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UPDATE Billy Joel Has First New Music After Waiting The Longest Time — 31 Years — Single Coming February 1st


The last time Billy Joel released new music was in 1993. That was “River of Dreams.”

But the river ran dry after that. The only new tidbit was a croonery ballad called “All My Life” in 2007. The song was part of a collection and not promoted. It was pretty nice, too (see below).

Now Billy’s Facebook page features a post that shows the words “Did I Wait Too Long?” as if written on a blackboard.

The song is called “Turn the Lights Back On” and it’s coming February 1st. It’s the first time Billy has ever collaborated with other songwriters. They are Freddy Wexler, Arthur Bacon, and Wayne Hector. (Wexler and Hector are known around town. Arthur Bacon? Hmmmm…)

Did he wait too long? Nope. A new Billy Joel album or even single would be most welcome. It would also line up with his final, 150th show at Madison Square Garden this July.

This may be a new Billy chapter. He’s been roaming from the Garden and playing dates with Stevie Nicks around the country. He’s starting to do a few with Sting, too. Right now Billy’s in Japan!

The great musicians never stop. The Rolling Stones released their best album in 40 years recently. The Pretenders had a tremendous new set this past fall. Elton John is working on a new album with Brandi Carlile. The hit just keep on coming! Even Justin Timberlake — considerably junior — has a new album on the calendar.


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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