Attention Toronto-area Billy Joel fans






Madison Square Garden announces the “Billy Joel franchise”


There’s the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty and now there’s…Billy Joel? In a press conference held today at New York’s Madison Square Garden, it was announced that Billy Joel is MSG’s newest “franchise” and will be playing shows at the storied venue for the foreseeable future. In addition to the four sold-out concerts already announced for January, February, March and April, an additional show will be held on May 9th which will be Joel’s 65th birthday. And…there will be more shows to come.

While this is good news for NYC area fans, it doesn’t do much for fans elsewhere. Looks like Billy is in a permanent New York State of Mind.

Billy Joel slowly returning to the road. I’d like to place an order for a full tour, please.

131031_billyjoel_bklyn_hpBilly Joel is definitely on my concert wish list. Have been a fan since his albums were available to buy on 8-track. Unfortunately I’ve never had the opportunity to see him live. Surgery (double hip replacement) forced him off the road three years ago. But last year his performance was a highlight of the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert. And then earlier in 2013 he played festivals in Australia and New Orleans. And now, with his recent Long Island gig, his current mini tour in the UK, and his just announced shows on New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn and a January 7th show in Florida, methinks that maybe the Mr. Joel has embraced life on the road once again.  Could a full-blown tour be  in the offing? Here’s hoping.

If his performance at last year’s 12-12-12 benefit concert are any indication, the passage of time has not had any effect on his ability to still bring it. He sounds great.

Check out the setlist and a clip from his October 29th show in Manchester here.

And a classic, “Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out On Broadway)”, from the 12-12-12 show:


Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock among 2013 Kennedy Center honorees


KennedyFrom The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the five individuals who will receive the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 36th annual national celebration of the arts are: opera singer Martina Arroyo; pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; pianist, singer and songwriter Billy Joel; actress Shirley MacLaine; and musician and songwriter Carlos Santana. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBS for the 36th consecutive year as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 29 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

I always look forward to the broadcast to see what performers will be there to pay tribute to the honorees.  I thought last year’s performances in honor of Led Zeppelin were great.  Who do you think should play this year?













Getting ready for the weekend–what’s on your agenda?

polite-umbrella-1Well so much for an early Spring. Freezing rain, snow, slush…seriously? Last week I saw some folks around my neighbourhood working in their gardens. My first thought was “a little early, don’t you think?”. Well, I’m sure by now they’re regretting their decision. My weekend will probably the usual errands to run, but I’m hoping to maybe take in a movie (42?) and will be heading out Sunday afternoon for some NBA action to see the Raptors take on Brooklyn. As for the Jays…don’t get me started…although I do have tickets for a few upcoming games in May so hopefully by then their fortunes will have turned. And as for my beloved Habs, with a playoff spot clinched, all I have to say to the rest of the Eastern conference is “bring it on!”

And tunes. Let’s not forget some good tunes for the weekend. Have forgone listening to the iPod in shuffle mode lately in favour of  whole albums or groups of songs by the same artist. But for the weekend I thought I’d get back to shuffle mode. So here we go, with a “shuffle songs” reset, are the first 15 songs to come up on the iPod as I head into the weekend:

The Friday 15:

1. A Little Is Enough–Pete Townshend

2. Tequila–Wes Montgomery (BONUS VIDEO:  click here)

3. Wreck This Heart–Bob Seger

4. 100 Days, 100 Nights–Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

5. Movin’ Out–Billy Joel

6. Time Stand Still–Rush

7. You Don’t Know Me At All–Bettye LaVette

8. Who Do You Love?–Bo Diddley

9. Boom–Flight of The Conchords

10. You Got The Silver–The Rolling Stones

11. Mr. Moonlight–The Beatles

12. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll–The Rolling Stones

13. Clocks–Coldplay

14. When Your Mind’s Made Up–Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová

15. Three Time Loser–Bonnie Raitt

The “I’m taking tomorrow off–woo hoo!” shuffle report


The Shuffle Report: 10 songs I listened to, in order, on my iPod in shuffle mode at a given point in time. No editing, no skipping. It is what it is.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Nothing like the thoughts of a four-day weekend to put a spring in my step. Do you have any plans for the long weekend?

Here’s what I listedned to on the way into work this morning, while thoughts of sleeping in tomorrow swirled in my head. 🙂

1. The Boy In The Bubble–Paul Simon (Graceland) [“These are the days of miracle and wonder. This is the long distance call.” Great lyrics.]

2. The Long Run–The Eagles (The Long Run) [From 1979, the last time The Eagles were relevant. Still like the old tunes though.]

3. None of Us Are Free–Solomon Burke (Don’t Give Up On Me) [Like soul music? I mean, soooooooul music? Get this album. You won’t be disappointed.]

4. Bad Karma–Warren Zevon (Sentimental Hygiene) [A great album, with Zevon backed by R.E.M. plus a variety of cameos. If you only know Zevon from songs like Werewolves of London, this one’s worth picking up.]

5. Johnny 99–Bruce Springsteen (Nebraska) [While I love the stark version off of Nebraska, the full-band version in the attached clip really kicks-ass.]

6. Get It Right The First Time–Billy Joel (The Stranger) [Great cut from a classic pop album.]

7. Big League –Tom Cochrane & Red Rider (The Symphony Sessions) [A Canadian song about hockey. All that’s missing is a large double-double.]

8. Rainin’ In My Heart–Slim Harpo (Rainin’ In My Heart) [Excellent Louisiana blues.]

9. Get Me Outta Here–Jet (Get Born) [Some gritty rock ‘n’ roll from Down Under.]

10. Star Star–The Rolling Stones (Goats Head Soup) [A nasty little ditty. Love it.]