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Billy Joel Celebrates Turning 70 With Sold Out MSG Show

May 09, 2019 - 2:59 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Long Island’s “Piano Man” turns 70-years-old Thursday and will celebrate with a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden.

In an interview with Newsday, Billy Joel says he didn’t feel any different when he turned 50 or 60, but 70 is “a little daunting.”

Joel, a Hicksville native, says that while he may not be riding his motorcycles as often as he used to – in part due to his reflexes not being what the used to be – he’s not thinking about retiring from music anytime soon.

“If I stopped, I wonder if my not doing something would contribute to an earlier death,” the Entertainer told the Long Island newspaper.

He said he continues to be inspired by friend and fellow musician Tony Bennett, who continues to perform in front of sold-out audiences at 92-years-old.

Plus, Joel is a father to two young girls – 3-year-old Della Rose and 1-year-old Remy Anne – and says being their parent has made him “feel a lot younger.”

The Piano Man has over a dozen shows planned through November 2019, including multiple stadium shows at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Wembley Stadium in London and Fenway Park in Boston.