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 and the suicide of (bassist)
DOUG STEGMEYER. (See Trivia Questions / Answers
on this website). For the first time since then, the band,
including LIBERTY DeVITTO (drums) and RICHIE
CANNATA (saxophone), 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.
L. DeVitto, D. Stegmeyer, B. Joel, R. Cannata
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
BILLY JOEL never sells the front row 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.
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
July 15, 2014
Billy Joel's mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel, dies at age 92.
BILLY JOEL's mother dies of natural causes on Sunday
Then and now.
June 28, 2014
Billy Joel to the rescue !
BILLY JOEL became a good samaritan on Monday (6/23/14)
in the village of East Hampton, Long Island, New York.
While cruising on one of his many motorcycle's, he saw a
woman fall in the crosswalk and came to her aid. BILLY
JOEL lent a hand to the EMT's and carried the woman's
belongings to the side of the road. He then stayed and
chatted with the unidentified woman while she was being
treated. See photo below.
Photo: Matt Agudo / INFphoto
June 21, 2014
Billy Joel selling house at reduced price, $19,995,000. !
BILLY JOEL is relisting and reducing price on beach house
he bought for then third ex-wife Katie Lee, and is on the
market again. As part of their divorce settlement Katie Lee
received, not this, but the townhouse they shared in the
West Village section of New York City, in which she promptly
sold for $12,000,000. This house, located in Sagaponack,
Long Island, N.Y. sits on the beach facing the Atlantic ocean,
and is no longer wanted or needed by BILLY JOEL. Bought in
2007, BILLY JOEL listed the house, after the divorce, for
$25,000,000. The price has been reduced twice and is now
listed again for $19,995,000. Interested ? View photos of
interior / exterior of house.
May 24, 2014
Billy Joel's "Original" Pianoman video !
The BILLY JOEL song 'Pianoman', from his 2nd solo album,
has through the years, become his 'Signature Song'.
In 1985, the "Official" Pianoman music video was made,
replacing the "Original" Pianoman music video. You might
remember the 1985 version, but do you remember, or have
ever seen the 1973 "Original" Pianoman video ?
This was before MTV !
May 17, 2014
Billy Joel at the"Hollywood Bowl" !
Tonight, BILLY JOEL plays the first of three shows at the
famous "Hollywood Bowl" in Hollywood, California for the
FIRST time, ever ! Considering BILLY JOEL's five-decade
career, I find this hard to believe, but it's true ! The shows
are tonight, May 17, May 22 and May 27, 2014 !
May 11, 2014
Photos of Billy Joel's Birthday Concert !
At the last moment, I secured a ticket to BILLY JOEL's SOLD OUT Birthday
concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on 5/09/2014 ! Ticket stub,
personal photos and video (snippet) of "Pianoman" uploaded soon ! Below,
is a backstage photo taken at BILLY JOEL's Birthday concert. From left to
right are... Jimmy Fallon, Judd Apatow, Trudie Styler (Sting's wife), BILLY
JOEL, Sting, Howard Stern, Beth Stern, and Paul Rudd.
New York ♥ BILLY JOEL !
Photo: Kevin Mazur
Photos: John Marchut
May 9, 2014
Today, May 9th, is Billy Joel's Birthday !
Today is BILLY JOEL's Birthday ! BILLY JOEL will celebrate his 65th
Birthday tonight, in concert, at New York's Madison Square Garden !
BILLY JOEL will donate ALL proceeds from this May 9th Birthday concert,
to the North Shore Animal League, the world's largest animal rescue and
adoption organization. Not only will this concert be special, because of
the two above mentioned facts, but I heard that some "Special guests"
might show up to this SOLD OUT concert, to celebrate BILLY JOEL's
Birthday with him !
April 30, 2014
Nine (9) facts you didn't know about Billy Joel, from Billy Joel !
In a recent interview with Howard Stern, BILLY JOEL opens up and reveals
some little known facts about himself. For three hours, Stern presided over
a lively interview with the media-shy Joel, punctuated with performances
by some admirers - Pink, Melissa Etheridge and Tony Bennett, to name a
few - and questions from celebrity fans Matt Lauer and Rachael Ray.
During their chat, Joel revealed the stories behind some of his best known
songs, joked about the different paths his career could have taken, and let
it be known that he has absolutely no plans of making another album.
Revealed... in BILLY JOEL's own words !
#1 - He went to Woodstock:
"I was 20, I wanted to see Hendrix, but I only stayed for about a day
and a half. I think you had to do acid (LSD) to stay there for three days".
#2 - He tried heroin:
"This was back in the late Seventies, I think. We were in Amsterdam,
and there was all this stuff going on, so I said "Let me see what this is
like," he told Stern. "It got me so high I didn't know how to deal with it".
You just get way out, just go to another place. You start drooling, and
you get sick".
#3 - He has come to "embrace" his baldness:
"It sucks. I started losing my hair when I was in my 50's. My dad was
completely bald, and I said "Oh no, please, I'm in rock and roll, I need
my hair," he joked. "I always had crappy hair anyway, and I used to
torture it with a hairdryer and all this stuff, and it left me... I won't
[wear a toupee]. I saw too many bad rugs in my life; if you're gonna
go bald, embrace it".
#4 - He is in awe of Tony Bennett:
The eternally cool crooner was a surpise guest, turning up to perform
"New York State of Mind". And if you thought the fans in attendance
were amazed, well you should've seen Joel, who sat there starry eyed.
It was the rare moment when he was actually rendered speechless.
#5 - He wrote songs that inspired... and then some:
Pink got emotional while talking about listening to Joel's songs with
her father and walking down the aisle (her wedding) to "Always a
Woman". Melissa Etheridge proudly proclaimed that she always
wanted to cover "Only The Good Die Young".
#6 - He does impressions:
Lots of them, including a pretty decent Elton John (Joel sang a few
lines of "Your Song") a solid Frank Sinatra, and a passable Johnny
Cash. His best, however, was a raspy take on Rod Stewart while
singing "Los Angelenos", a song he said he wrote for Rod Stewart,
even if Rod "probably wasn't aware" he had done so.
#7 - He's not writing new songs:
"I won't say 'I never', or 'I won't [write new songs]' I just don't", Joel
sighed. "Everybody has a hard time understanding that: 'Why don't
you write new songs' ?' Well, you have to want to write new songs".
#8 - He's got plenty of jokes:
"This is a throat spray, it's called 'The Entertainer's Secret', and it
keeps your vocal chords moist", he explains to Stern. "I used to
make a joke about seeing Madonna use it, but I changed it to, I saw
Ted Nugent use it once, but it didn't really make him sound any
better, because he probably wasn't spraying it up his ass".
#9 - He is very particular:
"There's an error in the original sheet music of ['Just The Way You
Are'], Joel said. "So people always play two chords in one spot.
It's wrong, it's a suspension. So I gotta go over and correct the guy,
every time I go into a place. I go over, and I go 'wrong' " !
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 15, 2014
Billy Joel to donate proceeds from Birthday concert !
BILLY JOEL will donate proceeds from his Birthday concert on May 9th,
2014 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
"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, Long Island staple since 1958, was
always a well known restaurant, but not outside the north shore of Long
Island, New York. That is, not until he gave it a shout-out in 1977 at his
concert in (The Dome) of Long Islands' C.W. Post College. When BILLY
JOEL debuted "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant" at the show, ( 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, Long Island
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 person to know
the reason why he said what he said. How did he become inspired from an
Italian restaurant in New York City when he spent the years in question in
Los Angeles and Long Island, N.Y. ? These are the facts... from 1971 to
1976, BILLY JOEL was in Los Angeles, California, playing briefly at
"The Executive Room" where he became, "The Piano Man", fleeing Long
Island, N.Y. during a contract dispute involving his first solo album, "Cold
Spring Harbor", released in 1971. (Billy Joel signed away all his rights,
publishing, copyright, etc) 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, Long Island, (that's why he took up boxing)
and started to hang-out in Syosset, Long Island, (northeast of Hicksville)
and was invited to join a band from Syosset, Long Island 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) Small, is from Syosset,
Long Island. And, BILLY JOEL was often seen around the town of Syosset,
Long Island back in the day, with dozens of sightings through the years at
"Christiano's", where a BILLY JOEL 8x10 autographed glass framed photo
was on display, behind the bar, for decades ! See photos, details and facts
on this website, (Photo Album 3) about BILLY JOEL'S "Itailan Restaurant" !