Friday, April 12, 2024

Billy Joel Lets A Vanderbilt Student Back Him on Piano on “New York State of Mind”


Here’s a cool video: at Vanderbilt University Billy Joel stopped in to do one of his master classes. He wound up letting Michael Pollack, a student and aspiring star, come up on stage and back him on piano on “New York State of Mind.” The kid is from Long Island, and told Billy he’d played with Richie Cannata in the past. Billy does these classes all the time. He’s turned into quite the lecturer/teacher. And this time it really worked out well! This year by the way marks 20 since “River of Dreams,” Billy’s last album. Isn’t it time for something new? Please?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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