You can't say Billy Joel doesn't go the extra mile for his fans. PageSix.com reported that Billy was due to meet with a blind 14-year-old pianist Logan Riman from Brooklyn before his last show at Madison Square Garden. Billy brought the boy over to the piano at center stage and allowed him to play on the hallowed stage during the band's soundcheck. Billy “was so impressed that he joined him, with the pair riffing on 'Piano Man' together on the same keyboard.” Billy and Logan met via the venue's nonprofit Garden of Dreams Foundation.
We caught up with Billy Joel and asked him about whether he's getting the itch to release any of his latest classical pieces he's been working on at home. He told us in so many words, “No”: “Nah. I'm not interested in disseminating it. I'm writing for my own edification, really. I'm just trying to learn how to do it. I'm still learning.”
We tried to force Billy's hand by saying that if he didn't release all this new classical music, by the time that it does reach the masses — possibly long after he's dead — chances are the arrangers and performers might just get it all wrong: “Nah, nah, nah. If I have it on tape, y'know, maybe it'll. . . it can get interpreted any way it wants. It's like when I put out records and people wanna redo the songs their way: Great! G'head! Hey, I'm happy anybody's doing anything of my stuff!”