It is the Piano Man’s first new tune in 17 years

Billy Joel
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Rock icon Billy Joel is back with his first piece of music in nearly two decades. The all-new tune, “Turn the Lights Back On,” arrives 17 years after his last song. It was produced by Freddy Wrexler (Celine Dion, Kanye West, Lil Wayne). Stream the official lyric video below now.

Joel’s latest track “Turn the Lights Back On” is available for streaming, and as a 7-inch vinyl single. Additionally, Billy has curated a special merchandise line for the release. The collection includes several t-shirts, hoodies, crew neck sweatshirts, a beanie, and more. Browse the entire collection below.

Billy Joel’s last contemporary album was 1993’s River of Dreams. The record hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 2001, Joel released Fantasies & Delusions, an LP of classical compositions. In February of 2007, Billy released a new song, “All My Life.” He followed it up with the holiday single, “Christmas in Fallujah,” that December.

Later this year, Billy Joel is playing two exclusive concerts with two very special guests. The Piano Man will perform at Soldier Field in Chicago on June 21 with Stevie Nicks, and at Busch Stadium in St. Louis with Sting on September 27. Additionally, Billy will be headlining T-Mobile Park in Seattle and Coors Field in Denver on his own. Check out the full tour itinerary below.

Joel, 74, was on the road throughout playing stadium shows alongside Stevie Nicks. The trek wrapped up last month, with one re-scheduled show slated for March 9 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Back in 2021, Billy co-headlined Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada with heavy metal juggernauts Metallica.

Stevie Nicks recently confirmed that she is extending her current tour into 2024. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform seven additional concerts starting in February, in addition to her stacked fall tour schedule. Check out her full tour itinerary below, including all previously confirmed performances.

Billy Joel
Billy Joel [Courtesy]

Billy Joel recently confirmed the final date of his Madison Square Garden residency. The unprecedented run, which launched in December 2013, will end on July 25, 2024. The final performance will be the 104th of Joel’s residency, and his 150th lifetime performance at the World’s Most Famous Arena.

Billy Joel played his first show at Madison Square Garden on December 14, 1978.

“I’m kind of flabbergasted that it lasted as long as it did,” Joel said at conference at The Garden when the final run of shows was initially announced. “My team tells me that we could continue to sell tickets, but 10 years, 150 shows — all right already!”

“There’s only one thing that’s more New York than Billy Joel, and that’s a Billy Joel concert at MSG,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams stated. Adams joined Joel and MSG Entertainment CEO James L. Dolan to announce the end of the residency. “Billy Joel’s franchise run has made history — not only for Madison Square Garden, but also for the music industry overall,” Dolan added.

While his residency at The Garden is ending, a representative for Joel confirmed that he is not retiring.

According to Pollstar, Joel’s MSG residency has seen him perform for nearly 1.7 million people through 89 shows. The run has sold $207 million in tickets. By the time the final show rolls around, the residency will have grossed over $250 million.

Throughout his run at The Garden, Joel brought out several special guests to perform with him including Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, Foreigner’s Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, John Fogerty, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, and Aerosmith, among others.