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Joel says he was on a “well-documented bender” for three months before checking himself into Silver Hill Hospital in Connecticut in mid-June. This would date the bender’s origin to right around the time of his March 15 concert with Elton John at Madison Square Garden, an evening in which Joel was widely described as disoriented, exhausted, and erratic. ” “I was amazed by the way all of that played out in the media,” he says now. “To me, a musician going to rehab is like a normal person going to get his teeth cleaned.

I think the fact that Joel divorced the woman he wrote this song about makes it his single greatest achievement. When I hear “Just the Way You Are,” it never makes me think about Joel’s broken marriage. It makes me think about all the perfectly scribed love letters and drunken e-mails I have written over the past twelve years, and about all the various women who received them. I think about how I told them they changed the way I thought about the universe, and that they made every other woman on earth unattractive, and that I would love them unconditionally even if we were never together.

You don’t catch Celine Dion complaining about a lack of critical respect, and she’s a lot worse than Billy Joel. But she doesn’t care. ” Perhaps as a response to three decades of slights, Joel made a classical album in 2001 called Fantasies and Delusions: Music for Solo Piano. Influenced by Chopin and credited as the work of “William Joel,” Fantasies and Delusions sold remarkably well, topping the classical charts for months—though arguably, Joel could smash a piano with a ball-peen hammer for seventy-five minutes and release it as a live album, and it would still sell remarkably well.

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