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October 12, 2016
Local Billy Joel News!

BILLY JOEL played the last concert at Long Islands' Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in August 2015 before it closed for a $260 million dollar renovation. Well, with renovations almost complete, BILLY JOEL will play the first show at the renovated venue on April 5, 2016. Tickets for this show will go on sale this Friday October 14, 2016 @ 10:00am ! Good luck getting tickets!

September 30, 2016
Billy Joel news !

BILLY JOEL is recovering from endoscopic sinus surgery. His scheduled September 30, 2016 concert tonight, at New York's Madison Square Garden, has been cancelled and rescheduled to November 21, 2016. The procedure will require him to rest his voice and avoid any strenuous activity. With several weeks of rest, he is expected to make a full recovery. BILLY JOEL will return to the stage on October 28, 2016 in New York.

September 17, 2016
Local BILLY JOEL sighting!

I live in Bayville, Long Island, New York and BILLY JOEL owns a mansion two miles away in Centre Island. (Click Photo Album #2 to see map) He is often seen riding one of his many motorcycles thru town. Well tomorrow is my birthday and I decided to treat myself to a lobster.  As I was entering the local fish store, BILLY JOEL was walking out. (Billy loves his clams) Practically hitting each others shoulder as we passed, I said, "Hey Billy", but he just ignored me. Below is a photo I took of him looking out the store window. (Photo: John Marchut)




July 4, 2016
America is 240 years old today, Billy's Joel's 4th marriage, 1 year today!

BILLY JOEL got married for the fourth time, one year ago today! BILLY JOEL and future wife, Alexis Roderick, got married last year at BILLY JOEL's annual 4th of July party to the surprise of unexpecting guests! For the seventh year in a row now, BILLY JOEL throws a 4th of July party (Independence Day) at his estate on Centre Island, Long Island, New York. (Photos of estate can be seen on this website, as well as, last years Blog of affair one year ago today). Regular guests include, The King of all media, Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky, comedian and actor Kevin James, Billy Joel's 30 year old daughter, Alexa Ray, (from his second marriage to Christie Brinkley) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is Godfather to Billy and Alexis's daughter, Della Rose. Congratultions to Billy and Alexis on their one year Anniversary, and Happy Birthday to America!



June 25, 2016
Billy Joel makes a surprise appearance!

BILLY JOEL surprises fans at The Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, New York! Last night, 6/24/16, BILLY JOEL made a surprise appearance at a BILLY JOEL tribute band, 'Big Shot' concert! Nobody noticed BILLY JOEL and his wife, Alexis Roderick, sitting in the VIP section, when unexpectedly, BILLY JOEL walks on stage to join the band for a three-song set! The audience went wild! Joel jammed on covers of The Beatles', "With a Little Help From My Friends" (Joe Cocker style), The Rolling Stones', "Honky Tonk Women" and wrapped it up with his own hit song, "You May Be Right", which Joel blended with Led Zeppelin's, "Rock & Roll"! It was a night the attending audience will not soon forget!
The Paramount Theater, June 24, 2016
Photo: Wayne Herrschaft


May 31, 2016
Billy Joel news !

>Tonight, May 31, 2016 BILLY JOEL will perform a Record-Breaking 75th concert @ Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York!


>BILLY JOEL claims that he was once Jimi Hendrix's roadie for a night! BILLY JOEL recalls why the August 23, 1968 concert will always stick in his mind - because he was ON the stage to see the show! BILLY JOEL recently spoke to The Hamilton Spectator about 'sneaking' on stage for a Jimi Hendrix concert at the (Singer Bowl) which is now the Flushing Meadows Tennis Stadium in New York. (This is where they play the U.S. Open) As BILLY JOEL explains, he and some of his friends made believe he was one of Hendrix's roadies. With his baseball cap pulled down low, he wrapped some electrical cable around his shoulder, and with an English accent: "Jimi's got these cables I need to take to him." BILLY JOEL made he way closer and closer inside the venue, and finally got close to the backstage. BILLY JOEL went on to explain: "Jimi's famous roadie, Keith Robertson, montioned to me, come over here! He had me lug Hendrix's huge Marshall speaker cabinets onstage. I spent the entire concert on the edge of the stage, watching Hendrix perform- and watching my friends in the audience. I couldn't believe it, and neither could they! I did that (phony roadie) thing a number of times."  

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


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


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

View video's on, 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!


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 !


                                     Alexa Ray Joel