Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast podcast

Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast

Michael Grosvenor & Jack Firneno

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.

48 Episodes

  • Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast podcast

    EP 045 - In Conversation with Mike Delguidice

    1:18:36

    Billy Joel’s monthly residency at Madison Square Garden resumes on November 5th after nearly a year and a half off due to the pandemic. In the leadup to the show, we sat down with guitarist Mike DelGuidice to talk about what he’s been up to during that time.      Even with the Garden shows and annual summer tour off the calendar, Mike made the most of the shutdowns. He formed a new band, retooled his solo act, and is now gearing up to release an album of his own music.      We’ll hear about how Mike used the time off from Billy’s band to re-center his career. And how he returned to the big stage by filling in on a role that has a deep connection to his roots in Billy’s music.      Join us as we dig deep into 2020 and the first half of 2021 with Mike DelGuidice.     ------   Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod   
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    EP 044 - Russell Javors Part 1 (with special guests)

    54:57

    Probably the last thing you think of when it comes to Billy Joel’s music is reggae but that influence is there. And if it’s subtle, it’s because it comes from arguably the most understated member of the classic Lords of 52nd Street, Russell Javors.   In a band where the spotlight is squarely on the piano, Russell’s rhythm guitar playing was tight, economical, and often in the background.   But it was always in the right place at the right time. To paraphrase drummer Liberty DeVitto, “You don’t always notice what Russell is playing, but you’ll notice when it’s not there.”   Russell played on many of Billy’s biggest hits and logged hundreds of shows over more than a decade touring with the band. Before that, he was part of Topper, the group that would become the longtime backing band for Billy.   And, he was always writing his own songs in the background. A few of which were released by different artists. His music, both with Billy and on his own, has shades of classic 70s singer/songwriters while also portraying his love of The Beatles, rockabilly, and reggae among other influences.   After departing the Billy Joel band before the Storm Front album, Russell made a radical, while ultimately fulfilling career change. And today, he’s back on tour with the Lords of 52nd Street. Celebrating the music he and his friends help make into modern classics.   For this episode, we spoke with Liberty DeVitto, Richie Cannata, and Russell’s son, Jesse Javors.   Join us for Part 1 of a very special two-part series on Russell Javors where we talk with some of the people who know him best.   ------   Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod   
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    EP 043 - Concert Classics: Thunder Road - Live in Miami, 1977

    57:17

    The fact that a Billy Joel bootleg is named after a Bruce Springsteen song should clue in the listener that this show’s a little different from what you may expect.    Recorded at Maurice Gusman Concert Hall in Miami, FL on October 31, 1977,  Thunder Road isn’t a radical change from the Billy we know. But, there’s a big focus on a part of live act that never quite made it onto official records.   It’s his skill at impersonating other musicians -- both their playing and their personalities -- that shine at this show.    This recording also captures a curious moment in Billy’s career. It’s at the beginning of the Stranger tour, just before the record broke wide open and made Billy a household name.   The show is more streamlined than recordings from a few years prior, but not quite as realized as his performances would be in just a few more months. It also features a temporary lineup with a short-lived guitar player.    Join us as we dive deep into a show from Billy Joel on the eve of superstardom.     Date: October 31, 1977 City/State: Miami, FL Venue: Maurice Gusman Concert Hall The band: Billy Joel - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards Liberty DeVitto - Drums Doug Stegmeyer - Bass, Vocals Richie Cannata - Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards, Accordion, Vocals Frank Vento - Guitar   The Setlist:  The Stranger Somewhere Along The Line Summer, Highland Falls Piano Man Thunder Road Scenes From An Italian Restaurant Travelin' Prayer Let 'Em In Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) Still Crazy After All These Years Just The Way You Are Prelude / Angry Young Man New York State Of Mind The Entertainer Vienna Root Beer Rag You Are So Beautiful She's Always A Woman I've Loved These Days Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway The Ballad Of Billy The Kid Captain Jack Say Goodbye To Hollywood Only The Good Die Young Get It Right The First Time Weekend Song   ------     Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod      Support the podcast: Paypal: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod Venmo: @MGrosvenor
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    EP 042 - Album Retrospective: The Bridge

    1:20:56

    Almost a decade after the breakout hit album The Stranger, the Billy Joel machine was showing some signs of wear. That strain was evident on his 1986 album The Bridge.    After a string of multi-platinum, chart-topping, and award-winning records, Billy was worn out and wanted to be home with his family instead of back in the studio.    Meanwhile, relationships were strained between his long-time band mem bers after years and years in and out of tour busses and recording studios.    All this was weighing on Billy and the band as they headed back into the studio to record their followup to An Innocent Man. That album felt light and breezy, and was stacked with bright and bouncy pop hits. By contrast, The Bridge would sound more labored and strained, and would explore more turbulent themes.    But, even one of Billy’s least-regarded albums still contains flashes of brilliance that are worth seeking out. On one hand, the record sounds dated and locked in the 80s. But on the other, it’s like a time capsule to the pop music of that decade.    The album is also dotted with guests that personify the era in which it was recorded while also tracing the roots of Joel’s career and musical influences.    Join us as we dive deep in Billy Joel’s 1986 album The Bridge.      ------     Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod      Support the podcast: Paypal: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod Venmo: @MGrosvenor  
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    EP 041 - In Conversation with Richie Cannata

    1:10:45

    Here’s an interview with Richie Cannata. That’s it. No great fanfare, no big intro. We just had a blast talking with Billy Joel’s longtime sax, organ, flute, accordion, and piano player, and we’re sharing that conversation with you.    There’s a lot of great stuff here: Deep trivia about Billy Joel tracks and live performances, stories about the Lords of 52nd Street reunion and post-pandemic shows, and Richie’s takes on today’s music and recording practices.    Sit back and join us as we chat with Richie Cannata.     ------     Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod   
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    EP 040 - Year In Review: 1980

    58:26

    The Stranger made Billy Joel a superstar back in 1977. Three years later, his career really launched into overdrive.     In 1980, Billy was still reaping the benefits of two Grammy-Award winning albums. In March, he took his next step forward by releasing Glass Houses. That album would become a smash hit with a leaner sound that would propel him into the 80s.     And during the Glass Houses tour, Billy and the band would begin recording live versions of songs from Billy’s back catalog. These tracks would go on to comprise 1981’s Songs In The Attic.     All this activity made the beginning of the new decade a time where the past, present, and future of Billy’s career all happened at once.   Join us as we dig deep into Billy Joel in 1980.   ------   Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media:   Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod      Support the podcast: Paypal: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod Venmo: @MGrosvenor  
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    EP 039 - Video Retrospective: Eye of The Storm + More

    1:00:50

    In the mid 80s, Billy Joel penned the lyric “After 1986 what else could be new?” If you were to judge that based on his 1989 hit “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” you’d think he meant it.     But a closer look at that video and the others from the Storm Front album suggest otherwise.     For this episode we’re looking at Eye Of The Storm. Released in 1990, it’s a home video collection of the videos from the multi-platinum album Storm Front.     While that album contained many songs about personal relationships and Billy’s life, the videos focus much more on the world at large at the end of the 1980s.     We’ll dig deep into the five music videos. And, we’ll take a look at a soundcheck and radio broadcast recording from early in the Storm Front tour.      Join us as we dig deep into Eye of The Storm and more.     ------     Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod      Support the podcast: Paypal: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod Venmo: @MGrosvenor  
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    EP 038 - Glass Houses Playlist #3

    1:13:33

    We're back with another playlist episode this week. We have so much fun putting these together and sharing some of our favorite music with you all.   Michael is back with more of his favorites over the past several years. From 90s alternative to 2010s soul and singer/songwriters, these have been mainstays for Michael and we are excited to share them with you!   Again, 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 #3:    ATHENAEUM – “Flat Tire” PAPA VEGAS – “No Destination” THE VERVE PIPE – “Out Like A Lamb” EMERSON HART – “I Wish The Best For You” OUR LADY PEACE – “Somewhere Out There” BLISS 66 – “Not Quite Paradise” 19 WHEELS – “I Want You Here” TYRONE WELLS – “In Between The Lines” THE NIGHT GAME – “The Outfield” OWSLEY – “She’s The One” NINE DAYS – “Still Here” KACEY MUSGRAVES – “Space Cowboy” SPLENDER – “The Loneliest Person I Know” GRAHAM COLTON – “On Your Side” SEBASTIAN KOLE – “Love’s On The Way”   ------   Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com     Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: http://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod      Support the podcast: Paypal: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod Venmo: @MGrosvenor  
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    EP 037 - Face to Face Tour 1994 with Elton John

    59:01

    Twenty-seven years ago this month, two titans of pop music teamed up for a run of sold-out shows that would set the tone for tours to come.   We’re talking about the first Face to Face tour featuring Billy Joel and Elton John. In the summer of 1994, the two hit-making piano players shared the stage for a then-unprecedented run of twenty-one sold-out shows in the United States.   In hindsight, the tour could have been a disaster with a huge crew, two full bands, an exceptionally long show, and even a bout of food poisoning. But audiences loved it, and the pair would go on to team up for a total of seven tours over fifteen years.    It’s been more than a decade since the last Face to Face concert. But, this summer, we’re diving deep into the very first shows featuring Elton John and Billy Joel.    ------   Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com   Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: https://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod      Support the podcast: Paypal: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod Venmo: @MGrosvenor  
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    EP 036 - Concert Classics: Live in Houston, 1979

    56:04

    By the end of the seventies, Billy Joel had found success with a formula that blended elements of pop, rock, and jazz around a singer-songwriter frame. And, he was about to turn all that on its side. The Live In Houston 1979 bootleg is proof of it.   The video features Billy and the Lords of 52nd Street at the Summit in Houston, TX on November 25th. Their sound has been streamlined since the frenetic free-for-all on 1977’s CW Post radio broadcast. But, they’re not quite as settled into the arena stage show they’ll have perfected by 1982’s Live From Long Island.    Instead, this concert presents a top-tier rock and roll band at the top of their game, with an audience of thousands cheering them on. But, for as revelatory as this concert is, it’s shrouded in a bit of mystery.    The show took place well after the 52nd Street tour ended. It was professionally shot and edited, but never officially released. As a result, the only video footage available is grainy and suffering from generation loss. Finally, the show features three songs from the forthcoming Glass Houses. That album would mark a stylistic shift, and Billy even mentions that producer Phil Ramone is in the audience.    But it’s easy enough to put those lingering questions about the how and why to the side and just enjoy the show. And, that’s what we’re doing with this episode. Join us, as we dig deep into Billy Joel: Houston 1979.   Date: November 25, 1979 City/State: Houston, TX Venue: The Summit The band: Billy Joel - Vocals, Piano, Keyboards Liberty DeVitto - Drums Doug Stegmeyer - Bass, Vocals Russell Javors - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals David Brown - Lead Guitar, Vocals Richie Cannata - Saxophone, Flute, Keyboards, Accordion, Vocals   The Setlist:  Only The Good Die Young Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) Honesty My Life Piano Man All For Leyna Prelude / Angry Young Man New York State of Mind The Stranger Sometimes A Fantasy Root Beer Rag She's Always A Woman Stiletto Zanzibar You May Be Right Just The Way You Are Big Shot Scenes From An Italian Restaurant Get It Right The First Time   ------   Email us: glasshousespodcast@gmail.com   Glass Houses - A Billy Joel Podcast on the web / social media: Website: https://www.glasshousespod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/glasshousespodcast/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glasshousespod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/glasshousespod    Support the podcast: Paypal: https://paypal.me/glasshousespod Venmo: @MGrosvenor  

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