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  posted on 11/6/2011 at 11:35 PM
He sure made annoying music. No wonder Christie decided to look for greener pastures.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 12:06 AM
Can't say he ever did anything for me, either. Who knows about the marriage though, not really fair to him to go there.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 06:55 AM
So what I hear you saying is that you are Moving Out?

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 09:15 AM
to a place in Hackensack...
 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 09:21 AM
You may be right ...

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 09:33 AM
At least he got to do Christie. Chevy Chase didn't.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 09:39 AM
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At least he got to do Christie. Chevy Chase didn't.


That is true; but he has the Joe DiMaggio syndrome. Rather than basking in the glory of having done Marilyn Monroe, Joe spent the rest of his life tormented that he lost her. Billy has seemingly gone down that same path - his life has been a mess since Christie left him

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 09:56 AM
A friend called with extras to Billy at his last run of Madison Square Garden shows. It was the private box on the rooftop circle. Billy put on a great show. "New York State of Mind" at MSG with open bar and food in the box? Priceless. Of course I'm from Long Island and I have been known to travel with a six pack in my hand. So I might be biased just a bit. Billy is still The Entertainer. As we say on Long Island, Billy never met a tree he didn't like.
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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 10:38 AM
Gotta deviate here. Have always liked him, and actually got a hankering for Billy about two weeks ago. Have been brushing off some of the old ones that I really enjoy.

Now, can I live the rest of my life without hearing Uptown Girl and We Didn't Start The Fire ever again? ABSOLUTELY. But Songs From the Attic? 52nd Street? Glass Houses? Love em.

Besides, without Billy, dueling piano bars would be starving for material.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 11:20 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVlDSzbrH5M
 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 11:46 AM
Piano man is like finger nails on the chalkboard to me. The local "Oldies" station play Billy constantly....

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 11:46 AM
billy joel is one of those artists who become so successful that they become annoying due to being so accessible and then become under rated lol...nobody who can write that many songs that become standards can be bad although constant radio play will make anybody eventually difficult to listen to!
 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 11:57 AM
i dont go out of my way at all to listen to him, but i gotta say the msg show that i saw, and the Shea Stadium show i saw were real enjoyable. my wife was very pregnant at the time too. had the baby shortly after. last time i was at shea, and i think my last childless outing w the wife. good times....
 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 12:04 PM
Now, can I live the rest of my life without hearing Uptown Girl and We Didn't Start The Fire ever again? ABSOLUTELY. But Songs From the Attic? 52nd Street? Glass Houses? Love em.

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 12:58 PM
agreed Stratdel...
too bad about the Tide sat...still #1 in my poll!!!
The damn coaches lost that one!

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 04:30 PM
His music took a nose dive once he met Christie Brinkley. His popular, over-played songs can get really annoying, but that's the same for all over-played tunes. His album tracks are really where his music shines. The singles were the least common denominator, but as a young listener he opened my ears to sounds I wouldn't have otherwise heard. He's covered a lot of ground. Streetlife Serenade is a great example, it's got piano ballads (Streetlife Serenader), country-rock (The Entertainer, Weekend Song, Last Of The Big Time Spenders), latin-rock (Mexican Connection), ragtime piano (Rootbeer Rag), and a song about a hooker(Roberta). 52nd Street is jazzy and made me open to horns and jazz arrangements. "Stiletto" is an awesome song, "Zanzibar" is smoky dive jazz, and "Until The Night" has one of the most gut-wrenching saxophone solos ever. His old sax man Richie Cannata was spectacular and drummer Liberty DeVito was a rock & roller that kept Billy from going over to the dark side too often (Liberty refused to play on "Just The Way You Are" - a song I never want to hear again). "Turnstiles" has some hard rocking anthems like "Angry Young Man" with it's piano figure that sounds like a guitarist finger tapping and Miami 2017 with its post-apocalyptic power chords.

Yeah, "Piano Man" is over done, most of his mid to late 80's music is sappy "I Love Christie" pabulum and he's been a mess since they broke up, but from "Cold Spring Harbor" to "The Nylon Curtain" he wrote and played some of the best music in modern musical history. Hell, "Glass Houses" was the first Compact Disc I ever bought. I wanted to hear the glass breaking in pristine digital sound. It didn't hurt that every song on that disc was a classic, especially the non-radio tracks like "Close To The Borderline" which has some of my favorite lyrics ever and a truly menacing guitar riff:

I got remote control and a color T.V.
I don't change channels
so they must change me.
I got real close friends that will get me high;
They don't know how to talk
and they ain't gonna try.
I shouldn't bitch, I shouldn't cry.
I'd start a revolution but I don't have time.

I don't know why I'm still a nice guy,
but I'm getting close to the borderline

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 05:04 PM
Hes one of the best singer songwriters and players around

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 05:25 PM
While I've never been a big fan of Billy Joel, I am eternally grateful to him for introducing me to the awesome that is Topo Gigio:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0pM5dm--yQ


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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 05:32 PM
Earlier this year, I bought Billy's Shea Stadium DVD. An excellent concert video.

Billy and Macca at Shea

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 05:51 PM
Movin' Out, My Life -- like it when those ones come on the radio

 

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  posted on 11/7/2011 at 11:44 PM
I like the three albums Piano Man, Street Life Serenade and Turnstiles. Back then his music had a base in folk and rock very different from the commercial pop he turned to. The early stuff is actually remeniscent of early Elton John. How can you go wrong with Ballad of Billy the Kid, The Entertainer, Angry Young Man, Miami 2017 etc.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2011 at 12:10 AM
Love Billy Joel, have seen him live about ten or so times and wouldn't hesitate to see him again!!! Got hooked on his music when The Stranger came out and to this day I still love that record!!! Fantastic lyrics! I put Billy on the same level I put Elton John. Both put on a great live show!

 

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  posted on 11/8/2011 at 07:54 AM
Believe it or not, Billy Joel is the musician that got me hooked to live music. When I was 6 years old in 1981, I received "Song's in the Attic" as a Christmas gift. I soon realized the live versions of "Summer Highland Falls", "Captain Jack" and "The Ballad of Billy the Kid" were superior to the studio versions.

I'm not a fan of anything Billy Joel has done after 1982 but I respect him. He is a fantastic musician.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2011 at 08:27 AM
I like the early albums also but the commercial stuff does little for me.

Just hope that he doesn't tour with Elton again. I prefer to catch Elton as An Evening with......instead of split sets. Just not on the same level IMO and for the money i would prefer to pick which one I spend my cash on.

One Billy show that I worked will go down as the shortest set that I ever saw by a headlining act. He barely passed the 45 minute mark. The local paper broke the amount paid down by the minute in their review. Very funny review and sadly very true. This would have been around mid to late 80s. saws shows after that were longer so I think he got the message.

 

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