Billy Joel's music has been a constant for many Long Islanders, there as the backdrop to rides in the family station wagon, backyard barbecues, first crushes, college parties, nights at the bar, weddings, births and funerals.
To whom it may concern:
I wholeheartedly support the ivory sales ban bill pending in New York State.
I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.
But a preference for ivory keys does not justify the slaughter of 96 elephants every day.
There are other materials which can be substituted for piano keys.
But magnificent creatures like these can never be replaced.
Music must never be used as an excuse to destroy an endangered species.
Music should be a celebration of life - not an instrument of death.
Billy Joel's next concert is Saturday, June 21st at Madison Square Garden! Here is a photo of Billy at a recent MSG concert headed to the stage with Max Loubiere/Tour Director and Noel Rush/Security. The photo was taken by Myrna Suarez, who has photographed many of Billy's shows.
Mark Rivera will spend most of this summer playing saxophone in front of packed stadiums and arenas with Billy Joel, but that doesn't mean crowds don't make him nervous.
"It's actually more unnerving for me when I can see the very back of the room," said Rivera, who, after 32 years in Joel's band, is once again playing small clubs, as he rolls out his first solo album Common Bond.
Billy Joel gazed at the thousands in attendance at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night and leered mischievously, as if he’d just been given a paycheck for doing what he loved instead of doing work. And that was the case, naturally.
When most people think of the song that sums up five-time GRAMMY winner Billy Joel it's "Piano Man," the autobiographical tune he introduced May 27 at the last of his three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl as being about "a situation west of Wilshire." But on this night it was "The Entertainer," another Joel song title that best described his performance. ... As the crowd filed out of the Bowl, I heard someone say, "That was unbelievable." It was that good, but you would've expected nothing less than absolute mastery from a brilliant showman and tunesmith flipping through four decades of songs that have become the soundtrack of our lives. - GRAMMY.com
If you missed Billy's appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, or you want to see it again, tune in TONIGHT at 11:35 p.m. EDT to watch it re-air on NBC! Billy sat for an interview and a duet of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," and later performed "You May Be Right" with his band.
He may be a New York native at heart, but Billy Joel showed that he has a soft spot for his west coast home away from home in Los Angeles. Taking the stage for his second night at the iconic Hollywood Bowl Thursday, Billy wooed the sold out audience with plenty of hits spanning his lengthy music catalog and some lesser played, but equally as loved obscurities.