Konzert des Jahrzehnts!
Pop-Ikone Billy Joel in Frankfurt
Sensationelle Rückkehr des Pianoman nach 10 Jahren
150 Millionen CDs , 33 Top-Hits, 6 Grammies
Einziges Deutschland Konzert in der Commerzbank Arena
Foto: Billy Joel 1994 in der Frankfurter Festhalle; Foto: Christof Graf
Ein ganzes Jahrzehnt mussten die Fans auf diese Nachricht warten. Jetzt können sie einen der populärsten und erfolgreichsten Künstler aller Zeiten endlich wieder live erleben. Amerikas Pop-Ikone Billy Joel kommt 2016 zu einer singulären Open Air Show nach Frankfurt. Am 03. September bildet die Commerzbank Arena, eines der schönsten Stadien Europas, den perfekten Rahmen für das einzige Konzert im gesamten deutschsprachigen Raum.
Der virtuose Pianoman Billy Joel wird jede Phase seiner beispiellosen Karriere mit knapp 30 Songs in rund zweieinhalb Stunden nachzeichnen. Voller Leidenschaft und in unglaublicher Qualität demonstriert der mit sechs Grammys ausgezeichnete Superstar seine musikalische Meisterschaft ebenso wie seine Entertainer-Qualitäten.
Billy Joel zählt in allen Sparten des Musikgeschäfts zu den absolut besten seines Fachs. Seit Anfang der 70er begeistert er ein Millionenpublikum mit seinem genialen Songkanon. Mehr als 150 Millionen Tonträger, 33 Single-Hits, 23 Grammy Nominierungen sowie zahllose weitere Ehrungen unterstreichen seine absolute Ausnahmestellung.
Als einziger Künstler des Pop-Rock-Genres spielt er monatlich vor ausverkauftem Haus in einer der legendären Arenen der Welt, dem Madison Square Garden in New York, den er nunmehr 25 mal in Folge gefüllt hat, insgesamt unfassbare 71 mal!
Billy Joel, der manchmal ruhelose, stets liebenswerte Interpret ist und bleibt der wahre Meister musikalischer Kurzgeschichten. Er ist ein Pop-Lyriker, der mit seiner Ballade vom „Angry Young Man“ – dem wütenden jungen Mann -, mit dem genialen Blues „New York State of Mind“, „Miami 2017“, dem Mini-Epos über den Tag, als am Broadway die Lichter ausgingen, über „Just Rock’n’ Roll To Me“, dem Song zur Stahlarbeiterkrise „Allentown“, der Vietnam-Novelle „Good Night, Saigon“ und dem Pop-Stenogramm der Nachkriegsgeschichte „We Didn’t Start The Fire“ zu einer lebenden Legende wurde, die nichts von ihrer Aktualität eingebüßt hat.
Aufgewachsen in der Bronx, lernte er bereits als Kind Klavier spielen. Ein TV-Auftritt der Beatles in der legendären Ed Sullivan-Show prägte ihn und seine Musik entscheidend. Nach Etüden mit Bands wie Echoes, Hassels und Attila versuchte er sich als Kritiker und mit Werbe-Jingles, bevor er mit „Cold Spring Harbour“ 1971 seine erste eigene Platte veröffentlichte.
Nach einem Intermezzo als Bar- und Nachtklub-Pianist schaffte er mit „Pianoman“ 1973 einen Achtungserfolg, den er mit „Streetlife Serenade“ 1974 festigte, bevor er mit „Turnstiles“ 1976 seine Meisterprüfung ablegte.
„The Stranger“ etablierte ihn 1977 als Superstar, ein Status, der durch die Alben „52nd Street“ (1978) und „Glass Houses“ (1980) endgültig bestätigt wurde. „Nylon Curtain“ (1982) wurde wegen seiner gesellschaftskritischen Ausrichtung von Kritikern hochgelobt, bevor Billy mit seinem brillanten „An Innocent Man“ 1983 erneut seinen Multi-Platinum-Status unter Beweis stellte, den er mit „Greatest Hits Volume I & II“ (1985), „Storm Front“ (1989) und „River Of Dreams“ (1994) wiederholte. Unvergesslich seine Russlandtournee 1987 mit der Performance in Leningrad, die er mit der gleichnamigen Hitsingle verewigte.
Live-Shows von Billy Joel sind Meilensteine der Konzertgeschichte. Seine heiß begehrten Auftritte gelten als unübertrefflich, denn kaum ein Rockstar versteht es, seinem Publikum so viel zu bieten wie er. Billy Joel steht immer für eine überragende Qualität. „Er ist der Rock-Entertainer, der virtuos alle Erwartungen mehr als erfüllt!“, bescheinigte die „Welt“. „Billy Joel ist ein Klassiker, seine temperamentvollen, witzig-würzigen Rockshows sind Sternstunden“, schrieb die FAZ.
Marek Lieberberg presents
In Concert 2016
Einziges Konzert in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz
03.09.16 Frankfurt Commerzbank Arena
Eine Co-Produktion der Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur und Live Nation.
Eine Auswahl der größten Hits von Billy Joel
|A Matter Of Trust||Only The Good Die Young|
|All About Soul||Piano Man|
|An Innocent Man||Say Goodbye To Hollywood|
|And So It Goes||Scenes From An Italian Restaurant|
|Big Shot||She´s Always A Woman|
|Captain Jack||She´s Got A Way|
|Don´t Ask Me Why||Tell Her About It|
|Goodnight Saigon||The Downeaster `Alexa´|
|Hey Girl||The Entertainer|
|I Go To Extremes||The Longest Time|
|It´s Still Rock And Roll To Me||The Night Is Still Young|
|Just The Way You Are||The River Of Dreams|
|Keep The Faith||The Stranger|
|Leningrad||This Is The Time|
|Light As The Breeze||To Make You Feel My Love|
|Lullabye (Goodnight, Mr Angel)||Uptown Girl|
|Movin´ Out (Anthony´s Song)||We Didn´t Start The Fire|
|My Life||You May Be Right|
|New York State Of Mind||You´re Only Human (Second Wind)|
Billy Joel Timeline
1949 William Martin Joel is born in the Bronx, NY. on May 9. The family moves to the Levittown section of Hicksville on Long Island where he spends his childhood and young adult years.
1953 Begins studying piano.
1963 Joins his first band, The Echoes, later known as The Lost Souls.
1967 Joins The Hassles, a Long Island-based band, and records the The Hassles, the first of two albums for United Artists,.
1968 The Hassles record their second album Hour of the Wolf.
1970 Forms Attila, a heavy metal duo with Hassles‘ drummer, Jon Small. Attila records one album on Epic Records.
1971 Signs a solo recording contract and releases his first album, Cold Spring Harbor.
Commences a world tour with his band to promote Cold Spring Harbor.
Disappears to the West Coast as a result of a contractual dispute, where he performs in piano bars under the name Bill Martin.
1972 WMMR-FM, a radio station in Philadelphia, starts playing a tape of a new song, ‘Captain Jack,’ taken from a live concert broadcast.
Although he does his best to keep a low profile in Los Angeles, the notoriety of ‘Captain Jack’ prompts Columbia Records to track him down and offer him a recording contract.
1973 He is signed to Columbia Records by the legendary Clive Davis and records the album Piano Man in Los Angeles.
1974 The song ‘Piano Man’ becomes his first top 20 single & first gold album.
1975 Records Streetlife Serenade in Los Angeles. The album garners the first of many music industry awards to come, including a Cashbox award for Best New Male Vocalist.
Begins to gather recognition as a live concert attraction as a result of extensive touring, culminating in a sell-out concert performance at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall
1976 Returns to New York, assembles a new band and records Turnstiles. Embarks on his first headline concert tour.
1977 Writes, records and releases The Stranger, his first collaboration with producer Phil Ramone. From the time of its release in 1977 until 1985, The Stranger is Columbia Records’ biggest selling album
1978 The song ‘Just the Way You Are’ captures two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Releases 52nd St. which becomes his first #1 album.
1979 Travels to Cuba for Havana Jam, an historic three day event at the Karl Marx Theater.
Headlines a benefit concert for the Long Island based Charity Begins At Home.
1980 Glass Houses reaches #1 on the Billboard Album Chart and remains there for six weeks. ‘It’s Still Rock N Roll to Me’ becomes his first #1 single.
Receives an American Music Award for Album of the Year.
1981 Wins Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male at the 1981 Grammy Awards, as well as a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Pop Performer.
Releases a live album, Songs in the Attic, which becomes his fourth consecutive top ten album.
1982 Sustains serious injury to both hands in a motorcycle accident while recording the The Nylon Curtain. After a two month recovery period, the album is completed. The Nylon Curtain reaches #7 on the Billboard Album Chart and earns a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year.
1983 Writes and records the album An Innocent Man which reaches #4 on the Billboard charts and is nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album generates six Top 40 singles, three of which make it to the Top 10, including ‘Uptown Girl’ which receives a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.
Columbia Records re-releases Cold Spring Harbor.
1985 Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II is released and becomes his seventh consecutive top 10 album. ‘You’re Only Human (Second Wind)’ becomes his eighth Top 10 single.
Joins fellow musicians John Mellencamp and Randy Newman for Farm Aid I, and participates in USA For Africa.
Marries model Christie Brinkley. Their daughter Alexa Ray is born at the end of the year.
The Bridge album is released featuring collaborations with Ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper, and Steve Winwood.
1987 Becomes the first U.S. pop star to bring a full rock production to the Soviet Union. He performs in Moscow and in Leningrad. The two-disc live album Kohuept (the Russian word for concert) is released in October.
1988 Performs at Radio City Music Hall with Hall & Oates and Cyndi Lauper at a concert to benefit the New York Police Athletic League.
1989 Begins working with Producer Mick Jones and records Storm Front. The first single ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ reaches #1 on Billboard singles charts.
Storm Front receives Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Producer of the Year. ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ receives nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.
1991 Presented with the Grammy Legend Award.
Performs The Concert for the Bays and the Baymen at the Jones Beach Amphitheater to benefit marine-related groups.
1991 Performs two USO concerts in the Philippines at Clark Air Force Base and Subic Naval Base during the Persian Gulf War.
Headlines Back At the Ranch, a concert to benefit Long Island environmental groups and joins Don Henley and Sting at Madision Square Garden atThe Concert for Walden Woods.
1993 Records River Of Dreams which debuts at #1 on the Billboard Album Chart. The single ‘The River of Dreams’ also debuts at #1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart where it stays for three weeks. In addition,the single spends 12 weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart, setting a new record.
Joins a star-studded cast for a performance to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles.
1994 Receives four Grammy nominations including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for the song ‘The River of Dreams’ and Album of the Year for River of Dreams.
Teams up with Elton John for an historic summer stadium tour of the U.S.
Marriage to Christie Brinkley ends.
The RIAA certifies Songs in the Attic and The Nylon Curtain for sales of 2 million units which moves him into a tie with the Beatles as the act with the most multiplatinum albums.
Presented with the Billboard Century Award.
1995 Experiences the disastrous Kobe earthquake while on tour in Japan. Donates proceeds from two concerts in Osaka to local earthquake relief efforts.
Performs with Sting and others at the Rainforest Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall.
1996 Hits the college lecture circuit with „An Evening of Questions, Answers…and a Little Music.‰ He speaks at 32 different schools.
Starts The Long Island Boat Company to build the Shelter Island Runabout 38’, a classic powerboat designed by Joel. By 1999, 20 boats are sold.
1997 Releases Greatest Hits Volume III.
Presented with the prestigious ASCAP’s Founder’s Award for lifetime achievement.
1998 Commences a solo tour of the United States and Canada, and reprises the ‘Face to Face’ tour with Elton John in Japan and Australia.
Performs with Sting and others at the Rainforest Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall.
1999 Presented with the American Music Awards’ Award of Merit.
Worldwide sales top the 100 million unit mark.
Reunites with Sting and others at the Rainforest Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall.
Received the RIAA Diamond Award for Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II. The Diamond Award is presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies. Greatest Hits Volume I and II is the highest certified greatest hits album by a male artist with over 20 million albums sold.
Ray Charles inducts Billy Joel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2000 Presented with The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal from The Smithsonian Institution.
Releases Billy Joel 2000 Years – The Millenium Concert.
Received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Long Island University – Southampton College.
Friday, June 16 attends a press conference with the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, and John Sykes (VH1) for Save The Music to donate musical instruments in an effort to restore music programs in the New York City Public Schools. College.
Sings the National Anthem on October 21 at Yankee Stadium for the opening game of the New York Yankees 2000 Baseball World Series (Subway Series) versus the New York Mets.
Performs „Goodbye Yellow Brick Road“ in December at Madison Square Garden with Elton John for Elton’s TV special One Night Only.
2001 Joins forces with Elton John to kickoff the Face to Face 2001 Tour beginning in San Diego, CA on January 19, 2001.
On June 14, Billy is awarded the Johnny Mercer Award at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Dinner in New York City.
On September 21, Billy Joel performed „New York State of Mind“ on the America: A Tribute To Heroes special that aired on 31 networks simultaneously.
2002 Billy Joel is named Music Cares Person of the Year 2002.
Movin‘ Out opens on October 24.
Billy Joel and Toots Thielemans perform at the Blue Note on October 29.
2007 Billy Joel set to perform the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLI .
Columbia Records will release „All My Life,“ the long-awaited new pop single from the iconic singer/songwriter/performer Billy Joel. „All My Life“ is Billy’s first new pop music since his 5x platinum Grammy-nominated album, River of Dreams, was released in 1993.
1978 Record of the Year Just the Way You Are (song)
1978 Song of the Year Just the Way You Are (song)
1979 Album of the Year 52nd Street (album)
1979 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male 52nd Street (album)
1980 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Glass Houses (album)
1991 Grammy Legend
1979 Song of the Year Honesty
1980 Album of the Year Glass Houses
1982 Album of the Year The Nylon Curtain
1983 Album of the Year An Innocent Man
1983 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Uptown Girl (single)
1984 Best Video Album Billy Joel Live From Long Island
1989 Record of the Year We Didn’t Start The Fire
1989 Song of the Year We Didn’t Start The Fire
1989 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male We Didn’t Start The Fire (song)
1990 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male Storm Front (album)
1990 Producer of the Year Storm Front (album)
1991 Best Long Form Video Live At Yankee Stadium
1991 Best Short Form Video When You Wish Upon A Star (from the
1993 Album of the Year River of Dreams
1993 Record of the Year The River of Dreams
1993 Song of the Year The River of Dreams
1993 Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male The River of Dreams
2002 Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals New York State of Mind – Tony Bennett and Billy Joel
Other Awards and Honors:
1975 Cashbox award for Best New Male Vocalist for Streetlife Serenade.
1980 American Music Award Album of the Year for Glass Houses
1980 Handi Cap (Humanitarian Award)
1981 People’s Choice Award – Favorite Male Pop Performer
1981 The Rehabilitation Institute (Humanitarian Award)
1984 Cable ACE Award – Best Actor in A Comedy or Musical for „A Television First, Billy Joel“
1987 Cable ACE Award for Best Music Special „Live From Leningrad“
1987 Best Performance in A Music Special for „Live From Leningrad“
1990 International Rock Awards („The Elvis“) for M.V.P. Keyboard
1990 Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Humanitarian Award)
1991 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – Fairfield University
1991 Town of Huntington proclaims „Billy Joel Park“
1991 Make-A-Wish Foundation – Honorary Chairman Washington, DC Chapter
1992 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
1993 Honorary Doctorate – Berklee College of Music
1993 NARM President’s Award
1994 Billboard Century Award
1997 ASCAP Founders Award
1997 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters – Hofstra University
1999 American Music Awards – Award of Merit
1999 RIAA Diamond Award
1999 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction
2000 James Smithson Bicentennial Medal of Honor
2000 Honorary Doctorate of Music – Long Island University, Southampton College
2001 Johnny Mercer Award – Songwriters Hall Of Fame
2002 Music Cares Person of the Year
Albums achieving RIAA Platinum Status
(sales of 1,000,000 units, U.S. only)
The Essential 2x Platinum
Piano Man 4x Platinum
Streetlife Serenade 1x Platinum
Turnstiles 1x Platinum
The Stranger 9x Platinum
52nd Street 7x Platinum
Glass Houses 7x Platinum
Songs In The Attic 3x Platinum
An Innocent Man 7x Platinum
Greatest Hits Volume I and Volume II 20x Platinum
The Bridge 2x Platinum
Kohuept 1x Platinum
Storm Front 4x Platinum
River of Dreams 5x Platinum
Greatest Hits Volume III 1x Platinum
Complete Hits Collection1x Platinum
Singles achieving RIAA Platinum Status:
It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me
Singles achieving RIAA Gold Status
(sales of 500,000 units, U.S. only)
Just The Way You Are
We Didn’t Start The Fire
Tell Her About It
BILLY JOEL BIOGRAPHY
Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel’s songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that „meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.”
Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. In 1990, he was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Joel was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, the organization’s highest honor, in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies.
In November, 2014, Billy Joel will receive The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. Also in November, 2014, Billy will receive the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award. This is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.
December 2013, Madison Square Garden announced Billy Joel as the first-ever music franchise of “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” Joining the ranks of The Garden’s other original franchises – including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty – Billy Joel kicked off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. Since his first show in 1978, Billy has performed 46 shows at Madison Square Garden, including an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows that have earned Billy a spot among the Garden greats with a banner raised in his honor.
Also in December 2013, Billy Joel received the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States‘ top cultural awards. At The ceremony, Don Henley sang the classic ballad, “She’s Got a Way.” Also paying homage was Garth Brooks, who performed a medley of „Allentown“ and „Goodnight Saigon“ and Rufus Wainwright who performed two Joel classics, „New York State of Mind“ and „Piano Man.“ Brendan Urie performed „Big Shot.“ Tony Bennett introduced the tribute.
Joel held his first ever indoor Irish concert at the O2 in Dublin on November 1, 2013. He also returned to the UK for the first time in seven years and played two arena dates in Manchester and Birmingham plus a very special – more intimate – show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. In October 2013, Billy Joel held a surprise concert on Long Island at The Paramount (Huntington, NY) to benefit Long Island Cares. On December 31, 2013, Billy performed at The Barclays Center.
In 2013, Billy Joel held tens of thousands of visitors to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the palm of his hand. It was Joel’s second full-length show in three years He went to New Orleans fresh from Sydney, Australia, where he played a full set at the Stone Music Festival.
Joel and his band prepared a similar array of Joel’s huge collection of hits for Sydney and New Orleans, and mixed in some handpicked tunes specific to the venue at hand. Joel told the crowd, „we know how you felt“ since last year’s Hurricane Sandy, referring to Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005. „We’re trying to rebuild. We’re taking inspiration from you guys.“
New York’s quintessential son, Billy Joel, performed six songs at the historic 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief, joining other music greats including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and more to raise awareness and money to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The show, which included tributes to first responders and those affected by the storm, was broadcast to an estimated 2 billion viewers and raised $32 million in funds before anyone took the stage. Billy, who is proud of his personal connection to Long Island and the tri-state area impacted by the storm, told the audience, „We’re going to get through all this. This is New York and New Jersey and Long Island, and we’re just too mean to lay down and die.“
Billy Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan. Joel, who has been a Steinway Artist for almost 20 years, is the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the Steinway Hall collection. His portrait hangs alongside those of legendary musicians including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, Arthur Rubinstein, Ignacy Paderewski, and more. The portrait of Billy Joel, painted by artist and musician Paul Wyse, is one of only two living artists to be inducted into the collection, the other being Leon Fleisher. In 2010, Joel released “The Last Play at Shea. The intersecting histories of a city, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary feature film that charts both the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium before its demolition in 2008. Energetically set to the soundtrack of Joel’s final Shea concert, “The Last Play At Shea” interweaves personal and candid Joel interviews with concert footage-with guests such as Sir Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, John Mayer, Don Henley, Roger Daltrey – the history of Shea, and the birth of the Mets.
In 2004, Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his extraordinary career. „Movin‘ Out,“ a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and took home two including Best Orchestrations–Billy’s first Tony Award win–and Best Choreography.
In addition to his Grammy Awards, Joel has earned three Awards For Cable Excellence and has received numerous ASCAP and BMI awards including the ASCAP Founders Award and the BMI Career Achievement Award and, in 1994, was given the 1994 Billboard Century Award. Among his many other awards and honors, Billy Joel has been given a Doctor of Humane Letters from Fairfield University (1991), a Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music (1993), and a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hofstra University (1997) and a Doctor of Music from Southampton College.
Joel has donated his time and resources to a variety of charitable causes outside the realm of his musical career. A longtime advocate for music education, he first began holding „master class“ sessions on college campuses more than 20 years ago, giving sessions at colleges across the country and around the world. In addition, he has held classes as a benefit for the STAR Foundation (Standing for Truth About Radiation) and to establish the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at City College in New York City.
Billy Joel has launched an ongoing educational initiative to provide seed money, musical scholarships, and endowments to a variety of East Coast colleges, universities and music schools.
For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Billy Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.