06/22/2015: Billy Joel recently rocked the house at Bonaroo; not that anyone was expecting anything different from the rock n’ roll expert. Joel hasn’t released anything new in 20 years, but he doesn’t need to. There’s an old saying that we all know and love that goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” People have loved Joel’s work since it first came around; his music has aged like a fine wine. Fans love to sway, sing-along and groove to the nostalgia-laden anthems just as much as they always have. Billy Joel has fine-tuned his formula for a great act.
2/02/2015: What kind of crowd will be at the Billy Joel concert? Younger naysayers assume that the audience will be made up entirely of grandpas wearing sox and sandals and grannies wearing too much makeup. While those folks will be in attendance, there will surely be a lot more diversity in the demographic. Why? Because those grandpas and grannies are parents and grandparents, and they certainly have shared their love for Billy Joel through those generations. A career that has lasted decades has a fan base that crosses generations, which is one of the coolest parts about being a lifelong musician.
1/27/2015: It’s not hard for haters to dismiss Billy Joel’s career as a cycle of hot singles, alcoholism and rocky relationships. Despite all of that, he is still one of the most accomplished singer-songwriters in the history of the music business. Who’s the man behind the music? Joel was bullied when he was young, playing piano and taking ballet. He then took to boxing, and scared those bullies off with one solid punch. Throughout his childhood, he was very close to his mother, Rosalind, who was the inspiration for the song, “Rosalind’s Eyes”. He found fame through a number of early bands, eventually forming a partnership with the likes of drummer, Jon Small. Later, the two formed a short-lived rock duo, which was abruptly terminated when Joel fell in love with Small’s wife and married her in 1973. Although the two eventually divorced, his first wife pushed him into his first record label. That didn’t end up working out either, so he bought his way out of that contract and bought into a contract with Phil Ramone, who made him a star. His songs hit the top of the charts, and he even won a Grammy. Joel married and remarried several times over the years, most likely due to his alcohol problem, which he addressed and continues to work on daily. He worked incredibly hard to share his music with the world for a long time. Although he fought some personal battles along the way, his career has been a fantastic one.