Billy Joel announces new single in more than 30 years: ‘Turn the lights back on’

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Billy Joel has new material up his sleeve. After releasing compilations, live sessions and having a musical residency at Madison Square Garden (MSG) since 2014, the veteran artist wants to renew his repertoire with a new single—for now.

Piano man has announced the arrival of Turn the lights back on, his first single in more than three decades. It was in 1993 when she released River of Dreams, which would be her last pop album. Since then, the American had edited several volumes of Greatest Hits and live albums from Yankee Stadium, The Great American Music Hall, or the Nassau Coliseum in New York, among others.

This unreleased song will be published next February 1st, but it is already generating great expectation among the singer’s followers. And it’s no wonder, since some of his youngest fans have literally been waiting their entire lives for new music.

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The author of Uptown Girl He has shared a brief fragment in which he is seen in front of his faithful companion, the piano, interpreting the beginning of the song. However, the title of the score is not Turn The Lights Back On, but Famous Last Words. Are we looking at the name of your next album?

On December 19, he wanted to reflect on the setlist of his concert at MSG. “I have good news. I have bad news. First I’ll give the bad news: we don’t have anything new to play. The good news is that you don’t have to sit down and listen to something you have no idea what it is. Although there’s something we’ve been working on, you might hear it at some point,” he hinted at his future single.

10 years performing at Madison Square Garden

This 2024, Billy Joel celebrates 10 years performing at Madison Square Garden, The emblematic New York venue that it is represents the musical summit of many artists. Before building stadiums became fashionable, every star’s dream was to perform on this famous stage. “When you play at Madison, everyone knows it, because it is a venue known worldwide and has a lot of media impact (…) It was the center of the universe, so it is very exciting,” he expressed in an interview.

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In fact, he confirmed on June 1, 2023 that His residency at Madison Square Garden would end in July 2024, date that will coincide with the 100 dates of this cycle of shows; a total of 150 in his entire life.

Likewise, the artist has confirmed his return to cities like Denver, Seattle… and even Tokyo! Places that he hasn’t set foot in for more than five years.


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