Billy Joel is filling out his his recently announced hometown concert residency with a series of tour dates throughout 2014. Scattered among the New York City shows Joel has lined up in 2014 are a bunch of new concerts that will keep him busy across the U.S. through summer.
Don Henley and Garth Brooks were among the artists who helped pay tribute to Billy Joel, who was one of five performers to receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor in 2013. The gala, which took place on Dec. 8, was televised on CBS last night.
Billy Joel has long taken an interest in educating younger generations of musicians. This runs from his acclaimed Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music series to today’s news that he has given a piano to the music department of Stony Brook University on his native Long Island.
To his credit, Billy Joel never really stayed where he was supposed to. As a New York-based singer-songwriter in the early '70s, he cut his first record, which nobody heard. He then relocated to Los Angeles, rebooted, had a minor hit
Billy Joel will be joining hockey's Rangers and basketball's Knicks and Liberty as a permanent franchise resident of New York City's Madison Square Garden. The rock legend will perform one show a month at the famed venue for "as long as there is demand."
Billy Joel has struggled publicly with depression in recent years, but he says he's made it through his latest dark spell with a renewed faith in humanity. And his salvation came from a somewhat unlikely source.
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