On Monday afternoon (April 28th), Howard Stern and sidekick Robin Quivers hosted a “Town Hall” series with Billy Joel for SiriusXM radio in New York.
Only 100 guests were invited to a secret location, which turned out to be the Cutting Room on E. 32nd St., at noon for a three-hour chat between Stern, Quivers and Joel. Some very special guests were in attendance and joined the trio on stage for stories and one-of-a-kind intimate performances of some of the Piano Man’s biggest hits including Tony Bennett singing “New York State Of Mind” and Melissa Etheridge doing a sexy rendition of “Only The Good Die Young.” Idina Menzel, P!nk, Boys 2 Men also performed while celebrity guests Matt Lauer and Rachael Ray asked questions from the audience.
Fans who have an active SiriusXM subscription were able to listen live and learned more than Joel has ever shared publicly before. Joel’s lack of wanting to write new songs or release any new music was a main topic of conversation. “I won’t say ‘I never,’ or ‘I won’t [write new songs]’ I just don’t,” Joel sighed. “Everybody has a hard time understanding that: ‘Why don’t you write new songs?’ Well, you have to want to write new songs. Elton [John] would say that to me: ‘Why don’t you make another album?’ And I used to say to him ‘Why don’t you make less albums?'”
Joel also tried heroin once in the late Seventies and wrote the song “Scandinavian Skies” about the experience. “It got me so high I didn’t know how to deal with it,” he told Stern. “You just get way out, just go to another place, and you’re into the blues. All you want to hear is the blues. You start drooling, and you get sick.”
SiriusXM has released a six minute video recapping the highlights of the day’s events which can be seen below.
Fans who missed the live show can hear a replay on the following channels and dates.
Billy Joel Channel Replays
Wednesday 4/30 3 pm ET
Wednesday 4/30 9 pm ET
Thursday 5/1 3 am ET
Howard 100 Replays
Thursday, 5/1 – 6 am, 11 am, 4 pm, 9 pm & 2 am ET
Saturday, 5/3 – 7 am & 3 pm ET
Sunday, 5/4 – 4 am, 12 Noon & 8 pm ET
Author: Buddy Iahn
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