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Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast

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Join lifelong Billy Joel fans, Michael and Jack, as they take deep dives in to Billy’s history, songs, albums, tours, band members and more.

Join lifelong Billy Joel fans, Michael and Jack, as they take deep dives in to Billy’s history, songs, albums, tours, band members and more.

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United States

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Join lifelong Billy Joel fans, Michael and Jack, as they take deep dives in to Billy’s history, songs, albums, tours, band members and more.

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English

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Episodes

EP 024 - Looking Forward & Looking Back (with Love Raptor & Bradshaw Leigh)

1/5/2021
We’re kicking off 2021 with a look back and a look forward at Billy Joel’s work, his fans, and the music industry in general. This episode features two sets of interviews. The first is with Mikhail Pivovarov and Billy Ruegger from the online music collective Love Raptor. We’ll go behind the scenes of their funk covers of “Movin’ Out” and “She’s Got A Way” and also talk about some of the latest trends when it comes to new musical artists today. Then, it’s the return of Bradshaw Leigh,...

Duration:01:04:21

EP 023 - Phil Ramone (with Bradshaw Leigh & Russell Javors)

12/22/2020
When it comes to Billy Joel’s most successful run of albums, you can’t talk about the man behind the piano without also talking about the man behind the board: Phil Ramone. By the time Phil and Billy teamed up, Ramone was already a renowned engineer and innovator in the recording studio. His discography included landmark albums by Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Paul Simon and Elton John, along with soundtracks, musicals, and live recordings. Working primarily at Ramone’s own...

Duration:01:05:55

EP 022 - 2006-2007 World Tour

12/8/2020
Billy Joel’s World Tour from 2006 through 2007 turned out to be a true page-turner in his career. He’d played virtually no concerts the previous two years. And by the end of 2003 his performances were getting just a little stale. But, you’d never know that from the 110 or so dates he mounted when he got back into touring mode. And, from all the high-quality footage that’s available, he seemed more energetic and excited about playing live than he’d been for a while. The biggest change...

Duration:00:59:38

EP 021 - Glass Houses Playlist #2

11/24/2020
This holiday week, settle in with some classic songs, a small glimpse into the Philadelphia music scene, and some exciting new artists making music today! This is our second playlist episode, where Jack and Michael take turns playing DJ to spin some tunes and tell some stories behind them. Jack’s on the turntable (literally, in some cases) this time to bring you: All You Wanna Do Is Dance: Classic Songs Ripped Directly From 45s My Life: Songs Featuring Jack On Drums Keeping...

Duration:00:58:17

EP 020 - Concert Classics: Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA, 1974

11/10/2020
Date: May 14, 1974 City/State: Boston, MA Venue: Orpheum Theatre Supporting: Jesse Colin Young & Livingston Taylor The Setlist: ------ In less than 50 minutes, the bootleg recording of Billy Joel at the Orpheum Theater in 1974 reveals the trajectory of his career up to that point and hints toward the challenges and major changes to come. It’s not his most popular bootleg, but as a warts-and-all snapshot of this moment, it’s surprisingly revelatory. The show, recorded on May...

Duration:00:53:51

EP 019 - Year In Review: 1983

10/27/2020
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...

Duration:00:48:16

EP 018 - Billy Joel Cover Songs By Other Artists

10/13/2020
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...

Duration:01:03:23

EP 017 - Album Retrospective: Streetlife Serenade

9/29/2020
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...

Duration:01:15:30

EP 016 - Billy Joel 1970s TV Appearances

9/15/2020
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...

Duration:00:54:56

EP 015 - Year In Review: 2003

9/1/2020
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'...

Duration:00:51:43

EP 014 - 1987 Tour of Russia

8/18/2020
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...

Duration:00:55:28

EP 013 - Video Retrospective: Shades of Grey

8/4/2020
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. ------ Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com Glass Houses - A Billy Joel...

Duration:01:04:22

EP 012 - In Conversation with drummer Liberty DeVitto

7/21/2020
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...

Duration:01:20:33

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

7/7/2020
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, 1977City/State: Greenvale, NYVenue: Dome Auditorium at C.W. Post College The band: The...

Duration:00:58:14

EP 010 - Doug Stegmeyer (with special guests)

6/23/2020
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: For context, here are...

Duration:01:26:59

EP 009 - Glass Houses Playlist #1

6/9/2020
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...

Duration:01:16:28

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

5/26/2020
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...

Duration:00:52:44

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

5/12/2020
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...

Duration:01:24:22

EP 006 - Year In Review: 1994

4/28/2020
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...

Duration:01:06:54

EP 005 - B-Sides, Rarities and Soundtrack Songs

4/14/2020
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: ------ Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: http://www.glasshousespod.comhttps://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/https://twitter.com/glasshousespod Support the podcast: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod

Duration:01:17:23