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Billy Joel Refuses To Sell Front Row Tickets To His Concerts

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Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel is a household name as well as a role model for aspiring songwriters and musicians.

The 68-year-old "piano man" has had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990. He wrote all 33 of his Top 40 hits in the US.

With classics like Uptown Girl, New York State of Mind and We Didn't Start The Fire it's not surprising that people start to sing along when they hear his tunes.

It's only fitting that he has received some very prestigious awards for his work in the music industry. Billy Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.

He holds a record for selling out 36 shows in 3 years, more than any other artist.

While backstage at Madison Square Garden, in New York, Billy Joel moves slowly and deliberately, having just had both hips replaced. However when he gets on stage, he is exuberant and makes the giant venue feel like a living room.

The crowd in the building is aged 20 and up. A much younger audience than you would expect at this old rocker's show.

"I'd look down and see rich people sitting there, I call 'em "gold chainers." Sitting there puffing on a cigar, "entertain me, piano man." They don't stand up, make noise, sit there with their bouffant haired girlfriend lookin' like a big shot. I kinda got sick of that, who the hell are these people, where are the real fans?" Billy Joel said in an interview with Billboard.

"It turns out the real fans were always in the back of the room in the worst seats," he said.

So that's when Joel decided it was time for a change.

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