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Billy Joel Claims Elton John Forced Him To Stick To His Hits On Tour
Friday, May 23, 2014
Billy Joel Claims Elton John Forced Him To Stick To His Hits On Tour
Billy Joel's current deep cut live shows are a direct response for his years touring the incredibly profitable Face To Face joint shows with Elton John. Although the tours played to sold out audiences all around the world, more than a few Billy fans ended up bored by lack of variety in the concerts -- something Billy noticed, too.
 
In an extended interview with American Songwriter magazine, Billy revealed the tension with Elton regarding the stagnant setlists, recalling, "That show never changed. Elton was the senior partner, and I'd say, 'Why don't we try something different? Let's change it up.' (In an Elton John accent), 'Nah, nah, nah. It's not broken, don't fix it. Leave it alone. It's working fine.' Okay, you're the senior partner, fine. But after 16 years, it was time to do something different or I'm going to go crazy."
 
Billy Joel explained that his onstage persona is actually part showman — and part showbiz tortoise shell: [“I can’t go onstage and start thinking too much about how absurd this all is. I know who I am; I’m this guy from Levittown. And one night I actually started thinking about this: ‘What are they all yelling about? Don’t they know, I’m just this little schnook?’ And if you start thinking like that, I think people in the audience can sense (it) -- and thy’ll eat you alive.”] SOUNDCUE (:18 OC: . . . eat you alive)
 
Billy Joel tour dates (subject to change):
May 22, 27 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
June 1 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
June 7 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden
June 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
July 2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
July 18 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
July 26 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park         
August 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
August 7 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
September 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
October 2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
November 25 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
December 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden

Photo Courtesy Billy Joel/MSG
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