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Lori Sears and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The true mettle and value of a musician is how naturally he can perform live. And on stage, Billy Joel is one of pop music's best, a seasoned veteran who's genuine, at ease and funny. There are no elaborate dance numbers, no over-the-top sets, no trickery, explosions or guitar-smashings. It's just Billy and his top-notch, eight-member band on a simple but classy set -- with large video screens and color lighting ... and 20-plus classic rock/pop songs that have made up the soundtrack of many lives.
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Lori Sears and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
The true mettle and value of a musician is how naturally he can perform live. And on stage, Billy Joel is one of pop music's best, a seasoned veteran who's genuine, at ease and funny. There are no elaborate dance numbers, no over-the-top sets, no trickery, explosions or guitar-smashings. It's just Billy and his top-notch, eight-member band on a simple but classy set -- with large video screens and color lighting ... and 20-plus classic rock/pop songs that have made up the soundtrack of many lives.
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | October 17, 1993
Philadelphia -- People dream all sorts of things. There are folks whose dreams are more fantastic than any movie, and others whose life asleep is as mundane as a day at the office. Some people dream their hopes. Some people dream their anxieties. Some people simply dream about sex.Billy Joel dreams music."I dream music all the time," he says. "I've dreamt symphonies. And I know when I wake up that I just dreamt this complete piece of music -- but I can't remember what it is."As he speaks, Joel is two weeks into his current tour, and temporarily headquartered in the Presidential Suite of the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | January 29, 2007
MIAMI-- --I'm guessing that Billy Joel is going to squeeze every minute of multimillion-dollar airtime out of "The Star-Spangled Banner" when he sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl, and I'm going to make him pay. The over-under on the anthem is 1 minute and 44 seconds, and I think we all know that at this point in his career, Billy will need two minutes just to get to the high note at "land of the free." This is the biggest lock since WBAL's Chip Franklin and I went head-to-head on the SAT for pink slips.
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By David Hinckley and David Hinckley,New York Daily News | May 28, 1992
NEW YORK -- Billy Joel clearly remembers how he wrote "Just the Way You Are.""I was at a meeting," he says. "And it came to me. So I walked out of the meeting to go write it down."The other people at the meeting may be puzzled to this day about his sudden departure. But thousands of newlyweds are not, for in addition to staying on the national charts for more than six months, "Just the Way You Are" has become a modern wedding standard."I get mail all the time from people who play it at their wedding," Mr. Joel says.
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By J. Doug Gill and J. Doug Gill,Special to The Sun | July 22, 1994
While their status as rock 'n' roll legends is unequaled, it's been a few years since Billy Joel and Elton John have made records that lived up to that reputation.Therefore, when the duo teamed up to co-headline a multi-city stadium tour, it didn't sound like an exciting way to spend a summer evening.After all, couplings of this sort are often no more than a blase showcase of "greatest hits" -- a promotional tool for selling CD boxed sets. While that may not be such a bad thing, it can make for a long night.
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September 1, 1995
Douglas Alan Stegmeyer, 43, a bass guitarist and former leader of Billy Joel's band, apparently shot himself to death in his Long Island, N.Y., apartment Thursday night, police and friends said. "I am just in shock," Billy Joel said. "He was a very talented player. He was with me from the 1970s through 1988 and was the leader of the nucleus of the group that was the band. We called him the Sergeant-at-Arms. He was so committed to what he was doing."Cleveland Robinson, 80, a veteran labor official and civil rights advocate, died Wednesday of kidney failure in the Bronx, N.Y. A former adviser on labor to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Mr. Robinson was chairman of the New York State Martin Luther King Jr. Commission at his death.
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By JESSICA BRANDT | April 13, 2006
Billy Joel Pop music artist and "piano man" Billy Joel will perform at the Verizon Center (formerly MCI Center) tomorrow as part of his first solo major concert tour in almost seven years. The show begins at 8 p.m. at 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $49.50-$89.50, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 410-547-SEAT. For more information, call 202-628-3200.
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September 30, 2004
I have to tell you that I had not considered this when I wrote 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood.' Billy Joel, after his sidewalk star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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By ROB HIAASEN and ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The plumber is psyched. Mike Lachaina, born three towns down from Billy Joel's hometown on Long Island, stands in the gravel of the Lincoln Theatre's parking lot waiting to see what she sounds like. Lachaina, a Carolina man now, is more than twice the new singer's age, which is a fitting initial audience for the Piano Man's daughter. "I grew up listening to Billy. I've never heard her. But she needs some support," says Lachaina, who alone, at this place and time, comprises Alexa Ray Joel's crowd support.
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November 30, 2006
MAYOR'S CHRISTMAS PARADE O'MALLEY'S OTHER MARCH The 34th annual Mayor's Christmas Parade will be a display of the music, personality and diversity that make Baltimore unique. This year's parade will have more than 15 bands including the Marching Ravens and several high school ensembles. The parade will also feature decorated floats and appearances by Santa Claus and Miss Yuletide. The 2.5-mile parade goes south on Falls Road from Coldspring Lane to 36th Street, then east to Chestnut Avenue, ending at 37th Street.
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By ROB HIAASEN and ROB HIAASEN,SUN REPORTER | May 21, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The plumber is psyched. Mike Lachaina, born three towns down from Billy Joel's hometown on Long Island, stands in the gravel of the Lincoln Theatre's parking lot waiting to see what she sounds like. Lachaina, a Carolina man now, is more than twice the new singer's age, which is a fitting initial audience for the Piano Man's daughter. "I grew up listening to Billy. I've never heard her. But she needs some support," says Lachaina, who alone, at this place and time, comprises Alexa Ray Joel's crowd support.
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By JESSICA BRANDT | April 13, 2006
Billy Joel Pop music artist and "piano man" Billy Joel will perform at the Verizon Center (formerly MCI Center) tomorrow as part of his first solo major concert tour in almost seven years. The show begins at 8 p.m. at 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $49.50-$89.50, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 410-547-SEAT. For more information, call 202-628-3200.
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By J. WYNN ROUSUCK and J. WYNN ROUSUCK,SUN THEATER CRITIC | March 9, 2006
Movin' Out moved into the Hippodrome Theatre this week, and while it's more of a dance/rock concert than a traditional musical, this Twyla Tharp-Billy Joel hybrid sends a jolt of electricity over the footlights. There's no spoken dialogue in Movin' Out, and the cast of 17 dancers don't sing. Instead, the vocals are provided by smooth-voiced, hardworking pianist Darren Holden (whose place is taken by Matthew Friedman at alternate performances). Three of the five principal characters are also played by alternating dancers, which is a good indication of the strenuousness of Tharp's choreography.
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By NATHAN M. PITTS | January 19, 2006
NELLIE MCKAY -- The Birchmere / You won't be hearing Nellie McKay's sophomore album, Pretty Little Head, anytime soon. The acclaimed and outspoken pop singer-songwriter was recently dropped by her label, Columbia. But she may sing new songs from the unreleased album at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, Sunday night at 7:30. Tickets are $27.50 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com. THE TOASTERS -- Recher Theatre / The Toasters and Go Jimmy Go headline the Recher , 512 York Road in Towson, Saturday night at 8. Tickets are $12 and are available through Ticketmaster.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | May 6, 2005
An Israeli prime minister, a dying college professor and the matriarch from a classic Louisa May Alcott novel are among characters audiences will see on stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in 2005-2006. The two-play, five-musical season, to be formally announced at the theater today, features three current Broadway shows (including the Billy Joel musical Movin' Out), but it isn't built around a blockbuster. Instead, Marks Chowning, executive director of the Hippodrome, characterized it as "a season full of marquee stars."
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By DAVE BARRY and DAVE BARRY,Knight-Ridder News Service | August 11, 1996
AWHILE AGO, the New York Times printed an item concerning an 11-year-old girl who was overheard on the streets of East Hampton, N.Y., telling her father, "Daddy, Daddy, please don't sing!"The daddy was Billy Joel.The irony, of course, is that a lot of people would pay big money to hear Billy Joel sing. But of course these people are not Billy Joel's adolescent offspring. To his adolescent offspring, Billy Joel apparently represents the same thing that all parents represent to their adolescent offspring: Bozo-Rama.
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January 7, 1994
Here are selected nominations for the 36th annual Grammy Awards:* Record of the Year: "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)," Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle, producer Walter Afanasieff; "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, producer David Foster; "The River of Dreams," Billy Joel, producers Dan Kortchmar and Joe Nicolo; "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," Sting, producers Hugh Padgham and Sting; "Harvest Moon," Neil Young, producers Neil Young and Ben...
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By KEVIN COWHERD | October 11, 2004
I SEE WHERE Billy Joel, the Piano Man himself, just got married for the third time in a traditional ceremony at his sprawling Long Island estate -- well, traditional in the sense that everyone spent the entire time ducking the paparazzi. Big deal, you say. Celebrities like Billy Joel are always getting married for the third time. These people go through marriages the way the rest of us go through socks. OK, fine. But this time, Joel, who's 55, married a 23-year-old named Katie Lee. Which means she's only five years older than his daughter, Alexa Ray. Talk about robbing the cradle -- that's robbing the incubator.
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September 30, 2004
I have to tell you that I had not considered this when I wrote 'Say Goodbye to Hollywood.' Billy Joel, after his sidewalk star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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