Could Billy Joel be retiring with after 'historic announcement' next week in NYC?
Billy Joel is saying he'll make a "historic announcement" on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at New York's Madison Square Garden, Rolling Stone reports today. Could it be that he's announcing a farewell tour?
As Rolling Stone points out, Joel hasn't toured as much lately (despite some 2014 dates in Florida and New York) and he's grown tired of playing greatest hits set lists. That leaves him with a couple options: Performing one or two albums in their entirety, which is all the rage these days. (Cyndi Lauper is just finishing up her She's So Unusual Tour.) Or to perhaps book one final tour and call it quits.
In case you're wondering, Joel is 64 years old -- same age as Steve Perry by the way -- which isn't quite ancient enough to retire by today's standards. (Mick Jagger is 70. Rod Stewart is 68.) But he's certainly earned the right to retire on his own terms.
If he's going to go the "one or two album" route, I'd vote for -- in order of preference -- 1977's The Stranger, 1980's Glass Houses and then 1982's The Nylon Curtain. (Please, ANYTHING but An Innocent Man.)