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Billy Joel: 'I'm just too old' to tour


Billy Joel has ruled out a return to touring because he is still struggling to recover from double hip-replacement surgery.

The singer stepped away from the spotlight in 2008 after experiencing pain in his hips that left him unable to perform at a high standard, and the thought of that still keeps him from hitting the road.

Bing: Dueling pianos: Joel, John in spat

"It was agony. At one point I couldn't even walk anymore and I thought, 'OK, that's it for me,'" Joel told Rolling Stone magazine. "I'm just too old to do this. I had to get hip replacements in both hips, and now, slowly but surely, I'm kinda (sic) getting back to normal. I'd say I'm 85 percent. I can walk OK, (but) I can't run like I used to. Everyone wants to know, 'Why don't you play more?' Honestly, I'm not as good as I used to be. I'm not as athletic as I used to be. I don't jump off the piano anymore -- that didn't help my hips, either. And my voice has changed. It's lowered."

Joel will play a one-off comeback gig at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in Louisiana in April.

May 13, 2013 6:32PM
He is only 64, by the way.  I have listened to him since the late 1970's and love his music.  Too bad he has these issues and cannot still tour.
May 13, 2013 6:29PM
Terrible article as they forget a very import piece of information, "How old IS he?". 
Apr 29, 2013 5:21PM
Why is he talking to "Rolling Stone", the b.s. magazine when it comes to music reviews? They figure if they use phrases like "drone-haunted synths" and "tasty swirl of sticky-sweet bass lines" that readers will mistake them for people who know what they're talking about.
Apr 29, 2013 4:58PM
 "I'm kinda (sic) getting back to normal.."
No need for sic. You write it, "I'm kind o' getting back to normal."

Apr 28, 2013 7:55PM
We saw him in Chapel Hill, NC in the early 90's. One of the best shows we've ever seen. He didn't sell well on UNC's campus which was good for us. We all tightened up around the stage and it ended as a very special evening for us and Billy. He's had his problems, his motorcycle accident, his divorce from Christie, and his little spats with Elton John, but his music was his greatest gift and he shared it with us.. I'd jump at the chance to see him again. Anyone who's ever had major surgery, myself 3 times, knows the kind of pain he had to endure. Almost unbearable and hard to relieve with meds. God bless you Billy.
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