Billy Joel and Fleetwood Mac will headline the 2013 New Orleans Jazz Festival, which will be held in "The Big Easy" from April 26th to May 5th. Billy Joel will perform on April 27th and Fleetwood Mac will play on May 4th. Among the other high profile acts set to appear are Earth, Wind, Fire, Willie Nelson, Daryl Hall & John Oates, B.B. King, Dr. John, Patti Smith, Los Lobos, Jeffrey Osbourne, Taj Mahal & The Big Tuba Band, George Benson, Jimmy Cliff, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, John Mayer, the Black Keys, and many more.
The Jazz Fest performance will mark Billy's first full on concert performance since March 11th, 2010 when he wrapped the final dates of his most recent Face To Face tour with Elton John in Albany, New York.
- Billy Joel has long maintained that he could care less what people think of how manages his career, his art, or his life: "I gotta tell you -- I've never done anything to be popular. I do it because I like to do it. In 1978, I did the 52nd Street album because that's what I felt like doing. Now you can believe this or not; this is the truth -- I do what I do because I wanna do it, and because I like it, and because it feels good."
- Mick Fleetwood told us that over 45 years after first forming Fleetwood Mac with the great Peter Green, he couldn't be prouder of the band become a standard bearer for surviving the music business: "I think just the basic survival element of the history of this band alone -- not only just the band that we're talking about now, but from when it first started back in England -- that it has fared against incredible odds, and is still there."
- Billy Joel's next "Evening Of Questions and Answers and A Little Bit Of Music" lecture will take place on January 30th at Nashville's Langford Auditorium.
- In 2011, Billy Joel released his entire catalogue on The Complete Albums Collection box set on November 8th. The collection features 14 of Billy's albums from his 1971 debut Cold Spring Harbor through his 2001 classical collection Fantasies & Delusions.
- Each album was remastered in 24-bit audio for this edition and comes in cardboard jackets replicating the original album covers and sleeves. The set comes with two 60-page booklets, printed lyrics to all of Billy's albums, a new Q&A with Billy conducted by noted music journalist Steve Morse, and a bonus disc of 17 rare and non-album recordings.
- Also released was the Sony Legacy remastered edition of 1973's Piano Man -- complete with a bonus disc featuring an April 15th, 1972 radio broadcast recorded at Philadelphia's Sigma Sound Studios. The concert includes three songs -- "Long, Long Time," "Josephine," and 'Rosalinda," which were never officially released on any of Billy's studio sets.
- Just prior to it's June 2011 release date, Billy Joel scrapped his autobiography, titled The Book Of Joel, which Harper Collins had planned to publish in June.
After deciding to pull the book, Billy, who returned part of his $3 million advance, issued a statement which read: "It took working on writing a book to make me realize that I'm not all that interested in talking about the past, and that the best expression of my life and its ups and downs has been and remains my music."
DID YOU KNOW???
- This past August marked 19 years since Billy Joel released his last studio rock album, The River Of Dreams. The album, which peaked at Number One on the Billboard 200, featured the Top Three hit -- and Billy's last Top Ten hit to date -- "River Of Dreams."
- During Joel's exile from rock, he composed the classical album Billy Joel: Fantasies & Delusions (Music for Solo Piano) and recorded one "pop" song, the big band-inspired gush fest "All My Life" which was released in 2007 and produced by Phil Ramone.
CHECK IT OUT: Billy Joel's 1980 video for "All For Leyna":
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