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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.

Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast Michael Grosvenor & Jack Firneno

    • Music Commentary
    • 4.6, 12 Ratings

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.

    EP 010 - Doug Stegmeyer (with special guests)

    EP 010 - Doug Stegmeyer (with special guests)

    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.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    EP 009 - Glass Houses Playlist #1

    EP 009 - Glass Houses Playlist #1

    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 dig what you hear, we'd appreciate you checking out and picking up some new music by these artists wherever you get your music! PLAYLIST #1:  MAIN STREET EAST – “Caroline”THE FUN(K) CLUB – “38 Graymont”SEPTEMBER ON – “On The Outside Again”KNEE DEEP SHAG – “Faded And Live”CIDER – “This Life”AN AMERICAN UNDERDOG (Andy Reed) – “Put Out The Fire”TOM PAXTON & THE DONJUANS – “After The Storm”COLIN HAY – “Send Somebody”BIG SKY – “Waiting”DONNY BROWN – “Losing A Part of Your Soul”JESSE YOUNG – “The Distance”MILE – “The Way Home”PETE SCHMIDT – “Someday”THE VERVE PIPE – “Never Let You Down”ASHTON ALLEN – “If You Leave” 

    • 1 hr 16 min
    EP 008 - Album Retrospective: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II

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

    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 releases. We also hear from Billy himself from this great archival interview with Dan Neer from the Billy Joel album party radio celebration from 1985 where he discusses the two new songs mentioned above.To kick things off, we have a very special performance from Billy from May 11th as a part of the virtual telethon Rise Up New York, the Robin Hood Relief Benefit.

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

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

    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 this set are: Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey, John Mellencamp, and of course, Sir Paul McCartney.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    EP 006 - Year In Review: 1994

    EP 006 - Year In Review: 1994

    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 multiple times this year. We also dig into media archives with some fun interview and performance clips we’ve uncovered. Join us as we go back to 1994.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    EP 005 - B-Sides, Rarities and Soundtrack Songs

    EP 005 - B-Sides, Rarities and Soundtrack Songs

    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: Elvis Presley Blvd.You've Got Me Hummin' (Live)I'll Cry Instead (Live)House of Blue LightYou Picked A Real Bad TimeNobody Knows But MeWhy Should I Worry?When You Wish Upon A StarAll Shook UpHeartbreak HotelIn A Sentimental MoodWhere Were You On Our Wedding Day?All My LifeChristmas In FallujahNew York State Of Mind (Alt. Mixes)Sometimes A Fantasy (Long Single Version)The River Of Dreams (Alternate Mix)Tell Her About It (12" Remix)Keeping The Faith (Special Mix)

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Judge Timbers ,

Everybody Should Love This Podcast Now

I grew up on Long Island in the 1970’s with the music of Billy Joel seared into the fabric of my life. This podcast admirably and faithfully explores Billy’s genius over the span of his lengthy career. Rather than using a simple chronological approach, the dual hosts present Billy’s work in a more interesting topical and thematic fashion. And for once, this is a podcast I joined from the beginning, so I anxiously await the release of each new episode. Thank you for this high quality production.

Johnny 8-Bit ,

A Tribute That's Full of Heart

The thing with a podcast focusing on an artist like Billy Joel is that there are so many ways to approach it. Albums. Eras. Bands. Origin/Influences. So far, Michael and Jack have not stuck to a single approach, a sure sign that this show has the potential longevity. Here's hoping that they are able to continue this series "for the longest time."

RickRockRadio ,

Similar to the story of My Billy Joel Life

It’s like, “Everybody we knew in our whole lives are talking here …” These guys are great. Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast is a great listen. Truly, it’s like I’m part of a conversation but I can’t ever say anything. They explore all things Billy Joel related, and many times it’s thoughts I’ve had or conversations I’ve had with others. They might even sneak in some interesting trivia now and then. Just hearing their stories of different concerts, re-listening to songs and albums years later, or just enjoying Live on Long Island all over again. It’s a top-notch, first rate podcast that I look forward to. You should check it out, even if you’re just a casual Billy Joel fan. Great work!

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