Billy Joel was a guest on The Tonight Show yesterday and Jimmy Fallon asked the Piano Man if he would sing The Tokens’ The Lion Sleeps Tonight with him via some help from the iPad app Loopy. The two men were able to sound like a Doo Wop group even though they were a few voices short. And even with that disadvantage, they still sounded as melodic as the original version. Seriously, isn’t BJ’s voice just as beautiful as that Uptown Girl he sang about? I know his vocals start my fire!
Every state has its musical Big Shot they support with all of their heart; California has The Eagles, Florida has Gloria Estefan, Massachusetts has Aerosmith, NJ has Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, and NY has Billy Joel. The premiere location for any band/singer to play in NYC is Madison Square Garden and The Piano Man announced today that he has set up permanent residency at the arena. His first show at his new home is January 27, 2014 and it is sold out. In fact the next 3 shows on February 3, March 21, April 18 also are sold out. The first show that we can get tickets to is on May 9, 2014, his 65th birthday, and from that date on he will be playing MSG once a month as long as we want him to or For The Longest Time.
According to press release since he first performed there back in 1978, he has played 46 shows there. When he becomes a senior citizen, it will be his 50th show. Do know how many musicians would die for the opportunity to play the NYC landmark just once and he will do it over 4 dozens times before he start collecting social security. Who knows how many more times he will be singing Uptown Girl in downtown Manhattan? More than a parent tells their kid Don’t Ask Me Why again. No Pressure, no pressure at all for The Entertainer, who has had his music turned into a Broadway musical and a whole episode of Glee dedicated to his tunes.
If you have never seen Billy Joel live or seen a concert at MSG, I highly recommend you get tickets to see him there. They will be available for pre-sale on December, 4th. I have seen him live 4 times and I would see him again and again even though he tried to hit me over the head with a mic stand. He really puts on a show for everyone to enjoy! So save up to see him live at MSG, it is well worth the money!
Billy Joel was doing an interview with Access Hollywood and they asked him if he would allow Glee to do an episode dedicated to his music. Here was the response to their question:
“I already have,” Billy confirmed, breaking news about the hit FOX show.
“So, have they started the process?” Shaun asked.
“I have no idea. All I know is I said, ‘Yeah! Go ahead. Use my stuff,’” Billy revealed. “I was in a chorus when I was in high school, why not?”
Umm I think there was something that was already dedicated solely to his music, you know that Tony award winning Broadway show called Movin’ Out. But it would be fun to see what Glee can do with his music. How cool would it be if they used We Didn’t Start the Fire for a history class? (Like what that person did on YouTube.) Seriously do they ever take any classed at McKinley High?
One last note, when he was asked if he would appear on the show, he said “I’m just not a big TV actor type of guy, I’m a piano player.” Maybe he can get his little Alexa on the show instead. But personally I would love to see him on the show teaching that history class singing We Didn’t Start the Fire as he teaches them about the 20th century!
“After nearly five years of marriage Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel have decided to separate. This decision is a result of much thoughtful consideration. Billy and Katie remain caring friends with admiration and respect for each other.”
The mag also says that the final call was her relationship with Yigal Azrouel, a handsome 36-year-old Israeli-born fashion designer. They claim Billy Joel told her to end it, but she wouldn’t. They added his friends told him, while he was on tour, that she was up to no good with him.
As of now we don’t know what ended their marriage, but I wonder if the fact that he is 60 and she is 27 played into it. That is a mighty big age difference.
As a Mets and Billy Joel fan, I have tears in my eyes as we say goodbye to Shea Stadium. But a what a way to go out with Billy Joel and Paul McCartney performing together with some classics from The Beatles!!! Shea might not be standing there much longer, but the memories will live on forever!!!
Enter to a win a Legacy Recordings celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Billy Joel’s The Stranger with a re-release prize pack!!! The prize pack includes original album, a previously unreleased 1977 Carnegie Hall performance, as well as a card to download the entire album digitally. All you have to do is E-Mail me the answer at SeriouslyOMGWTF@yahoo.com to “Which song off of The Stranger became the title of a Broadway musical based on Billy Joel’s music?” by July 15th with your name and address! A winner will be selected at random.
Legacy Recordings proudly celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Billy Joel’s breakout album “The Stranger” with the release of two special editions — a 2 CD Legacy Edition and a Deluxe Limited Edition including 2 CDs plus a bonus DVD — of the best-selling multi-platinum collection which catapulted Joel into the upper ranks of pop music superstardom. Each of the 30th Anniversary editions of “The Stranger” is available online and in stores today.
Originally released in September 1977, Billy Joel’s fifth studio album, “The Stranger,” marked the first of Joel’s highly successful collaborations with producer Phil Ramone, whose mastery of the recording studio provided a sublime sonic context for Joel’s timeless songs and classic performances. “I was very happy that we chose Phil Ramone,” said Billy Joel in a recent interview for the 30th Anniversary edition of “The Stranger.” “He got it right away.”
The resulting collection became one of the top-selling albums of the year (peaking at #2 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart); won two Grammys (Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Just The Way You Are,” “The Stranger” was nominated for Album of the Year); overtook Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as Columbia Records Top Selling Album of the time, and generated four indelible singles — “Just The Way You Are (#1 Adult Contemporary, #3 Pop Singles); “Only The Good Die Young” (#24 Pop Singles); “She’s Always A Woman” (#2 Adult Contemporary, #17 Pop Singles); and “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” (#17 Pop Singles) — that remain radio staples to this day.
Billy Joel’s 5th studio release, The Stranger, is celebrating its 30th year and Legacy Recordings is giving the CD some much deserved special treatment on July 8th!
The limited deluxe edition of “The Stranger” includes a CD of the original album, in its entirety, remastered by producer Phil Ramone; a CD of a previously unreleased concert featuring Billy and his band, “Live At Carnegie Hall 1977,” recorded at the historic Manhattan venue on June 3, 1977, one month prior to the sessions for “The Stranger” album and newly restored for the new editions of “The Stranger”; and a DVD showcasing two live promotional videos from “The Stranger” and the long-awaited release of Billy’s fabled appearance on the BBC’s “Old Grey Whistle Test,” a seldom-seen sixty minute cavalcade from 1978 that has aired only once on the UK’s BBC2.
Rounding out the limited deluxe edition of “The Stranger – 30th Anniversary” package is a 48 page booklet with liner notes from Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke and a multitude of photos, including never-before-seen images from the original photo shoot for the album.
That is a must for Billy Joel fans, I know I can’t wait.
Now I know Billy Joel is more of an East Coast thing, but here is the track listing for The Stranger. You have to admit he had some really memorable and enjoyable tracks on that CD and even you will be saying you love him just the way he is!
1. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
2. The Stranger
3. Just The Way You Are
4. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
6. Only The Good Die Young
7. She’s Always A Woman
8. Get It Right The First Time
9. Everybody Has A Dream
C’mon admit it you have bust out singing at least one of those songs! I know I have screamed out a bottle of red, a bottle of white…in fact I am doing it right now and I know you are too!!! Or you are Movin’ Out from this post!!!