings 'New York State of Mind' then 'Happy Birthday'

                                        Peter Frampton joins Billy Joel in, 'You May be Right' 
   

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                                Backstage after Birthdaconcert. Photo: gettyimages / Myrna M. Suarez.
                                Wife Alexis Roderick, daughters Remy Anne, Billy and Della Rose.   
 

BILLY JOEL's wife, Alexis Roderick, who's birthday was days earlier, celebrated both their birthday's backstage after Billy's concert. There was a double cake celebration! One cake was presented to Billy and the other one to her. We heard that everyone present were hysterical, watching Della Rose and Remy Anne trying to blow out all the candles on both Birthday cakes!                                     


May 9, 2019
Today is Billy Joel's Birthday!

                       HAPP70tBIRTHDAY BILL!                               

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BILLY JOEL was born on May 9, 1949 in Bronx, New York, and raised in Hicksville, Long Island, New York. Tonight, BILLY JOEL is going to celebrate his 70th Birthday by performing at his SOLD OUT Birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City! Special guests are sure to help Billy celebrate this Birthdamilestone! And I'll be in the 'House' to sing HappBirthday to BILLY JOEL, along with 20,000 other lucky fans! Check back later this week for pictures and videos of this 'once-in-a-lifetime' concert!  

 

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May 2, 2019
Is Billy Joel going to retire?

BILLY JOEL has received every award a musician could possibly earn in the music business. He has sold over 150 million albums worldwide, is the fourth best selling american musician of all time, has become an international rock star, a household name and is worth hundreds of millions of $$$! Not bad for a guy from Hicksville, Long Island, New York! And next week, BILLY JOEL turns 70 years old! So what's left for him to achieve? Well, I met BILLY JOEL 42 years ago (1977) when we were both in our 20's, and here we are, still alive! (Ha, ha, who knew!) We have both come of age, but I'm not retiring, though BILLY JOEL has been talking about retiring for the past 10 years! Here's what he had to say last week about retiring, in a April, 2019 Long Island, N.Y. Newsday interview.

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April 27, 2019
Billy Joel News.

BILLY JOEL played to a sold-out capacity crowd (41,900) at Miller Park Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 26, 2019. BILLY JOEL's last Milwaukee concert was 11 years ago, and this was his only Midwest show for the year, 2019!

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April 15, 2019
One of the best piano players in the world, joins Billy Joel in concert!

Probably the top piano player in the world, Lang Lang, joins BILLY JOEL in concert, at Billy's Madison Square Garden residency in New York City on April 12, 2019! An amazing performance by Lang Lang, considering he's not familiar with this instrumental musical composition, 'Root Beer Rag. He plays it by reading the musical notes! At the end of the song, BILLY JOEL grabs Lang Lang's music sheet and ....

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                                                                                             See Lang Lang in concert - Live in Vienna                                                                                                                                         


March 16, 2019
An interesting New Book about Billy Joel - by Jon Brett

On Sale Now! A new BILLY JOEL book spotlights musicians and fan's relationship with the 'Piano Man!' Fans are set to get a deep look into BILLY JOEL with the book, Billy Joel: Tales Of An Innocent Fan, by author Jon Brett. This book brings together a unique collection of sit-down interviews with past and present band members, exclusive photos, and stories from people whose lives have been influenced or inspired by singer / songwriter BILLY JOEL. A must read for all BILLY JOEL fans! ''If you love Billy Joel, you'll love this book'', ''If you hate Billy Joel, you'll love this book!''  Five ***** Reviews!

 

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March 13, 2019
Billy Joel news.

> BILLY JOEL played to a sold-out capacity crowd (48,519) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona on March 9, 2019. 

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> BILLY JOEL's publishing agreement with Rondor Music and Universal Music Publishing GroupWorldwide (UMPG), that he signed in 2012, has expired. He has signed a new multi-million $$$ deal with Epic Rights and Dreamer Media who obtain the rights to all BILLY JOEL tours, retail, licensing and e-commerce.

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February 11, 2019
Grammy Awards, 2019.

The 61st GRAMMY Awards were broadcast 'live' February 10, 2019 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California after being held last year at New York's Madison Square Garden. In this era, the GRAMMY's are dominated by Rap / Hip-hop. But back in the day when Rock n' Roll was dominate, BILLY JOEL, through the years, was nominated 23 times for a GRAMMY Award and won 6 of them!   


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Won GRAMMY Award in 1979 for Record of the Year, 'The Stranger'
Won GRAMMY Award in 1979 for Song of the Year, 'Just The Way You Are'
Won GRAMMY Award in 1980 for Album of the Year, '52nd Street'
Won GRAMMY Award in 1980 for Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male (52nd Street)
Won GRAMMY Award in 1981 for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Male (Glass Houses)
Won GRAMMY Legend Award in 1992.
                                                                          


February 3, 2019
Billy Joel gives away front row tickets to his true fans?

 

 

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Absolutely no one can obtain tickets to the first two rows of a BILLY JOEL concert! Apparently, it enraged Billy to know that his fans were being kept from enjoying his shows at a price he thought was fair, because scalpers and scammers were putting these choice seats out of price range for most people. ''I'd look down and see rich people sitting there, I call 'em 'gold chainers'. Sitting there puffing on a cigar, 'entertain me, piano man'. They don't stand up, make noise, they just sit there with their bouffant haired girlfriend lookin' like a big shot. I kinda got sick of that''. So, Joel decided to do something about it. ''We now hold those tickets, and I send my road crew to the back of the concert venues and they get people from the worst seats, way in the back, and bring 'em to the front rows''. These true fans, ''Make the most noise, they're the most enthusiastic'', he says. BILLY JOEL believes it's given his shows a new sort of energy.   
                                                                                                                    


January 3, 2019
Billy Joel's 2018 New Year's Eve Concert.

BILLY JOEL plays New Year's Eve midnight concert (2018) at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, N.Y., the first in 25 years! Read the story, see the Setlist!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

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December 21, 2018
Billy Joel news.

Two of BILLY JOEL's daughters, Alexa Ray (32) and Della Rose (3), join him on stage at his most recent New York monthly, Madison Square Garden concert on December 19, 2018. Alexa Ray duets with her father and sings, 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'. Then later, Della Rose joins her father on stage and sings BILLY JOEL's 'Don't Ask Me Why'. ( A must see video! Watch what Della Rose does at the end! )  

  

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November 19, 2018
Billy Joel at Long Island Music Hall of Fame induction.

Photos, reviews and back stories of inductees with BILLY JOEL inducting Tommy Byrnes and Elliott Murphy at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on November 8, 2018.

 

 
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November 3, 2018
Billy Joel News.

> BILLY JOEL is set to help honor this year's Long Island Music Hall of Fame class. BILLY JOEL will help induct the 2018 class during a red-carpet gala and ceremony on November 8, 2018 at nightclub 'The Space' in Westbury, Long Island, N.Y. JOEL will induct his longtime lead guitarist Tommy Byrnes and singer-songwriter Elliott Murphy. Other inductors and inductees include, Public Enemy's Chuck D and DJ Chuck Chillout to induct rappers EPMD, Ron Alexenburg, the man who signed Michael Jackson, to induct singer-songwriter Melanie, Live Nation promoter Christian McKnight to induct rockers Taking Back Sunday, and Jackie 'The Jokeman' Martling will induct Rich Branciforte, founder of Good Times magazine. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame was founded in 2005 to pay tribute to only the musicians  of Long Island and the New York area for their contributions to the music industry.



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> How's this for a hunch. Last week at New York's Belmont Park race track, a horse named Flly Joel was entered in the 4th race, and won! The filly paid telephone numbers! (That's racetrack talk when a horse pays 4 digits to win, such as, 2920) I could have made ($$$) a bundle!

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October 14, 2018
The real 'Captain Jack'?

Mystery question answered? Most BILLY JOEL fans know the song 'Captain Jack' from his 2nd (1973) solo album, 'Piano Man'. But who or what was BILLY JOEL referring to? Jack Daniels whiskey? Heroin? Neither, BILLY JOEL was referring to a drug dealer he observed while living at the 'Top of the Harbour' apartments in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y. in the late 1960's, and 'mighthave been singing about former drug dealer Jack Scala, 'who claims' to be the 'Captain Jack' BILLY JOEL is singing about in the song. But there's one problem. This Jack was living in West Babylon, Long Island, N.Y. at the time. Mmmm?


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September 8, 2018
Billy Joel News!

They were married for nine years, but in 1982 when BILLY JOEL and 1st ex- wife, (Elizabeth Weber Small) filed for divorce, Joel, blinded by love, hoped to reconcile and agreed to buy her anything she wanted, including this townhouse located at 49 E 67th street on New York's Upper East side in Manhattan, for $4 million dollars! Well, it was all in vain, and Elizabeth lived there until 1997, the year she sold it. The  current owners have this townhouse on the market for $20 million dollars! Read this interesting BILLY JOEL story! Then read the story, within the story, in RED!

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