Billy Joel Talks Music, Women, His First Ever Gig at a Hicksville Church and More! 

Posted: 1:56 pm Friday, July 13th, 2018

By Donna Donna

Billy Joel In Concert - New York, NY

Musician Billy Joel performs at Madison Square Garden on December 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Parade magazine sat down with Billy Joel at his 20th Century Cycles shop in Oyster Bay for a wide ranging interview prompted by the upcoming milestone of Billy’s 100th performance at Madison Square Garden (July 18th).

In the interview Billy reminisces about his youth growing up in a poor household with a single mom struggling to provide for her family. Billy recounts the story of his very first gig with a band at age 14 at a dance at Holy Family Church in Hicksville. He said:

“We sounded pretty good. Everybody’s clapping, kids are dancing and a girl I had a crush on was actually looking at me, a girl who hadn’t looked twice at me before. Virginia. You know “Come out, Virginia” [a lyric from “Only the Good Die Young”]? And I said, “Oh, my God, she’s looking at me. Wow, this is great.” I was thrilled. The end of the night, the priest gives us each $15. I said, “You mean you get paid for this?” That was it! This is what I’m going to do.”

Billy goes on to talk about faking Mozart Sonatas for his mom, what makes him happiest and lots more

Read the entire interview with Billy HERE

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