Billy Joel seems pretty close to calling Boston his “home away from home.” The tried and true New Yorker is set to play Fenway Park for his sixth straight year on September 14th, and back in January was inducted into the ballpark's new Music Hall of Fame.
During a recent chat with Newsday, Billy said, “I’m a New Yorker and there’s a hatred for New York in Boston, but they’ve taken me as one of their own. It’s fantastic. This is going to be our sixth year in a row playing there. Playing stadiums, I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s still above and beyond what I ever expected — the scale of the thing, the amount of people that are there, the atmosphere of it all. It’s spectacular. . . It’s a very humbling experience that I’m selling out the place where Ted Williams played.”
We asked Billy Joel if the similarities between athletes and musicians are really as similar as he's always made them out to be: “Absolutely. You can't swing for the stands every time. Once in a while, you gotta take a pitch. It's similar to writing. You can't have a great season every season. It's just not natural — it'd be unnatural. You'd burn out. Look, when you go into a slump, the best thing is not to swing for the stands, you try to connect with the ball and it happens with musicians as it happens with athletes. There's a lot of similarities. The height of a musician's career in age is about the height of an athlete's career — it's somewhere between the ages of 18 and 35 (that) are your peak years.”