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Hear Billy Joel Talk About Turning 70, Making ‘The Stranger’ and More

Billy Joel on turning 70, making ‘The Stranger,’ his Madison Square Garden residency and more on Rolling Stone podcast

Billy Joel performs during his 100th lifetime performance at Madison Square Garden, in New YorkBilly Joel 100th Lifetime Performance, New York, USA - 18 Jul 2018

Billy Joel performs during his 100th lifetime performance at Madison Square Garden, in New York.

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The latest episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast spotlights Billy Joel in conversation with Andy Greene, with the enduring singer/songwriter discussing the making of his classic album The Stranger, setlists for his Madison Square Garden residency, why he doesn’t enjoy playing “Captain Jack” (“Captain Jack’s been demoted to Private Jack,” he says) his aversion to biopics and retirement tours, grappling with his 70th birthday, his long songwriting silence, his rock n’ roll cred, his feelings on Donald Trump and much more.

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