Sunday, April 21, 2024

Exclusive: Billy Joel Not Making An Album, Just New Single Dropping Today–Beloved Rocker Will Close the Grammy Awards on Sunday


Billy Joel is dropping his new single this morning.

The beloved rocker hasn’t made a real record in 31 years, so “Turn the Lights Back On” is an event.

But there is no new album, friends. I’m sad to report that this is a one-off single, a little gift for fans. Billy does not have 12 more songs ready for a collection. Maybe if the response to “Lights” is really overwhelming, something can be done.

Exclusive: I can tell you that Billy will close the Grammys on Sunday night with “Turn the Lights Back On” and one of his big hits. It will not be “Piano Man,” although I’m told everyone with the show asked him to sing it. The whole arena would sing along! But it will be another of his many hits. I know which one but why give it away now.

Billy is wrapping up his 150 shows at Madison Square Garden in July. That will be a huge night, I’m sure. But New York fans may want to stop in on March 28th. That’s when I’m told the show will be filmed for posterity and for a documentary about this extraordinary run!

Come back here at 9am for a first listen to “Turn the Lights Back On.”

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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