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November 6, 2021
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL's first concert at New York's Madison Square Garden in over 20 months was beyond words! After waiting almost 2 years because of the pandemic, and to see BILLY JOEL once again perform at MSG was electrifying. The anticipation was high. But for those of you who couldn't attend this sold-out concert, here is the opening song. (Recorded November 5, 2021) Video: Andrew Harts  
 

                                

The concert was superb. BILLY JOEL's band is tight and they performed flawlessly. And BILLY JOEL, having lost 50lb's, was full of energy that was noticeable. Apparently, at 72 years of age, he's not slowing down! And hats off to BILLY JOEL's keyboardist and musical director, David Rosenthal for the musical arrangement of songs. A well put together show!  

 

         
           My ticket.

                                                                          My seat.                                                           My BILLJOEL plate.

                      
                     Me posing with Jim Kerr from Q104.3 FM       Yea, that Jim Kerr.
                     before the concert.

                         
                                                                           BILLY JOEL's band.

                                   Top left: Mike DelGuidice, Chuck Burgi, Andy Cichon, Tommy Byrnes
                        Bottom left: Carl Fischer, Dave Rosenthal, Billy Joel, Crystal Taliefero, Mark Rivera 
                     
                                                        


October 25, 2021
Billy Joel news.

On Saturday 10/23/21, BILLY JOEL performed in concert at the Formula -1 U.S. Grand Prix on the track's ''Germania Super Stage'' in Austin, Texas (USA) 
 

                                        
                                Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro / for American Statesman

 

BILLY JOEL performed for an hour and 45 minutes of his songs, so widely known, that most everyone sang along. 
And of course down in Texas, ''Line Dancing'' to music is the norm. (Watch Video: Recorded by Micheal Crawshaw on 10/23/21 at the concert)


October 6, 2021
Billy Joel news.

                                        Even in his 70's, Billy is just being himself. (anonymous photographer)

                                               

                                                               Brian                    Alexis                Billy

 


September 13, 2021
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, by playing the Rolling Stone hits 'Brown Sugar' (Video: John Dreves) and Honky Tonk Woman (Video: Eric Bassham) at the Great American Ballpark concert in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday 9/10/2021.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                               
 


August 21, 2021
Billy Joel news.


We are in the midst of a world-wide deadly pandemic. And the newly developed vaccines and the wearing of masks have proven, scientifically, that these options work to slow the spread of this deadly virus. My question is...  Why are people making the decision to mask or not to mask, or vaccinate or not to vaccinate a political statement? It should not be Red state against Blue state, Right-wing against Left-wing. It's a scientifically proven fact that the wearing of masks and the vaccinations work. The people now contracting the virus are the anti-mask, anti-vaccine population. So why shame people that do wear masks and get the vaccine? Their just following the science and proven facts.

Well, I belong to three different BILLY JOEL fan groups shown below, and this is what happened.

1. Billy Joel-Fan Group.
2. Fans of the Piano Man - Billy Joel Fan Club
3. Billy Joel: Completely Retold

After posting the photo below showing the front door to BILLY JOEL's motorcycle shop on these sites. The last site #removed my post because of political controversial feedback being posted about mask wearing. Private establishments do what they feel is best. So why are people politicizing and taken sides over masking and vaccinations during this pandemic? I feel it's just plain sad and shameful. 

                


Not a State mandate for private establishments. But BILLY JOEL follows the science and the proven facts.                                          


August 5, 2021
Billy Joel news.

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the last time BILLY JOEL performed in concert anywhere, was on March 6, 2020 at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, 1&1/2 years ago! Well last night, 8/4/21 BILLY JOEL performed his first concert in 17 months at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts to a 38,000+ SOLD OUT stadium!     

 

                                                                                                      

        

       BILLY JOEL at Fenway Park - August 4, 2021 - The Entertainer (5:15 min) Video: Stephen Johnson 

 

The BILLY JOEL playlist - Fenway Park - August 4, 2021

  1. My Life

  2. Pressure

  3. The Entertainer

  4. Vienna

  5. Zanzibar

  6. The Longest Time

  7. Don't Ask Me Why

  8. The Downeaster Alexa

  9. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

10. And So It Goes

11. Allentown

12. A Room of Our Own *

13. She's Always a Woman

14. Sometimes a Fantasy

15. The River of Dreams

16. Only the Good Die Young

17. Nessun Dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover, sung by Mike DelGuidice)

18. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

Encore:

19. We Didn't Start the Fire

20. Uptown Girl

21. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

22. Big Shot

23. You May Be Right

24. Piano Man

 *Although BILLY JOEL has recorded over 121+ songs, he plays the songs that everyone excepts to hear at one of his concerts. Some without question, such as, My Life, Movin' Out, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant and Piano Man. But at this concert, and to my pleasure, he played an obscure song, A Room of Our Own, from his 'Nylon Curtain' album! The last time I attended a BILLY JOEL concert, at New York's MSG, he performed another song he never plays in concert, Half a Mile Away from his 52nd Street album. I personally wish that he would keep this trend alive at his concerts. There are dozens and dozens of BILLY JOEL songs that true BILLY JOEL fans would love to hear at one of his 'live' concerts from his early albums, but never performs them 'live'. (I wish I could be your musical director for a couple of shows Bill. I have nothing against David Rosenthal, he's superb, but as you know, fresh is sometimes needed) I'm a true blue fan of 50 years from Syosset, N.Y. (Brain Ruggles knows me as Mel, my childhood nickname) And we met, yet again, for the 15x time, in Bayville, N.Y. last year. I'm the one with the BILLJOEL plates! Email me Bill, let's talk.    

 

                                                                     

                                             

      


July 3, 2021
Billy Joel news.

A recent captivating (July 2, 2021) BILLY JOEL interview where he talks about his upcoming concerts, life during the pandemic, how he lucked-out becoming a musician, and much more! A must listen for all serious BILLY JOEL fans. > (14:51) min   

                                  


June 9, 2021
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL bought this estate in Centre Island, N.Y., known as Middlesea, in 2002. Since then he has spent millions on major renovations through the years, accommodating his tastes and needs. The estate once had an indoor swimming pool, but BILLY JOEL had it filled with cement and made it into a music room. And because of his now expanding two more daughter family, he had bedroom extentions added onto the mansion. Also, several years ago, he had a dock built for his boats. And he has since had a heliport built on the grounds to commute, to and fro, by helicopter, to his gigs at MSG in New York City. BILLY JOEL has also had state-of-the-art security systems installed, due to being burglarized last year, and having some of his motorcyles smashed up. And just recently, he got a permit to build horse stables on the property, because BILLY JOEL's current wife, Alexis Roderick, is an accomplished equestrian. Pictured below are photos showing the main entrance to the estate, then and now.

 

                                      
                       The gate entrance to BILLY JOEL's estate, 'Middlesea' in 2002. Photo: ©John Marchut  


                                
                          The entrance to BILLY JOEL's estate as it looks today, 2021. Photo: ©John Marchut

                                                                    


May 18, 2021
Billy Joel news.

Since I live so close to BILLY JOEL's motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay, N.Y., I occasionally go there to see if I can run into him. Well today I did (May 18, 2021) and he was there! He was engaged in a conversation so I didn't want to be rude and interrupt, so I waved and said hi, he acknowledged me and I took a photo and drove away.


                                                      
                                                      Photo: 5/18/2021 ©John Marchut

 


May 9, 2021
Billy Joel news.

                Born William Martin Joel on May 9, 1949 in Bronx, New York to become the world renowned 'Piano Man'.

 

                            HAPP72nd BIRTHDABILL!
 
                                  > But today, May 9th, 2021 is not only BILLY JOEL's Birthday, it's also Mother's Day! <

 

                                                     HAPPMOTHER'DAALEXIS!

                                   > A 'double' celebration today in the Joel household. Happy congratulations to all! <

                                                                 
                    


May 3, 2021
Billy Joel news.

Although there's been some debate, people that grew up in Syosset, Long Island, New York, know that the BILLY JOEL song, 'Scenes From An Italian Restaurant', was inspired by Christiano's Italian restaurant in Syosset, which BILLY JOEL frequent dozens of times, and NOT Fontana di Trevi in New York City as some people claim (BILLY JOEL wrote the song when he was in his twenties living on Long Island, and the song 'lyrics' reminisce about his teenage memories growing up on Long Island. Nothing is mentioned about New York City) BILLY JOEL is a Long Islander! Living in Hicksville, Long Island, N.Y. as a youngster, and before his solo career, he would became a member of a Syosset band named 'The Hassles'. (BILLY JOEL would replace Harry Weber, BILLY JOEL's first wive's brother) Almost all of the members of 'The Hassles' were from Syosset. So this is where BILLY JOEL meet his first wife, Elizabeth Weber from Syosset. Elizabeth's sister Mary Sue, later became BILLY JOEL's hairstylist. And their older brother, Frank Weber, would later became BILLY JOEL's manager. Also, BILLY JOEL's bass player, Doug Stegmeyer was from Syosset, as well as, BILLY JOEL's sound engineer, Brain Ruggles, who is still with BILLY JOEL today, 50 years and counting! How do I know all this? Because I was raised in Syosset, Long Island, N.Y., having moved there in 1960 from Bayside, Queens, as a youngster, and I went to Syosset High School with, and partied with, some of the above mentioned people.    

                                              
                                              Photo: ©John Marchut

Christiano's Italian restaurant in Syosset, N.Y. was the place to be seen back in the late 1960's thru the 1980's, and BILLY JOEL was no exception. And that's where I meet BILLY JOEL for the first time back in 1977. (Anyone remember the dollar bills on the ceiling of Christiano's?) That's another story, and I know the secret. Anyway, there was a 8x10 glass framed photo, autographed by BILLY JOEL to Christiano's, that hung on the wall behind the bar from the 1970's to about 2003, when it was apparently stolen off the wall. Below is the photo that was used. Read facts, stories and see photos on this website about Christiano's Italian restaurant in Photo Album 3. Photos > 10 thru 15.    


                                                                       

 


April 21, 2021
Billy Joel news.

This photo of BILLY JOEL is probably the most iconic photo that you will ever see of BILLY JOEL that pre-dates his first solo album, 'Cold Spring Harbor'. Even if you lived your whole life on Long Island, N.Y. you wouldn't know about Cagneys Pub in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y. unless you lived on the north shore of Long Island in the late 1960's - early 1970's. This bar catered to locals and had saw-dust on the floor (for those who remember). A local dive that served a half and half beer, which was a pint glass of half Guinness stout and half draft, yummy! I was a frequent patronizing drunk back then. Anyway, I personally saw BILLY JOEL at Cagneys Pub twice. Back in the day, he was a frequent drinker like me.

                                                                                     


April 1, 2021
Billy Joel news.

Although posted on April 1, 2021 (April Fool's Day) this is no prank. The 'Glass House' is for sale! Yes, that 'Glass House'. The one that BILLY JOEL and first wife Elizabeth Weber owned from the late 1970's to the early 1980's, and used for BILLY JOEL's 1980 'Glass Houses' album cover. This estate, high on Coppers Bluff in Cove Neck, Long Island, N.Y., was famous long before BILLY JOEL moved in, with ties to the Roosevelts. Put up for sale several years back for $12,000,000 million, it has since been reduced in price and relisted for 'only'...  $8,900,000 million. (Property taxes: $128,000 thousand per year)
Fact: Billy Joel bought this house for $300,000 thousand in the late 1970's. 
 


                                                                                         




                                           



                                                               
                                                            Photo: Taken on 12/20/78 by Dick Kraus / Newsday RM via Getty Images

 

                    
                         Actual real estate listing. Read history and description of estate with 19 interior photos.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


March 28, 2021
Billy Joel news.

                                                            
                                                       Photo: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

                                   Billy Joel was married four times. Who were Billy Joel's four spouses?


March 1, 2021
Billy Joel news.

After BILLY JOEL's departure from 'The Hassles' to start his solo career, he recorded his 'first' album, 'Cold Spring Harbor' in 1971. This album would be the 'first' of many albums BILLY JOEL would record in his career. You could say this album was the foundation, his 'first' attempt, at becoming the super-star he is today. But does anyone remember the 'original' band members that were instrumental in facilitating BILLY JOEL's career? You may remember BILLY JOEL's former band members from the mid 70's and early 80's, who were instrumental in BILLY JOEL selling 150 million albums, and later formed the band, 'The Lords of 52nd Street'. And the band members BILLY JOEL has with him today, have been with him for decades. Although the're all great musicans, none of them (excluding Mark Rivera) were instrumental in BILLY JOEL's early career. But they know the cords and the notes to his songs. But BILLY JOEL's 'original' band members who helped BILLY JOEL launch his solo career are all but forgotten. I only mention this because one of the 'original' band members reached out to me, BILLY JOEL's 'original' bass player, Larry Russell. Larry sent me the photo below, and a audio recording of BILLY JOEL's 'original' band playing, 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' at the Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico in 1972. This photo and recording can be found on the internet. But getting them e-mailed to me from 'original' band member Larry Russell himself, to me, is beyond words.   

 
                       
                          1972 Photo taken by: Rhys Clark (Billy Joel's 'original' drummer)
                          From left to right. Irwin Mazur's wife. Irwin Mazur, manager of 'The Hassles', and the
                          executive producer of the 'Cold Spring Harbor' album. Annie, (Brian Ruggles girlfriend).
                          Elizabeth Weber Small, (Billy Joel's girlfriend). Larry Russell, ('original' bass guitarist).
                          Alan Hertzberg, back towards camera, ('original' lead guitarist). And Billy Joel. 

 

                                                                         'Original' BAND MEMBERS

                              Billy Joel, piano / Larry Russell, bass / Rhys Clark, drums / Alan Hertzberg, guitar.                                                                                                                                    

                                                                      

                                                                                                                              




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