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December 4, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Madison Square Garden is home to the Knicks, Rangers, New York Liberty and now Billy Joel as the singer will be established as the first entertainment franchise for the venue. Joel and the Garden announced Tuesday that, starting in January, the singer will begin playing one show a month for as long as there is a demand. The open-ended run of shows is an unprecedented move for a major venue not inside a Las Vegas hotel. But the Garden tapping the Piano Man for such a venture isn't surprising.
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March 14, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Concert season kickoff in Los Angeles this year boasts a few rare sightings, the most notable of which is New York singer and pianist Billy Joel, who arrives for the first concert of his classics here in years. Joel's been doing these sorts of shows as part of a monthly residency at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so by the time he arrives at the Hollywood Bowl May 17 for the first of three nights the rust should be mostly knocked from his joints. Another curio, a French chanteuse and former first lady of France, Carla Bruni, will arrive in Los Angeles in the capacity for which she first gained renown: as a vocalist updating the classic French pop sound (that and as a supermodel)
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June 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Singer-pianist-songwriter Billy Joel has sold his waterfront estate in Miami Beach for $13.75 million. The Mediterranean-style home sits on La Gorce Island and has 165 feet of waterfront. The 8,881 square feet of living space include a wine cellar, an elevator, seven bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. An outdoor kitchen has views of the bay. Joel, 64, released his hit “Piano Man” in the early 1970s. His “Just the Way You Are” won Grammys for song of the year and record of the year in 1978.
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February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
Steve Lawrence loved to talk music with Frank Sinatra. During one of their chats, the Chairman of the Board asked Lawrence to name his favorite song. "I said, there are a lot of wonderful songs out there," Lawrence, 78, recalled in a recent interview. "He said, 'Name one.' I said OK, 'Moonlight in Vermont.' He said 'Why?' I said well to be honest it's the only American popular song I can think of that doesn't have a rhyme. " Sinatra was taken aback. "He said, 'Really? I recorded that song.' And he starts to sing it to me across the table.
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December 3, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Billy Joel is definitely still rock 'n' roll to the Madison Square Garden Co. -- so much so that the New York live entertainment venue is having him perform a show a month as long as he keeps selling tickets. That makes the singer-songwriter Madison Square Garden's first music "franchise," a designation previously  shared only by sports teams. By making the Garden his home base, Joel joins the Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL) and Liberty (WNBA).  The deal is off to a good start: The first four shows, starting in January, which were previously announced, are sold out. Becoming a franchise doesn't mean Joel will be required to return every month -- he can still go on tour.
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December 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Billy Joel has released a new pop single, the antiwar "Christmas in Fallujah." Just don't expect to hear his voice on it. At 58, Joel thought he was too old to sing the song, which was inspired by letters he received from soldiers in Iraq. So he gave it to Cass Dillon, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Long Island. "Christmas in Fallujah" went on sale this week on Apple's iTunes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 1991
Singer Billy Joel says he considered touring U.S. troop bases in the Persian Gulf before war broke out there, but military officials told him that it might not be a good idea. "We asked if we could go to Saudi Arabia, and they said: 'When are you thinking of going?' " Joel said Wednesday. "We said: 'Well, the best time for us would be the middle of January,' and they said: 'Don't come.' " The United States and its allies began war with Iraq on Jan. 16.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1992 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pop star Billy Joel on Wednesday filed a $90-million fraud and breach of contract suit against one of the music industry's leading attorneys, Alan J. Grubman. The suit alleges that Grubman's firm, which represented Joel throughout the 1980s, defrauded the singer in conjunction with Joel's former manager, Frank Weber. The Grubman firm is also accused of concealing a conflict of interest involving Joel's record label, CBS.
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April 10, 1999 | NATALIE NICHOLS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I wrote this song for my second ex-wife," Billy Joel said, introducing his Drifters-esque 1983 hit "An Innocent Man" to an adoring audience at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim on Thursday. Mocking his reputation as a sincere love balladeer in the face of his romantic failures, he added: "Some of you are wondering, 'Why am I listening to this guy? Because, obviously, he doesn't know what he's talking about.' But it was heartfelt at the time."
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September 26, 1989 | PAUL GREIN
Pop star Billy Joel on Monday filed a $90-million lawsuit against his former manager, Frank Weber, charging him with fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and federal racketeering statute violations. The suit, filed in the Supreme Court for New York County in Manhattan, is believed to be the largest judgment a pop star has sought against a former manager.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Madison Square Garden is home to the Knicks, Rangers, New York Liberty and now Billy Joel as the singer will be established as the first entertainment franchise for the venue. Joel and the Garden announced Tuesday that, starting in January, the singer will begin playing one show a month for as long as there is a demand. The open-ended run of shows is an unprecedented move for a major venue not inside a Las Vegas hotel. But the Garden tapping the Piano Man for such a venture isn't surprising.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Billy Joel is definitely still rock 'n' roll to the Madison Square Garden Co. -- so much so that the New York live entertainment venue is having him perform a show a month as long as he keeps selling tickets. That makes the singer-songwriter Madison Square Garden's first music "franchise," a designation previously  shared only by sports teams. By making the Garden his home base, Joel joins the Knicks (NBA), Rangers (NHL) and Liberty (WNBA).  The deal is off to a good start: The first four shows, starting in January, which were previously announced, are sold out. Becoming a franchise doesn't mean Joel will be required to return every month -- he can still go on tour.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Singer-pianist-songwriter Billy Joel has sold his waterfront estate in Miami Beach for $13.75 million. The Mediterranean-style home sits on La Gorce Island and has 165 feet of waterfront. The 8,881 square feet of living space include a wine cellar, an elevator, seven bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms. An outdoor kitchen has views of the bay. Joel, 64, released his hit “Piano Man” in the early 1970s. His “Just the Way You Are” won Grammys for song of the year and record of the year in 1978.
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March 31, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
That Phil Ramone was a musical force in the recording studio is undeniable, and the evidence lies in the range of his accomplishments. For example, within one three-year period in the early 1960s, Ramone mixed Lesley Gore's smash hit "It's My Party," recorded Marilyn Monroe seducing President John F. Kennedy in song on his birthday and engineered essential double-quartet recordings by jazz innovators Ornette Coleman and Eric Dolphy. Ramone, who died Saturday in his late 70s or early 80s, depending on sources, would have been only around 30 at the time.
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November 2, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
With the response to the storm known as Sandy still an ongoing concern, and the full scope of the destruction just only now becoming clear, what, exactly, can a bunch of famous people do to help? Simple: What they do best. Draw eyes and ears to a TV screen so that they can get a message out. On Friday night in New York, that message wasn't “buy our music,” but “donate money.” “Everywhere she went she spread darkness,” host Matt Lauer explained of the storm in his introduction to the broadcast on NBC affiliated networks, after Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera sang an honest, emotional version of her classic, “You Are Beautiful.” Her tone was strong but somber, a mood that extended through the first few performances.
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February 10, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal. Halston, who died in 1990, is a compelling subject - a Midwesterner who became synonymous with Manhattan night life while changing the fashion industry - and his story helps to define an era. That story is trivialized in this glitter-deep overview of familiar Studio 54 terrain. The film combines two documentary subgenres: the fashion doc and the inquisitive-filmmaker-inserted-in-every-scene doc. The spotlight-hogging director is star-struck first-timer Whitney Sudler-Smith.
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July 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Rock star Billy Joel surprised his Soviet audience at a concert tonight when he lost his temper, overturned an electric piano and smashed a microphone on stage. Angered by a film crew shining bright lights on the audience, Joel interrupted the lyrics of his hit single "Just a Fantasy" and shouted: "It's my show, for Christ's sake." He then flipped over the piano he was playing at the rear of the stage and moved to the front, lifted a microphone stand over his head and smashed it on the stage.
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March 27, 1994 | From Associated Press
The leader of a city fire-rescue squad faces disciplinary action for giving an unauthorized lift to Billy Joel. The singer was involved in a minor traffic accident March 17 on his way to a concert at the Richfield Coliseum, about 30 miles outside of Cleveland. A fire rescue squad, led by Lt. Robert Readinger, responded to the call about the accident and Readinger agreed to give Joel a lift.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2011
'Avatar 2' as innovator James Cameron plans another innovation for his next "Avatar" installment: shooting at double or more the film speed that has been Hollywood's standard since the 1920s, a move he says will greatly improve 3-D images. Cameron, whose 2009 sci-fi blockbuster raised the bar for digital imagery and put the 3-D craze on the fast track, told movie exhibitors in Las Vegas on Thursday that "Avatar 2" would be shot at 48 or 60 frames a second to reduce an effect called "strobing" that can blur moving images, particularly those in 3-D. For more than 80 years, the norm has been 24 frames a second.
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March 30, 2009 | Steve Appleford
Partnerships between pop superstars usually deliver less than the sum of their talents. Nostalgia isn't always enough, but a surprising collaboration between Elton John and Billy Joel, who play nothing more than their best-known hits from the '70s and '80s, has been going strong since 1995. That was enough to land the singer-pianists in front of a full house at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday as part of their latest "Face 2 Face" tour.
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