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Join lifelong Billy Joel fans, Michael and Jack, as they take deep dives in to Billy’s history, songs, albums, tours, band members and more.

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Artists who rose to stardom in the 1970s were the first generation to have that rise documented on TV cameras. Billy Joel was no exception.

Michael & Jack comb through as many of Billy's 1970's TV appearances as they could find to share their observations along the way. Watching these in chronological order, you really get the feel with how Billy's stage presence and live band developed throughout the decade.

Join us as we discuss all things Billy Joel on TV in the 1970s.

 

Appearances include:

 

  • Old Grey Whistle Test - 1973
  • Speakeasy - 1974
  • Don Kirshner's Rock Concert - 1974
  • Midnight Special - 1975
  • Mike Douglas Show - 1976
  • Old Grey Whistle Test - 1978
  • Beat Club - 1978
  • Saturday Night Live - 1978

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EP 015 - Year In Review: 2003

The year was 2003 and once again, Billy was at a crossroads. He mounted a shorter Face To Face tour with Elton John before taking one of the longest hiatuses of his career which would stretch into the end of 2005.

 

Michael & Jack chronicle a year in which saw depression, Billy vocally discussing retiring, and the end end of the professional relationship with the longest tenured band member. But the year wasn't all bad. Billy & Twyla Tharp launched the hugely successful broadway show Movin' Out, had another successful run with Elton John and more. Michael attended 3 shows on that tour which we discuss as well.

 

Join us as we talk all things Billy Joel in 2003.

 

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The year was 1987. Billy and the band were well into their tour supporting The Bridge album. An incredible opportunity came along that would change everyone involved's life forever.

 

Billy Joel and his band became the first American pop act to bring a full-scale touring production to Russia.  While other US artists had played behind the Iron Curtain before, never had the Russians experienced a full on rock show until now.

 

Join Michael & Jack as they go back to 1987 and discuss this monumental 6 date tour that helped thaw relations between the two nations, and saw musicians and crew alike come away touched by the warmth and kindness they received throughout. 

 

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In 1993, Billy Joel began work on what would become his final pop studio album, River of Dreams. What began with he and his live band tracking in a makeshift studio in a boathouse on the east end of Long Island, ended with a new producer, new musicians, and a new direction.

 

Michael & Jack revisit the Shades of Grey documentary that chronicles the journey of arguably Billy Joel's most personal album to date.

 

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Liberty DeVitto is the drummer that Billy Joel chose to record those unforgettable albums and memorable tours between 1975 and 2005.  Michael & Jack discuss his brand new autobiography Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness which is out now from Hudson Music.

 

Join us for a special candid conversation with Liberty DeVitto as he discusses the book and much more.

 

In this episode, Michael & Jack also share their thoughts after reading the book which chronicles Liberty's family history, as well has his personal life and playing career.  Early announcements promised two things: A foreword by Billy Joel and Liberty discussing every song they recorded together. This book delivers on that and so much more.

 

Among the great stories, we also learn the news of the long-overdue reconciliation between Liberty and Billy and the reclamation of this great friendship.

 

Order Liberty's new book:         Hudson Music      |      Amazon

 

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Michael & Jack take their first dip into a classic Billy Joel concert from the past. They discuss the famed C.W. Post College concert recorded in Greenvale, NY on May 6, 1977. This concert was also broadcast live in New York and Philadelphia as Billy and the band tear through some classics and road test two brand new songs that would be recorded for The Stranger soon after. 

 

Date: May 6, 1977

City/State: Greenvale, NY

Venue: Dome Auditorium at C.W. Post College

The band:

  • Billy Joel - Vocals, Piano, Moog Synthesizer
  • Liberty DeVitto - Drums
  • Doug Stegmeyer - Bass, Vocals
  • Richie Cannata - Saxophone, Flute, Percussion, Keyboards
  • Howard Emerson - Guitar

 

The Setlist: 

  1. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
  2. Somewhere Along the Line
  3. Summer, Highland Falls
  4. Piano Man
  5. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  6. James
  7. Prelude/Angry Young Man
  8. New York State of Mind
  9. Travelin' Prayer
  10. Just the Way You Are
  11. The Entertainer
  12. You're My Home
  13. Root Beer Rag
  14. She's Got a Way
  15. The Ballad of Billy the Kid
  16. I've Loved These Days
  17. Captain Jack
  18. Worse Comes to Worst
  19. Ain't No Crime
  20. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
  21. Weekend Song
  22. Souvenir

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On this episode, Michael & Jack celebrate the life and music of Billy Joel bassist Doug Stegmeyer. Known as The Sergeant, Doug played bass in the Billy Joel band from 1975 which he joined for the Streetlife Serenader tour and continued on through the end of The Bridge Tour in 1988.

 

We discuss many of the facets that made Doug so special and integral to the magic of Billy's recordings.

 

We also are joined by 5 special guests with unique connections to Doug:

  

  • Mike DelGuidice - Guitar and vocals in the Billy Joel band and frontman for tribute band Big Shot. Mike also worked with Doug extensively in the early 1990s.
  • Malcolm Gold - Bassist for The Lords of 52nd Street and the Movin' Out touring band. Malcolm also often plays Doug's basses during Lords shows.
  • Sue Stegmeyer & Kevin Ege - Doug's sister and her husband.
  • Andy Gilmartin - A friend of Doug's when Andy was a teenager, Andy spearheaded getting Doug, Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata & Russell Javors inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Andy now is the manager for The Lords of 52nd Street.

 

 

For context, here are the albums Doug performed on: Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, Songs In The Attic, The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man, Greatest Hits Vol. I & II, The Bridge, KOHUEPT, Greatest Hits Vol. III.

 

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We're bringing you something a little different for this episode. To say things have been crazy lately, is an understatement. We weren't able to pull together a regular episode in time but still wanted to bring you something.  

 

Introducing the GLASS HOUSES PLAYLIST. Michael & Jack will take turns playing DJ to spin some tunes and tell some stories behind them. First up is Michael as he plays some songs from some great artist he has worked with over the years. The song list is below. If you dig what you hear, we'd appreciate you checking out and picking up some new music by these artists wherever you get your music!

 

PLAYLIST #1: 

 

  • MAIN STREET EAST – “Caroline”
  • THE FUN(K) CLUB – “38 Graymont”
  • SEPTEMBER ON – “On The Outside Again”
  • KNEE DEEP SHAG – “Faded And Live”
  • CIDER – “This Life”
  • AN AMERICAN UNDERDOG (Andy Reed) – “Put Out The Fire”
  • TOM PAXTON & THE DONJUANS – “After The Storm”
  • COLIN HAY – “Send Somebody”
  • BIG SKY – “Waiting”
  • DONNY BROWN – “Losing A Part of Your Soul”
  • JESSE YOUNG – “The Distance”
  • MILE – “The Way Home”
  • PETE SCHMIDT – “Someday”
  • THE VERVE PIPE – “Never Let You Down”
  • ASHTON ALLEN – “If You Leave”

 

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1985 brings us Billy Joel's first Greatest Hits release with Greatest Hits Volume I & II which covered songs from 1973's Piano Man through the two new songs for 1985, "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" and "The Night Is Still Young." Greatest Hits Volume I & II has gone on to be one of the greatest selling albums of all time.

Michael & Jack discuss the various formats and track listings of this set, their memories on it as well as the different radio edits that were used in the initial releases.
 

We also hear from Billy himself from this great archival interview with Dan Neer from the Billy Joel album party radio celebration from 1985 where he discusses the two new songs mentioned above.

To kick things off, we have a very special performance from Billy from May 11th as a part of the virtual telethon Rise Up New York, the Robin Hood Relief Benefit.

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Michael & Jack revisit the historic 2008 Shea Stadium concerts from Flushing, New York in Queens. The Beatles performed the first concert at Shea and New York's son, Billy Joel, appropriately closed out the stadium with the final two concerts before the Shea's ultimate demolition.

This viewing / listening companion goes song by song through the live CD / DVD highlighting special moments and special guests along the way.
 

Special guest performers during the two concerts that are included in this set are: Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey, John Mellencamp, and of course, Sir Paul McCartney.

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