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January 23, 2022
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL...


December 31, 2021
Billy Joel news.

                             HAPPNEYEA2022!  

              

 


December 23, 2021
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL plays Christmas Carol... 'Come All Ye Faithful'. Recorded on December 18, 2014 in New York, at Madison Square Garden by BILLY JOEL's Offical Artist Channel.

                                  

               And this BILLY JOEL Photo Website wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year! (2022)
            


December 16, 2021
Billy Joel news.

In the past few years, artists have been selling their music catalogs for enormous sums to major music labels. Such as...

ZZ Top - $50 million. (BMG Music and investment group KKR)

Stevie Nicks - $100 million. (Primary Wave Music)

Red Hot Chili Peppers - $140 million. (Moebetoblame Music)

Neil Young - $150 million. (Hipgnosis Songs Fund, UK)

Paul Simon - $250 million. (Sony Music)

Bob Dylan - $400 million. (Universal Music) 

And just recently, Bruce Springsteen sold his entire catalog to Sony Music for $500 million!

So how much is Billy Joel's music catalog worth? $600 million? $700 million? More? We shall see. 

 

                                     


December 2, 2021
Billy Joel news.

Last month on Tuesday 11/23/21, I had a business appointment in Cove Neck, Long Island, N.Y., at a house right next door to BILLY JOEL's former house, the ''Glass House''. When I pulled up to this house, I was doing double takes. I could not believe what I was seeing. Although this being my first visit to this house, something seemed so familiar. The owner has been living here for many, many decades, and in conversation it was revealed that this house was designed by the same architect (John Stedman) and developer as the ''Glass House''. So it had a close resemblance / likeness. The owner allowed me to take pictures while disscussing BILLY JOEL stories, and claims BILLY JOEL and Elizabeth Weber (Billy Joel's wife at the time) actually looked at THIS house before deciding to buy the house next door, which came to be known as the ''Glass House''. Shown below are 'exclusive' ©photos of the house I visited. This house having been designed and built by the same architect and developer as the ''Glass House'' in the early 1960's, looks similar to the ''Glass House''!     

© Photo: John Marchut (11/23/21)

© Photo: John Marchut (11/23/21)

© Photo: John Marchut (11/23/21)


© Photo: John Marchut (11/23/21)

© Photo: John Marchut (11/23/21)

                                         
The photo below is the gated entrance to BILLY JOEL's former house, the ''Glass House''. 
coopersbluffestate.net/index.html (The 'Glass House' - click photos, scroll down) 
Photo taken as I was passing to go to my assignment at the house next door as seen above.

© Photo: John Marchut (11/23/21)

Below is a real estate advertisement promoting the sale of the ''Glass House'' several years ago. 


 


November 6, 2021
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL's first concert at New York's Madison Square Garden in over 20 months was beyond words! After waiting almost 2 years because of the pandemic, and to see BILLY JOEL once again perform at MSG was electrifying. The anticipation was high. But for those of you who couldn't attend this sold-out concert, here is the opening song. (Recorded November 5, 2021) Video: Andrew Harts  
 

                                

The concert was superb. BILLY JOEL's band is tight and they performed flawlessly. And BILLY JOEL, having lost 50lb's, was full of energy that was noticeable. Apparently, at 72 years of age, he's not slowing down! And hats off to BILLY JOEL's keyboardist and musical director, David Rosenthal for the musical arrangement of songs. A well put together show!  

 

         
           My ticket.

                                                                          My seat.                                                           My BILLJOEL plate.

                      
                     Me posing with Jim Kerr from Q104.3 FM       Yea, that Jim Kerr.
                     before the concert.

                         
                                                                           BILLY JOEL's band.

                                   Top left: Mike DelGuidice, Chuck Burgi, Andy Cichon, Tommy Byrnes
                        Bottom left: Carl Fischer, Dave Rosenthal, Billy Joel, Crystal Taliefero, Mark Rivera 
                     
                                                        


October 25, 2021
Billy Joel news.

On Saturday 10/23/21, BILLY JOEL performed in concert at the Formula -1 U.S. Grand Prix on the track's ''Germania Super Stage'' in Austin, Texas (USA) 
 

                                        
                                Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro / for American Statesman

 

BILLY JOEL performed for an hour and 45 minutes of his songs, so widely known, that most everyone sang along. 
And of course down in Texas, ''Line Dancing'' to music is the norm. (Watch Video: Recorded by Micheal Crawshaw on 10/23/21 at the concert)


October 6, 2021
Billy Joel news.

                                        Even in his 70's, Billy is just being himself. (anonymous photographer)

                                               

                                                               Brian                    Alexis                Billy

 


September 13, 2021
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, by playing the Rolling Stone hits 'Brown Sugar' (Video: John Dreves) and Honky Tonk Woman (Video: Eric Bassham) at the Great American Ballpark concert in Cincinnati, Ohio on Friday 9/10/2021.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                               
 


August 21, 2021
Billy Joel news.


We are in the midst of a world-wide deadly pandemic. And the newly developed vaccines and the wearing of masks have proven, scientifically, that these options work to slow the spread of this deadly virus. My question is...  Why are people making the decision to mask or not to mask, or vaccinate or not to vaccinate a political statement? It should not be Red state against Blue state, Right-wing against Left-wing. It's a scientifically proven fact that the wearing of masks and the vaccinations work. The people now contracting the virus are the anti-mask, anti-vaccine population. So why shame people that do wear masks and get the vaccine? Their just following the science and proven facts.

Well, I belong to three different BILLY JOEL fan groups shown below, and this is what happened.

1. Billy Joel-Fan Group.
2. Fans of the Piano Man - Billy Joel Fan Club
3. Billy Joel: Completely Retold

After posting the photo below showing the front door to BILLY JOEL's motorcycle shop on these sites. The last site #removed my post because of political controversial feedback being posted about mask wearing. Private establishments do what they feel is best. So why are people politicizing and taken sides over masking and vaccinations during this pandemic? I feel it's just plain sad and shameful. 

                


Not a State mandate for private establishments. But BILLY JOEL follows the science and the proven facts.                                          


August 5, 2021
Billy Joel news.

Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, the last time BILLY JOEL performed in concert anywhere, was on March 6, 2020 at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico, 1&1/2 years ago! Well last night, 8/4/21 BILLY JOEL performed his first concert in 17 months at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts to a 38,000+ SOLD OUT stadium!     

 

                                                                                                      

        

       BILLY JOEL at Fenway Park - August 4, 2021 - The Entertainer (5:15 min) Video: Stephen Johnson 

 

The BILLY JOEL playlist - Fenway Park - August 4, 2021

  1. My Life

  2. Pressure

  3. The Entertainer

  4. Vienna

  5. Zanzibar

  6. The Longest Time

  7. Don't Ask Me Why

  8. The Downeaster Alexa

  9. Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)

10. And So It Goes

11. Allentown

12. A Room of Our Own *

13. She's Always a Woman

14. Sometimes a Fantasy

15. The River of Dreams

16. Only the Good Die Young

17. Nessun Dorma (Giacomo Puccini cover, sung by Mike DelGuidice)

18. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

Encore:

19. We Didn't Start the Fire

20. Uptown Girl

21. It's Still Rock and Roll to Me

22. Big Shot

23. You May Be Right

24. Piano Man

 *Although BILLY JOEL has recorded over 121+ songs, he plays the songs that everyone excepts to hear at one of his concerts. Some without question, such as, My Life, Movin' Out, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant and Piano Man. But at this concert, and to my pleasure, he played an obscure song, A Room of Our Own, from his 'Nylon Curtain' album! The last time I attended a BILLY JOEL concert, at New York's MSG, he performed another song he never plays in concert, Half a Mile Away from his 52nd Street album. I personally wish that he would keep this trend alive at his concerts. There are dozens and dozens of BILLY JOEL songs that true BILLY JOEL fans would love to hear at one of his 'live' concerts from his early albums, but never performs them 'live'. (I wish I could be your musical director for a couple of shows Bill. I have nothing against David Rosenthal, he's superb, but as you know, fresh is sometimes needed) I'm a true blue fan of 50 years from Syosset, N.Y. (Brain Ruggles knows me as Mel, my childhood nickname) And we met, yet again, for the 15x time, in Bayville, N.Y. last year. I'm the one with the BILLJOEL plates! Email me Bill, let's talk.    

 

                                                                     

                                             

      


July 3, 2021
Billy Joel news.

A recent captivating (July 2, 2021) BILLY JOEL interview where he talks about his upcoming concerts, life during the pandemic, how he lucked-out becoming a musician, and much more! A must listen for all serious BILLY JOEL fans. > (14:51) min   

                                  


June 9, 2021
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL bought this estate in Centre Island, N.Y., known as Middlesea, in 2002. Since then he has spent millions on major renovations through the years, accommodating his tastes and needs. The estate once had an indoor swimming pool, but BILLY JOEL had it filled with cement and made it into a music room. And because of his now expanding two more daughter family, he had bedroom extentions added onto the mansion. Also, several years ago, he had a dock built for his boats. And he has since had a heliport built on the grounds to commute, to and fro, by helicopter, to his gigs at MSG in New York City. BILLY JOEL has also had state-of-the-art security systems installed, due to being burglarized last year, and having some of his motorcyles smashed up. And just recently, he got a permit to build horse stables on the property, because BILLY JOEL's current wife, Alexis Roderick, is an accomplished equestrian. Pictured below are photos showing the main entrance to the estate, then and now.

 

                                      
                       The gate entrance to BILLY JOEL's estate, 'Middlesea' in 2002. Photo: ©John Marchut  


                                
                          The entrance to BILLY JOEL's estate as it looks today, 2021. Photo: ©John Marchut

                                                                    


May 18, 2021
Billy Joel news.

Since I live so close to BILLY JOEL's motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay, N.Y., I occasionally go there to see if I can run into him. Well today I did (May 18, 2021) and he was there! He was engaged in a conversation so I didn't want to be rude and interrupt, so I waved and said hi, he acknowledged me and I took a photo and drove away.


                                                      
                                                      Photo: 5/18/2021 ©John Marchut

 


May 9, 2021
Billy Joel news.

                Born William Martin Joel on May 9, 1949 in Bronx, New York to become the world renowned 'Piano Man'.

 

                            HAPP72nd BIRTHDABILL!
 
                                  > But today, May 9th, 2021 is not only BILLY JOEL's Birthday, it's also Mother's Day! <

 

                                                     HAPPMOTHER'DAALEXIS!

                                   > A 'double' celebration today in the Joel household. Happy congratulations to all! <

                                                                 
                    




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