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July 4, 2022
Billy Joel news.

                      Happy 7th Anniversary Alexis & Bill!

                                                           

                            
                                                                                    Married July 4th, 2015

 


July 3, 2022
Billy Joel news.

                                              60 Minutes Australia BILLY JOEL interview. Released July 3, 2022 !

                                              Feelin' Alright: Piano Man BILLY JOEL's remarkable transformation.


                                               

                                                 A must see! > youtube.com/watch?v=M4nXhd7cps0  (16:58 min)

 


June 13, 2022
Billy Joel news.

As BILLY JOEL tours the country in 2022  Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame, Indiana, June 25, 2022  Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan, July 9, 2022  PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 11, 2022  Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, September 23, 2022, he performs at New York's Madison Square Garden to a SOLD OUT crowd every month!
This past June 10, 2022 was his record breaking 80th consecutive concert at MSG, and 125th overall at this venue! 

                     

                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                             New York    BILLY JOEL!  

                                                                                               

                                              > Video: Recorded 'live' on June 10, 2022 @ MSG by JoTheBaer

                                                                                               


May 9, 2022
Billy Joel news.

                               HAPP73RD BIRTHDAY BILL!

                                        

                                    
                                  William Martin Joel - Born May 9, 1949 - Bronx, New York. 
                                                            


April 2, 2022
Billy Joel news.

 

                                                                
                                             BILLY JOEL's debut album, released in 1971, was titled 'Cold Spring Harbor'.

 

Why? Because album titles have meaning to the recording artist. So when BILLY JOEL named his first solo album 'Cold Spring Harbor' it was because in the 1960's, as a youth, he would go there with his friends, 'borrow' a rowboat from shore and explore the harbor and 'party'. This picturesque and serene harbor on the north shore of Long Island, N.Y. inspired BILLY JOEL and apparently held a memory he cherished. There's mention of 'Cold Spring Harbor' in a song on this album, 'Everybody Loves You Now'. (Recorded 'live' @ Sparks in 1981) And a recent performance of 'Everybody Loves You Now'. (Recorded 'live' @ MSG in 2019)   


                                                   
                                                   Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, N.Y. 

 

Well, as BILLY JOEL became a well known rock legend, the town of Huntington, where Cold Spring Harbor is located, decided in 1991 to dedicate a park there in BILLY JOEL's name. 


                                                        
                            The ceremony was attended by Town Board members, onlookers, and BILLY JOEL's mom, Rosalind. 
 

 

                                                                                                                                                            

                                                    
 
                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                        
                                                 

  

> > > And did you know that another famous musician was so captivated with this area of Long Island, N.Y., that
he bought a house on the shores of Cold Spring Harbor? The house was located across from BILLY JOEL park.
Care to take a wild guess before scolling down?

 

                                                                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None other then, JOHN LENNON! Yep, John Lennon of the Beatles! John Lennon purchased the Cannon Hill estate, located at 1420 Ridge Rd., Laurel Hollow, Long Island, N.Y. in 1979, diagonally across from BILLY JOEL park.

 

                                             

                    John Lennon and Yoko Ono owned this house on Cold Spring Harbor from 1979 until his untimely death in 1980.


                                                            
                                                John loved sailing this harbor, especially with his then young son Sean.


                                                              

Watch > video (5:29 min) of John, Yoko, friends and son Sean, having brunch at the Cold Spring Harbor estate in May, 1980. 
And sadly, just seven (7) months later on December 8, 1980, he would be gone.                                                                                                                                      


March 5, 2022
Billy Joel news.

An open letter from The Joel Foundation...

 

 


February 20, 2022
Billy Joel news.

I attended the BILLY JOEL concert at MSG on February 12, 2022 and met up with like minded fans from 'Retold'.
Purchased decent seats near the stage!

                                             

                                             Photo: Myrna Suarez          
                                     

                                

                                                   MSG marquee

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


                                                                                                  

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                                                                  BILLY JOEL talks to the audience, then sings ...               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


February 5, 2022
Billy Joel news.

Do you remember those days hanging out at the Village Green... Well, BILLY JOEL does! It was where, as a teenager growing up in Hicksville, Long Island, N.Y., and was only... A Half a Mile Away from his childhood house, that he would 'hang-out' here with his friends.


                                              

Well, the Hicksville DiMaggio's pizzeria frequented by a young BILLY JOEL will host a centennial birthday celebration for his late mother, Rosalind Nyman Joel, on Feburary 15, 2022 starting at noon. Although BILLY JOEL is not involved, former band members Richie Cannata and Liberty DeVitto will attend. There will be music, BILLY JOEL sing alongs, free pizza, open-mic stories / memories and tributes. > Read article <


January 29, 2022
Billy Joel news.

After performing to a SOLD OUT crowd at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida on January 28, 2022, BILLY JOEL will probably remain in Florida until he has to return to New York on February 12th for his MSG residency concert. He and his family will not be in any hurry to leave sunny Florida because New York is buried under 1 1/2 feet of snow!                                             


                                                     

                                          Attendees at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida. (1/28/2022)

                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                     

                                       BILLY JOEL at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida. (1/28/2022)


                                         
                                          Long Island, New York. (1/28/2022)
                                          
                                                                                   


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)




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