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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

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    • 4.8 • 38 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 060 - MTV Night School 1982

    EP 060 - MTV Night School 1982

    Years before Billy Joel started doing master classes, and long before MTV stopped showing music videos, there was Night School. 

     

    Broadcast in late 1982, Night School was a half-hour show on MTV where Billy fielded questions from an audience of young fans. Fresh off the success of The Nylon Curtain, he tells stories, gives some behind-the-scenes glimpses of the music industry and, of course, plays      piano. 

     

    The program turned out to be a one-off event. There was never a second episode or another version with a different host or musician. At the time, MTV was a new and untested concept, and Night School is a relic of when the channel was at its most daring and experimental. 

     

    The show is a diamond in the rough for Billy Joel fans. It’s currently only available on YouTube and it doesn’t get much mention in fan forums, biographies, or any official publications. 

     

    But, it features Billy in a great mood, cracking jokes and telling stories he’d refine and rehash for later interviews. It’s a rare, candid insight to the artist, in between the release of his most artistically ambitious album and just before the lighter, more pop-oriented An Innocent Man would launch him into the next level of superstardom with a new generation of fans. 

     

    Join us as we dig deep into Billy Joel’s MTV Night School from 1982. 

     

     

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    • 57 min
    EP 059 - Video Retrospective: The Video Album Volume I

    EP 059 - Video Retrospective: The Video Album Volume I

    Billy Joel may not be the first artist that comes to mind when you think of MTV. But, he was making music videos before the landmark cable channel got its start in 1981. 

     

    A close look at those videos reveals the progression of the medium as it became more popular, more stylized, and more important as the decade went on. 

     

    A handful of those videos were released on home video in 1986 as Billy Joel: The Video Album Volume 1 and 2.

     

    The first volume features 10 videos covering songs from 1973’s Piano Man through The Bridge album in 1986. 

     

    And, they run the gamut from pre-MTV promotional videos and bare-bones performances of hit songs, to surreal and conceptual visual re-imaginings of Billy’s songs. 

     

    There’s a lot to unpack as different directors put their stamp on various eras of Billy’s music. We get behind-the-scenes glimpses of the musicians and close readings of their performances. And, different angles on classic songs. 

     

    Join us, as we dig deep into Billy Joel: The Video Album Volume I.

    Watch the music videos featured on The Video Album Volume I.


    Music Videos:

    Piano Man
    All For Leyna
    Tell Her About It
    Honesty
    Sometimes a Fantasy
    The Night Is Still Young
    Pressure
    Stiletto / My Life
    Keeping The Faith
    A Matter of Trust

     

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    EP 058 - Year In Review: 1969

    EP 058 - Year In Review: 1969

    1969 should have been the year Billy Joel broke through. Today, we know it would be another few years before his solo career began, and a few more after that until things really took off. 

     

    Instead, the end of the decade saw his longtime band put out a second album that went nowhere. Then, the duo he formed after barely got off the ground. 

     

    It must have felt like an anticlimactic end to a decade that saw Billy’s career gaining momentum over the previous five years. Especially without the knowledge of what was ahead. 

     

    Now, in hindsight, 1969 holds few clues to Billy’s work in the decades to come. Apart from a few interesting press clips and a couple notable encounters, there’s not much on the record. 

     

    We may get more information on this part of Billy Joel’s history in the form of a new biopic that’s now in pre-production. But for now, 1969 feels like a footnote at the beginning of the big story we all know today. 

     

    Join us, as we dig into Billy Joel in 1969, and the news of a movie that may explore that period even further. 

     

     

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    • 35 min
    EP 057 - Concert Classics: Kirin Dry Gigs ’88 - Tokyo, Japan

    EP 057 - Concert Classics: Kirin Dry Gigs ’88 - Tokyo, Japan

    With the appearance of the Kirin Dry Gigs from 1988 appearing on YouTube earlier this year, a long-lost footnote in Billy Joel history has finally resurfaced. 


     


    This one-off gig in Japan finds Billy performing with just one member of his longtime touring band. They’re joined by players who performed on other tours in the 80s, musicians who would go on to tour with Billy in support of Storm Front, and a few guests who would only share the stage this one time. 


     


    That combination of musicians makes BIlly’s only major concert appearance from this year a unique and intriguing listen. The arrangements stay close to the Bridge tour and Russia shows, but streamline in places and stray in others. 


     


    And, the discerning ear may even notice a mistake or two from the temporary ensemble. 


     


    Join us, as we dig deep into BIlly’s show at the Tokyo Domein Japan on July 24, 1988.


     







    Date: July 14, 1988
    City/Country: Tokyo, Japan
    Venue: Tokyo Dome
    Event/Festival: Kirin Dry Gigs '88




     


    The band:


    Billy Joel - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Guitar

    Liberty DeVitto - Drums

    David Lebolt - Keyboards

    Schuyler Deale - Bass

    Peter Hewlett - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

    John McCurry - Lead Guitar

    Eric Bazilian - Saxophone


     


    The Setlist: 


    A Matter of Trust

    Pressure

    Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)

    Honesty

    The Stranger

    An Innocent Man

    Big Man On Mulberry Street

    Only The Good Die Young

    It's Still Rock And Roll To Me

    You May Be Right

    Big Shot

    My Life

    Keeping The Fatih

    Back In The U.S.S.R.

    I Saw Her Standing There

     


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    • 59 min
    EP 056 - Reimagining The Nylon Curtain with Johnny Lied

    EP 056 - Reimagining The Nylon Curtain with Johnny Lied

    The Covid-19 pandemic and quarantines of 2020 caused disruptions in the music industry that we’re still feeling a few years later. But while we’re fortunate that the lack of live music will fade into memory, the releases of quarantine albums may very well add up to an interesting reflection of these unprecedented times. 


     


    With no opportunities to tour and limits on how and when musicians could gather to write and record songs, many artists created and recorded music in isolation. Or collaborated remotely to produce new music. 


     


    One of those projects was Johnny Lied, a collaboration between two longtime friends. Jon Herchert, a veteran Minnesota musician and accomplished producer John Fields used their time in 2020 to reimagine classic albums. 


     


    Their second effort was a full rearrangement and recording of Billy Joel’s The Nylon Curtain. The song-by-song remake stripped down Billy’s most meticulously-orchestrated album and built it back with entirely new instrumentation and perspective. 


     


    The duo released a song a week with accompanying videos on YouTube. As the last track hit the internet, we sat down with Herchert and Fields to learn about why they chose this album, how they recorded separately from each other, and how they see the album as relevant to the world today. 


     


    Along the way, we also talked about the state of the music industry today and got a glimpse of the Midwest rock scene. 


     


    Join us as we dig deep into a unique reimagining of The Nylon Curtain.


     



    Listen to / watch Johnny Lied's unique take on The Nylon Curtain.


     


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    EP 055 - 2008 Tour, Walmart Vinyl, Billy Joel & Metallica Vegas Weekend

    EP 055 - 2008 Tour, Walmart Vinyl, Billy Joel & Metallica Vegas Weekend

    2022 is turning out to be a big year for Billy Joel. Just by the end of February, fans enjoyed a unique weekend of music in a city where Billy doesn’t often play. And, new vinyl releases expanding on last year’s box set, include an album few fans have ever owned on vinyl before. 


     


    We’re covering these events in this episode while also looking at a much quieter, often overlooked point in Billy’s career: his 2008 tour of Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.


     


    By the end of the new century’s first decade. Billy’s career appeared to be winding down. It’d been seven years since his last release of new music, and 15 since his last pop album. And, his touring schedule was dwindling with fewer dates each year. 


     


    Billy would hit the road again with Elton John in 2009. For this year, however, fans would only get a handful of television appearances and a run of tour dates on the other side of the world from his home on Long Island.


     


    He’d still be years away from the Garden residency that fueled a renewed interest in his live performances and a critical reassessment of his place in pop culture history. For those keeping score 14 years ago,  it may have looked like his number was up. 


     


    But, as we’ve seen just by the news this year, Billy still had a lot to offer. 


     


    Join us, as we recap the last few weeks of Billy Joel news, and dig deep into his 2008 tour.


     




    Michael's  Billy Joel Walmart Vinyl Unboxing Video

    Michael's guest appearance on Metal Up Your Podcast


     


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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod 


     


     


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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

loryray ,

Great podcast.

Great job with the podcast especially Richie C interview. I wished you asked why he left the band at the height of their success. Also there was nothing discussed about Doug stegmeyer.
It was nice the hear there is an audio book out now of liberty’s book.
Keep up the good work

Andy in Taylor Pa.

M. Linker ,

Fantastic

Such a fun podcast for Billy Joel fans, especially for those who grew up with him and can really appreciate the nostalgia. And it’s so enjoyable learning new things, and hearing new (old) audio of concerts, awards shows, sound checks and interviews. It’s like going in a time machine. Such wonderful escapism from our troubled times. Thank you both so much for putting this together. I know it’s a ton of work, but it is deeply appreciated and enjoyed by many! I look forward to it every other week!

Raveclaw Girl ,

AMAZING

Love Billy Joel and found this podcast during 2020. This podcast is a must-listen!

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