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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 !

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                                            Photo: John Marchut               


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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                                    Photo: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.
            


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.


July 15, 2014
Billy Joel's mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel, dies at age 92.

BILLY JOEL's mother dies of natural causes on Sunday 7/13/14 

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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.

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                          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. 

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