Music director and keyboardist David Rosenthal shares his memory of one of his first gigs with Billy at the Boston Garden. Introducing the Downeaster Collection, inspired by summer living on the East Coast soundtracked by your favorite Billy Joel songs. Pre-order begins today! Jump to.
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Will he hit a th show there? By Rob Tannenbaum. I worked on one of those, when I was 17 or Now I own the place. Early one Friday afternoon, Mr. Joel, who is 69, was smoking a small cigar on one of the front lawns of his acre manor, cleverly dubbed Middle Sea, at the tip of Centre Island, a peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island. The estate was built by a railroad baron, George Bullock, some hundred years ago.
Why now? Are you looking forward to playing the Garden on your 70th birthday on May 9th? I got mixed feelings about it. Still, 70 is a milestone. This is a Peter Pan kinda job. You become a little myopic about how old you actually are.
Several years later, in , he received the Kennedy Center Honors. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to a section of America's famous "first suburb," Levittown on Long Island. Although his father was an accomplished classical pianist, it was Joel's mother who pushed the young boy to study piano.