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April 11, 2014
The Ballad of Billy "The Kid" !

BILLY JOEL got to watch a BILLY JOEL concert the other
day ! The Piano Man himself was a surprise guest in the
audience at Glen Cove's Deasy Elementary School spring
concert, "The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute". In the
show, students (kindergartners through second-graders)
performed 15 songs from various phases of Joel's career.
BILLY JOEL drove to the Elementary School, via motorcycle,
from his Centre Island mansion, which is only fifteen minutes
away. "We invited BILLY JOEL on a lark, but didn't expect him
to come. It was totally thrilling", said Nomi Rosen, Deasy's
principal. "We were all beside ourselves". After hearing the
children sing, Joel was besieged with photo and autograph
requests from the adults in the audience, who were there to
hear their children sing, prompting him to exit early. However,
the memory was already made. To a Long Islander, it was a
dream come true !


March 22, 2014
Billy Joel, 'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon form 2-man Doo-Wop Group !

BILLY JOEL makes an appearence, Thursday 3/24/14, on
'The Tonight Show' with host Jimmy Fallon and agrees to
do a duet with Fallon, using a looping iPad app, to record
all four harmonies from 'The Tokens' classic, 'The Lion
Sleeps Tonight' ! Watch BILLY JOEL and Jimmy Fallon
form a 2-man Doo-Wop Group on this "live" imagesCAM8MY6R-YouTubelogox50.jpg video !
Almost (8) eight million hits on this  imagesCAM8MY6R-YouTubelogox50.jpg
video !


March 15, 2014
Billy Joel to donate proceeds from Birthday concert !

BILLY JOEL will donate proceeds from his Birthday concert
on May 9th, at Madison
Square Garden in New York City, to
the North Shore Animal League, the world's largest no-kill
animal rescue and adoption
organization. BILLY JOEL's
donation will help the organization expand on their current
headquaters and provide additional space for the care of
various animals. Last year, Americans donated $316
BILLION
dollars to tens of thousands of charities of their
choice ! WOW, Nice, Go U.S.A. ! As BILLY JOEL's MSG
residency dates grow, he continues to add various U.S.
dates in between. Even though BILLY JOEL is turning 65,
it doesn't look like he's retiring any time soon !


March 1, 2014
Billy Joel's "Italian Restaurant" 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 oddly 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. What ?
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. Instead of "plug", he
"snubed" the restaurant for whatever reason. BILLY JOEL is
the only one to know the real truth. The facts are this, from
1971 to 1976 BILLY JOEL was playing at the "Piano Bar" in
Los Angeles, California, fleeing New York during a contract
dispute, so he wasn't in New York during that time. Before
that, in the late 1960's, as a teenager, BILLY JOELwas bullied
out of his hometown of Hicksville, N.Y., ( that's why he took
up boxing ) and started to hang-out in Syosset, N.Y. ( just
northeast of Hicksville ) and was invited to join a band from
Syosset in the late 1960's ( 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 on
display, behind the bar, for decades ! See the photos, details
and facts on this website, in ( Photo Album 3 ) about BILLY
JOEL'S "Itailan Restaurant" !


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 has 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 at MSG 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 ful
filled 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
   performing arts.

> 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
10 A.M.


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 !




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