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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 Hip-hop / Rap, 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!   



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?








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!


                                  Photo: Daniel Goodrich 

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! )    



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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               Billy Joel                                                     Tommy Byrnes and Billy Joel                     Elliott Murphy and Billy Joel
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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.


> 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!


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
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?

                                                                  imagesCAEKS0LL-music_symbol_pink_58_x_54.jpg Captain Jack will get you high tonight
                                                                              And take you to your special island,
                                                                              Captain Jack will get you by tonight
                                                                              Just a push and you'll be smilin'

                                                                             Jack Scala - aka 'Captain Jack' (2018)
                                                                             Photo: Jon Brett

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 in 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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September 1, 2018
Billy Joel's special guest at recent MSG concert!

In what has become a special treat at BILLY JOEL concerts, beside the Joel songs, are the surprise musical guests! I should post them all,
but now there are so many, I have to pick and choose my favorites. Here is a video by 'angela450nyc', at BILLY JOEL's most recent concert 
at New York's Madison Square Garden, held on August 23, 2018, when Bryan Adams shows up and performs 'Summer of '69''!

August 3, 2018
A Billy Joel look-alike?

A friend of mine, Bruce Nadleman was visiting his sister in Los Angeles, actually Santa Monica, California. And while at the beach, some
Japanese tourists asked for a selfie and his autograph, thinking he was BILLY JOEL! What do you think? A BILLY JOEL look-alike? Any other
BILLY JOEL look-alikes out there? Download photos to  Will post!

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July 19, 2018
Billy Joel's 100th MSG concert.

BILLY JOEL performed his 100th career concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on July 18, 2018. I attended this milestone event,
and here are some photos and a video snippet that I took of the show, as well as, other photographers.

    BILLY JOEL arrives by limo at New York's Madison Square Garden, for his record-breaking 100th concert. 
                                                                                        Photo: Alexis (Roderick) Joel

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MSG-CEO James Dolan, Alexis, Billy,     Photo: Corey Sipkin                                 Photo: Bruce Gilbert
             N.Y. Gov Andrew Cuomo
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               Video: (1:17min) The raising of the banner to commemorate Billy Joel's 100th concert at Madison Square Garden.



July 15, 2018
After a 3-gig European tour, Billy Joel is...

After a 3-gig European tour, (Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, U.K. on June 16, 2018. Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, on June 23, 2018
and Volkspark Stadium, Hamburg, Germany on June 30, 2018) BILLY JOEL is back in the States and preparing for his record-breaking 100th 
lifetime concert at New York's Madison Square Garden! This concert is to be held on July 18, 2018 @ 8 P.M. (And I'm going to the show!
Yes, I have tickets to this SOLD OUT concert, 17th row, section 109, right next to the stage!) Special guests are sure to show up to help 
Billy celebrate this milestone achivement, which will likely never be duplicated! And, BILLY JOEL is still in strong demand in New York and
will probably keep selling sold-out shows to his monthly MSG concerts for a couple of years to come!
Visit later this
week for posted stories, photos and videos of this concert!


June 3, 2018
A special guest shows up at Billy Joel's sold out concert on June 2, 2018 in New York City!

In their first debut together, singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel joins her father BILLY JOEL, and sings 'Baby Grand' in a duet at BILLY JOEL's
(SOLD OUT) Madison Square Garden concert in New York City on June 2, 2018.

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                                                Gettyimages: Myrna M. Suarez

May 9, 2018
Today is Billy Joel's birthday!

Today is BILLY JOEL's birthday! Born on May 9, 1949 in Bronx, New York, the singer-songwriter is 69 years old today!


                                                                     HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILLY!


April 22, 2018
Billy Joel News.

> For Sale: One of BILLY JOEL's many real estate property's! This one is located in Manalapan, Florida at 1110 S. Ocean Blvd. < See more photos of property and if you have $31.9 million dollars, it's yours!



> Christie Brinkley, BILLY JOEL'S 2nd wife, reveals their daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, who announced her engagement on January 1, 2018, hasn't
started wedding planning yet: 'We gotta get serious!'. Read  interview.