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Billy Joel Plays STONE Music Festival, Exclusive Photos From Sydney

Billy Joel performed his first full concert in over three years this weekend at the STONE Music Festival in Sydney, Australia. He stuck largely to the hits, though he did break out the album cuts "The Entertainer," "Zanzibar" and "Don't Ask Me Why." The 19-song set ended, of course, with "Piano Man." Though very few of the performances are on YouTube, someone did capture the vast majority of "She's Always A Woman." Read more at Rolling Stone. The complete setlist is below, along with exclusive photos!

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Billy Joel, Van Halen and Aerosmith at STONE Music Festival Press Conference - Video

Billy Joel, Van Halen and Aerosmith participated in a press conference this week in advance of their performances at STONE Music Festival in Sydney, Australia this weekend. Watch the video below from WSFM for some of the questions and answers!

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Billy Joel, Van Halen and Aerosmith Hit Australia

Billy Joel, Van Halen and Aerosmith Hit Australia

Just in. Image from press conference yesterday in Sydney, Australia.

From left to right: Brad Whitford, David Lee Roth, Steven Tyler, Billy Joel, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, Joe Perry

Photo: Max Loubiere

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Billy Joel In Winter - Grantland

Billy Joel In Winter - Grantland

In December, Billy Joel performed six songs at the 12.12.12 benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims at Madison Square Garden, and it was kind of a big deal. At the height of his pop-star fame in the '70s and '80s -- when a string of hit albums secured him access to the figureheads of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue's gilded age (including Elle Macpherson and future ex-wife Christie Brinkley) and widespread admiration for his bold and possibly crazy pro–"riding motorcycles in the rain" stance -- Joel could regularly be seen playing for arenas full of people.

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Sony Music's Billy Joel Photo Archive - Behind The Scenes Video

Legacy Recordings recently spent some time in the Sony Music Archives Library with director Tom Tierney and shot this great video from its Billy Joel photo archive. Watch it here! You also can check out more videos and playlists at the official Billy Joel YouTube Channel.

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Billy Joel & Phil Ramone: An Examination

Billy Joel & Phil Ramone: An Examination

Billy Joel’s first album as a solo artist, Cold Spring Harbor, came out in 1971. Over the course of six years, several subsequent albums, lineup changes, botched tours and other promotional misfires, he struggled to find his voice as an artist or achieve any real commercial success. Even with classic songs like "Piano Man" and “Say Goodbye To Hollywood” in his pocket, Joel received little airplay and no real chart success.

Then in 1977 he teamed with producer Phil Ramone and released The Stranger. Words have been written around the world for 30 years about this album and its legacy, but all you really need to know is that it contains no less than seven all-time, hall-of-fame classic recordings.

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Billy Joel Featured At Cycle World Magazine

Billy Joel Featured At Cycle World Magazine

Cycle World has covered the new book Rockin' Garages by Tom Cotter, who interviewed Billy Joel and other musicians about their fascination with motorcycles. Here is an excerpt:

Billy Joel is telling Tom Cotter a story about his buddy, fellow hall-of-fame rock-’n’-roller Bruce Springsteen.

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Billy Joel Not Retiring, Mulling Complete Album Concerts - Rolling Stone

Billy Joel Not Retiring, Mulling Complete Album Concerts - Rolling Stone

Billy Joel is returning to the road this month to play a few festival gigs after a three-year absence. "I'm putting my toe back into the water to see how performing feels," he tells Rolling Stone. "That doesn't mean I'm going to walk away right after if I don't like how they go, but if I do like how they go, I'll probably end up booking some more gigs. I don't know if I'll go an extended tour like Bruce Springsteen, hammering away for two years, though."

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Billy Joel Music Covered Twice On 'American Idol' Rock N Roll Night

Billy Joel Music Covered Twice On 'American Idol' Rock N Roll Night

On a night billed as "Rock N Roll, No Ballads," the Top 7 American Idol contestants took the stage on Wednesday. Janelle Arthur performed a country-style version of Billy's "You May Be Right," and also joined fellow contestants Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison on "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me." Click to view both Idol performances below, followed by the Billy Joel originals. The results show airs tonight at 8 p.m. EDT on FOX.

You May Be Right

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Billy Joel Pays Tribute To Phil Ramone: 'He Was the King' - Rolling Stone

Billy Joel Pays Tribute To Phil Ramone: 'He Was the King' - Rolling Stone

I first met Phil Ramone when I played Carnegie Hall in 1976. It was my first time headlining there. There used to be an Italian restaurant across the street called Fontana di Trevi where a lot of the classical musicians and opera stars from Carnegie Hall would dine. I had dinner with Phil there, and it really was the inspiration for "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant."

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RIP Phil Ramone

RIP Phil Ramone

Phil Ramone, music producer and dear friend, died this morning in New York at age 79.

Phil produced The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man, The Bridge, and the single “All My Life” released 2007. Our prayers and condolences are with the Ramone family. Phil will be deeply missed.

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Billy Joel's 'The Longest Time' Covered On 'How I Met Your Mother'

Billy Joel's 'The Longest Time' Covered On 'How I Met Your Mother'

Monday night's episode of "How I Met Your Mother" on CBS featured the character Ted imagining future versions of himself while coping with being alone and deciding whether to go to a Legendary Robots vs Wrestlers fight. The episode ends with Ted admitting he would have rather gone to meet his future wife.

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