Billy Joel re-starts the fire

Now, about Billy Joel. Remember him? He goes to extremes. He’s also making headlines today with the announcement that he’s releasing his first pop single in a decade and a half. (Yay. Oh, the excitement: Long Island just exploded.) The song, titled "All My Life," is dedicated to BJ’s young wife, Katie Lee Joel (a.k.a. the hottie who hosted the first season of Top Chef but was replaced by fellow trophy wife Padma Lakshmi this season). The song is supposed to be available on on Feb. 7 (just in time for those hot Valentine’s Day dates in Ronkonkoma, people!) and then on iTunes Feb. 20. Here’s the whole scoop, from, naturally, Newsday.

Anyway, seriously, Virginia, this is a big deal. If you’re not from Suffolk County, N.Y., you may not have realized that the Piano Man has been in semi-retirement since the mid-1990s. While he’s been touring and releasing classical music works, his rock career has been on the back burner. But between singing the national anthem at that big football game thing on Sunday and this bit of news, it’s looking like we might be in store for a big BJ comeback. Are you ready?


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  • paige

    i can feel the hate. i, for one, am looking forward to this, even though his last couple of albums were blah (at best)… and im not from Long Island.

  • almost40

    I really like BJ but mostly just his stuff from the 70s. A few songs from the early 80s. I just hope he sings the National Anthem the way it should be and not make up his own tune like some others do.

  • ABW

    There are two sides to Billy Joel. When he acts as a storyteller, his songs are often remarkably transcendent. But when he tries to be a pop tunesmith, he is consistently a lousy hack.

  • Julie


  • EP Sato

    I’ll always remember Homer Simpson’s song of protest…Uptown Girl!
    Billy Joel was a lot of fun in the 1980’s, but he’s been gone for some time. It’ll be good to see if he can make a comeback, the way Duran Duran did a few years ago after what seemed their semi retirement.

  • Celeste

    Personally, I’m excited to hear it. I’m about to see him live for the first time in February and I can’t wait.

  • Jamwise

    It’s about time! I’m ready!

  • Laurie

    My officemate read this and told me he is also ready for a “big BJ comeback.” OMG, I work with 7 yr olds. Josh don’t help them out, please.

  • Rosalinda Two

    Billy has been quoted ss saying he thinks it sounds like Tony Bennett-
    I think it’s more like Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”
    He wrote “Just The Way You Are” for EX wife #1 –Elizabeth
    He wrote “Uptown Girl”
    for EX wife #2 Christie Brinkley
    Is “All My Life” an ode to Trophy Wifey # 3 ???

  • mike

    It’s a rule with Billy, every wife gets a song. Uptown Girl was for Christie Brinklie and Just the Way You Are was for wife #1.

  • Rosalinda Two

    It’s a rule?

  • s

    NASSAU COUNTY, LONG ISLAND… but good try

  • Melanie

    This is honestly the best news I have heard all week. I LOVE Billy Joel and cannot wait to hear the new single.

  • Allison

    Great news. Looking forward to the new song and maybe seeing him on tour. I’ve seen him several times and he puts on a great show.

  • donna

    I saw BJ in concert in the late 70’s.
    It was my first big time concert. He
    was terrific. It be great to hear something good from him again.

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