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April 15, 2015
Billy Joel to become a Dad again !

Yes it's true ! BILLY JOEL to become a father again at age 65 ! BILLY JOEL and longtime girlfriend, (they started dating back in 2009) Alexis Roderick, are expecting their first child together ! The baby is due this summer, (it's a girl) ! This will be BILLY JOEL's second child. His first child, 29 year old singer / songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, was conceived with 2nd ex-wife Christie Brinkley. Roderick, who turns 34 next month, (the same month Billy was born, he'll be 66 May 9th) is a former Morgan Stanley vice president and an accomplished equestrian. Congratulations to both !

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March 30, 2015
Billy Joel's 'Pianoman'

The BILLY JOEL song 'PIANOMAN', from his 2nd solo album of the same name, has through the years, become his signature song. In 1985, a new "OFFICIAL" Pianoman music video was made to replace the amateurish "ORIGINAL". Did you ever see the 1973 "ORIGINAL" Pianoman music video ? This was before MTV ! (Billy Joel had the 1973 "ORIGINAL" removed from imagesCAM8MY6R-YouTubelogox50.jpg,  so THIS video is extremely RARE !)


February 28, 2015
Billy Joel gets engaged, AGAIN !

Already having three marriages under his belt, BILLY JOEL must figure that the fourth time is the charm. According to the latest gossip news updates, the Piano Man is engaged yet again. This time to longtime girlfriend, Alexis Roderick.

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February 25, 2015
Record cold winter persauded Billy Joel to...

The record cold winter in the northeast probably had a bearing in BILLY JOEL's decision to purchase another oceanfront mansion, for $22 million, in Manalapan, south of Palm Beach. He already owns a $12 million home here and also bought an empty lot beside it. All three Joel-owned properties are located on S. Ocean Blvd. Maybe he's going to combine all three properties into one enormous complex.
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February 7, 2015
Billy Joel and Sir Elton John unite once again !

You might have heard some rumors about BILLY JOEL touring with Sir Elton John again, well it's true ! Yes, these two "Piano Men" will once again perform together in a number of tour dates this year ! Visit this website soon, mylifebillyjoel.com / blog, for upcoming dates in your area !

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January 10, 2015
Billy Joel reveals why he'll never make another album again !

BILLY JOEL's last album, "River of Dreams" was released 22 years ago, yet he's enjoying a resurgence with his music from the past, at age 65 ! Basically, he quit while on top and has nothing new to say or write to record a really good, new album. Joel says... "Some people think it's because I'm lazy or I'm just being contrary. But no, I think it's just--I've had my say." Joel says when other artists continue to cash in on their name past their prime, the results aren't pretty. ..."I've seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it's, like, maybe you should stop." Another reason Joel declines to put out new music, though, is also the simplest: Joel, at 65, isn't up for the grueling hub-bub that goes into making a new album anymore. Joel says... "I'm not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again...Or taking on another project where there's other people involved--arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers. I don't want to deal with it". And he dosen't have to ! BILLY JOEL is the third best-selling solo artist in the U.S.A. ! (Garth Brooks #1, Elvis Presley #2) achieving 33 Top 40 hits ! He has sold 150 million records worldwide. He is a six-time Grammy Award winner (1978-(2),1979-(2),1980-(1),1990-(1), was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), recieved the Johnny Mercer Award (2001), the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006), the Kennedy Center Honors (2013), and most recently, the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Centennial Award and the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Prize (both in 2014), as well as, other honors and achievements too numerous to mention. BILLY JOEL knows he has nothing left to prove by producing another album. Can you blame him for not wanting to record another album, and with being content with his career up until now ?


December 12, 2014
Billy Joel sells out 20th consecutive show at MSG !

BILLY JOEL has SOLD OUT a record breaking, unprecedented, 20 consecutive shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, and counting !

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November 17, 2014
Billy Joel to be honored TWICE this week !

BILLY JOEL will be honored TWICE this week ! The first honor, to be presented on Monday 11/17/2014, wil be the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers) Centennial Award. The award will be presented at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, New York. The second award, to be presented on Wednesday 11/19/2014, will be the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize in Washington, D.C.


November 6, 2014
BILLY JOEL - The Definitive Biography, ON SALE NOW !

BILLY JOEL - The Definitive Biography, written by Fred Schruers and published by The Crown Publishing Group, ON SALE NOW ! A complimentary copy was mailed to this website by the Publishing Group. Can't wait to read it ! Will post personal reviews later this month.

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October 25, 2014
The latest Billy Joel news !

BILLY JOEL's 2nd ex-wife, Christie Brinkley, thinks it would be great if her daughter with BILLY JOEL, Alexa Ray Joel, sang a duet together. "She has proven herself (she's an  accomplished pianist) and she should say to herself, 'I'm the daughter of a legend... I'm so lucky and I want to sing with my dad while I can," Brinkley told Hampton Sheet's Joan Jedell. "Look at Natalie Cole, she had to sing with a film [of her dad, Nat King Cole]... I  don't want that to happen, I want them to work together. I think it would be logical now for them to be able to do something together".


September 30, 2014
A Billy Joel tribute to Joe Cocker !

BILLY JOEL sings a Joe Cocker Tribute, recorded "Live" @ Madison Square Garden on 9/17/2014. (Original song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1967)


September 20, 2014
New York's Governor and Billy Joel help the environment, again !

In their annual ritual, BILLY JOEL and New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo, attend and pitch in, for the 21st annual Oyster Bay Beach and Harbor Cleanup on Long Island, New York. (September 20, 2014)

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August 23, 2014
Billy Joel's original band reunites !

It's been almost 20 years since BILLY JOEL's original band broke up, after lawsuits, (LIBERTY DeVITTO sued JOEL over royalties in 2009) and (the suicide of bassist DOUG STEGMEYER in 1995), have been together. But, for the first time since then, the band, LIBERTY DeVITTO (drums), RICHIE CANNATA (saxophone) and RUSSELL JAVORS (backing vocalist, guitarist) not pictured, will be on the same stage when they are inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame during a dinner at Long Island's Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York on October 23, 2014. Sadly, BILLY JOEL will not be able to attend, claiming through a spokesperson, that he will be out of the country that night. mmm, ???
 
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August 9, 2014
Billy Joel News !

BILLY JOEL's $20 million mansion in Sagaponack, Long Island, N.Y. finally sells after being on the market for five (5) years ! The buyer, Tom Iovino, whose Judlau Inc. contracting firm has over $1 billion worth of contracts with New York City's MTA, paid $19.9 million for the oceanfront estate previously owned by the late "Jaws" actor Roy Scheider.

BILLY JOEL never sells the front seats at his concerts !
Instead, his people go to the back of the venues he plays in, and treats people in the cheap seats ! This is so BILLY JOEL can see the real fans right in front of him, not just the well off and affluent who can afford these seats ! I wish more performers would do this, don't you ?

Known to his millions of fans as "The Piano Man", his
daugher, Alexa Ray Joel, also knows her dad as... "The Pasta Man" ! She recently posted these photos of her dad cooking a family recipe of spagetti, in his kitchen, on Instagram.

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July 23, 2014
Billy Joel to receive National Honor.

BILLY JOEL has been selected to receive the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize. BILLY JOEL will be just the sixth person to recieve this prestigious honor that recognizes individuals for lifetime achievement in popular music.




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