Billy Joel 6/7/21

Finally some good news from the Billy Joel camp regarding his upcoming stadium dates. Boston fans can breathe a sigh of relief; the “Piano Man” has just posted a message on his official website (BillyJoel.com) stating, quote, “The Billy Joel concert at Fenway Park on August 4th will play as scheduled.”

Fans were starting to get worried about the Fenway gig after Billy’s May 26th announcement that his July 9th concert at Detroit’s Comerica Park had been rescheduled for exactly one-year later, and now play on  July 9th, 2022.

Summertime has always brought Billy Joel and his band out to the ball parks. We asked Billy if he sees any similarity between ball players and musicians: [“Absolutely. You can’t swing for the stands every time. Once in a while, you gotta take a pitch. It’s similar to writing. You can’t have a great season every season. It’s just not natural — it’d be unnatural. You’d burn out. Look, when you go into a slump, the best thing is not to swing for the stands, you try to connect with the ball and it happens with musicians as it happens with athletes. There’s a lot of similarities. The height of a musician’s career in age is about the height of an athlete’s career — it’s somewhere between the ages of 18 and 35 (that) are your peak years.”] SOUNDCUE (:32 OC: . . . your peak years)

  • Billy Joel tour dates (subject to change):
    August 4 – Boston, MA – Fenway Park
    August 14 – Buffalo, NY – New Era Field
    September 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Great American Ball Park
    October 23 – Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Super Stage
    November 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    December 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    January 14, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    February 12, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    March 24, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    April 8, 2022 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    April 23, 2022 – Charlotte, NC – Bank of America Stadium
    June 25, 2022 – Notre Dame, IN – Notre Dame Stadium
    July 9, 2022 – Detroit, MI – Comerica Park

TL; DR

  • Billy Joel announced on his website that his August 4th concert at Boston’s Fenway Park will go on as scheduled.

FAST FACTS

  • Back in 1964, when Billy Joel was only 15-year-old, he played on the demo recording for the Shangri-Las‘ chart-topping “Leader Of The Pack.”
  • Billy also played on a recording of the group’s first Top Five hit, “Remember (Walking in the Sand),” but remains unsure if his version was merely the demo or the finished record.
  • Both tracks were produced ny the infamous Artie Ripp, who signed Billy to his original — some say — Draconian — recording and publishing deal.