All of Billy Joel’s Songs. At Once.

December 7th, 2010, 3:00 pm by Sara

It reminds us of a recording we have of a Japanese pachinko parlor; we can’t tell if it’s horrific or brilliant.


Flashback: Billy Joel, 40 Years Ago

December 7th, 2009, 11:34 am by Greg

In case you hadn’t heard, tonight’s scheduled Billy Joel-Elton John Face 2 Face tour concert has been postponed again. (The new attempted date for the concert at the Times Union Center in Albany is Thursday, March 11.) But at least the announcement was made two weeks ago.

And that’s probably a good thing, because the concert would have been postponed at the last minute anyway given the overdose and susequent hospitaliztion of Joel’s 23-year-old daughter, singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel in NYC on Saturday.


Just in case you’re jonesin’ for Joel, here’s a little something special for ya. We dug deep into the vast Nippertown Research Department, Deep Storage Facility to uncover this primo publicity photo of Joel and his bandmates when he made his Capital Region debut at the old and long gone but certainly not forgotten Aerodrome in Schenectady – 40 years ago.

We especially dig those crazy pants, Billy…

(photo courtesy of Fred Baye's Aerodrome archive)

(photo courtesy of Fred Baye's Aerodrome archive)

Tony DeSare, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

November 24th, 2009, 2:01 pm by Greg

TonyDeSare“That I actually bought myself with my own money? Yeah, I do remember, but it wasn’t a jazz album. It was Billy Joel‘s ‘Storm Front.’ I was about 14 years old at the time and had been playing piano for a couple of years.

One of the things that I grew up on was listening to a couple of Billy Joel albums that my dad had. Then the new one came out, ‘Storm Front,’ and it had that song, ‘And So It Goes,’ on it. I loved the piano-vocal thing, so that was the first album that I ever purchased.”

Jazz singer-pianist Tony DeSare plays a stand of homecoming concerts at the Charles Wood Theater in Glens Falls Friday-Sunday (November 27-29).

Piano Men Postponed…Again

November 23rd, 2009, 9:14 am by Greg

Keyboard kings Elton John and Billy Joel have postponed their upcoming Albany concert – for the second time.

The Face 2 Face Tour was originally slated to roll into the Times Union Center on Monday, July 27, but it was postponed do to Billy Joel’s illness. After much delay, it was finally re-scheduled for Monday, December 7. Now that date has been cancelled, and the concert has been re-scheduled for next year.

According to Pollstar, “Illness is the culprit. At first it was only John’s health causing postponements of the tour’s first few dates. But almost as soon as John recovered from a bout of flu mixed with an E. coli infection, co-headline partner Joel took sick.”

The new date for the concert is Thursday, March 11, 2010 – which means that it will have been a full year since tickets first went on sale for the concert back in March, 2009.

Elton & Billy @ the TUC?

August 27th, 2009, 2:21 pm by Greg

eltonJohnBillyJoelOK, that big Elton John-meets-Billy Joel concert at the Times Union Center? It was supposed to happen a month ago, but it was “postponed” due to Joel’s exhaustion.

Yes, a full month ago, and a new date for the show still hasn’t been announced. Good thing we’re not holding our breath…

Don’t Be Here Now: No John/Joel tonight

July 27th, 2009, 12:08 pm by Greg

With Billy Joel sidelined by extreme fatigue and flu-like symptoms, tonight’s Face 2 Face concert with Billy Joel and Elton John at the Times Union Center has been postponed.

And that’s undoubtedly very good news for SPAC, which should see a significant jump in lawn ticket sales for tonight’s Coldplay concert.

No new date for the John/Joel concert has been announced yet, but I just loved the way that a television newscaster over the weekend advised ticketholders, “Don’t throw those tickets away.” Gee, no foolin’. I just paid $177 for a ticket, but I shouldn’t throw it away?

Anyway, I don’t see why Sir Elton didn’t just snag one of the guys from Nippertown’s real dueling-keyboards concert of the week – Dr. John and Al Kooper at The Egg last Saturday – and do the concert tonight anyway. They could have billed it as The Two Johns: Elton-meets-Dr.

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