Billy Joel Makes $2 Million In One Night
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Billy Joel Makes $2 Million In One Night
Last week Billy Joel helped New York hedge funder Thomas Kempner Jr celebrate his 60th birthday but it wasn't cheap. According to sources, Kempner's wife, Kitty, paid Joel $2 million to perform an hour and a half. A party goer told the gossip columns, "It was a lovely party . . . some of Thomas' family members made touching speeches, then Billy Joel played with his band for a long time. But it was amusing to see all the billionaires dancing to Billy's 'Allentown' about the depressed manufacturing industry. Nobody there would know anything about working at a steel mine unless they owned one."
A rep for Joel wouldn't confirm how much he was paid.
In the past, Billy Joel has explained how difficult it is to come up with a set lists for certain performances. He explained: "You're always trying to strike a balance between what the audience would like to hear, what we want to play, and what actually balances out to make a good show and it's kind of hard to strike a balance sometimes. I would not be happy just playing the hits. And I know people are walking out sometimes going, 'Well why didn't he, why didn't he play 'Uptown Girl?' Why didn't he play 'Matter Of Trust?' Why didn't he play 'She's Got A Way?' Why didn't he play 'Tell Her About It?' But we don't always want to do those."

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