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Billy Joel Marks 65th Birthday Onstage in NYC with Special Guests

By Andrea Dresdale

Kevin Mazur/WireImage“It’s a pretty good crowd for a birthday,” sang Billy Joel on Friday night in New York City. The Piano Man turned 65 on Friday, and marked that milestone in grand style: onstage at Madison Square Garden, in front of 20,000 screaming fans.

Billy was introduced to the crowd Friday night by his good pal, Howard Stern, who said he hoped that the singer would continue to play once a month at Madison Square Garden for the rest of his life — “and even after he dies, we should stuff him and bring him out here, and we’ll have more Billy Joel!” Stern added.

Stern was joined onstage by his wife, Beth, as well as Billy’s girlfriend, Alexis, and several young girls, all of whom were carrying adorable puppies. He then announced that Billy was donating 100% of the proceeds from the evening’s concert to the North Shore Animal League, a shelter in Long Island, New York from which the Piano Man had adopted his pug, Rosie. At that point, Stern brought Billy onstage, calling him “Saint Billy Joel” for supporting the animals, and the entire …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

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Billy Joel to Mark 65th Birthday Tonight Onstage at Madison Square Garden

By Andrea Dresdale

Lloyd Bishop/NBCHappy Birthday, Piano Man! Billy Joel turns 65 today, and tonight, he’s going to mark the occasion with 20,000 of his closest friends, performing live onstage at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s show at the Garden is part of Billy’s ongoing “franchise” series of concerts at the legendary venue: he performs there once a month, and will continue to do so “as long as there is interest,” he’s said. He currently has shows scheduled there through December 18. No shows for 2015 have been announced yet.

As the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer turns 65, he’s entered a new phase of his career. While Billy still hasn’t released a new pop music album since 1993’s River of Dreams, his recent return to live performance seems to have reinvigorated him creatively. In addition to the Garden concerts, he’s also doing spot dates around the country, with a set list that includes deep album cuts, cover versions and rarities, as well as his classic hits. Later this month, he’ll play the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time, and this …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

Billy Joel's Daughter Recovering After Collapsing on Stage

By Andrea Dresdale

Image Courtesy Alexa Ray Joel via InstagramBilly Joel‘s daughter Alexa Ray Joel has been having a rough time lately. First, she had to deny rumors that she’d had plastic surgery. Now, she’s ended up in the hospital after collapsing on stage.

As People magazine reports, Alexa was performing at New York’s Cafe Carlyle over the weekend when she passed out on stage. She was rushed to the emergency room and diagnosed with a condition called vasovagal syncope, in which the blood temporarily stops flowing to the brain. However, it’s not a serious condition, and doesn’t require any treatment.

In a statement, Alexa tells People, “I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me. I was excited and determined to fulfill my final performance and I really wanted to end my run with a bang, but this was not what I had in mind and hope I have the opportunity to make it up to the wonderful audience very soon. Thanks for all the concern.”

The night of the collapse, Alexa had previously announced from the stage that she wasn’t feeling well because she’d …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

Pink & Billy Joel Both Selling Mansions for Millions

By Andrea Dresdale

RCA RecordsIf you’re a millionaire looking for a place on the West Coast, and a pad on the East Coast, then Pink and Billy Joel might have just what you’re looking for.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Pink’s been trying to unload her home in Sherman Oaks, California for three years. She first listed it for four million bucks, but when it didn’t sell, it was leased out for $10,000 a month. Now, the paper reports it’s back on the market for $3.499 million.

The Spanish-style house has over 4,400 square feet of space, with four bedrooms and five bathrooms. There’s also an infinity pool, a grotto-style spa located behind a waterfall and a barbecue pavilion. She purchased the home in 2002 for two million bucks.

Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Billy is once again trying to sell his beach house in the swanky Hamptons area of Long Island, New York. The New York Post reports that the home was originally listed five years ago for $22.5 million. Billy eventually dropped the price to $16.8 million, and then took it off the market. …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

Billy Joel to Turn Birthday Concert into Benefit for Animal Rescue & Adoption Facility

By Andrea Dresdale

BillyJoel.comBilly Joel turns 65 on May 9, and he plans to celebrate his birthday on stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden. But he’s also taking the opportunity to use that milestone to raise some money for a good cause.

New York Newsday reports that Billy will donate a portion of the proceeds from that show to the North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. It’s headquartered in Long Island, New York, where he lives. Billy’s very familiar with the League: In 2012, he adopted a pug from the shelter, and he’s friendly with the League’s spokeswoman, Beth Ostrosky Stern, and her famous husband, Howard Stern.

According to Newsday, the money from Billy’s concert will go to add a second floor to the League’s headquarters, thus expanding the space for animal care.

Billy’s May 9 show will be the fifth installment of his ongoing once-a-month residency at Madison Square Garden, which began in January. Right now, he has shows scheduled at the legendary venue through December, and has promised to perform there once a …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

Billy Joel Releasing Russian Tour Documentary, Concert Film & Live Album in May

By Andrea Dresdale

Jim Brown/ShowtimeLast month, Showtime aired the Billy Joel documentary Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust — The Bridge to Russia, focusing on the Piano Man’s historic August 1987 tour of the Soviet Union. Now you can own it — and a lot more — on DVD, Blu-ray and CD.

There will be several versions of the package arriving May 20. One is a deluxe edition boxed set featuring the Showtime documentary, plus a full-length concert film of Billy’s performance in the city formerly known as Leningrad, as well as a two-CD live album including unreleased tracks and bonus material, and a book with rare photos and first-hand accounts of journalists who were present for the tour.

If you don’t want the box set, you’ll be able to buy both the concert film and the two-CD set separately. The film is a remastered version of Live in Leningrad 1987, which hasn’t been been available since it first came out on VHS. It includes 12 previously unreleased performances, more than doubling the original run time.

As previously reported, A Matter of Trust — The Bridge to Russia gives fans …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

Billy Joel Poised to Tie His Own Madison Square Garden Record

By Andrea Dresdale

Credit: Myrna SuarezBack in 2006, Billy Joel set a record by selling out 12 consecutive shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden; he was the first solo artist to do so on a single tour. Now, the Piano Man is poised to tie his own record.

Billy has just announced that he’s added a 12th show to his current residency at the legendary New York City venue. The previous 11 shows he’s put on sale have all sold out. This 12th show will take place Thursday, December 18, and tickets go on sale Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m.

When he first announced his residency at the Garden — the venue calls it a “music franchise — Billy said he’d continue to play one show a month there “as long as there is interest.” The residency began on January 27; his next show is scheduled for March 21. In between, he’s been performing select dates around the country, and he’ll continue to do so, in arenas and stadiums, throughout the year.

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Gavin DeGraw to Open for Billy Joel in Florida Tuesday Night

By Andrea Dresdale

Debra Rothenberg/PictureGroupAs a piano-playing pop star, Gavin DeGraw has often cited Billy Joel as one of his biggest influences. Now, he’s getting a chance to share the stage with his hero.

Gavin will open up for Billy Tuesday night in Sunrise, Florida — it’s a special one-off gig that he’s doing while prepping for his own tour, which starts in February. On Twitter, he wrote, “One does not simply open up for @BillyJoel on Jan 7th in Sunrise FL and not tell anyone! See you all there!!”

In other Billy Joel news, the Piano Man has …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC


Garth Brooks Salutes Billy Joel on Sunday Night's Kennedy Center Honors Special

By Music News Group

Country Music Hall of FameGarth Brooks makes his third appearance on the annual Kennedy Center Honors special Sunday night singing the hits of this year’s recipient, Billy Joel. Garth has previously performed on the show in honor of George Jones and Loretta Lynn.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I’ve been very, very lucky that the three times I’ve done it now, with Billy being the third, these were all epic, iconic heroes that influenced my life and my music.”

The Kennedy Center Honors were held earlier this month in Washington, D.C., and Garth admits he had a …read more

From: Country Music News From ABC


The Year in Music 2013 -- The Return of the Rocket Man & the Piano Man

By Andrea Dresdale

Kevin Mazur/WireImage2013 saw the return of both Elton John and Billy Joel: one to the top of the charts, and one to the stage.

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hadn’t toured the U.S. since early 2010, when he and Elton John finished the latest installment of their Face to Face tour; it had been even longer since his last solo tour. But the great response to his set at the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in December of 2012 evidently got Billy thinking about returning to live performance.

In 2013, he surprised fans by booking appearances at the …read more

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC