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Billy Joel Mixes Stories With Song At University Of Miami

From discussing songwriting in the shower and even in his sleep to revealing the inspiration for his weekend anthem “You May Be Right” (“Ex number one”), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel perfectly melded his talents as musician and storyteller during a memorable marathon show attended by nearly 1,800 UM students on March 5.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Did You Encounter Any Stumbling Blocks Along The Way?

Today’s installment of Billy Joel “Questions & Answers" drifts back to December 10th, 1992, “The River of Dreams” period. Billy addressed students at Five Towns College, Dix Hills, Long Island, dressed up for the occasion in a 'suite n’tie.' One student asked if Billy encountered any "stumbling blocks" during the course of his career. In his answer, Billy discusses the myth of "artist management" and what can happen if an artist doesn’t stay vigilant in the music business, drawing from his own hard-earned experiences.

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Billy Joel Flashback: 'Glass Houses'

March 12th, 1980: Billy Joel released his seventh album entitled "Glass Houses." It was Billy's first album to have a track, "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," reach #1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

Billy Joel - Glass Houses

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Billy Joel Featured In New Exhibit At Graceland

Billy Joel is being featured in a new exhibit at Graceland! His black leather aviator jacket is on display at the new ICON: The Influence of Elvis Presley Exhibit. The new exhibit opened March 1 at Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis! Click here for more details:

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Billy Joel Speaks To At-Capacity Crowd At University Of Florida

Billy Joel Q&A at University of Florida

The loudspeakers played Wings and The Clash moments before Billy Joel walked on to the stage. Then the lights flickered, and the at-capacity crowd at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts roared. “I hope no one is assuming this is going to be a concert,” he said. Joel stood onstage between two pianos and in front of a gong Thursday night for Accent’s “Billy Joel — An Evening of Questions & Answers … And a Little Music.”

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The Piano Man Takes Lynn University’s Stage

On the evening of Thursday, Feb. 23, Billy Joel took the stage in Lynn University’s Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center for “An Evening of Questions & Answers … And a Little Music.” The sold-out event was an intimate engagement only open to Lynn students, staff and faculty that brought together an audience from several generations. One student asked, “What does it feel like to know your music spans generations?” “It feels damn good,” said Joel who was first seen by some audience members in the 1970s while others were first introduced to his music on Sesame Street.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Are You Going To Write Symphonies And Movie Scores?

At the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, Billy was asked if he had future plans to write more piano pieces. Billy explains in a funny way how he regained interest in classical music after a long period of being in love with rock & roll. You can watch his response in the video below, and check out more clips from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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Igudesman & Joo Playing at Carnegie Hall April 17th, Featuring Hyung-ki Joo

Billy Joel and Hyung-ki Joo

Billy Joel and Hyung-ki Joo during the "Fantasies & Delusions" sessions in 2001.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Are The Origins Of Your Song 'The Downeaster 'Alexa'?'

During a Q&A at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, Billy was asked about the song "The Downeaster 'Alexa,'" just before some technical difficulties at the venue. Billy has always filled any disruptive downtime in his shows with an impromptu riff. In this one, he filled the void with a song that could be called "You Can Kiss My %&S," or "Actually You Guys Clap Pretty Good." You choose. No matter the title, it's a riff that is completely unique to Billy's onstage performance.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - Early In Your Career, What Kept You Going As An Artist?

In the latest video from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series, Billy is asked about how he continued to persevere as an artist before he became famous. In his answer below, Billy explains how he never doubted what he was going to do.

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New Billy Joel Q&A - What Is The Story Behind The Lyric To 'Piano Man?'

Billy has some fun with the audience in this week's Q&A video, where a Harvard University student asked him about the lyrics to "Piano Man." Watch his answer in the video below, and check out more clips from our Billy Joel "Questions & Answers" lecture series!

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Billy Joel Surprise Performance At Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show - Watch Video

Billy Joel attended the Dania Beach Vintage Motorcycle Show on January 28th, where he thrilled the crowd when he got up and sang with a local band, The Whipping Post. Event organizer Clare Frost said, "He walked through the crowd without people really knowing who he was and looked at the over 230 vintage bikes on display and talked to a few of our vendors and out of the blue, he walks up on stage and stood there facing the lead singer, Bob. Bob did a double take and Billy asked him if he could jam with them."

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