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October 25, 2020
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BILLY JOEL spotted cruising around on the east end of Long Island, New York on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Photographed by Matt Agudo, while Billy takes a cigar break. 



October 6, 2020
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1 year ago this month, BILLY JOEL played a Halloween themed concert at New York's MSG on October 25, 2019! 



                       'Addams Family Theme Song' 

                           'Werewolves of London'                                           

September 17, 2020
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Singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson, who was raised in Merrick, Long Island, N.Y. recieved a 'Happy Birthday' phone call last week from fellow Long Islander, BILLY JOEL! Debbie Gibson who turned 50 on August 31, 2020, has shared the stage with BILLY JOEL and they have remained friends throughout the years! Watch 'video' of phone call from BILLY JOEL to Debbie Gibson, on her recent 50th Birthday! 


September 4, 2020
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It's 'OFFICAL', New York's Madison Square Garden is 'CLOSED' due to the pandemic! That means BILLY JOEL's four remaining concerts this year at Madison Square Garden, that were to be held on September 26, 2020, October 11, 2020, November 13, 2020, December 20, 2020, AND the first two BILLY JOEL MSG concerts of 2021, on January 13, 2021 and Febuary 3, 2021, have all been rescheduled! BILLY JOEL will not be back to play at MSG in New York until November 5, 2021! That's 15 month's from now! BILLY JOEL's next concert anywhere, will be on April 17, 2021 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N. Carolina. For information > Billy Joel Tour Dates  or / News.

September 2, 2020
Billy Joel news.

If you live in Nassau County, N.Y., in the township of Oyster Bay, Long Island, there's a 'FREE', 'Last Summer Blast' concert featuring 'The Lords of 52nd Street'! (BILLY JOEL's former band members) This 'FREE' concert is to start at 7:00 PM on September 12, 2020 @ Tobay Beach. (Town of Oyster Bay residents ONLY!) A must see 'JOEL' show!




August 3, 2020
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I don't know about you, but because of this virus pandemic, I'm truly missing my 'live' music concerts, especially BILLY JOEL! In New York City where Billy plays a concert once a month at Madison Square Garden, well that hasn't happened for six months! BILLY JOEL fans go to his concerts to hear his songs, reminisce and sing-a-long. But one of my favorite treats, especially at BILLY JOEL's New York concerts, are the unexpected musical guests that show up! Well, since we can't go to his concerts right now because of social distancing, I'd like to share with you several videos of past BILLY JOEL musical guests, that I think you might enjoy. (Click-a-link) 


   Musical guest Bruce Springsteen at BILLY JOEL's 100th concert at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. on 7/18/2018


 Special guest Della Rose Joel, BILLY JOEL's 3 year old daughter at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. on 12/19/2018


           BILLY JOEL's musical guest, Joe Elliot of Def Leppard at Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. on 6/2/2019


              Musical guest 'Chainsaw' at BILLY JOEL's Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. concert on 11/18/2019


     Musical guest Brian Johnson of AC/DC at BILLY JOEL's Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. concert on 3/21/2014


                 BILLY JOEL's Musical Tribute to 'Prince' at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on 4/30/2016 


               Musical guest Bryan Adams at BILLY JOEL's Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. concert on 8/23/18


          Musical guest Lang Lang (pianist) at BILLY JOEL's Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. concert on 4/12/19


             Musical guest John Mellencamp at BILLY JOEL's Madison Square Garden, N.Y.C. concert on 3/3/17


                Musical guest Joan Jett at BILLY JOEL's Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, N.Y. concert on 4/5/17



July 5, 2020
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                                 Photo: John Marchut. (July 4, 2020)

Yep, It's BILLY JOEL relaxing in Bayville, Long Island, N.Y., four miles down the road from his estate, on July 4, 2020. For many years (July 4, '2012' blog) BILLY JOEL has held a huge catered barbecue on this date at his mansion on Centre Island, L.I. N.Y., attended by 150 friends, celebrities and dignitaries, such as, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, Howard Stern and wife Beth Ostrosky, comedian Kevin James, his band members, as well as, BILLY JOEL's oldest daughter, Alexa Ray! And five years ago, during his annual 4th of July party, he surprised guests by having a wedding and married Alexis Roderick! (Governor Cuomo officiated) Happy 5th Wedding Anniversary Bill and Alexis! Because of the day, I asked Billy about his annual 4th of July barbecue, (because he should have been home preparing) and he told me because of this COVID-19 pandemic, ''it's been canceled''. He said... ''social distancing, the threat of the virus, it just wouldn't be the same or safe''. And as he was looking at me, he said... ''people like us'' (age 65 or older) ''are in the zone''. Well, since he was just relaxing and wasn't doing anything, we spent the next 20 minutes talking about various topics. He was real friendly and super nice! Our conversation and what was said is posted further down the blog. 


                                           Photo: John Marchut. (July 4, 2020)

                               BILLY JOEL poses in front of my car with BILLJOEL vanity plates. He facebook_like_button 
                               Curious, he asked me, ''How'd you get those plates''? (that's New York talk) 


Then after talking to BILLY JOEL for about 20 minutes, a lady comes out of the Greek Souvlaki Place in Bayville and looks at BILLY JOEL, then looks at me, I'm wearing a BILLY JOEL t-shirt, looks at my car plates, sees BILLY JOEL's motorcycle, then asks Billy... ''Are you BILLY JOEL''? Billy doesn't say anything, but I say, looking at Billy... ''too many clues''. He smiles. Then the lady asks Billy to take off his sunglasses, which he does, to see if it's really him. It then becomes apparent to her that she's indeed talking to BILLY JOEL. Well, having Interrupted our conversation, she started asking Billy questions and I could see he was starting to feel uncomfortable. So Billy felt this was a good time to make his exit, explaining to me and this lady that he had to go and pick up his wife and kids. (After all, today is his 5th Wedding Anniversary, and he should be home with his wife). I was pained to see him leave, but grateful that I got to spend the time that I did with him. We had a good long chat. I got some pictures. And in this, once again chance encounter, I also videoed his motorcycle departure for memory sake.



                                                                          Video: John Marchut


Before I tell you about our conversation, there's a backstory on why I developed this BILLY JOEL website, and why I'm such a huge BILLY JOEL fan. You see, I was raised in Syosset, Long Island, N.Y., and back in the 1960's there was a band called 'The Hassles' (1964-69). Members John Dizek, Jon Small, Rich McKenna and Harry Weber were all from Syosset, and I knew of them being from Syosset myself. When Harry Weber got kicked out of the band for excessive drug use, BILLY JOEL replaced him. The band produced two albums on United Artists and were semi-successful. But when the band eventually faded, BILLY JOEL and drummer Jon Small formed a duo band called Atilla (1969). Well, BILLY JOEL had an affair with Jon's wife, Elizabeth (Weber) Small, from Syosset, and that was the demise of Atilla. Fast forward, Elizabeth and Billy move in together and BILLY JOEL went solo with his first album, 'Cold Spring Harbor' (1971). The record was recorded at the wrong speed, BILLY JOEL had signed a dreadful recording contract with producer Artie Ripp, and fled to L.A. for years trying to void the contract. To make ends meet, BILLY JOEL became Bill Martin at a 'piano bar' and Elizabeth would waitress. And In 1973, Elizabeth (Weber) Small would become BILLY JOEL's first wife! While in L.A., BILLY JOEL would record his second and third albums, 'Piano Man' (1973) and 'Streetlife Serenade' (1974), which were semi-successful. Coming back to Long Island, N.Y. in 1975, BILLY JOEL formed a new (Long Island) band and hired Doug Stegmeyer (bass guitar) and Brian Ruggles (sound engineer), both from Syosset, who I knew and know. Besides Billy Joel (Hicksville, L.I.) other members included, Liberty DeVitto (Seaford, L.I.) Richie Cannata (Garden City South, L.I.) Russell Javors (Plainview, L.I.) and Doug Stegmeyer (Syosset, L.I.) With this band, BILLY JOEL releases 'Turnstiles' (1976). Eventually, Elizabeth Weber's brother (Frank) and sister (Mary Sue) from Syosset, would also come on board. Frank Weber would became BILLY JOEL's mananger, and Mary Sue Weber would became the hairstylist for the band. Not yet famous, but popular on Long Island and the Tri-State area, BILLY JOEL was slowly gaining national attention. Well one evening, in the summer of 1977, I was at the Syosset Italian restaurant 'Christiano's', and who strolls in, BILLY JOEL. He walks up to the bar near take-out, and stands right next to me! Since I knew all the Syosset people BILLY JOEL knew, and he was starting to get national air-play on the radio, becoming more popular, I was starstruck! Because you just knew, because of his talent, that one day he was going to make it big! I asked him for his autograph (which he signed for me on a beer coaster) and that was the first time I met BILLY JOEL (and that was 43 years ago, when we were both in our 20's!) Then in the autumn of that year, BILLY JOEL releases his 5th album, 'The Stranger' (1977). This album would finally become his commercial breakthrough, (and Columbia Records biggest selling album!) and made BILLY JOEL an international rockstar! Hence this website, and still a starstruck BILLY JOEL fan!


So here's my BILLY JOEL 4th of July story. Coming back from my daily two mile walk, a motorcycle zooms by and I noticed it was BILLY JOEL (his goatee is a dead giveaway) You see, I live in Bayville, Long Island, N.Y., and BILLY JOEL's primary residence is four miles away on Centre Island, N.Y. People that live in this area see him around all the time. Well, sometimes BILLY JOEL goes on his joy ride, and other times he goes down to the strip by the beach to hang-out and chill. Being a huge fan, I was going to jump into my car and follow him. But from my walk, being all sweaty and such, I really had to shower first. When I finished, and on a whim, I put on a BILLY JOEL t-shirt and went down to the strip hoping he was there chilling out. Looking for his motorcycle, I spotted it and saw him sitting in the shade, on a bench, all by himself! The place was deserted, nobody around. So I pulled into a parking space right in front of where he was sitting so he could see my car plates. And that was the icebreaker I needed to start a conversation. As I got out of my car I said... ''Hey Billy, you like my plates''? He looked at them and said... ''Sounds like a doorbell''. Meaning, (BILLJOEL - DINGDONG) Then he asked me... ''How'd you get those plates''? And I said... 'It was pure luck''. (All conceivable DMV combinations that you can think of pertaining to Billy Joel, such as, joelfan, bilyjoel, bjoelfan etc... are all taken) But this started our conversation. I stated how I was one of he's biggest fans, and started to drop names of people that we both knew from Syosset. He instantly knew that I wasn't just another ordinary BILLY JOEL fan. Most fans would not know what I know about these people from Syosset, and Billy seemed to acknowledge that. This wasn't the first time I meet BILLY JOEL, and I reminded him of all the times we ran into each other back in the day. Rienhard's in Bayville, The Tiki Bar in Bayville, Cagney's in Oyster Bay, Head's & Tails in Syosset, and Christiano's, also in Syosset. All but one of these establishments are no longer in existence, and BILLY JOEL knows what I know. These facts gave me genuine credibility, and that's when he opened up to me. He says ... ''I just came back from Florida, and just in time, because the virus is exploding down there''. Looking at me, he said ... ''People like us (65 and over) are in the zone''. He also mentioned, prior to the Florida trip, that he took his family to Austria to visit his half brother, Alexander Joel, an Orchestra Conductor. I said 'Vienna'? He laughs and says... ''No, Alexander has since moved to another city in Austria''. He then noticed the t-shirt I was wearing and said chuckling ... ''Hey, your wearing one of my shirts!''. (It was a BILLY JOEL 'Last Play At Shea' 2008 t-shirt) I then asked him about his annual 4th of July barbecue bash, and he said ... ''It's been canceled''. Continuing, he says ... ''The virus, social distancing, it wouldn't be the same or safe''. ''But today is my wedding anniversary''! (Billy Joel married Alexis Roderick five years ago on July 4th, 2015) Then I said, matter-of-factly, ''I think you finally found the right one this time Bill''. And he says, half jokingly... ''I hope so''. (Billy Joel has been married 4x times) Getting back to the pandemic, I asked him about his concerts. The next four concerts this year are at his monthly residency at New York's Madison Square Garden, which are all SOLD OUT. They haven't been canceled as of this writing, but Billy anticipates they will be and rescheduled. But the rescheduled 2021 concert calendar could also be in jeopardy, unless Billy says ... ''They develop a vaccine''. (Sadly, medical experts rank activities posing the greatest risk for contracting COVID-19 as ... attending a large concert venue, where social distancing is virtually impossible, or going to a packed sports arena) So I say... ''You not performing is going to make you rusty''. He responds... ''I already am''. (Billy Joel's last concert was five month's ago in Mexico City on March 2, 2020) Well BILLY JOEL, and most celebrities, don't like to step onto a political soapbox to express their views publicly. It creates controversy. But BILLY JOEL did express his concern to me about this country (USA). It's a mess. The corona virus, the economy, people are out of work, unemployment is at an all time high, and now, civil unrest. So privately, BILLY JOEL says to me ... ''Trumps gotta go''. (Some people might disagree, but BILLY JOEL is entitled to his opinion just like everyone else). Anyway, some of you may be wondering why there's no selfie's of me and Billy? Well, as you know, its advised during this pandemic to stay six feet apart from one another. So I asked a young passerby to take some pictures of me and Billy together. Needless to say, he F'd up. I don't know what he did, but no pictures. I took back my iPhone without checking to see how the pictures came out. Never assume. So disappointed. Then that lady approaches us, starts asking questions and interrupts our conversation. Feeling uncomfortable, that's when Billy  decided to leave. But I did get to chat with him for quite some time, took some pictures, and I videoed his departure on his motorcycle. And since BILLY JOEL is also out of work, I'm sure I'll run into him again soon. (If I do, I'll let you know!) I hope you enjoyed my story meeting BILLY JOEL once again, but this time, on his 5th wedding anniversary and America's 244th Birthday, July 4, 2020! 


                           A short video clip of Billy Joel's July 4, '2016' barbecue party, with 'live' music by...

         Other encounters / stories / autographs from BILLY JOEL on this website in Photo Album 3 and Fan Photos  


July 3, 2020
Billy Joel news.

Liberty DeVitto was BILLY JOEL's drummer for thirty years (1975 - 2005). He was instrumental on BILLY JOEL's biggest selling albums during that time. They had a falling-out over 'musical differences', Liberty sued Billy, and years later, a confidentiality settlement was reached. Since then, their relationship was forever strained, up until now! In a new book, 'Life, Billy And The Pursuit Of Happiness' by Liberty DeVitto, Liberty writes about his experience and memories of being BILLY JOEL's drummer during the most formidable years. In the past decade, Liberty has sent numerous e-mails to Billy, to no avail, to try and mend their relationship. But just recently, BILLY JOEL agreed to meet. The two hashed things out and ended their meeting with hugs, and expressions of love. And ironically, the book's foreword is written by BILLY JOEL himself! A must read book! Release date - July 17, 2020   

                                                        Liberty DeVitto     Billy Joel    Andrew Gilmartin   
                                                         Photo taken in Miami, Florida in February 2020                           

June 7, 2020
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL released his second studio album, that he titled 'Piano Man', in 1973 on Columbia Records. The title song has become through the years, his signature song, as well as, his nickname! To promote his early career and that album, BILLY JOEL produced a 1973 'Piano Man'♫ music video♫ (almost ten years before  MTV!) But most BILLY JOEL fans have only seen the 1985 'Offical' Piano Man music video that replaced the 1973 'Original'!
Have you ever seen the 1973 'Original' Piano Man music video? Not likely, because the 'Offical' Piano Man music video has been seen over a 155 million times! 
The 1973 'Original', only 88 thousand. 




May 10, 2020
Billy Joel news

May 9th was BILLY JOEL's Birthday! Born William Martin Joel in Bronx, N.Y. on May 9, 1949, singer / songwriter BILLY JOEL, also known as the 'Pianoman', turned 71 years old on Saturday!  

                                                   HAPP71st BIRTHDABILL!


May 1, 2020
Billy Joel news.

There's a growing concern that life as we knew it will never be the same, or at least not for the next couple of years. Even as businesses start to reopen, social distancing will become the norm. Just think about that. All gatherings where there are a high concentration of people will be limited. Restaurants, movie theaters, beaches, schools, etc... will all have social distancing in place. And what about large gatherings like Baseball games? No World Series? Football games, Super Bowl? Hockey games, Stanley Cup? Basketball, NBA playoff's? No Kentucky Derby? And what about 'live' concerts, where tens of thousands of people are in attendence in a stadium! Not likely, or at least not in the short-term foreseeable future. BILLY JOEL has a concert scheduled next month, June 6, 2020 at New York's Madison Square Garden. There's no 'offical' word of a cancellation as of yet, but I anticipate that announcement very soon (See Concert Tour Dates for updates). And although BILLY JOEL has not produced a new album in over 27 years, he has had an unexpected resurgence late in his career. But this pandemic will probably force him to cancel all of his upcoming 2020 scheduled concerts well into 2021. And as time goes bye, and BILLY JOEL gets older (he celebrates his 71st Birthday on May 9, 2020) this COVID-19 pandemic might force him to, I might sadly say, retire. But let's pray that doesn't happen! And although the late George Harrison of the BEATLES once said of life, ''All Things Must Pass'', please Billy, not just yet! Your fans need you now more than ever!  



April 16, 2020
Billy Joel news.

                 Doctor in Quarantine Sings 'Corona Man', A Billy Joel Parody.

Dr. Matthew Hensler is a surgeon in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA) who's had to spend the last couple of weeks in self-quarantine after being exposed to someone with the coronavirus... So, isolated at home, and a big Billy Joel fan, he wrote and posted a COVID-19 themed version of BILLY JOEL's 'Piano Man'! Matthew says... ''I'm a huge Billy Joel fan. I've listened to him since I was a kid. It's one of the songs I can play on the piano. This was kind of a way for me to help cope with everything''.  'Corona Man' (mshosu 4:12 min) 



                                                                               Matthew S. Hensler, MD


April 5, 2020
Billy Joel news.

BILLY JOEL's Foundation donates $500,000. for proteactive gear; pledges further donations for relief during this coronavirus pandemic health crisis for New York hospitals. Joel and his wife, Alexis Roderick, released a statement saying...  The donation is being made through the emergency aid group BStrong. The donation will go toward (PPE's) such as masks, kits and hazmat suits for the doctors and nurses in New York hospitals who lack ample supplies. 75% of the equipment will go to hospitals on Long Island and New York City, and the other 25% will go to upstate New York hospitals, where the demand is less. 



BILLY JOEL's oldest daughter, Alexa Ray Joel (34) who's mother is model Christie Brinkley, has been engaged to entrepreneur Ryan Gleason since January 2018. The planned wedding was to take place this year (2020), but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the wedding has now been put on hold until... 


March 29, 2020
Billy Joel news.

Below is a special message and photo from BILLY JOEL and wife Alexis, commenting about the Coronavirus pandemic and the way our New York State Governor, Andrew Cuomo is stepping up and leading the way in the United States epicenter of this virus here in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo is a 24/7, 365 days a year Governor. Besides governing, below are photos of his involvement in such events as the yearly 9-11 Memorials, the 'Friends of the Harbor' clean up.... and way too much more to mention! The Governor is shown below, photographed with BILLY JOEL, wife Alexis Joel and their children, which are the Governor's godchildren, and the special message.  

                                                                 Billy Joel                     New York Governor Andrew Cuomo   

                                                                          Billy Joel       New York Governor Andrew Cuomo 

                                                                Billy Joel                  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo   

                                             Remy Anne,  Billy Joel,  Alexis,  Della Rose,  N.Y. Governor Andrew Cuomo              

March 20, 2020
Billy Joel news.

As assumed in our March 14, 2020 Blog, BILLY JOEL's two other upcoming concerts, the April 18, 2020 concert at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N. Carolina and the May 2, 2020 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden were postponed and rescheduled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The new dates are April 17, 2021 and November 13, 2020 respectively. All tickets to previous dates honored on new dates. Rescheduling is possible for other furture concerts. Check back to this website, for updates.