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May 9, 2016
Today is Billy Joel's Birthday!

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Today is BILLY JOEL's Birthday! Born on May 9, 1949, BILLY JOEL turns 67 years old today! HAPPBIRTHDAY to you BILLY!

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May 4, 2016
BILLY JOEL's tribute to PRINCE!

View video's on Youtube.com, of BILLY JOEL's tribute to Prince! Video's recorded on April 30, 2016 @ the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas!


April 23, 2016
Billy Joel news !

BILLY JOEL sells Florida mansion for $27 million! With 300 feet of water frontage, the nine-bedroom, nine-bathroom Atlantic to-Intracoastal mansion is located at 1920 South Ocean Boulevard. BILLY JOEL also has two adjacent lots for sale. The vacant lot next door to this mansion, also has 300 feet of water frontage, with the other lot having a residence of seven bedrooms and seven full bathrooms. This second estate also has a separate two-bedroom guesthouse that is complete with a cabana bathroom. If interested, both vacant lot and adjoining seven-bedroom mansion is yours for a combined $29 million!

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April 7, 2016
Billy Joel news !

BILLY JOEL was onced asked how he writes songs, and where does he get his ideas from. In his answer about his songwriting process, Billy said that he usually begins a song by writing the music first. 

 

BILLY JOEL's 'Piano man' has been added to the Library of Congress' National Registry. Every year 25 songs are added to the Registry that represent historical landmarks in American popular music. This year's selections all represent, cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society and the nation's aural legacy. 


March 12, 2016
Billy Joel news !

> BILLY JOEL's Best Quotes:


On Music: "I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music."


On Fun: "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints-
the sinners are much more fun."

On Talent: "I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary."

On Mistakes: "You're not the only one who's made mistakes, but they're the only things that you can truly call your own."

On Art: "Artists - musicians, painters, writers, poets - always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life."

On Alcohol: "I keep telling people: Don't make me the poster boy for AA because I don't know a lot about sobriety, but I do know a lot about drinking."


On Being Human: "As human beings, we need to know that we are not alone, that we are not crazy or completely out of our minds, that there are other people out there who feel as we do, live as we do, love as we do, who are like us."


On Sex: "There's nothing better than good sex. But bad sex? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich is better than bad sex."


 

> A 5.3-acre parcel of land in East Marion (on New York, Long Island's east north fork) that was part of a 90 acre piece of property that was onced owned by BILLY JOEL, is on the market for $3.9 million. JOEL sold the 90 acres, which he purchased in 1985, without developing the property, which was approved for a 54-lot subdivision.

 


February 13, 2016
Billy Joel news !

> BILLY JOEL adds 34th consecutive record-breaking concert at Madison Square Garden, October 28, 2016 in New York City !

 

> BILLY JOEL scheduled an appearance at LIU Post's Tilles Center in Brookville, Long Island, New York on February 8, 2016 for "An Afternoon of Questions & Answers...And a Little Music". He took questions from the crowd, played some ditties, but his main focus was to raise awareness for the Long Island High School for the Arts, which is in danger of closing because of dwindling enrollment and tuition revenue. BILLY JOEL has previously pledged $ 1 million dollars to help support the school.

 


January 16, 2016
Billy Joel news !

> BILLY JOEL is back in a limited-run engagement, on SiriusXM satellite radio, channel 18. The BILLY JOEL Channel features music from Joel's career, guest DJ's and weekly shows hosted by Joel himself.

 

> Long Island native BILLY JOEL's foundation is going to donate $1 million dollars to the Long Island School for the Arts in Syosset. (I graduated from Syosset High School in 1972) The school has seen a drop in enrollment and faced the possibility of closing. Joel plans to meet with students in hopes of encouraging more kids to attend the high school. 

 

> BILLY JOEL, who has a Captain's License, sometimes commutes from his mansion on Long Island to New York City, via the Long Island Sound to the East River and into Manhattan,
on his 57-foot boat named Vendetta.

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December 31, 2015
Billy Joel news !

BILLY JOEL rang in the new year, in concert, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, with special guests and a great performance of some of his greatest hits ! Opening for JOEL was singer-songwriter Gavin Degraw, singing his hits, "Chariot" and "I Don't Want To Be", among others. Comedian Kevin James showed up, goofing around on the piano, nailing the first few opening bars of "Miami 2017", before declaring that the piano was out of tune. And in the final minutes before the clock struck midnight, two other special guests jumped on stage, Late night host Jimmy Kimmel and Radio shock jock Howard Stern ! As for the random appearance by both, Stern said jokingly, that the tickets were free, and that "It's too f_ _ _ ing cold in New York." But the show was far from over, BILL JOEL played until after 1 AM !


November 7, 2015
Billy Joel sees daughter in concert !

Billy Joel's daughter, singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, played all week at the Carlyle Hotel's sophisticated upscale piano bar, Cafe Carlyle, at the famous Bemelmans Bar, located in New York City, New York (35 E 76th St). Alexa got a special guest to appear to watch her perform, her father, BILLY JOEL !

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October 10, 2015
Billy Joel lastest News.

>BILLY JOEL's oldest daughter, 29 year old singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel, sang the National Anthem at the N.Y. Islander's hockey teams opening game (Friday night,10/9/15) at their new home, the Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York. Her father, BILLY JOEL, closed the Islander's former home, the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, N.Y., with a three hour sold out concert in August. (See photos, scrool August, 2015 Archives)

On New Years Eve, (12/31/15) BILLY JOEL plays at the BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida. He played the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida last New Years eve. Seems BILLY JOEL likes to spend his New York winter's in Florida.

 

>BILLY JOEL sat down this week with New Yorker Magazine's Nick Paumgarten, who wrote a profile on the musician last year, and talked about various topics. Below are BILLY JOEL's musing answers to some of those questions.

 

On Social Media: "I don't Twitter. I don't Facebook. Sometime I look up a little porn -- you know, just to see what's going on".

 

On Rock vs. Classical: "Classical music was the girl next door. Rock and Roll is a girl with smeared lipstick and ripped stockings. I had an affair with her for some time, but I ended up wanting to go back to the girl next door".

 

On "Piano Man": "I was living in Los Angeles and working at a piano bar. I needed the money. I thought, I can't believe I'm doing this... but maybe I'll get a song out of it. And I did".

 

On why he quit writing pop music: (paraphrasing) I broke up with me.

 

AND, if you listen to his songs during "Live" concerts, you'll somAetimes hear BILLY JOEL sing alternate lyrics to his songs, such as..

 

> "The Entertainer": "After a while in a million miles, it all becomes the same", instead of, "After a while in a thousand miles, it all becomes the same".

 

> "She's Always A Women": "She can ruin your face with her powerful thighs", instead of, "She can ruin your faith with her casual lies".

 

> "Honesty": "Sodomy is hardly ever heard, and mostly what I need from you", instead of, "Honesty is hardly ever heard, and mostly what I need from you".


October 1, 2015
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo named Godfather of Billy Joel's second child.

As reported by The New York Post's Page Six on Tuesday 9/29/15, BILLY JOEL and fourth wife, Alexis Roderick Joel, along with Billy's first child, Alexa Ray Joel, dined with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and about 20 guests at the Greek restaurant Kyma in Roslyn, Long Island, New York. Together they celebrated the Christening of BILLY JOEL and wife Alexis newborn daughter, Della Rose. BILLY JOEL chose the New York Governor, his close friend, the Godfather of his baby daughter.   
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September 12, 2015
Billy Joel commemorates 14th Anniversary of 9/11 in New York with...

BILLY JOEL commemorates 14th Anniversary of 9/11 in New York City with Vice President Joe Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Together on this day, they held reverence at the morning ceremony at the 9/11 memorial honoring and remembering the victims, spent time with some of the victim's families and visited Fire Rescue Co. #1, who lost half their members, as first responders, on that tragic day. Photos from 9/11/2015.

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BILLY JOEL and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo lead a group of 300 riders participating in the 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride in lower Manhattan on Sept 11, 2015. Photo: Jeremy Bales.

 

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BILLY JOEL and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 

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BILLY JOEL, N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony.

 

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BILLY JOEL, N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden with victim's families.

 

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Police Officers posing with N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Vice President Joe Biden and BILLY JOEL in front of the USS Intrepid on New York's west side pier's.

 

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BILLY JOEL, Vice President Joe Biden and N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo taking shop.

 

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Rescue Co. #1 posing with Vice President Joe Biden, N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo and BILLY JOEL.


August 22, 2015
Billy Joel signing autograph's for his fans !

BILLY JOEL on his way to rehearsal Thursday afternoon, August 20, 2015, (He performs tonight) for his once a month Madison Square Garden gig in New York City. He is stopped in traffic, with fans noticing him, and signs autograph's from the back of his chauffeured SUV.

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August 12, 2015
Billy Joel's wife gives birth to healthy baby girl !

BILLY JOEL's fourth wife, Alexis Roderick, gave birth to their first child today, a baby girl ! This is Alexis Roderick's first child and BILLY JOEL's second. (His first daughter, Alexa Ray, 29, was conceived from his second marriage to Christie Brinkley) The healthy baby girl, named Della Rose, was born on August 12, 2015 at 2:40 a.m. (EST) and weighed in at 7 lbs, 6.5 oz. Shown below is the first released photo of newborn Della Rose, and notice, she has more hair than her Dad ! Lol !

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August 6, 2015
Photos, video's of BILLY JOEL's final Long Island concert !

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Billy Joel at Long Island, N.Y. Nassau Coliseum's last show, August 4, 2015.

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Billy Joel at Nassau Coliseum, August 4, 2015.

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Billy Joel with special musical guest, Paul Simon, at Nassau Coliseum. (August 4, 2015)

                                  




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