March 1, 2014
Billy Joel's "Italian Restuarant" closes !
Christiano's, long debated to have been the inspiration to the
BILLY JOEL song "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", has
closed after 56 years in business. Christiano's, a Syosset
staple since 1958, was always a well known restaurant, but
not outside the north shore of Long Island, N.Y. That is, not
until BILLY JOEL gave it a shout-out in 1977 at his concert
in (The Dome) of Long Island's C.W. Post college. When
BILLY JOEL debuted "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant"
at the show, (the FIRST time this song was played in public)
he dedicated the song to "Christiano's", hinting that the
eatery was his inspiration. But in 2012 BILLY JOEL said,
retracting that 1977 statement, that "It was like saying
'Yankees' when you're playing in New York"., and the actual
"Italian Restaurant" is in New York City. But people that
grew up in Syosset, where Christiano's is located, know this
is just not true ! We can only speculate why BILLY JOEL
retracted that 1977 statement, the year "The Stranger"
album was released. Maybe he got into a dispute with the
owner at the time, Jimmy Christiano, and didn't want to
"plug", but "snub" the restaurant, although we'll never really
know the actual truth. The facts are, when BILLY JOEL, as a
teenager, got bullied out of his home town of Hicksville, N.Y.,
(that's why he took up boxing) he started to hang-out in
Syosset, N.Y. and was invited to join a band from Syosset
(most of the band members were from this town) named...
"The Hassles". Also, BILLY JOEL's first wife Elizabeth
Weber, is from Syosset. And, BILLY JOEL was often seen
around the town of Syosset, back in the day, with dozens
of sightings through the years at Christiano's, where a
BILLY JOEL 8x10 autographed framed photo was displayed
for decades behind the bar ! See photos, details and facts
on this website, in (Photo Album 3) about BILLY JOEL'S
February 22, 2014
Billy Joel on-a-roll, adds 12th show at MSG !
BILLY JOEL announces a 12th show at New York's Madison
Square Garden! This announcement will mark a show every
month at MSG in 2014 ! BILLY JOEL pulled off this feat
back in 2006 when he sold out twelve consecutive shows at
MSG, the only performer to do so ! (Bruce Springsteen's
record is 10). BILLY JOEL is also closing in on the performer
with the MOST shows at MSG, Sir Elton John, who as played
MSG 62 times ! With these new dates, BILLY JOEL's total
will stand at 58 sold out shows at MSG ! It's just a matter of
time before he surpasses Elton's total ! The 12th show is
December 18, 2014. New York ♥ BILLY JOEL !
February 15, 2014
Billy Joel adds eleventh show at New York's MSG !
BILLY JOEL adds an eleventh show at New York's Madison
Square Garden ! For tickets to ANY BILLY JOEL concerts in
New York or around the country, go to...www.thegarden.com,
www.ticketmaster.com or www.stubhub.com
February 8, 2014
Billy Joel news !
BILLY JOEL has been adding more concert dates around the
country, as well as, a tenth show at New York's Madison
Square Garden ! Find concert dates and details for shows in
your area on this website ! See Billy Joel Concert Tour Dates.
January 29, 2014
Billy Joel begins his Once-A-Month residency @ MSG.
BILLY JOEL began his Madison Square Garden residency
in New York City Monday night (1/27/14) with an energetic
show that covered a wide swath of music from his five-
decade career. By the end of FOUR encores, audience
members seemed fulfilled raving about the show as they
left. BILLY JOEL announced in December that he would
perform at MSG every month for as long as demand dictates.
His shows at MSG are SOLD OUT until September with
more shows being added later in the year.
December 7, 2013
Billy Joel news !
> Legendary actress Shirley MacLaine, musicians BILLY
JOEL, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and Opera singer
Martina Arroyo will be honored Sunday December 8, 2013
as the recipients of the 36th annual Kennedy Center Honors.
The honors are presented annually by the John F. Kennedy
Center for the Perfroming Arts in recognition of recipients'
lifetime contributions to American culture through the
> Due to overwhelming demand, a ninth BILLY JOEL concert
has been added to New York's Madison Square Garden for
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 ! All shows SOLD OUT !
Shows added every month... forever, as long as demand
continues, which should be for years to come !
New York ♥ BILLY JOEL !
> BILLY JOEL will perform at the iconic Hollywood Bowl,
in Hollywood, CA for the first time ever on Saturday May
17 & 22, 2014 !
> Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated his 56th birthday with
BILLY JOEL in a fundraiser, Tuesday December 3, 2013 at
New York's Roseland Ballroom !
December 3, 2013
Billy Joel to play once-a-month @ Madison Square Garden..forever !
Yes it's true ! BILLY JOEL to play the world's most famous
arena, Madison Square Garden, once-a-month....forever !
BILLY JOEL announces that he'll perform a residency at
Madison Square Garden and play a concert once-a-month,
indefinitely for as many months or years as New Yorker's
and the Tri-state area demands !
November 27, 2013
Billy Joel to make historic announcement !
New York's Madison Square Garden just announced that they
will hold a press conference with BILLY JOEL to make an
"exclusive and historic announcement" ! Neither he nor the
arena have given any indication of what they are prepared
to announce, but the moment will be broadcast "Live"
December 3, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. EST on FUSE and streamed
"Live" at MSG.COM and BILLYJOEL.COM ! Tune-in for
this exciting BILLY JOEL news !
November 20, 2013
Billy Joel playing Madison Square Garden !
BILLY JOEL is coming to Madison Square Garden in New
York City to play in concert, that started out as one show
but now stands at FOUR shows, due to overwhelming
demand ! Concert dates are January 27, 2013, February 3,
2014, March 21, 2014 & April 18, 2014. Tickets are already
on sale for Citicard holders, how unfair if you bank at TD
Bank, Chase, Bank of America, etc. Tickets go on sale to
the general public to all four shows this Saturday November
23, 2013 @ 10:00 A.M. ! Good luck !
November 2, 2013
Billy Joel plays the Barclays Center, New Year's Eve !
BILLY JOEL is booked to play a New Year's Eve concert at
the Barclays Center in Brooklyn ! It will mark his first New
York City concert since he closed down Shea Stadium in
the summer of 2008 ! Tickets go on sale November 9th at
October 20, 2013
Is Billy Joel going on a USA tour next year ?
After BILLY JOEL played a surprise show at the 1,500 seat
Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y., tour
dates are beginning to surface for 2014. No offical
announcement has been made but, a January 7th, 2014
date has been set at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.
This is BILLY JOEL's usual MO for launching a tour.
BILLY JOEL hasn't toured the USA since 2010. After that,
he took time off to recover from double hip replacement
surgery and reappeared last year at the 12.12.12 benefit
for victims of Superstorm Sandy. And earlier this year, he
played at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and the Soundwave
Festival in Australia. And this October / November, he heads
to England and Ireland for a four-show tour. Sounds like he's
gearing up for a major USAtour for 2014 ! Stay tuned to this
blog for more information.
(See Billy Joel concert tour dates on this website)
October 15, 2013
Billy Joel plays surprise concert !
In a publicly unannounced event, BILLY JOEL plays one
show at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island,
N.Y. tomorrow (10/16/13) night ! Tickets went on sale today
at noon through Ticketmaster at the 1,500 seat theater and
SOLD OUT in ten minutes !
September 30, 2013
Billy Joel News.
Thousands of volunteers, including N.Y. Governor Andrew
Cuomo, BILLY JOEL, Nassau County Executive Edward
Mangano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto,
attended the 20th annual Oyster Bay Cleanup event on
September 21, 2013 at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
Park in Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y.
Christiano's Italian Restaurant, often cited as the inspiration
for BILLY JOEL's "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant",
had been slated for closing after being bought by the Singh
Hospitality Group earlier this year. But that has been put off
until sometime next year, while the company is focusing on
other projects for the present. This means that the Christiano's
crew, menu and BILLY JOEL memorabilia collection will
remain as is, at least for now. Photos, (exterior / interior) of
"Christiano's" can be seen on this website, (Photo Album 3.)
September 21, 2013
Billy Joel among 2013 Kennedy Center honorees.
Pop hitmaker BILLY JOEL, latin rock guitar hero Carlos
Santana, jazz keyboardist and composer Herbie Hancock,
actress Shirley MacLaine and opera singer Martina Arroyo
have been named the 2013 recipients of the 36th annual
Kennedy Center Honors recognizing artistic achievement.
The awards will be presented December 7th in Washington,
D.C. at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of
State John Kerry and on December 8, 2013 the honorees
will be saluted by other musicians in a gala concert to be
attended by President Obama and First Lady Michelle.
September 11, 2013
Billy Joel at 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in New York City !
BILLY JOEL was in the spotlight at the 9/11 memorial
ceremony in New York City, today 9/11/13, after he was
asked to lead a motorcycle parade to the Ground Zero site.
Now we know Billy meet with the N.Y. State Governor,
(See August 5, 2013 blog) The Piano Man rode alongside
N.Y. State's Governor Andrew Cuomo, reality TV star Paul
Teutul, Jr, and firefighers and first responders with the
FDNY Motorcycle Club from the FDNY Rescue 1 head-
quarters to the World Trade Site Center for the 12th
anniversary commemorations of the 9/11 attacks. BILLY
JOEL admits he felt honoured to be part of the annual
ceremony at the site, telling the New York Daily News,
"They invited me to be in the motorcycle ride. It's an
honour. I was at ground zero a few days after 9/11 and it
was the worst thing I ever saw in my life. To be asked to
do this is very moving"
(AP Photo / Graig Ruttle)
BILLY JOEL / Paul Teutul Jr, at One World Trade Center