EP 019 – Year In Review: 1983

They say it’s always darkest before the dawn. If that’s true, then the sun rose for Billy Joel in 1983. That’s not to say things were bleak before then. But the past year or so carried a more somber tone. In 1982, Billy was in a bad motorcycle accident that left his hands severely injured for months. Despite this, he completed, released, and toured behind The Nylon Curtain. That album is arguably his most ambitious, and also his most serious and thematically heavy release. 


But, that all turned around the next year. 1983 found Billy Joel jet-setting to private islands, dating supermodels and releasing his ninth studio album, An Innocent Man.  Stylistically, the music harkened back to the 50s and early 60s. And, in contrast to its predecessor, it was one of his biggest sellers, and easily his most light-hearted. 


An Innocent Man would go platinum seven times and spawn seven charting singles. In 1984, Billy would tour in support of his blockbuster hit. But, the previous year, he was enjoying life. 


In this episode, Michael & Jack are diving deep into 1983. The year that saw an album release, hit singles, heavy-rotation videos, tabloid-pages romance, and more for Billy Joel.




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EP 018 – Billy Joel Cover Songs By Other Artists

Sometimes, the best way to find out what makes a songwriter special is hearing someone else sing their songs. Listening to how other artists interpret their work brings out aspects of the music that weren’t as obvious before. 


That’s what Michael and Jack discovered when they put this episode together. This week, They’re diving into versions of Billy Joel songs performed by other people. To do it, we compiled more than two dozen versions of Billy’s music performed by other artists. 


For the most part, we stuck to songs that were officially released or performed on television. The styles range from 60s blue-eyed soul to 80s pop, country sensations to punk and indie rockers. The arrangements varied from straight-ahead covers to nearly unrecognizable renditions.  Also featured are 2 Billy covers by drummer Liberty DeVitto’s former band The Fun(k) Club that have never before been released!


Join us, as we go through the good, the great, the bad, and the bizarre Billy Joel covers. We’ll talk through these new versions and what we learned about the original performances along the way.


Songs covered include:


  • Beyonce – Honesty
  • Diana Krall – Just The Way You Are
  • Joan Baez – Goodnight Saigon
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo – River of Dreams
  • The Hoosiers – We Didn’t Start The Fire
  • The Creak – Sleeping With The Television On
  • Sheena Easton – The Entertainer
  • Garth Brooks – Shameless
  • Westlife – Uptown Girl
  • Dolly Parton – Travelin’ Prayer
  • Helen Reddy – You’re My Home
  • Jennifer Warnes – And So It Goes
  • TexasFrets – Souvenir
  • The Manhattans – Everybody Has A Dream
  • Andy Mientus feat. Jennifer Hudson – Everybody Loves You Now
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Uptown Girl
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Only The Good Die Young
  • Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – The Longest Time
  • Barry White – Just The Way You Are
  • Bayside – Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)
  • Copeland – She’s Always A Woman
  • Ronnie Spector and The E Street Band – Say Goodbye To Hollywood
  • Richard Marx – Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)
  • Peter, Paul & Mary – Summer, Highland Falls
  • Bill Medley – Until The Night
  • The Fun(k) Club – Handball
  • The Fun(k) Club – You May Be Right (Glass Houses Exclusive)
  • The Fun(k) Club – She’s Got A Way (Glass Houses Exclusive)






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EP 017 – Album Retrospective: Streetlife Serenade

1974 saw Billy Joel back in the studio mere months after 1973’s Piano Man.  Billy wasn’t ready for a new album but pushed his way through to complete Streetlife Serenade which was released October 11, 1974 on Columbia Records.

The album peaked at #35 on the album charts and featured the single “The Entertainer,” which is the sole song that has gotten a significant amount of live performances since its release.


Michael & Jack discuss this often forgotten and under documented album and shed some light on some lesser known gems.

They also go song by song through the album and discuss each track and their reflections on each.



One side
1. Streetlife Serenader
2. Los Angelenos
3. The Great Suburban Showdown
4. Root Beer Rag
5. Roberta

Another side
6. The Entertainer
7. Last of the Big Time Spenders
8. Weekend Song
9. Souvenir
10. The Mexican Connection





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EP 016 – Billy Joel 1970s TV Appearances

Artists who rose to stardom in the 1970s were the first generation to have that rise documented on TV cameras. Billy Joel was no exception.

Michael & Jack comb through as many of Billy’s 1970’s TV appearances as they could find to share their observations along the way. Watching these in chronological order, you really get the feel with how Billy’s stage presence and live band developed throughout the decade.

Join us as we discuss all things Billy Joel on TV in the 1970s.


Appearances include:


  • Old Grey Whistle Test – 1973
  • Speakeasy – 1974
  • Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert – 1974
  • Midnight Special – 1975
  • Mike Douglas Show – 1976
  • Old Grey Whistle Test – 1978
  • Beat Club – 1978
  • Saturday Night Live – 1978




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EP 015 – Year In Review: 2003

The year was 2003 and once again, Billy was at a crossroads. He mounted a shorter Face To Face tour with Elton John before taking one of the longest hiatuses of his career which would stretch into the end of 2005.


Michael & Jack chronicle a year in which saw depression, Billy vocally discussing retiring, and the end end of the professional relationship with the longest tenured band member. But the year wasn’t all bad. Billy & Twyla Tharp launched the hugely successful broadway show Movin’ Out, had another successful run with Elton John and more. Michael attended 3 shows on that tour which we discuss as well.


Join us as we talk all things Billy Joel in 2003.





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EP 014 – 1987 Tour of Russia

The year was 1987. Billy and the band were well into their tour supporting The Bridge album. An incredible opportunity came along that would change everyone involved’s life forever.


Billy Joel and his band became the first American pop act to bring a full-scale touring production to Russia.  While other US artists had played behind the Iron Curtain before, never had the Russians experienced a full on rock show until now.


Join Michael & Jack as they go back to 1987 and discuss this monumental 6 date tour that helped thaw relations between the two nations, and saw musicians and crew alike come away touched by the warmth and kindness they received throughout. 




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EP 013 – Video Retrospective: Shades of Grey

In 1993, Billy Joel began work on what would become his final pop studio album, River of Dreams. What began with he and his live band tracking in a makeshift studio in a boathouse on the east end of Long Island, ended with a new producer, new musicians, and a new direction.


Michael & Jack revisit the Shades of Grey documentary that chronicles the journey of arguably Billy Joel’s most personal album to date.




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EP 012 – In Conversation with drummer Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto is the drummer that Billy Joel chose to record those unforgettable albums and memorable tours between 1975 and 2005.  Michael & Jack discuss his brand new autobiography Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness which is out now from Hudson Music.

Join us for a special candid conversation with Liberty DeVitto as he discusses the book and much more.

In this episode, Michael & Jack also share their thoughts after reading the book which chronicles Liberty’s family history, as well has his personal life and playing career.  Early announcements promised two things: A foreword by Billy Joel and Liberty discussing every song they recorded together. This book delivers on that and so much more.

Among the great stories, we also learn the news of the long-overdue reconciliation between Liberty and Billy and the reclamation of this great friendship.

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EP 011 – Concert Classics: Live At C.W. Post, 1977

Michael & Jack take their first dip into a classic Billy Joel concert from the past. They discuss the famed C.W. Post College concert recorded in Greenvale, NY on May 6, 1977. This concert was also broadcast live in New York and Philadelphia as Billy and the band tear through some classics and road test two brand new songs that would be recorded for The Stranger soon after. 


Date: May 6, 1977
City/State: Greenvale, NY
Venue: Dome Auditorium at C.W. Post College

The band:

  • Billy Joel – Vocals, Piano, Moog Synthesizer
  • Liberty DeVitto – Drums
  • Doug Stegmeyer – Bass, Vocals
  • Richie Cannata – Saxophone, Flute, Percussion, Keyboards
  • Howard Emerson – Guitar


The Setlist: 

  1. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
  2. Somewhere Along the Line
  3. Summer, Highland Falls
  4. Piano Man
  5. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant
  6. James
  7. Prelude/Angry Young Man
  8. New York State of Mind
  9. Travelin’ Prayer
  10. Just the Way You Are
  11. The Entertainer
  12. You’re My Home
  13. Root Beer Rag
  14. She’s Got a Way
  15. The Ballad of Billy the Kid
  16. I’ve Loved These Days
  17. Captain Jack
  18. Worse Comes to Worst
  19. Ain’t No Crime
  20. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
  21. Weekend Song
  22. Souvenir

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EP 010 – Doug Stegmeyer (with special guests)

On this episode, Michael & Jack celebrate the life and music of Billy Joel bassist Doug Stegmeyer. Known as The Sergeant, Doug played bass in the Billy Joel band from 1975 which he joined for the Streetlife Serenader tour and continued on through the end of The Bridge Tour in 1988.

We discuss many of the facets that made Doug so special and integral to the magic of Billy’s recordings.

We also are joined by 5 special guests with unique connections to Doug:

  • Mike DelGuidice – Guitar and vocals in the Billy Joel band and frontman for tribute band Big Shot. Mike also worked with Doug extensively in the early 1990s.
  • Malcolm Gold – Bassist for The Lords of 52nd Street and the Movin’ Out touring band. Malcolm also often plays Doug’s basses during Lords shows.
  • Sue Stegmeyer & Kevin Ege – Doug’s sister and her husband.
  • Andy Gilmartin – A friend of Doug’s when Andy was a teenager, Andy spearheaded getting Doug, Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata & Russell Javors inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Andy now is the manager for The Lords of 52nd Street.

For context, here are the albums Doug performed on: Turnstiles, The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, Songs In The Attic, The Nylon Curtain, An Innocent Man, Greatest Hits Vol. I & II, The Bridge, KOHUEPT, Greatest Hits Vol. III.


EP 009 – Glass Houses Playlist #1

We’re bringing you something a little different for this episode. To say things have been crazy lately, is an understatement. We weren’t able to pull together a regular episode in time but still wanted to bring you something.  

Introducing the GLASS HOUSES PLAYLIST. Michael & Jack will take turns playing DJ to spin some tunes and tell some stories behind them. First up is Michael as he plays some songs from some great artist he has worked with over the years. The song list is below. If you dig what you hear, we’d appreciate you checking out and picking up some new music by these artists wherever you get your music!




THE FUN(K) CLUB – “38 Graymont”

SEPTEMBER ON – “On The Outside Again”

KNEE DEEP SHAG – “Faded And Live”

CIDER – “This Life”

AN AMERICAN UNDERDOG (Andy Reed) – “Put Out The Fire”


COLIN HAY – “Send Somebody”

BIG SKY – “Waiting”

DONNY BROWN – “Losing A Part of Your Soul”

JESSE YOUNG – “The Distance”

MILE – “The Way Home”

PETE SCHMIDT – “Someday”

THE VERVE PIPE – “Never Let You Down”

ASHTON ALLEN – “If You Leave”


Glass Houses Playlist #1

EP 008 – Album Retrospective: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II

1985 brings us Billy Joel’s first Greatest Hits release with Greatest Hits Volume I & II which covered songs from 1973’s Piano Man through the two new songs for 1985, “You’re Only Human (Second Wind)” and “The Night Is Still Young.” Greatest Hits Volume I & II has gone on to be one of the greatest selling albums of all time.

Michael & Jack discuss the various formats and track listings of this set, their memories on it as well as the different radio edits that were used in the initial releases.

We also hear from Billy himself from this great archival interview with Dan Neer from the Billy Joel album party radio celebration from 1985 where he discusses the two new songs mentioned above.

To kick things off, we have a very special performance from Billy from May 11th as a part of the virtual telethon Rise Up New York, the Robin Hood Relief Benefit.


EP 007 – Live Album & Video Retrospective: Live At Shea Stadium

Michael & Jack revisit the historic 2008 Shea Stadium concerts from Flushing, New York in Queens. The Beatles performed the first concert at Shea and New York’s son, Billy Joel, appropriately closed out the stadium with the final two concerts before the Shea’s ultimate demolition.

This viewing / listening companion goes song by song through the live CD / DVD highlighting special moments and special guests along the way.

Special guest performers during the two concerts that are included in this set are: Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey, John Mellencamp, and of course, Sir Paul McCartney.

EP 006 – Year In Review: 1994

The year was 1994 and Billy Joel is a few months into his hugely successful River of Dreams Tour. Michael & Jack look back at this year in review which proved to be a pivotal year for Billy as he wrapped up support for his final studio album, launched the first incarnation of the hugely successful Face 2 Face Tour with Elton John, and began talking about the current tour being his last long tour.

Personally this was a big year for the both of us. We discuss each of us seeing Billy live multiple times this year. We also dig into media archives with some fun interview and performance clips we’ve uncovered. Join us as we go back to 1994.

EP 005 – B-Sides, Rarities and Soundtrack Songs

Michael & Jack dust off the crates and reminisce about some classic Billy Joel 45s, soundtrack appearances, remixes and more!

The songs covered in this episode are:

– Elvis Presley Blvd.
– You’ve Got Me Hummin’ (Live)
– I’ll Cry Instead (Live)
– House of Blue Light
– You Picked A Real Bad Time
– Nobody Knows But Me
– Why Should I Worry?
– When You Wish Upon A Star
– All Shook Up
– Heartbreak Hotel
– In A Sentimental Mood
– Where Were You On Our Wedding Day?
– All My Life
– Christmas In Fallujah
– New York State Of Mind (Alt. Mixes)
– Sometimes A Fantasy (Long Single Version)
– The River Of Dreams (Alternate Mix)
– Tell Her About It (12″ Remix)
– Keeping The Faith (Special Mix)

LIVE EP 002 – Stay At Home Special #2

While keeping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael & Jack decided to launch a sub-series of live episode broadcasts on Facebook. This first live episode was recorded on Tuesday April 7, 2020. 

Here, we discuss a few top 5 Billy lists, talk about how we are keeping busy while under stay at home orders, and talk with our special guests Melissa & Teddy Boileau from the Songs From The Attic radio show in Syracuse, NY.

EP 004 – Video Retrospective: Live From Long Island

Michael & Jack present a song by song companion of the 1983 home video concert release Live From Long Island. Having been out of print for some 30+ years now, this concert is a must see and highlights Billy and the band firing on all cylinders as they transition into an arena touring band in the early 1980s.

Live From Long Island was recorded on December 29, 1982 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY and originally broadcast on HBO in the summer of 1983 before being released on video cassette and laser disc.


LIVE EP 001 – Stay At Home Special #1

While keeping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael & Jack decided to launch a sub-series of live episode broadcasts on Facebook. This first live episode was recorded on Wednesday March 25, 2020. 

Here, we discuss how the podcast came to be, roll out a few top 5 Billy lists, discuss some of our other favorite artists, read some great listener emails and so much more.

EP 003 – Album Retrospective: Cold Spring Harbor

Michael & Jack revisit Billy’s first album, from its pre-production demos, to the botched finished product under Artie Ripp’s Family Productions, Columbia’s 1983 remix and reissue, and everything in between.


EP 002 – Billy Joel Tidbits & Trivia

Michael & Jack discuss some tidbits and trivia surrounding Billy Joel’s career.

Topics include:

  • Albums sales and stats

  • Billy’s role in new digital technology during the 80s

  • Different versions of the Big Shot music video

  • Early touring days in the Lehigh Valley

  • And more!

EP 001 – Our Backstory

Michael & Jack discuss how and when they discovered Billy Joel’s music, their connections  to former drummer Liberty DeVitto, the first albums they bought, their concert experiences, and more. 

Coming Soon: Glass Houses – A Billy Joel Podcast

Life-long Billy Joel fans, Michael Grosvenor and Jack Firneno, team up to share stories and take deep dives into Billy’s songs, tours, albums, band members and much more. Join us in celebrating the life and music of Billy Joel.