Tomorrow Billy Joel is releasing his 2008 Shea Stadium concert on CD and DVD – and we’ve got the exclusive video of his 1976 classic “Summer Highland Falls” from the show. The concert – which was the last concert ever held at Shea Stadium– features many of Joel’s most famous songs as well as duets with Tony Bennett, John Mayer and Paul McCartney.
This summer Bill Joel is releasing his long-awaited memoir The Book of Joel, which was co-written by Fred Schruers. Joel hasn’t performed a concert since a short run of shows with Elton John in early 2010. He is currently recovering from a double hip replacement and devoting much of his time to his new motorcycle shop in Osyster, Bay Long Island.
In 2007 Joel told Rolling Stone that he could definitely see the day coming when he’d stop touring for good. “I don’t want to make one of those grand retirement speeches,” he said. “I see pictures of myself and I’m like, ‘Oh God. You never looked like a rock star, but now you look like a rock star’s grandfather.’ There is a physicality to it. Once you get to a certain age, you just aren’t going to be able to do it, grandpa.”