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But this schmuck is usually looking down on the highway from an altitude of a thousand feet. Joel was wearing a black T-shirt tucked into black jeans, black Vans, and an Indian Motorcycle ball cap. “He’s early.” A helicopter zipped in over the oystermen and landed down by the water, at the hem of a great sloping lawn, where Joel had converted the property’s tennis court to a helipad.The back of his head, where hair might be, was freshly shorn, and his features, which in dark or obscure moods can appear mottled and knotted, were at rest, projecting benevolent bemusement. He’d recently had to resurface it, after Hurricane Sandy.According to the footage from one of officer's body cams, the four-year-old girl told police: 'I want my daddy; he's going to jail.' The officer replied: 'Come with me, I’m going to take care of you OK? ' A woman in the passenger seat of the car was not charged with any offence.Police bought the four-year-old girl food and called her mother to pic her up.He ran off, and officers discovered the two young girls in his car.
“You know, if you type ‘Billy Joel’s house’ into Google maps, you get Madison Square Garden,” Joel said. And then Joel was doing “Just the Way You Are.” He’d written it for his first wife and manager, Elizabeth. To close out the set, he sprayed his throat, donned a harmonica rig, and launched into “Piano Man” without betraying any exasperation, only wonder, as thousands of people, many of them about half the song’s age, sang along.Whenever anyone asks him about his pre-show routine, he says, “I walk from the dressing room to the stage.That’s my routine.” Joel has a knack for delivering his own recycled quips and explanations as though they were fresh, a talent related, one would think, to that of singing well-worn hits with sincere-seeming gusto.She moved in with him, and he persuaded her to quit her job on Wall Street. “This is the beginning of the psych-up for the show,” Joel said. ”“There won’t be a dry eye in the house,” the saxophonist Mark Rivera said. (He’d wanted to leave it off the album, too, but Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow, dropping by the studio one day, told him he was nuts.) He usually won these arguments. A few hours later, the arena was full, and he was back onstage with the band, delivering the familiar hits in full voice. The cynicism surfaced only between numbers, such as when, after playing “The Entertainer,” he repeated, in a quizzical tone, the line “I won’t be here in another year / If I don’t stay on the charts” and then exclaimed, “Bullshit!Joel, who refers to his former wives as Ex 1, Ex 2, and Ex 3, says that he is in no hurry to be married again. “You see this and you tell yourself, ‘I gotta do a good one.’ ”Since the beginning of the year, Joel had been playing the Garden once a month. All twelve had sold out well in advance, and the secondary market was tight. Steve Cohen, who has been Joel’s lighting designer since 1974 and his creative director since the mid-eighties, handed Joel his suggested set list. At other sound checks, I’d seen him scrap such mainstays as “Angry Young Man” (the tempo was lagging, and the sentiment felt false) and “Captain Jack.” (“Dreary, dreary, dreary,” he said. ” A roar greeted the opening notes of “Just the Way You Are,” and up in Section 106 I could see some women of a certain age singing along and dabbing their eyes.
The bouncing had hardly ceased by the time Joel’s S. Ruggles and Cohen got aboard with Joel and Roderick. “I rented a house there for a while, after I sold the house in East Hampton.” The helicopter cut south along the eastern shore of Centre Island. As the passengers disembarked, Roderick quietly urged Ruggles, who was going through a divorce and living for the time being in one of Joel’s guesthouses, to take the popcorn. He’d given up cigarettes—he’d gone to see a hypnotist in Boston.