Although it’s hardly the back breaking schedule he undertook in the ’70s and ‘80s, July will see Billy Joel once again performing a handful of dates, as he did in June. Billy, who last week rocked Boston’s Fenway Park, performs tonight (July 2nd) in New York City as part of his ongoing stand at Madison Square Garden. Over the next few weeks he'll take his show on the road, playing dates on July 11th in Quebec City, July 18th in Chicago, and July 26th in Washington, D.C.
Billy Joel made no bones about the fact that his albums spread the same turf as the Beatles -- who like Billy, refused to be pinned down to a specific genre of music: "Once we finished one album, we said, 'Fine, we've done that.' And there's a certain amount of pressure, from whether it's the industry, or 'pop pressure' to do the same thing again -- only a little bit different. As a matter of fact, when Glass Houses came out we got a lot of criticism for it, because 'What does he think he's doing? He's not a rock n' roller -- he's a balladeer.' And I say: 'Don't pin me down to nothin'. I do whatever we feel like doin.’"
Billy Joel tour dates (subject to change):
July 2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
July 11 - Quebec City, QC - Festival D’ete de Quebec at Plains Of Abraham
July 18 - Chicago, IL - Wrigley Field
July 26 - Washington, DC - Nationals Park
August 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Citizens Bank Park
August 7 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
September 17 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
October 2 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
November 25 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
December 18 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
• Following the lead set by the Beatles, Elton John, Rod Stewart, and countless others, Billy Joel's record label has recently issued the romantic collection, She's Got A Way: Love Songs. The 18-song set touches upon most of Billy's albums, although 1974's Streetlife Serenade, 1976's Turnstiles, and 1980's Glass Houses are ignored.
• Among the rarities included are the 1971 Cold Spring Harbor deep cut, "Nocturne," the 1973 Piano Man standouts, "Travelin' Prayer" and "You're My Home," "Until The Night" from 1978's 52nd Street, "She's Right On Time" from 1982's The Nylon Curtain, and "And So It Goes" from 1989's Storm Front.
• The tracklisting to Billy Joel's She's Got A Way: Love Songs is: "Travelin' Prayer," "The Night Is Still Young," "This Is The Time," "She's Got A Way (Live)," "Temptation,' "Nocturne," "Until The Night," "She's Right On Time," "You're My Home," "Just The Way You Are," "She's Always A Woman," "State Of Grace," "Honesty," "This Night," "Shameless," "An Innocent Man," "All About Soul (Remix)," and "And So It Goes.