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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.

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"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.

Feb 1, 2013 9:07AM

Hell Billy just hang out on the east end and get liquored up baby.. Mick Jagger is like 100 and still touring lose some weight that will help them hips ....

Feb 1, 2013 8:48AM

Billy, get it together, lots of people age and get repairs done to their body from years of abuse. Get sober, you look like a mess. You are an icon, act like one.!


Feb 1, 2013 6:56AM
I've always admired Billy Joel.  He, unlike the Rolling Stones, wants to go out with some dignity.  He is a true talent, and he will be missed, but "The Stranger" will live on.
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