Happy Birthday to Billy Joel, who turns 68 today (May 9th)!!! On Saturday night (May 13th), the “Piano Man” will play his second baseball stadium of the year, when he hits L.A.’s Dodger Stadium. Last month, Billy kicked off his annual ballpark run with an April 28th gig at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park. In July 2015, the “Piano Man” married longtime girlfriend Alexis Roderick with the couple welcoming their first child, daughter Della Rose, the following month. Billy has a daughter — 31-year-old musician Alexa Ray Joel — from his second marriage to Christie Brinkley. Della Rose is the first for Roderick, who was 34 at the time of the birth, and a former financial advisor for Morgan Stanley.
Last year, Billy Joel put his money where his mouth is with a $1 million pledge from his Joel Foundation to help save the struggling Long Island High School for the Arts. Officials claim the school is facing being shut down due to both a dip in enrollment and a lack of tuition revenue. Billy will direct his Joel Foundation to donate the money “to an organization supporting the Long Island High School for the Arts if Nassau BOCES pledges to keep it open for three years.”
Next August 10th will mark the 24th anniversary since Billy Joel released his last studio rock album, River Of Dreams. The album, which peaked at Number One on the Billboard 200, featured the Top Three hit — and Billy’s last Top Ten hit to date — “The River Of Dreams.” Although Billy has sworn off writing or releasing new pop/rock music, he recently revealed to The Los Angeles Times that he and pop icon Pink had gotten together and “thrown around some ideas” — but wasn’t sure what would become of it.
Out now is Billy’s latest release, A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia, a multimedia set featuring two-live CD’s and a DVD/Blu-ray package including the new documentary of Billy’s 1987 trip to Russia — which premiered last year on Showtime — along with a book of rare and never-before-seen photos and newly written liner notes. Also available is a deluxe edition that collects both the audio and visual elements together. The original live album chronicling Billy’s Russian visit, 1987’s Kohuept — which translates to “Concert” — only featured 12 songs, but the new CD, named A Matter Of Trust: The Bridge To Russia – The Music, features newly remastered sound with 11 additional tracks — including a bonus rehearsal version of the Beatles’ classic “She Loves You.”
During Billy’s exile from releasing rock music, he composed the 2001 classical album Billy Joel: Fantasies & Delusions (Music For Solo Piano) and recorded one “pop” song, the big band-inspired one-off single, “All My Life,” which was released in 2007 and produced by the late-Phil Ramone.
In March 2011, Billy released the CD/DVD set Billy Joel: Live At Shea Stadium, featuring appearances by Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler, Garth Brooks, and Tony Bennett. That November, Billy underwent successful bilateral hip replacement surgery.
Although Billy is known as one of the top musicians in all of rock, he says that his musical limitations could actually be responsible for helping him creating his greatest songs: “I never really applied myself the way I should. I never practiced my scales. I’m limited, and in a way, I think my limitations have helped me as a pop music writer. Sometimes I’ll paint myself into a corner, and I don’t know how to get out, so I just come up with my own solution to get myself out of that corner. And that, in a way, is what may make my material original.”
May 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodger Stadium
May 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
June 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
June 17 – Green Bay, WI – Lambeau Field
July 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
July 14 – Cleveland, OH – Progressive Field
July 28 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Field
August 11 – Chicago, IL – Wrigley Field
August 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
August 30 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
September 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
September 21 – St. Louis, MO – Busch Stadium
September 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
October 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena
November 3 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
November 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
December 8 – Portland, OR – Moda Center